By Scott Edwards, XP Disk Array Product Manager
Earlier this month, HP announced two new solutions that will greatly benefit SAP customers seeking ways to reduce time and costs when creating copies of their SAP instances, and those seeking greater uptime or availability in their SCM environments.
The two new solutions, HP StorageWorks System Copy Software for SAP and HP Hot Standby for SAP SCM liveCache (hss) are unique to HP and work exclusively with the HP XP Disk Array storage platform.
HP System Copy Software
This new software solution is a "customer-installable" product that automates many of the multiple steps that are needed in the copy process. Automating these steps, such as creating the copy, renaming and reconfiguring of the SAP instance, and presenting that new copy to the host, can save customers hours, if not days, of time. Plus, it eliminates the need to have three different administrators relying on each other to make the copy occur. With HP System Copy Software, only the SAP admin needs to be involved in the process.
This software product is an HP developed solution, which replaces the service HP used to offer known as ExSID. No other vendor offers an "off-the-shelf" product like this; rather, they bring in their services group to help create the custom scripts for each environment.
HP System Copy, which begins shipping mid-June 09, is currently only supported on the HP StorageWorks XP family of disk arrays, but will be available on other HP arrays (like the EVA disk arrays) in the near future.
For more information on System Copy (including the technical whitepaper), visit www.hp.com/go/systemcopy.
HP Hot Standby for SAP SCM liveCache (hss)
On May 8th, HP announced a new feature in HP Serviceguard Extension for SAP (SGeSAP) known as HP Hot Standby for SAP SCM liveCache (hss) - a feature unique to the HP Serviceguard (SGeSAP) offering that extends high availability protection to SAP's supply chain management (SCM) application.
According to the HP Serviceguard web page: "HP Serviceguard Extension for SAP now includes HP Hot Standby for liveCache, the first and only high availability solution for SAP liveCache that is proven in production and co-developed with and recognized by SAP. An off-the-shelf solution means you have no nasty surprises when you see the bill. You are completely covered with a solution that evolves as you do and is fully supported by HP. Using HP Hot Standby for liveCache, Serviceguard Extension for SAP slashes SAP liveCache recovery time from days or hours to as little as two minutes and is recognized by SAP as the first solution of its kind on the market."
The Hot Standby protection is only available with HP StorageWorks XP Disk Arrays. In addition, HP is the only vendor offering an off the shelf product of this type. For more information about this Hot Standby Solution feature in Servicegaurd, please view their solution brief at http://h20195.www2.hp.com/V2/GetDocument.aspx?docn
These two, HP unique, solutions (HP System Copy Software and HP Hot Standby for SAP SCM) offer great benefits to SAP customers in terms of cost and time savings, as well as high availability protection to keep their business running.