During VMworld I had the pleasure to get my hands on the “SAP on VMware SDDC” lab. Always great to get some practical experience! Meanwhile the lab is publicly available and you definitely should get your hands on it as well! Interactive simulations demonstrate best practices for design and management of SAP on VMware SDDC infrastructure with Virtual Volumes, NSX, vRealize Operations, and the VMware Adapter for SAP Landscape Management.
There are 6 independent modules, each taking about 15 minutes, and it’s up to you to pick the most interesting ones or get them all:
- Module 1 – VMware Virtual Volumes with SAP
- Module 2 – VMware NSX with SAP
- Module 3 – vRealize Operations with SAP
- Module 4 – VMware Adapter for SAP LVM: Provisioning
- Module 5 – VMware Adapter for SAP LVM: Mass Operations
- Module 6 – VMware Adapter for SAP LVM: Application Migration
Lab module 1 goes through the use case, definition, and creation of virtual volumes based on SAP’s mission critical database and data management strategy.
Lab module 2 focuses on the creation of an NSX logical Switch associated with the internode communications in an SAP HANA Dynamic Tiering environment. This type of internode communications logical switch can also be used in an SAP HANA Scale Out architecture. Before getting into the lab, we will take a look at the SAP HANA Network Requirements Guide to gain an understanding of the network topology followed by a high level introduction to VMWare NSX.
The vRealize Operations with SAP module demonstrates best of breed monitoring for your virtual infrastructure. With the addition of Blue Medora, you can extend this monitoring to your entire stack. Monitor from application to server using Blue Medora Management Packs. With VMware & Blue Medora you can see key metrics around Health, Availability and Capacity for your entire datacenter. In this lab we will focus on two Management Packs provided by Blue Medora: SAP & SAP HANA. We will not only show you how to get started using these management packs but how to create your own dashboards using the metrics provided.
In module 4 you will learn how to simplify the provisioning of SAP systems by utilizing SAP Landscape Management and the according VMware Adapter using the System Clone and Copy process. Both processes are well known to basis admins and are frequently used to build new SAP systems. SAP Landscape Management allows to automate this highly complex task and free the basis admins to perform more valuable work. In combination with the VMware Adapter the basis administrator gains controlled access to infrastructure components and can now independently perform copy and clone operations without the need of an infrastructure administrator.
Module 5 demonstrates how you can do Mass Operations and in module 6 you will learn how to migrate an SAP instance using the SAP Landscape Virtualization Management together with the VMware Adapter for LVM.
To start your lab go to labs.hol.vmware.com and search for “SAP” or “HOL-1706”.
Also take a look at the upcoming 1.4 version of the VMware Adapter for SAP Landscape Management (VLA) that will be releasing in Q4. Besides a lot of new features let me highlight that it will have integration with vRealize Automation 7. See here for more.