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Are you confident your SAP HANA on IBM Power Systems are getting optimal performance?
SAP HANA has been available on IBM Power Systems for a few years, and many organizations have migrated to it, bringing numerous advantages such as flexibility, efficient resource utilization, server consolidation and reduction in costs. As a Tailored Data Center Integration (TDI) model, an SAP-certified person is required to install and configure HANA. During deployment, a certified HANA engineer sets up the system following IBM Power server and SAP HANA best practices and runs an SAP HANA Hardware Configuration Check Tool (HWCCT), which ensures the environment has been configured for HANA prerequisites and for hardware performance to meet HANA KPIs.
After deployment, however, organizations will eventually need to make changes to their workloads and infrastructure. The monitoring tools you use might not capture deviations from best practices. Some components of your system might require periodic checks like firmware updates, patches, backups, cluster operations and so on. Hence the need arises for a periodic health check for SAP HANA on Power Systems. Without periodic health checks, you might not be getting the best availability and performance from your systems, and you could be at greater risk for an unplanned outage.
What is an SAP HANA on Power Systems health check?
A health check involves inspecting your system in several key areas, such as:
- Ensuring up-to-date software levels
- Examining the adequacy of hardware resources
- Looking at system tuning based on your current workload pattern
- Doing checks for best practices in virtualization
- Checking the feasibility of adopting newly released features in the Power server/OS/HANA
Your HANA configuration, error logs, high availability and backup policies are also validated.
Minimum checks that needs to be carried out as a part of an SAP HANA on Power Systems health check
The following chart shows a list of the minimum checks that must be covered as a part of an SAP HANA on Power Systems health check. This is only a high-level list; additional checks based on your results may be needed.
Benefits of an SAP HANA system health check
An SAP HANA on Power Systems health check offers numerous benefits:
- Helps you identify any single point of failure and fix it
- Helps prepare you for handling unexpected downtime
- Demonstrates current hardware utilization and growth trends, thus helping you plan for future growth or release a portion of your hardware for other workloads, thus saving on budget for any additional workloads
- Helps you get better support by staying up-to-date with software versions
- Helps you better manage your IT budget by knowing growth trends
- Helps you know new technologies that could be applied to your environment
- Improves productivity, improves your confidence and may reduce the cost of acquiring additional hardware for new workloads
Who can perform an SAP HANA on Power Systems health check?
An SAP HANA on Power Systems health check can be done by anyone who has good knowledge of IBM Power Systems, Linux and HANA. You may do it yourself or engage a team of experienced consultants like IBM Systems Lab Services. Lab Services helps organizations build and optimize SAP HANA solutions with Linux on Power Systems with a tailored data center infrastructure strategy, and health checks are among the many services we offer to help clients optimize their SAP HANA environments.
Contact us today for help with your SAP HANA on Power Systems health check and realize the benefits.