Today, customers are using cloud resources to speed up deployment, reduce costs and be more agile for their business processes. Moving development or test systems are often the primary target for customers to test this new “Dev/Ops” paradigm.


Also SAP IT leaders do have the need to be more agile, reduce costs and to support the overall cloud strategy of the company. Moving sandbox or test systems to the cloud, or even trying new business scenarios by integrating new applications into their SAP landscapes with the help of cloud resources seems very promising.


While this new cloud-based model fits well for cloud-like ‘stateless’ applications and micro- services, moving an SAP system into the cloud, is often more than a one-click task and SAP IT leaders are facing the following challenges:

  • Dev/test systems are oftentimes several 100 GB in size, which need to be copied to the cloud.
  • SAP data is at the core of a company’s business and security is a major concern. This includes data transfer as well as storage.
  • Moving data into the cloud is one thing – getting it back after a successfully finished project is often a challenge.


NetApp Data Fabric

What customer need is an architecture that seamlessly integrates on-premises data processing into the cloud. This is the vision of NetApp’s Data Fabric.

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Customers running NetApp as their on-premises data management platform, can easily extend this into the cloud, either by using NetApp Private Storage (NPS) with physical NetApp system hosted at a co-location provider, as well as pure ‘cloud’ storage running ONTAP cloud as a virtual NetApp appliance in Amazon or Azure. In both cases the integration is seamless. Data can move using NetApp’s SnapVault, SnapMirror relations easily from on-premises to the cloud as well as back to on-premises again. All using the built-in NetApp manageability and storage efficiency.


However, SAP customers need much more than the rich feature set of NetApp’s Data Fabric, they need a management platform that takes care of all the required workflows to clone a SAP system reliably from A to B. This is where SAP LVM comes into the picture.


SAP Landscape Virtualization Management (SAP LVM) 

Using SAP LVM to manage their SAP Landscapes, customers have full access to all the NetApp storage features. Using SAP LVM’s cloning features, new SAP tests or sandbox systems can easily be created – moving a system from on-premise to the cloud with a single SAP verified workflow. NetApp’s Data Fabric takes care of the data copy/migration behind the scenes


How to Clone a SAP system from on-premises to the cloud

The following video explains the setup and demonstrates how your SAP system can be cloned into the Cloud in a comprehensive 5 minutes overview, from workflow start to an up and running SAP system, which is ready for use.


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.

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