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Build a robust data protection strategy for your SAP environment with Micro Focus Data Protector

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When it comes to digital transformation, providing uninterrupted access to mission-critical applications is a top priority for many IT organizations, requiring systems and processes to adapt rapidly to new technologies and business models. Many of these IT organizations are having considerable success in this transformation through the use of SAP HANA.  SAP HANA has evolved from an in-memory computing platform that allows users to perform real-time analytics to a general-purpose data management platform also supporting transactional applications, as well as other hybrid transactional/analytical processing (HTAP) use cases.

One of the challenges facing companies adopting SAP HANA is how to reliably protect the data generated by SAP HANA mission-critical applications. This becomes even more daunting when considering SAP HANA’s rigorous requirements of continuous availability with close to 100% uptime and extremely low Recovery Time (RTO) and Recovery Point Objectives (RPO). According to SAP, continuous availability of applications is one of the critical success pillars for enterprise-grade SAP deployments. Protecting and recovering mission-critical SAP applications is becoming increasingly difficult given growing application complexity, increasing data volumes, and rising business demands.

Data Protector, Micro Focus’ enterprise-class software for backup and recovery of data in hybrid IT, is known as one of the best solutions for protecting SAP environments on the market today. Gartner recognized that capability and commented that “Data Protector is a single, scalable solution with support for a wide range of host environments, and offers native integration with many enterprise core applications, especially SAP,” and “Data Protector features automated SAP data protection that eliminates requirements for scripting.” Data Protector greatly reduces the need for scripting and eliminates scripting for admins who use it to schedule backups.

In our recent Data Protector 10.10 announcement press release, Sanjay Salunkhe, EVP, Engineering Services at Capgemini, said: “Organizations deploying SAP HANA applications must consider the protection and availability strategy for these critical environments. Among various solutions that are out there, Micro Focus Data Protector stands out for its comprehensive capabilities for SAP and SAP HANA systems. The native integration with HANA and advanced SLA reporting helps organizations meet all SAP recommended data protection best-practices and ensure that RPO/RTO requirements are always met.” 

Data Protector’s newest SAP certification
Data Protector 10 was recently certified for integration with SAP HANA via the SAP HANA-BRINT 1.1. You can find Data Protector in the SAP Certified Solutions Directory:

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Data Protector is also listed on this SAP HANA Backint certification site for SAP HANA 1.0 and 2.0 for HANA-BRINT 1.1 

Data Protector—because SAP HANA native backup tools are not sufficient
While SAP HANA native backup tools, such as HANA Studio, automatically save data from memory to disk at regular savepoints, these are tactical tools without a long-term view. An enterprise backup solution is essential to augment these tools to address the following core data protection requirements:

  • Protect against disk failures, logical damage, human error, or application bugs.
  • Create full backups and store them off-site on a different medium for Disaster Recovery.
  • Reset the database to an earlier point in time, if required.
  • Restore the underlying operating system and configuration.
  • Create additional database copies which can be used for creating dev or test environments or for QA.
  • Meet legal and compliance needs.

 Data Protector can help create a comprehensive data protection strategy
Data Protector can efficiently address the data protection challenges of migrating from traditional databases to SAP HANA. It enables highly scalable, centrally managed backup and recovery with single and multi-node cluster deployments. An integrated, high performance, scalable hardware/software solution based on integrations with HPE storage or with other storage platforms offers centralized management, media management, reporting and analytics for performance tracking and resource utilization, enabling automation, higher uptime, cost efficiencies and compliance. Read this Taneja Group brief about the HPE Storage with Data Protector solution for SAP HANA.

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(Above, is a screenshot of the new Data Protector 10.10 dashboard. Read our announcement blog to find out more about the recent release of Data Protector 10.10.) 

Data Protector supports SAP HANA

  1. Integrated, tested, and certified for SAP HANA

Meets all SAP recommended best practices including backup of databases, logs and configurations, on any media, anywhere. Make use of powerful deduplication, cloud offload and fast direct recovery.

  1. Application consistent protection

Use an integrated smart agent for SAP for application consistent backup and recovery of SAP HANA databases. Enable multi-stream high-speed protection, point in time recovery and system copies. 

  1. Built-in disaster recovery

Simplify the recovery process for a failed SAP HANA node. A single click enables recovery of system data including OS files, drivers, and application binaries from local or remote media. 

  1. Predictive SLA management

Monitor and track SLAs in real time. Admins can manage recovery point and time objectives with alerts and automated recommendations. Track backup success rates, storage resources and performance with built-in advanced reports. 

  1. Flexible, highly efficient data protection architecture

Run parallel backups to several hundred devices, including high-end devices in very large virtual and physical backup libraries. And with no bottleneck when it comes to fast backup infrastructure, opportunities arise to deliver record-breaking TB per hour of throughput in a single session.

 Click here to get more information on the advantages of protecting your SAP environment with Data Protector! Resources include links to a demo video, a white paper and customer success stories.

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