What does a move to SAP HANA mean for your
Sap infrastructure- SAP’s HANA database and business
applications offer a powerful path to increased efficiency and
better business intelligence, but SAP’s software products are
only part of the solution. Your SAP environment is built on top of
a ‘core set’. Or another way of saying it, your SAP environment
is your ‘new home build’, and the core set is “the
foundations for the new home”. Consequently, to get the best out
of your transition to SAP HANA, you must prepare a versatile,
well-integrated infrastructure that includes operating systems,
virtualisation, orchestration, and management components.
The starting point for your SAP core infrastructure is Linux
because SAP HANA only runs on Linux. Choose an open-source vendor
with a proven track record for great SAP support and take a close
look at the surrounding landscape. You need an infrastructure that
supports the full range of SAP applications and SAP HANA features
and leaves room for future expansion and evolution.
When you build out your core infrastructure, particularly for
SAP HANA, look for a solution that addresses these critical
- Software-defined Infrastructure
- Lifecycle Management
- High Availability
- Advanced Data Tools
- Strong Affinity with SAP
The SAP business suite is designed to adapt to changes within
your organisation. SAP applications work best in a self-managing,
self-healing environment that minimises manual intervention.
Software-defined infrastructure (SDI) is a collection of
technologies emphasising the fluidity of the software environment.
The goal is a system where the software operates independently of
the hardware, adapting to changing conditions with the minimal
Another goal of SDI is to reduce system downtime; service
interruptions can cause missed opportunities and data loss issues.
SAP designs many of their tools for continuous operation. You
should design your core infrastructure for the fluidity and uptime
emphasis embodied in SDI.
SAP designs its tools for continuous operation, and your core
infrastructure should be designed that way too.
The rapid adoption of cloud and application containerisation
technologies reflects a business desire for flexibility at all
levels – financial, operational and technical. Whether you use
these on-premises or “as a service” from a public cloud vendor,
it is their automation and orchestration capabilities that keep you
competitive, by enabling infrastructure to respond dynamically to
Of course, SAP software can use the cloud as infrastructure.
With solutions such as HANA Enterprise Cloud and the SAP Cloud
Platform, their emphasis now is on enabling fast, flexible service
delivery and as-a-service models for customers. Increasingly,
everything is software-defined.