More and more SAP customers want to migrate their applications to the in-memory database SAP HANA – but they don’t know how. They were advised to watch the presentation that Bernd Noll, a member of SAP Active Global Support, held at the beginning of July in Orlando at the SAPPHIRE conference. Together with SUSE, the SAP transformation specialist invited experts to hear an overview of the current SAP HANA migration options – “powered by SUSE and driven by SAP Landscape Transformation (LT) Software.”
It is no wonder that SAP appeared together with SUSE at this event, especially since SAP recommends and supports the SUSE Linux Enterprise Server operating system for optimal use of SAP HANA. “SAP has already registered thousands of satisfied SAP HANA customers – which means there are also thousands of satisfied SUSE Linux customers – and this number is increasing every day,” stated Bernd Noll while summing up this close partnership.
Complex System Landscapes, Huge Data Volumes
For most companies, switching to SAP HANA presents the challenge of transforming complex system landscapes with huge data volumes. There are three approaches to this:
- “Lift and Shift”: This is regarded as the standard approach, whereby all master data and transaction data from one system is migrated to SAP HANA.
- “Carve Out”: Only selected data from one system is migrated.
- “Consolidation”: Only selected data from multiple systems is migrated.
Several Birds with One Stone
“Both the carve-out and the consolidation approach offer companies an advantage in that they migrate only the data that is actually required to SAP HANA, without having to migrate superfluous data,” emphasized Bernd Noll in his presentation. “Both approaches are optimally supported by the SAP Landscape Transformation (LT) tool, most notably the SAP Landscape Transformation Server.”
By using the SAP LT tools, customers can:
- Combine multiple activities into one step, such as selective migration, data harmonization, system consolidation, etc.
- Ensure process continuity
- Retain flexibility by combining this migration with operating system and database migration, upgrades, and Unicode migrations.
- Standardize and consolidate business processes
- Minimize downtime
- Accelerate project success
- Reduce TCO
- Minimize risks