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Announcing General Availability of VMware Adapter for SAP Landscape Management version 1.4!

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At VMworld EMEA in October 2016, we announced the VMware private cloud solution for SAP and the upcoming release of our Adapter for SAP Landscape Management. To read more about the announcement by my colleague Alberto Farronato, check out his blog post here.

Our mission is simple – to provide best-in-class software-defined infrastructure solution that simplifies deployment and management of SAP landscapes so business can focus on innovation instead of “keeping the lights on”.

By virtualizing the SAP environment, the private cloud solution for SAP removes the pains and constraints of running SAP on hardware-defined infrastructure: lack of scalability, high TCO, low business continuity during maintenance, and many more. Furthermore, we can now drive more automation and intelligence in the software-defined infrastructure once SAP has been re-platformed VMware virtualized infrastructure.

With that said, I am excited to announce the general availability of VMware Adapter for SAP Landscape Management version 1.4! The Adapter will radically simplify how SAP basis admins manage and deploy SAP landscapes and more tightly integrates SAP Landscape Management with underlying VMware virtualized infrastructure.

The all new VMware Adapter for SAP Landscape Management

Our latest iteration brings new capability and support that help customers address the challenges around digital transformation for both SAP and VMware.

  • SA-API – give programmatic ability to provision SAP landscape and underlying VMware infrastructure
  • Integration with vRealize Automation – allow basis Admin to leverage SA-API to create templates that end users can consume and self-provision SAP landscapes

The new features augment the existing capabilities of the adapter, taking automation and self-service to the next level so SAP basis admin can focus on value-adding innovating tasks instead of “keeping the lights on” operations. However, let’s not forget the key existing capabilities of the adapter:

  • Provisioning – System Cloning, Copying, and System Refresh
    • Automate key SAP basis provisioning task such as system cloning, copying, and system refresh directly in vCenter with SAP Landscape Management.
  • Operations – SAP Hosts, Storage, and Network Migration
    • Migrate VM, switch its data set and network to stand up SAP hosts, move environments, and deploy disaster recovery solutions – all through the SAP Landscape Management interface.

For customers interested in deploying the Adapter in production SAP landscapes, we are also introducing the option to purchase Production-level support from VMware GSS.  Enterprises can now virtualize SAP with confidence, knowing that they have the backing of both SAP and VMware. Support is optional, and the free community edition of the Adapter continues to be available for non-production environments.

But there’s more… SAP Solution Guide!

In addition, we have also been putting together a comprehensive solution guide on how to install, deploy, and manage an SAP environment on top of VMware SDDC. The guide captures the essence of VMware private cloud solution for SAP, which defines the software stack to virtualize, secure and automate SAP environments leveraging VMware’s software-defined architecture. Key topics include:

  • Best practice for deploying SAP HANA on VMware vSphere
  • Implementing SAP Solutions on VMware products such as vSphere, vSAN, and NSX

The guide is an invaluable resource to help you take the first step in virtualization your SAP environment!

Interested to Learn More?

Visit the VMware Adapter for SAP Landscape Management Product Page

Read the SAP Solution Guide

SAP production support for vSphere 6.5

On behalf of the VMware Walldorf based SAP engineering and support team, I am happy to announce that since December 7, 2016, in addition to the already granted SAP HANA support, all other SAP applications and solutions, as of below SAP notes are supported in production on SAP and VMware supported server systems with vSphere 6.5

Please read SAP note “1409608 – Virtualization on Windows” and SAP note “1122387 – Linux: SAP Support in virtualized environments” for further details.

Follow SAP note “2161991 – VMware vSphere configuration guidelines”, when planning and installing a VMware virtualized SAP environment.

 

VMware vSphere 6.5 is certified for SAP HANA 1.0 and 2.0

Thanks to your performance engineering and SAP HANA certification team, SAP released support for vSphere 6.5 with SAP HANA SPS 12 or higher (incl. SAP HANA 2)!

SAP declares support for VMware vSphere 6.5 for virtual single-VM deployments in production scenarios of SAP HANA on either certified appliances or through SAP HANA tailored data center integration verified hardware configurations.

Currently we are limited to 4 TB vRAM, hosts are supported with up to 12 TB. Background is that we did not had a 6 TB system for our tests. RAM is ordered and once installed we will continue to work jointly with SAP on the 6 TB HANA vSphere 6.5 certification.

We also try hard to finish the certification for Multiple-SAP HANA VMs and Scale-Out configurations for production SAP HANA workloads with vSphere 6.0 and 6.5. So stay tuned for the next announcements!

For details please review SAP note “2393917 – Single SAP HANA VM on VMware vSphere 6.5 in production” or our SAP HANA on VMware vSphere WIKI page.

Game Changing: Day 2 Enterprise Data Management Tasks with VMware NSX and vRealize Operations

As a Staff Partner Architect at VMware, I tend to look at our platform and products through a slightly different lens than some of my colleagues. Rather than focusing solely on our feature rich product sets and platform, I take a top down approach and identify which of these features are most interesting for mission/business critical deployments in a Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC).

VMware NSX is one of those game changing technologies which should interest application owners, database architects, CIOs, and of course network IT professionals. You can think of NSX as a network hypervisor, as such NSX administrators now have the ability to abstract and reproduce a complete set of layer 2 to layer 7 networking services. The ability to abstract and reproduce layer 2 to layer 7 networking services is certainly meaningful to network operations but what does it mean to enterprise architects? Why should our customers care, and why should CIOs care?  The answer is hair-pinning. Continue reading

SAP HANA on vSphere 6.x on Intel Xeon Broadwell – now supported!

Just on time for SAP TechED 2016 in Barcelona, I am happy to announce that we have finished the vSphere 6.x SAP HANA on Intel Xeon Broadwell CPU certification!

With this all SAP supported or certified SAP HANA Intel Xeon Broadwell based systems can get virtualized and can run SAP HANA VMs with up to 4 TB of vRAM.

For details please review SAP note “2315348 – Single SAP HANA VM on VMware vSphere 6 in production” and 2393917 – Single SAP HANA VM on VMware vSphere 6.5 in production or our SAP HANA on VMware vSphere WIKI page. Continue reading

New Updated Oracle Databases on VMware Best Practices Guide

Business Critical Applications (BCA) are at the heart of an organization; their performance, availability and reliability are vital to the success of the business. Significant advances in hardware are far outpacing the performance requirements of even the most intensive business-critical applications, including Oracle Database.

VMware has kept pace with these hardware improvements by engineering significant performance advances in vSphere 6.0. Best Practices are key in ensuring that business SLA’s, uptime, QoS are met with when deploying Oracle on VMware vsphere.

Successful virtualization of any Business Critical Application (BCA) required best practices inculcated in every layer of the stack.

We are pleased to announce the updated version of the “Oracle Databases on VMware Best Practices Guide” which can be found in the below URL. Thanks to everyone who participated in this exercise

In this guide there are also references to other VMware and third-party documents which we encourage the reader to consult for better understanding of the topics discussed.

Click here to download the guide.

VMware at SAPPHIRE NOW 2016 Recap

From May 17th to May 19th, SAP welcomed around 30,000 attendees to Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida to its SAPPHIRE NOW conference and provided an overview on what’s new as well as what’s upcoming from SAP in 2016. As Bill McDermott, SAP CEO states during his keynote: “Run Live, Run Simple”!

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Freely adapted from this motto, I am going to provide you an overview on what’s new form VMware in the SAP area to help SAP and it customers to make this motto real and what we have prepared and presented on our booth. Continue reading

SAP HANA on vSphere – Support Status and Best Practices Summary

Since SAPHIRE 2016, SAP supports now also SAP HANA on vSphere 6 deployments for production workloads, see SAP Note 2315348 for details.

The support for vSphere 6 allows customers to increase the RAM to up to 4 TB (4080 GB) of existing virtual SAP HANA systems when migrated to vSphere 6 and allows to react on increased memory needs due to data growth or newly deployed SAP HANA scenarios and solutions.

Beside increased RAM sizes vSphere 6 supports also more vCPUs. Up to 128 vCPUs can now get configured and used by a single SAP HANA VM.

Supporting more physical compute resources inside a VM ultimately provides more “power” to a virtualized SAP HANA system – this alone is worth upgrading from a vSphere 5.5 to a vSphere 6.0 based SAP HANA environment. Beside this, all vSphere 6.0 features can get used as before with vSphere version 5.5. Continue reading

SAP HANA on VMware vSphere – Sizing (Compute)

This is the second blog of my SAP HANA on vSphere blog series and will provide information on SAP HANA on VMware vSphere compute resource sizing. This blog got updated on November 23rd 2016 to include the Intel Xeon Ex-v4 CPUs (Broadwell), which are now supported.

Sizing SAP HANA database starts with the determination of the database size. This can get done either by using the SAP HANA Quick Sizer application (new system), or by running a specific SAP HANA sizing report (existing systems), as documented in SAP note 1872170 (S4/HANA) and SAP note 2296290 (BW).

Beside determining the database size of HANA that will get operated in RAM, it is also necessary to size the needed resources for the application server stack. This can get done by using he SAP HANA Quick Sizer as this tool will provide the necessary system configuration required for the application part of a SAP HANA based business application.

This blog does not describe how to perform the actual SAP HANA system RAM sizing, for this use above tools and methodes. For details read the sizing SAP HANA Sizing Approaches presentation, which describes the SAP HANA QuickSizer and ABAP SAP HANA sizing reports available for sizing SAP HANA systems. Also a good start is the Sizing Approaches for SAP HANA document. (Attention you may require a SAP SDN account to access the SAP HANA sizing documents).

CPU and RAM Sizing SAP HANA on VMware vSphere

Sizing SAP HANA is different from sizing a classical SAP application. Instead focusing on CPU resources, for SAP HANA memory is the focus and how many CPU resources are required to support a specific amount of RAM. Beside this, we have to consider the different CPU and RAM maximums of vSphere 5.5 and 6, as it defines the maximal size of a virtual SAP HANA VM. To make it even more complex, we have to take into account which workload (SoH or BWoH) will run on the selected SAP HANA system, which CPU and which HANA SPS version will get used, as different CPU socket to RAM ratios exist for all of these combinations.

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Top Ten things to consider when moving Business Critical Applications (BCA) to the Cloud (Part 3 of 3)

In the first part we looked at public, private and Hybrid Cloud and their characteristics. In this part we will look at the common characteristics of business critical applications. In the second part , we looked at how some of these characteristics relate to the different types of Cloud infrastructure. In this final part we will look at he lifecycle of a business critical application in the cloud and the conclusion. Continue reading