This document describes the SAP Landscape Virtualization Management scenarios with IBM i. For other IBM platforms refer to the parent document IBM on-premise cloud configuration for SAP.

IBM PowerVC is the virtualization and cloud management product, built on OpenStack, that delivers advanced virtualization management on IBM Power Systems. OpenStack technology has evolved as industry standard for infrastructure-as-a-service management. This technology has been made available for SAP on AIX environments by supporting PowerVC with SAP Landscape Management.

With SAP Landscape Management 3.0, the support of older IBM virtualization management products – namely IBM Systems Director, IBM Flex System Manager and IBM Hardware Management Console (HMC) – has been withdrawn.

Virtualization scenarios:

The following virtualization scenarios are supported with any type of storage and storage attachment:

Use Case Description Dependencies

End-to-end monitoring and visualization

Show virtualization topology, server and virtualization configuration, and utilization metrics

IBM PowerVC

OS and SAP monitoring

SAP host agent

Operations

Activate/ Deactivate, shutdown virtual system (logical partition)

IBM PowerVC

Relocate virtual system (live partition mobility)

IBM PowerVC

Provisioning

Provision new virtual system from image

IBM PowerVC

Virtualization System Clone/Copy

Capture IBM i system as image with attached storage, then deploy new system from image

IBM PowerVC

 

SAP scenarios:

  • System Rename is supported as separate task.
  • Post-Copy Automation is fully supported.

SAP notes and documentation:

What is coming next?

IBM intends to support virtualization based SAP Clone/Copy.

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