Azure NetApp® Files was announced as generally available at the end of May 2019. With Azure NetApp Files and Cloud Volumes ONTAP®, Azure customers can use NetApp technology that is deeply integrated into the Azure cloud to optimize their SAP system operation. With Azure NetApp Files they can use the NetApp enterprise-grade NFS file system to meet even the most extreme performance requirements of SAP HANA production systems.
For Azure NetApp Files SAP HANA, the certification process to achieve production support has started, and customers are planning how to migrate their SAP systems to the cloud. This blog compares the different migration options and highlights how NetApp technology can help to make that migration easy.
There are many ways to migrate an SAP HANA system to the cloud; the preferred method depends on the customer’s specific requirements and use cases, as well as on the technology that customers are using in their on-premises data centers and in the cloud. The following list describes a few typical use cases and compares them in regard to update frequency, required time, and costs.
Cloud Volumes ONTAP is the perfect solution, not only to transfer data rapidly and efficiently, but also to provision NFS shared files and database volumes.
In addition to the native migration options just described, customers may want to combine the safety of their on-premises operations with the flexibility and scalability of the cloud, not only to reduce costs but also to secure and accelerate their development and test projects with on-demand cloud resources.
In the example that we developed jointly with our Microsoft colleagues, we combined several customer use cases into one scenario to show the power of the data fabric from NetApp with Azure NetApp Files and Cloud Volumes ONTAP.
Watch the video: SAP HANA Migration: Cloud Volumes ONTAP, Azure NetApp Files.
The video focuses on part three of the workflow, starting after SnapCenter has transferred the SAP HANA system to Cloud Volumes ONTAP. The video explains how to relocate the system from Cloud Volumes ONTAP to Azure NetApp Files by using Cloud Sync. For details on how to use SnapCenter to transfer a system to Cloud Volumes ONTAP, read my previous blog, which explains migrating a system copy of a MAXDB database from on the premises to Cloud Volumes ONTAP by using SnapCenter (SAP System Migration into the Cloud Using Cloud Volumes ONTAP).
For more information, see the following technical reports and web pages:
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Bernd Herth architects and defines NetApp's SAP solutions as TME at the SAP Partner Port at SAP headquarters in Walldorf. He has over 25 years of experience in SAP software and in planning and architecting infrastructure solutions for SAP and has held various positions in the SAP ecosystem. Herth has published articles and books focused on SAP technology and virtualization. He holds a masters degree in physics and taught computer science classes as assistant professor.