As an SAP user, you may already be familiar with SAP Landscape Management (SAP LaMa) — a specialized product that supports centralized management of your SAP landscape. SAP LaMa is useful for a wide range of SAP customers and use cases, but it’s especially important to large enterprises that manage very large, diverse, and often geographically dispersed SAP landscapes.
Google Cloud recently released a free connector that our SAP customers can deploy on an existing or new SAP LaMa instance. It’s a potentially important contribution for enterprises that need to address the growing complexity associated with multi-cloud and hybrid-cloud application strategies.
Let’s take a look at how SAP LaMa works, how it fits into a customer’s SAP landscape, and what kinds of benefits they can expect. We’ll also run through some adjustments that SAP admins will need to make in order to launch the connector.
SAP LaMa: Bringing simplicity to SAP landscapes
The Google Cloud Connector for SAP LaMa is distributed as a Java archive — provided free of charge — that customers can deploy on a SAP LaMa system that already exists on premises, or on another cloud, or as part of a new SAP LaMa deployment on Google Cloud. SAP LaMa itself is a centralized SAP management tool designed to simplify, automate, and orchestrate a variety of management and administration tasks across your entire SAP landscape. Some examples of use cases for LaMa include:
- Getting a single, comprehensive overview of your organization’s full SAP landscape
- Automating day-to-day system administration tasks, like system refreshes
- Executing mass stop/start operations across your landscape
- Deploying custom operations and workflows within the SAP application environment
SAP admins can reclaim a significant amount of time by creating SAP context sensitive automation routines that can execute without human intervention, and by completing system maintenance tasks more quickly and consistently. SAP LaMa also elevates service quality by using automation to remove manual intervention (and thus human error) from the system admin process.
The Google Cloud Connector builds bridges for SAP customers
The Google Cloud connector functions as a trigger that extends LaMa functionality to SAP systems deployed on Google Cloud. The connector enables standard SAP LaMa execution scenarios, such as:
- Listing Google Cloud projects, zones, and VM instances within SAP LaMa’s landscape overview
- Mass stop/start of Google Compute Engine (GCE) instances, using either the SAP LaMa user interface or the scheduler
- System clone, copy, and DB refresh with Post Copy Automation
- Resizing of machine types
- Relocating SAP application instances to another VM instance
- SAP HANA failover to a replicated SAP HANA HA system via the SAP Host Agent
By supporting native SAP automation and orchestration, the Google Cloud connector contributes to the overall value customers get from using SAP LaMa. What may be just as important, however, is how the connector makes life easier for customers running Google Cloud as part of a hybrid cloud or multi-cloud SAP landscape. That’s an increasingly important advantage, given recent research revealing that 82% of enterprises are currently deploying hybrid clouds.1
Before getting started with the Google Cloud connector, it’s important to be aware that you’ll have to run it on SAP LaMa 3.0 (the current version), and that you will need to have an SAP Landscape Management – Enterprise Edition licence provided by SAP to support all functionality.
In addition, getting access to the full SAP LaMa feature set for your Google Cloud SAP environment will require you to deploy SAP systems using SAP’s adaptive design principles. These include:
- Using SID (SAP system ID) and instance-specific disk mount points
- Using alias IP for virtual host mapping and portability
- Configuring DNS to manage virtual hostname (aka. FQDN) for all VMs
- Using a local NFS host to manage shared files, as well as copying, migrating, and managing solutions like Filestore and NetApp separately
Because meeting these requirements may require altering your production systems, you’ll have to assess the pros and cons of doing so to take full advantage of the Google Cloud Connector.
Google Cloud is constantly looking for ways to support our SAP customers in running more efficiently and in making the most of their hybrid cloud and multi-cloud strategies. Releasing the Google Connector for SAP LaMa is one more reflection of our commitment to creating value for customers any way we can. Learn more about Google Cloud offerings for SAP customers.
By: Mike Eacrett (SAP Product Manager, SAP, Google Cloud) and Riley Harrington (Solution Manager, SAP Strategy & Architecture, Google Cloud)
Source: Google Cloud Blog