Virtualize SAP on Nutanix for webscale performance, efficiency, and scalability
E-SPIN partner Nutanix Nutanix Enterprise Cloud Platform is a highly resilient hyperconverged platform that is ideal for running virtualized instances of SAP systems. This article describes the best practices for getting the most out of running SAP on Nutanix AHV, VMware vSphere, and Microsoft Hyper-V on Nutanix. For business-critical transactional and analytical workloads, Nutanix, delivers the performance, scalability, and availability that your basis and database administrators require, while reducing management and operational complexity.
The Nutanix Enterprise Cloud Platform offers SAP users a range of advantages, including:
- Localized I/O and flash for index and key database files, enabling low-latency operations.
- Infrastructure consolidation that eliminates underutilized application silos and consolidates multiple workloads onto a single, dense platform, using up to 80 percent less space and 50 percent lower Capital Expenditures (CapEX)
- Nondisruptinve upgrades and scalability, including one-click node additional with system downtime.
- Nutanix VM-level data protection and disaster recovery one-click node addition without system downtime.
- Nutanix VM-level data protection and disaster recovery to automated backups.
Unrivaled operational simplicity; no complicated configuration, provision and mapping with disks, RAID, and LUNs.
- One-click hypervisor conversion for greater flexibility and lower Total Cost of Ownership (TCO).
Support for Running SAP on Nutanix
Because most organizations use SAP software to deliver business-critical services to their employees, partners, or customers, it is vital to run SAP software on supported platforms.
SAP has certified both the Nutanix Enterprise Cloud Platform and Nutanix native hypervisor, Nutanix AHV, for SAP NetWeaver applications and relational databases.
Why Run SAP on AHV?
SAP Certification and Industry-Leading Support
Nutanix is the only hyperconverged platform certified for SAP end-to-end, which means Nutanix support covers not only AHV, the Acropolis DSF, and hardware, but the entire infrastructure stack: compute, storage, and virtualization are all fully certified and supported for SAP workloads.
Deploying SAP on AHV is easy and fast, saving countless hours otherwise wasted on complicated performance management policies or storage and VM design. AHV is an enterprise grade hypervisor that is high performing, consistent, and simple to use.
Nutanix consumer-grade design means that users can deploy applications within hours of receiving Nutanix nodes. Adding nodes to the cluster is quick and intuitive as well, with automated self-discovery and one-click automatic host configuration that uses existing policies.
Moreover, unlike other hypervisors, AHV has no cluster size limits from a compute or storage perspective—you can start with as few as three nodes and then scale to thousands without ever creating compute and storage silos.
Conventional hypervisors must interact with hardware and software products from many manufacturers, and security vulnerabilities emerge where the products intersect. In contrast, we tuned, tested, and hardened AHV exclusively for Nutanix hyperconverged infrastructure. This approach yields a product with a dramatically reduced security area. The security baseline covers the full stack, and comprehensive Nutanix analytics capabilities keep the entire platform baseline compliant. With Nutanix, your SAP applications are fully protected under an industry leading secure platform ecosystem.
AHV virtualization, like the Nutanix hyperconverged data plane, is scale-out, self-healing, and highly available out of the box. Because Prism is part of every node, the management capabilities are highly redundant; they continue unabated even if a node fails. Because Nutanix has a fully integrated stack, there are no incompatibility failures, which in turn reduces the risk of downtime. Non-disruptive, rolling, one-click upgrades also ensure continuous uptime.
Analytics (Data-Driven Management)
AHV doesn’t require additional software licensing to extract analytics from the environment, and there’s no need to load the data into a separate database. Analytics are built into Prism and incorporate not only virtualization, but also storage and compute—providing visibility across the entire stack. Nutanix achieves data-driven efficiency with extensive automation and rich, system-wide monitoring, combined with REST-based programmatic interfaces that integrate with datacenter management tools. AHV feeds all system, audit, intrusion detection, and self-remediation logs to the central log host, which allows real-time situational awareness during forensic support and root cause analysis.
For most businesses, achieving optimal IT infrastructure is not a goal in and of itself—the purpose of infrastructure is to enable the business. Nutanix invisible infrastructure, which includes AHV, elevates IT staff from infrastructure work, enabling them to use their talents and creativity to make the business more competitive, efficient, and profitable. AHV also reduces legacy hypervisor costs, such as those associated with software licensing, ongoing administration, business disruption, and hardware.
Feel free to contact E-SPIN for running SAP on Nutanix or Virtualized SAP project or operation requirement.