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Cut Costs and Improve Agility with SAP NetWeaver Landscape Virtualization Management

by Suresh Ramakrishnan | SAPinsider

July 1, 2012

Cloud and virtualization are changing the way companies conduct business. However, while these new trends help drive efficiency in some areas, the IT department is still dealing with manual processes and a lack of visibility across applications and infrastructures. This article shows how SAP NetWeaver Landscape Virtualization Management help solve those challenges, allowing IT to automate certain tasks and centrally configure, monitor, and manage their SAP systems and landscapes in physical and virtual infrastructures.
 

The introduction of virtualization and cloud technologies is bringing transformative change to enterprise IT and promises to help drive efficiency, reduce costs, and improve agility. While these are exciting developments, the administration of complex system landscapes has always been a costly, labor-intensive process. IT still needs to configure, deploy, monitor, and manage systems and landscapes in the new virtual and cloud infrastructure, while dealing with: 

  • Manual processes that bog down your workforce and affect system availability. Reducing the time and effort that your IT staff spends manually setting up and managing systems can free them to handle much more innovative, value-added tasks. Consider the resources spent on basic copy, clone, and refresh tasks alone. These repetitive operations are often completed manually, which can take days or even weeks. Being able to automate these tasks is critical.
  • A lack of visibility across your applications and infrastructure. To effectively manage business-critical applications across complex, hybrid IT landscapes that blend traditional and virtual architectures, you need a single, unified view and a set of tools to manage and control resources. Seeing the real-time health, status, capacity, and performance of your applications, as well as their architecture and interdependencies, is crucial whether they are running on traditional or virtual servers. 

To help overcome these challenges, SAP offers SAP NetWeaver Landscape Virtualization Management software, which allows IT to automate certain tasks and centrally configure, monitor, and manage their SAP systems and landscapes in physical and virtual infrastructures.

Save Time (and Your Staff’s Sanity) with Automation

SAP NetWeaver Landscape Virtualization Management reduces the time, effort, and cost of operating SAP systems by automating and simplifying common administrative tasks. For example, companies can use this solution to reduce the manual effort and overall time needed to:

  • Clone. The software allows users to build an exact image of the source SAP system, creating a duplicate with identical system IDs and system names in an isolated environment. 
  • Copy. Users can make a clone of a source application and change the system name and ID so that it operates as a new, standalone system.
  • Refresh. Users can refresh business data in a non-production system directly from the production application.

Of course, automation can be difficult when a company has to rely on an excessive number of management tools to support applications and their underlying infrastructures. Having to search across different tools for information severely limits your view of what’s happening, which leads to hidden inefficiencies and unexpected application downtime. That’s why SAP NetWeaver Landscape Virtualization Management also provides a central location where users can visualize the entire infrastructure in which the SAP applications are running.

Gain a Centralized, Comprehensive View of Your IT Infrastructure

SAP NetWeaver Landscape Virtualization Management delivers centralized visualization, monitoring tools and dashboards, dependency analysis capabilities, and automated management reporting functionality. The solution collects data about infrastructure and applications in real time and allows users to view and analyze this information through a single window.

The software also shows the dependencies between systems so you know exactly what will be affected if you start or stop a particular application. Moreover, it consults this same dependency graph whenever operations are performed to ensure proper order and sequencing between systems. In addition, prebuilt dashboards give users a visualization of activities, services, systems, resources, diagnostic messages, and more.

Through this centralized view, users can also set up automated monitoring and management. With two modes of operation — automatic or approvals based — IT has complete control over how and when they respond to fluctuating demand for application capacity. The software also includes a task planner for scheduling tasks related to the operation and management of the SAP systems. Users can schedule tasks as a one-time occurrence or as repeated activities; these tasks can be performed on a single system or in multiple systems, thereby reducing the amount of human interaction and the chance of error.

In addition, SAP NetWeaver Landscape Virtualization Management provides complete visibility and management capabilities by working in conjunction with key infrastructure components — such as the virtualization layer, storage, operating system, and network (see Figure 1). This visibility includes end-to-end health and performance monitoring of all traditional and virtual infrastructures and applications. It’s all centralized to provide a single, integrated view of both SAP and non-SAP components in your landscape — down to the lowest level of detail or component through comprehensive dashboards (see Figure 2)

SAP NetWeaver Landscape Virtualization Management provides visibility into applications and their underlying infrastructure.
Figure 1 SAP NetWeaver Landscape Virtualization Management provides visibility into applications and their underlying infrastructure.
Figure 2 Comprehensive dashboards give enhanced visibility of applications and infrastructure performance.

Learn More

Your IT department shouldn’t be bogged down with manual, repetitive tasks or have to struggle to get a good view of their infrastructure across systems and solutions. With SAP NetWeaver Landscape Virtualization Management, IT gains the ability to automate time-consuming tasks, as well as a single, unified view of the traditional and virtualized landscape — and the monitoring and management tools to keep everything running. The result is radically simplified management of SAP landscapes, lower capital investment and operational costs, and the freedom to support new business initiatives. Learn more about SAP NetWeaver Landscape Virtualization Management at www.sap.com/solutions/technology/cloud/virtualization.

Suresh Ramakrishnan (suresh.ramakrishnan@sap.com) is Senior Director of Technology Marketing at SAP. Suresh is the marketing lead for SAP’s cloud technology portfolio, including its virtualization and cloud management offerings and SAP’s platform-as-a-service offering. Prior to working at SAP, Suresh held leadership positions at several Silicon Valley technology and consulting companies, including Tibco, Encover, and Trianz.

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