Last week I had the pleasure to do a joint presentation on SAP HANA Tailored Data Center Integration (TDI) together with Frank Kilian from SAP who is responsible for the TDI program. So let us have a quick look at the latest and greatest.
The fundamental characteristics of a cloud data center that I have introduced in my first post also apply to SAP HANA. For that reason it is no wonder that I am a great fan of TDI and started my presentation with the graphic you already know (see right).
By default, SAP HANA appliances come with integrated storage. However, SAP HANA appliances can also be deployed via the Tailored Data Center Integration approach. With this approach certified servers can connect to existing enterprise storage systems, giving customers the ability to rely on already-available multisite data center designs to benefit from established automation and operations processes. This reduces time-to-value, risk, and costs for an overall HANA adoption.
In the following I will give you a packed summary from our joint presentation starting with some general information from SAP followed by EMC’s contribution to the TDI program.
1. Update from SAP
SAP HANA Tailored Data Center Integration – Enterprise Storage
- Supported storage devices – All storage devices must have successfully passed the hardware certification for SAP HANA.
- Tool support – Since the SAP HANA Platform Edition SPS07 shipment the SAP HANA hardware configuration check tool is generally available to measure data throughput and latency times between the SAP HANA servers and the enterprise storage.
–Official tool documentation is available attached to SAP Note 1943937
–Download the tool via SAP Service Marketplace link
- Storage Configuration – Perform the storage configuration using the Hardware Configuration Document which is part of the certification procedure and has to be requested from the Hardware Partner.
- General Information – Check out the Storage Whitepaper. The exam “SAP Certified Technology Specialist (Edition 2013) – SAP HANA Installation” (E_HANAINS131) needs to be successfully passed for a person to perform SAP HANA installations.
Server, CPU and more
- Supported servers – Only servers listed in the SAP HANA Product Availability Matrix are supported.
- SAP HANA tailored data center integration:
–No local disks and no flash cards are required.
–Additional Fibre Channel adapters for a boot from storage-area network are allowed.
- Outlook new CPU generation:
–Ivy Bridge EX almost 2 times more scalable than Westmere EX
–Half Cores needed
Since the SAP HANA Platform Edition SPS05 the use of VMware vSphere 5.1 in context of SAP HANA for non-production / non-performance critical scenarios is supported. SAP HANA production support (Scale-up with up to 1 TB) is on the roadmap.
- SAP HANA being virtualized with VMware vSphere – F.A.Q.
answers high-level who should be interested and how SAP HANA can be run virtualized
- SAP HANA Guidelines for Vmware
outlines conditions and constraints under which SAP HANA may be virtualized
- VMware Best Practices for SAP HANA
provides detailed technical information on how to configure VMware vSphere for use with SAP HANA
SAP HANA and SAP NetWeaver AS ABAP Deployed on one Server
2. EMC solutions/activities for SAP HANA TDI
- SAP HANA Hardware Certification for Enterprise Storage on EMC Symmetrix VMAX since Nov 2013
- Planned TDI certification for VNX
- Productizing for SAP HANA on EMC ScaleIO
- Joint activities with VMware
- Early adoption at EMC IT
- NEW: EMC best practice for SAP HANA TDI on VMAX configuration guidelines
- Joint white paper from SAP & EMC on SAP HANA in the private cloud (work in progress)
For more please see the TDI landing page on ECN.
Well, I think we covered really a lot of stuff within this article. If you still are looking for a bit more I also can recommend to read the document “SAP HANA in Data Centers – Update session about News with SPS 07” from Andrea Kristen and Dr. Ralf Czekalla.