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    VBLOCKTM SOLUTION FOR SAP MANAGEMENT WITH TIDAL

    September 2011

    WHITE PAPER

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    Contents Executive Summary ................................................................................................................. 3

    Business Case ........................................................................................................................ 3 Solution .................................................................................................................................. 3 Objectives ............................................................................................................................... 4 Benefits .................................................................................................................................. 4 Audience................................................................................................................................. 4

    Technology Overview .............................................................................................................. 5 Vblock Infrastructure Platforms ........................................................................................... 5 Tidal Enterprise Orchestrator for SAP ..................................................................................... 7 EMC Replication Manager ...................................................................................................... 7 EMC Unified Infrastructure Manager and the Orchestrator Component of Cisco Intelligent

    Automation for Cloud .............................................................................................................. 8 Solution Architecture ............................................................................................................... 9

    Overview................................................................................................................................. 9 Architecture Diagram .............................................................................................................10 Hardware and Software Resources .......................................................................................11

    Design and Configuration ......................................................................................................13 Storage ..................................................................................................................................13 Disk/Filesystems Layout ........................................................................................................14 Replication Design and Configuration ....................................................................................15 Integration of TEO and RM ....................................................................................................19

    Validation .................................................................................................................................26 Introduction ............................................................................................................................26 Test Objectives ......................................................................................................................26 Scenario ................................................................................................................................26 Results ..................................................................................................................................31

    Conclusion ..............................................................................................................................32 Next Steps .............................................................................................................................32

    References ..............................................................................................................................33

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    Executive Summary

    Bus ines s Cas e

    SAP is a key enterprise application. It is complex and requires many manual and labor-intensive interventions. SAP environments often require SAP system copies from production to non-production systems that reflect current business data. Today, this is a manual and time-consuming task. The Vblock Solution for SAP Management with Tidal simplifies the task and automates the process of a SAP system refresh. It removes the manual labor required, which in turn reduces costs and improves organizational efficiency.

    Solution

    This solution leverages the Vblock Infrastructure Platform, Tidal Enterprise Orchestrator for SAP and EMC Replication Manager to provide an environment and a complete system which automates SAP system refreshes and improves the management, service, and operation of SAP systems.

    Tidal Enterprise Orchestrator (TEO) for SAP automates SAP administration, simplifies key IT tasks, and allows them to be viewed within the complete set of a companys IT processes. It reduces the amount of data that SAP administrators and IT operations must assess, and provides information and tools to manage the application services delivered by SAP. This solution integrates with EMC Replication Manager (RM) to speed up replication without production system disruption. As a result, this solution decreases the number of manual actions that SAP administrators and IT operations must perform in order for their organization to maintain a high degree of operational excellence as required by SAP best practices.

    Described in this paper are the solutions overall configuration and SAP system refresh processes on Vblock platforms.

    This paper also provides insight on how to:

    Install and configure Tidal Enterprise Orchestrator Install and configure Tidal Automation Pack for SAP Use System Refresh Automation Tools Use Replication Tools

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    Objec tives

    The purpose of this paper is to demonstrate how SAP customers can improve business continuity, increase IT productivity, and reduce business disruption by automating the procedures involved in performing a SAP system refresh.

    The objectives of this solution are to:

    Improve SAP System refresh operations through end-to-end automation Automate, visualize, and analyze issues, and pinpoint their cause Enhance management and administration of SAP environment

    Benefits

    Utilizing Tidal on Vblock platforms brings automation, visualization, and manageability of SAP applications, improving their overall efficiency and reducing management time and costs to the organization.

    Additional benefits include providing:

    Industrys leading compute, networking, storage, and virtualization technologies A fully virtualized environment which includes the inherent efficiencies and architectural flexibilities

    provided through VMware

    Operational flexibility to rapidly, efficiently, effectively and safely execute a system refresh, and leverage a converged infrastructure to keep up with changing business needs, with end-to-end automation

    Simplifying and accelerating SAP service changes and operational modifications that help reduce IT operational costs through automation

    Improved management and administration of SAP environment

    Audience

    This paper is intended for administrators and architects, as well as technical engineering staff, IT managers, IT planners and other IT professionals who are evaluating, acquiring, managing, operating, or deploying SAP in a virtualized data center environment. System and Network/Application Administrators, as well as all Vblock platform existing and potential customers with a current or future SAP implementation will also benefit from the information in this paper.

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    Technology Overview

    The solution uses the following hardware and software components and technologies:

    Vblock Infrastructure Platforms Tidal Enterprise Orchestrator for SAP EMC Replication Manager EMC Unified Infrastructure Manager (UIM) and the Orchestrator Component of Cisco Intelligent

    Automation for Cloud (IA-C), Tidal Enterprise Orchestrator for SAP

    Vblock Infras truc ture Pla tforms

    Vblock platforms are enterprise-class and service provider-class IT infrastructure units that are pre-engineered, tested, and validated with pre-defined performance, capacity, and availability service levels. The standardized converged infrastructure of the Vblock platform is a foundational building block for cloud computing that helps customers to realize the benefits of applications running in a virtualized environment.

    Vblock platforms are characterized by:

    Repeatable units of construction based on matched performance, operational characteristics, and discrete requirements of power, space, and cooling

    Repeatable design patterns that facilitate rapid deployment, integration, and scalability An architecture that can be scaled for the highest efficiencies in virtualization and workload

    mobility

    An extensible management and orchestration model based on industry-standard tools, APIs, and methods

    A design that contains, manages, and mitigates failure scenarios in hardware and software environments

    Note: Refer to the VblockTM

    Deploying SAP applications on the Vblock platform creates minimum risk, as Vblock platform have the following feature