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Data Protection: SAP certified HANA backup with HP Data Protector

GaganBhatia ‎03-24-2014 02:29 PM - edited ‎02-19-2015 12:44 PM

We are excited to announce that the HP Data Protector solution to backup and restore SAP HANA databases is now SAP certified. If you have currently deployed or are planning to deploy SAP HANA in your environment, this post will help you understand the benefits of using Data Protector for SAP HANA backup.



First, about SAP HANA


SAP HANA is an in-memory computing platform that allows you to perform real-time analytics on large volumes of data at a very high speed. Since HANA keeps most of the data in memory and uses in-memory computing, you get a much faster response time to complex queries than you have experienced with traditional database architectures. You can learn more about SAP HANA here.


The SAP HANA backup topic has been coming up a lot lately in my discussions with customers. Many have shared that they are planning to deploy existing SAP applications to SAP HANA. Because this is still a relatively new database technology, there are several HANA appliances available from multiple hardware vendors. However, very few of these vendors offer integrated backup solutions that work optimally with SAP HANA.


The backup related challenges for SAP HANA are the same as any other database application. For example:

  • Backing up large HANA databases in a formal way, within a short span of time
  • Maintaining a reasonably low recovery time objective (RTO) and a zero recovery point objective (RPO) for an application in case of a disaster
  • Controlling backup and recovery costs

HP Data Protector versions 7.0 and 8.1 offer a SAP-certified backup and recovery solution that allows application administrators to drive SAP backup and recovery decisions directly from the SAP HANA studio.


How does HP Data Protector protect SAP HANA applications?


Data Protector integrates with SAP HANA using SAP BackInt API. This integration enables you to make application-consistent copies of HANA’s in-memory database files and rapidly recover them to the exact point in time specified by the application administrator.


With HP, you can choose from all the different storage options available for storing backup data. HP Data Protector supports disk, cloud, and tape, including the ability to move data between different storage tiers. When using different storage tiers for backup, you can specify retention times for each tier. 


HP StoreOnce for deduplication


HP Data Protector integrates a highly efficient deduplication technology that lowers the storage capacity needed for backup by storing only new data that hasn’t been already stored. The deduplication technology, called HP StoreOnce, utilizes powerful techniques such as adaptive microchunking, sparse indexing, and container matching to maximize storage utilization and speed both backup and recovery operations.


Good news for SAP administrators


The HP backup solution for SAP HANA empowers SAP administrators to manage and control the entire backup and recovery process directly from the SAP HANA Studio. Within the SAP HANA Studio, administrators can perform configuration, view the backup catalog, and perform backup and recovery operations.



In addition to these HP Data Protector capabilities, you can take advantage of following additional benefits:

  • Application-consistent backup – Perform online backup of your SAP HANA database and redo logs (transaction logs). Prior to backup, Data Protector ensures that the application is ready for backup, and that backup copies are application consistent, which means you avoid data corruption and failed recovery processes. During the recovery process, you can specify exact time down to the second and Data Protector brings the application online to that exact time, without requiring any manual intervention.
  • Consolidated and controlled backup and recovery process – The solution eliminates the requirement to create dump files or write custom scripts to backup application data. This is handled by Data Protector, which supports application backup to any target: disk, tape, or cloud.

Because SAP HANA is a high speed database, you need a corresponding high-speed backup solution. With HP Data Protector, you can achieve the highest efficiency and performance in your SAP HANA environment, while keeping database backup and recovery costs under control. HP delivers the backup and recovery solution that you can count on to increase total resource utilization and productivity along with reliable data protection for your SAP HANA environment.


With HP Data Protector, you can take a smart, integrated approach to backup and recovery that helps you to:

  • Meet strict service level objectives through high-speed backup and recovery
  • Reduce burden on backup administrators through application-owner driven backup and recovery
  • Maximize utilization of your backup infrastructure with a highly efficient deduplication technology
  • Gain peace of mind with a true SAP-certified backup solution

The HP/SAP alliance


When you choose HP analytics, cloud, mobility, backup, and business process solutions, you also get the benefits that come from HP and SAP working together. The best technology along with this strong alliance provides you with seamless, secure, context-aware experiences for your SAP environment. A few important points about the alliance:

  • HP is certified global SAP Partner
  • HP is a worldwide leader in SAP operations with over 1.7M users worldwide
  • HP has thousands of SAP experts supporting users worldwide
  • HP Support Services manage selected portions of the SAP IT infrastructure
  • HP Support Services provide mission-critical services to SAP

When HP and SAP join forces, the result is a wider world of possibilities based on a firmer grasp of what’s happening in real time. This gives you a clear view of what is to come and what is possible, creating an opportunity for your organization to thrive like never before.



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About the Author


Gagan Bhatia serves as WW product marketing manager for Enterprise Data Protection software within HP Autonomy business unit. He has over 15 years of experience in developing and marketing enterprise software including archiving, data protection, and information management solutions. He is based in San Francisco Bay Area.

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