How can you jumpstart protecting your SAP HANA databases with NetApp® SnapCenter® 3.0? What do you need to consider when upgrading your SAP HANA to HANA 2.0 SPS1 or later? How do you migrate from NetApp Snap Creator® to SnapCenter?


In this post, I address some of these questions about how to jumpstart your data protection journey with SnapCenter 3.0 and the new SAP HANA plug-in.

The Wait Is Over

The first customer shipment of SnapCenter 3.0 began on July 28.  NetApp customers can download the software and documentation from the NetApp support site. With the SnapCenter SAP HANA plug-in, you can now protect your SAP HANA 1.0 single-container databases as well as your SAP HANA 2.0 SPS1 or later Multitenant Database Container (MDC) single-tenant databases.

Migrating from Snap Creator to SnapCenter

If your SAP HANA databases are already protected with Snap Creator, and if no other changes or updates are planned, you can plan your migration to SnapCenter without any time pressure. The easiest way to start your data protection with SnapCenter is to install and configure SnapCenter in parallel with Snap Creator and test your operational processes by moving single SAP HANA databases to SnapCenter. The purpose is to validate the configuration settings and integration into your data center operations. A future blog post will focus on migration examples.

Upgrading to SAP HANA 2.0 SPS1 or Later

When you are planning to upgrade SAP HANA to HANA 2.0 SPS1 or later, the migration process looks different. With this HANA upgrade, the internal structure changes in such a way that snapshot-based backups created with SAP HANA single-container versions cannot be used for recovery with the new HANA MDC version.


Therefore, when you plan a migration to SAP HANA 2.0 SPS1, the immediate switch from Snap Creator to SnapCenter for data protection after the upgrade is mandatory. NetApp recommends keeping at least one snapshot-based backup of all HANA related volumes as well as a file-based backup before the upgrade. As usual for SAP upgrades, you should plan and test the upgrade not only for technical reasons, but also to validate the software and process dependencies.

Installing SnapCenter

The following video, “SC30-Initial Installation and Configuration”, shows a SnapCenter SAP HANA plug-in installation as it is used for a typical test installation. For larger deployments and details about architecture, installation, and configuration options, consult the SnapCenter documentation and the NetApp technical report SAP HANA Backup and Recovery with SnapCenter.


Find Out More

NetApp SnapCenter 3.0 is easy to install and configure and offers a comprehensive, integrated data protection solution for SAP HANA single-container databases as well as SAP HANA 2.0 SPS1 or later MDC single-tenant databases.


Read my previous blog posts about SAP HANA and SnapCenter:

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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