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SAP NetWeaver Landscape Virtualization Management


SAP NetWeaver Landscape Virtualization Management (SAP NW LVM) software is the successor and extension of the SAP Adaptive Computing Controller. SAP NW LVM software is a major milestone in the SAP’s virtualization and cloud management program.

This article focuses on the features provided by SAP NW LVM together with IBM Flex System Manager (FSM) managed Power Systems and IBM SmartCloud Entry (at present renamed as Cloud Manager with OpenStack). It describes the IBM infrastructure specifics required to implement and operate an on-premise cloud solution for SAP landscapes. This includes SAP Business Suite 7 on IBM Power Systems using AIX 6 and/or AIX 7, IBM FSM, IBM Tivoli Storage FlashCopy Manager, IBM V7000 Storwize Storage Subsystem.

Value Proposition

With SAP NW LVM software, you can simplify and automate the management and operations of your SAP systems running on traditional, virtual or cloud infrastructures. Some benefits you can realize include:

  • Help control IT costs and increase business agility
  • Manage your SAP landscape in physical and virtualized environments
  • Gain central management point for your SAP landscape, start/stop and mass operations
  • Automate standard, day-to-day administrative and lifecycle management tasks
  • Save time, effort and money by automating copy, clone and refresh of SAP Systems

Overview of SAP NW LVM and IBM Infrastructure Integration

Figure 1 provides an overview of IBM infrastructure with SAP NW LVM. SAP NW LVM connects to IBM Systems Director VMControl or IBM FSM to provide wide range of management and monitoring capabilities. SAP NW LVM also drives the IBM Storage FlashCopy Manager for online storage-based SAP system cloning, copy and refresh. IBM Tivoli FlashCopy Manager adds unique value in the SAP landscape, as it enables application-aware, database-consistent online backups and clones. From the SAP basis administrator perspective, SAP NW LVM serves as the central UI for landscape monitoring and management.

Integration of SAP NW LVM with IBM FSM enables end-to-end monitoring and allows a topology view of the SAP landscape. Furthermore, selected virtualization management tasks are provided to the SAP basis administrator as self-services, such as operating system and storage provisioning.

Figure 2 shows SAP Topology Visualization from SAP LVM UI. The Operations view lists the SAP system landscape hierarchy. The SAP administrator can navigate through the topology starting from various angles and perform management tasks. Starting with Services, the administrator can find all SAP systems, their instances and additional information about the instances, including the physical and virtual host (for example, AIX LPAR) the service is running on.

Features and Use Cases of SAP NW LVM

The features of SAP NW LVM are many and include:

  • Unified view of SAP landscape
  • Monitoring SAP resources
  • Start or Stop VM or SAP system
  • Relocate VM or SAP System with or without downtime
  • Perform mass operation like start, stop, prepare, unprepare and relocate
  • SAP System Cloning, Copy and Refresh
  • Resource Adjustment (Automatic Capacity Management)

Let’s focus on one main feature of SAP NW LVM, SAP System Provisioning (Clone, Copy and Refresh).

SAP administrators regularly deal with system provisioning use cases. These use cases require reconfiguration of copied systems, which includes several hundred steps and hence is very time consuming, error-prone and complex when done manually. SAP NW LVM—together with IBM FSM and with IBM Tivoli Storage FlashCopy Manager—provides an automated end-to-end solution for SAP system provisioning that clones source systems and automatically adapts them later.

Before a system is Cloned, Copied or Refreshed, the administrator needs to check the potential target VM or LPAR where the new clone or copy will reside, or provision an LPAR using SAP LVM as part of the overall cloning process. Alternatively, the target LPAR/VM can be created using IBM SmartCloud Entry using the standard images present in the repository. Once the LPAR/VM is provisioned using IBM SmartCloud Entry, it is then discovered in SAP NW LVM UI Operation Tab. After the target system is discovered successfully, the source system is ready to clone or copy.

Berjis Patel is a senior managing consultant with IBM Systems Lab Services and Training.



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