As enterprise companies enter the digital world, the world is now more connected and with the extreme growth of IoT, mobile and tablet devices there is a huge amount of data to be managed. For many organizations, real-time insights are critical to the success of their organization and SAP has become their database of choice because it has full breadth support for different database types (Oracle, HANA, MaxDB, MS SQL, Sybase, and others.) To address the rapid pace of digital transformation, enterprises will often use different databases for different types of workloads, and in a typical enterprise data center today, you will see several SAP databases, each handling a specific business need and workload. SAP databases are frequently used in disciplines such as manufacturing, human resources and banking. SAP databases are also useful for airlines that need to store ticket service and passenger information, as well as universities maintaining student databases. Really anywhere there are large amounts of data being collected and stored.
While SAP does provide a few native backup and recovery options, these native tools often lack robust functionality and have some limitations:
Cohesity first announced the support for SAP HANA in December 2019 to address the evolving business requirements of our customers, we are excited to expand our support for the SAP portfolio, and add to our certified solutions for the SAP portfolio. This increased support delivers our customers simplicity through automation, exceptional performance, and unified management across on-premises and cloud-based systems. With the 6.6.0b release, we now include support for the full spectrum of SAP databases — HANA, Oracle, MaxDB, Sybase, and third-party databases like DB2 and MS SQL — bringing the power of our Helios engine to any SAP-supported database.
Cohesity customers can now discover, register, and keep their mission-critical SAP estate protected with policies that configure backup frequency, retention, archival, and replication. In addition, Cohesity added optimization that allows organizations to leverage the Cohesity scale out architecture to improve write and read performance of backups and restore.
Through Cohesity Helios, a multi-cloud data management platform, both IT and backup admin teams can view the status of their data, log backups, and restore jobs, all from a centralized user interface. They can also view a summary of backup and recovery activity, identify the latest recovery points, and quickly identify which backups need attention across different SAP databases. In addition, both IT and backup admins can now generate reports and receive alerts on status of all backups and restore.
Cohesity allows you to do all this without affecting the ability of SAP admins to perform on-demand backup and restore operations, if needed, using native tools such as SAP Cockpit, BrTools, SAP HANA Studio, etc.
Cohesity delivers its powerful policy automation by directly integrating with the SAP-certified BackINT interface as a Connector. All you have to do is deploy the Cohesity Agent, Connector and register your SAP hosts with Cohesity DataProtect where all the SAP databases in the environment are discovered, and then you can assign a Cohesity policy of your choice.
There are many factors that go into selecting the right backup and recovery solution for your database applications. It is important to ensure that the solution you use meets your needs not just today, but well into the future. You will want a solution that can address several key considerations, including:
Cohesity is committed to providing simplified backup and rapid recovery for your SAP databases. Whether your SAP systems are on-prem, in the cloud, or in a hybrid environment, Cohesity delivers a robust, plug-and-play approach for your mission-critical SAP environments today and into the future.