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IBM on-premise cloud configuration for SAP on AIX

This document describes the SAP Landscape Management scenarios with AIX. 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products – namely IBM Systems Director, IBM Flex System Manager and IBM Hardware Management Console (HMC) – has been withdrawn.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


OS and SAP monitoring

SAP host agent


Activate/ Deactivate, shutdown virtual system (logical partition)


Relocate virtual system (live partition mobility)



Provision new virtual system from image



Storage scenarios:

The following storage-related scenarios are supported:

Use Case Description Dependencies

SAP Relocate

Relocate SAP instance or database including storage attachment

SVC, V7000, XIV, FlashSystem, DS8000 (NPIV or direct attached SAN)

with IBM Spectrum Protect Snapshot and/or PowerVC

System Clone/Copy/Refresh

Fast online/offline cloning of database or entire SAP system

System Rename

Rename SAP system and database including user authorization

IBM Spectrum Virtualize (SAN Volume Controller / SVC or Storwize V7000) provides storage virtualization and allows to combine storage systems from multiple vendors. Likewise, IBM FlashSystem models with integrated storage virtualization (V9000, V840) are supported.

If storage is mirrored using IBM Spectrum Virtualize (SVC or IBM Storwize), the administrator can select to create the Clone/Copy/Refresh at the remote site. With this feature most common high-availability/disaster recovery scenarios are supported.

Restrictions with PowerVC storage management:

If IBM PowerVC is used for storage management (i.e. no IBM Spectrum Protect Snapshot installed) the following restrictions apply:

  • System clone/copy/refresh is only supported in offline mode
  • IBM System Storage DS8000 has not been tested by us yet.

SAP scenarios:

  • Automatic Capacity Management including provisioning of additional dialog instances is supported.
  • Post-Copy Automation is supported.

SAP notes and documentation:

What is coming next?

The latest version of PowerVC supports consistency groups to snapshot a group of volumes at one point in time. SAP Landscape Management will exploit this feature soon to enable online cloning with PowerVC.

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