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Automation of Workload Deployment, Governance & Portability on Hybrid Clouds

The growing sophistication and deployment complexity of next-generation workloads means that traditional approaches to workload deployment, governance and auditability management no longer meet business expectations.  In a competitive world, customers must deploy services quickly, then rapidly and safely add or remove resources from already running workloads to meet the demands of users, based on service level requirements, time scheduling and cost factors, while adhering to the security and governance requirements.

Declarative  workload delivery, governance,  auditability and portability is a recent technical breakthrough, tying the power of application modeling to the flexibility of software defined infrastructure.

 

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The Vnomic declarative deployment and governance Platform is an workload centric automation solution capable of controlling the most sophisticated workloads and infrastructures and includes the following components,

  1. The Vnomic modeling framework allows users to concisely express application components, their dependencies and inter-relationships and infrastructure requirements, as application building blocks.
  2. The Vnomic Service Designer allows service architects to snap together building blocks into error-free Application Service Models which describe sophisticated application landscapes, independent of infrastructure. Policies are used to expose and configure customization points.
  3. The Vnomic Desired State Controller interprets these Application Service Models as holistic desired state specifications and automatically computes a concrete topology and a correctly ordered sequence of infrastructure operations to provision compute, network and storage resources, with deployment operations to materialize software components and initialize their state, and configuration operations to ensure infrastructure, software components, and services are able to operate correctly.  

 

Automated SAP Enterprise Workload Deployment, Governance & Portability on Hybrid Clouds

SAP, Cisco, and Vnomic are collaborating to dramatically accelerate and simplify the deployment and operation of large scale SAP workload  on Hybrid Clouds using Vnomic automated delivery, governance, auditability and portability platform.vnomic-1

SAP BW/HANA landscapes possess all the attributes of complex, dynamic workload that can benefit from Vnomic solution automation . These include distributed users, 24/7 global availability, highly variable performance and scale demands, virtual and physical resource requirements, various types of storage, and changing security and governance requirements. It can take weeks and months to provision, deploy and configure these workload landscapes and involves manual layout of new infrastructure, connectivity and configuration of L4-7 services, with potential for errors, further slowing deployment cycles. This leads to rigid IT environments, limiting agility of customers to respond to variable business demands.

SAP Business Information Warehouse (SAP BW) on HANA Workload  Overview

SAP BW/HANA workload consist of multiple application components across a multi-tier topology,  with  detailed requirements for how those tiers communicate. The infrastructure  must be configured to enable this complex communication while still meeting business needs for security, compliance, and service levels. Any changes to a tier, such as supporting increasing demand, often requires extensive configuration changes to the network devices.

Vnomic Modeling Framework  declaratively describes all the components, services, and their inter-relationships which comprise SAP BW/HANA landscapes. Using the Vnomic Service Designer, the components are architected into an infrastructure-independent Application Service Model representing suitable deployment topologies required in the SAP BW/HANA landscapes.

Vnomic automates all infrastructure components including compute, network, storage, load balancers and firewalls, enabling these complex communication requirements of SAP BW on SAP HANA  to be implemented in real-world  installations.

SAP Business Information Warehouse (SAP BW) Components

The reporting, analysis, and interpretation of business data is of central importance to a company in guaranteeing its competitive edge, optimizing processes, and enabling it to react quickly and in line with the market.  To achieve these goals, the SAP Business Information Warehouse (SAP BW) provides a business intelligence platform, data warehousing functionality, and a suite of business intelligence. It captures, stores, and consolidates customer vital information with the enterprise data warehouse platform. It allows customers, in real-time, to tightly integrate warehousing capabilities for a single version of the truth, decision-ready business intelligence, and accelerated operations.

SAP HANA, combines database, data processing, and application platform capabilities in-memory, with unparalleled performance. This new architecture enables converged OLTP and OLAP data processing within a single in-memory column-based data store with ACID compliance1, while eliminating data redundancy and latency. The SAP HANA platform provides libraries for predictive analytics, planning, text analytics, spatial processing, and business analytics. By providing such advanced capabilities all on the same architecture, it further simplifies application development and processing across big data sources and structures. This makes SAP HANA the most suitable platform for building and deploying next-generation, real-time applications and analytics.

SAP BW/HANA landscapes consist of multiple application components across a multi-tier topology. SAP Business Warehouse is deployed as a horizontally scalable application server tier with a coordinator node, which share configuration storage with specific compute, network and storage requirements. SAP HANA is a highly scalable in-memory database deployed as a multi-node cluster with specific high performance processor requirements, network connectivity and performance requirements, large memory requirements, and cluster shared state with specific storage requirements.

Deployment of SAP Business Information Warehouse (SAP BW) and HANA Workload on Hybrid Clouds

When an application is deployed, customers will need to configure the application so that it meets the communication requirements. For example, between the HANA tier and the Storage tier there are multiple connections, each with specific requirements for performance, security, and quality of service. The Vnomic Desired State Controller (DSC) computes the infrastructure requirements and deploy the entire workload on the infrastructure in the right order.  Because all application characteristics are fully specified, compliance is ensured across any changes in an agile environment.

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BW on HANA integrated with Cisco®
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BW on HANA policies reflected in Cisco® Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI)
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Customer Benefits

Leveraging the power of programmable infrastructure , and Vnomic  Declarative Deployment and Governance, customers can deploy a complete SAP BW/HANA workload in hours with no manual errors.  Vnomic effectively removes the traditional semantic gap between application requirements and infrastructure  implementation.  This results in order-of-magnitude faster deployment and operational control of dynamic applications.