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How expanded storage integration increases agility, reduces costs for SAP HANA shops

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Hasmig.jpgBy Hasmig Samurkashian, HP Storage Solutions Marketing

 

At the SAP Sapphire show this week in Orlando, Florida, HP announced two areas of expanded integration for HP storage solutions for SAP and SAP HANA. The first is an all-new HP StoreOnce plug-in for SAP HANA. The second is the expanded capability of the HP Storage Plug-in for SAP LVM to now support SAP LVM 2.1. Today I want to tell you more about how plug-ins streamline and accelerate backups and clones for increased data protection and productivity.

 

Why SAP HANA?

SAP2J.jpgWith a 42% CAGR1, SAP HANA is one of the fastest growing databases in the industry. As a result, our customers are looking for ways to protect SAP HANA databases from data loss—while simplifying management of SAP landscapes for increased productivity and business agility.

 

The HP StoreOnce Plug-in for SAP HANA allows you to protect your databases for less by enabling direct backup from HANA Studio to HP StoreOnce Backup targets. With this new plug-in, StoreOnce_4500_28220x160_29_tcm245_1683297_tcm245_1968629_tcm245-1683297.jpgadministrators can protect SAP HANA databases by backing them up to HP StoreOnce appliances without the cost and complexity of intermediary data protection software. The result is 2.3x faster backups than traditional Network File System (NFS) backups.2  In addition, support for HP StoreOnce Catalyst helps control costs by reducing network traffic through the option to deduplicate backups prior to transmitting them to the HP StoreOnce target.

 

HP Storage Plug-in for SAP LVM benefits

Available for all major operating systems including Microsoft, Linux and UNIX, the HP Storage Plug-in for SAP LVM now benefits from expanded support for SAP HANA landscapes in LVM 2.1, resulting in the following business agility and operational cost reduction advantages:

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  • Increased productivity through the ability to perform online SAP system clone and refresh operations on HP 3PAR StoreServ Storage in a matter of minutes
  • Enhanced flexibility via the ability to clone and refresh combinations of physical and/or logical volumes running on multiple VMware vCenter instances.
  • Increased data protection via the ability to create application-consistent group snapshots and clone entire virtual volume sets in SAP and SAP HANA environments.
  • Business continuity protection through support for remote replication with HP 3PAR Remote Copy software for disaster recovery3
  • The ability to assure service levels through scheduling SAP management tasks that involve cloning and refreshing of databases
  • Simplified management of SAP landscapes via a single user interface for provisioning, deployment, and management of SAP and SAP HANA databases
  • Assurance that SAP LVM 2.1 has been extensively tested with HP 3PAR StoreServ Storage and HP XP Storage to support mission-critical requirements.

Availability notes

  • The HP StoreOnce Plug-in for SAP HANA is available at no cost to existing HP StoreOnce Backup customers beginning in May 2015 as part of an early access program with general availability scheduled for June 2015. Use of the plug-in requires an HP StoreOnce Catalyst software license.
  • The HP Storage Plug-in for SAP LVM is currently available at no cost. Support for LVM 2.1 environments is available with HP 3PAR StoreServ today.

Learn more

Check out:

HP Storage Plug-in for SAP Landscape Virtualization Management

HP Storage Plug-in for SAP Landscape Virtualization technical white paper

HP Storage Solutions for SAP

HP Backup, Recovery and Archive Solutions

 

 

1 Source: Goldman Sachs, SAP AG report

2 HP Internal testing compare between StoreOnce Catalyst with SAP HANA plug-in and NFS interface

3 Requires an HP 3PAR Remote Copy software license

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