You are here to read 4 blogs in the next few weeks that deal with the topic Storage, Application Integration and Flash.


The times of JBOD’s are probably long gone. Nevertheless, more and more storage startups are pushing into the market, although with the one or other storage management functionality (e.g. deduplication or thin provisioning), but offer no application integration. Without integration into e.g. Databases or server virtualization it catapults you back to the Stone Age of the Storage Administration. How perfect application integration with NetApp works, we will explain with the examples SAP HANA, followed by Microsoft SQL, Oracle and VDI.


Part 1: NetApp and SAP HANA

SAP HANA is certainly the biggest step in the SAP world since the change from R/2 to R/3.

The following architecture is for many SAP customers the final result of a long migration process.

ERP and data warehouse operate from a central In Memory HANA database:


At present, the TDI (Taylored Data Center Integration) model as a scale-up version, is the version of choice for most customers. At first glance, one might ask: If everything works in memory of the server, why do I need at all an elaborate storage infrastructure? Well, HANA productive operation needs of course the same functionality that I need in traditional SAP environments. Backup and recovery, disaster recovery, system copies for test and development, etc. are a must.

An SAP HANA Reference Architecture with NetApp could then, for example, look like this:


In this environment, we provide a free of charge Snap Creator plug-in for SAP HANA and integrate ourselves with an SSC (Storage Service Connector) in the SAP LVM (Landscape Virtualization Manager). Our SnapShot based backup and recovery is fully integrated into the HANA Studio and Server Free Backups from production systems works without sacrificing performance. We are also the only storage vendor with a certified TDI solution that supports unified storage with SAN and NAS. Lots of advantages that makes NetApp integration into HANA truly unique. You can find further information here:


If you think about integrating cloud computing resources in your IT infrastructure NetApp offers 2 different versions. The NPS (NetApp Storage Private) concept allows e.g. a disaster recovery in the cloud, or to access the tremendous compute resources of Hyperscalers, with 100% data sovereignty. Another variation is Cloud ONTAP, just perfect for an agile Test / Dev environment. This allows you to extend your On Premise SAP infrastructure quick and secure into the cloud:



The largest reinsurer in the world, the Munich Re Group, also counts on NetApp in their HANA environment.


From the Product, Solutions and Alliances Marketing EMEA team