Today, many customers consider to run cloud services as natural extension to their traditional IT infrastructure. Agility, simplification and a clear usage-based cost model are the most important business drivers. Even SAP customers are considering to benefit from this trend and service.


With NetApp’s AltaVault, SAP customers can simplify their backup strategy using cloud resources as secure, encrypted, long term backup store and replacing old fashioned tape libraries with a modern, state-of-the art backup infrastructure.


How to extend your dev/ops landscapes into the cloud with AltaVault
Instead of focusing on the backup topics and all the benefits and features, lets instead demonstrate how SAP customers can facilitate cloud storage for their backup.


In one of the previous blogs “How SAP Customers Can Move their Dev/Ops to the Cloud – and Back” we’ve demonstrated how NetApp customers can benefit using cloud resources for test, training and development systems. With Alta Vault also SAP customers, who aren’t using NetApp as their primary storage, can easily extend their dev/ops landscapes into the cloud. In other words – not only modernize their backup architecture but add additional value for dev/test without any additional HW purchase.


Since backups are already in the cloud, customers restore their SAP systems utilizing cloud resources and not only validate their backup strategy, but in addition use these systems for test, training or development. This works for most SAP systems such as SAP on HANA, SAP Oracle or MS SQL as well as most of the major Cloud providers such as AWS or Microsoft Azure.


It only takes 5 steps to move to the cloud
We use an SAP HANA system to demonstrate how easy it is to restore a SAP HANA system using cloud resources based on a AltaVault backup.  The following picture shows the five steps necessary to move to the cloud.

When using NetApp’s ONTAP Cloud or NetApp Private Storage as cloud storage to operate your systems on, customers can benefit from all NetApp storage features and ensure data ownership and additional security when using cloud resources.


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Bernd Herth

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.