We validated the configuration best practices described in this guide by using SAP ERP 6.0 EHP7 on the NetWeaver 740 technology platform with the Oracle Database 12c release. We installed the distributed SAP system on SUSE SLES hosts in a virtual environment. In our use case, the ERP system with a BM1 database represents a production system running with a database of approximately 2.7 TB. The ERP system’s Oracle database was fully backed up five times to the Data Domain appliance. After each backup, we added unique data to the database, using SAP benchmark tools to simulate data growth. The DD Boost software we installed integrates with SAP-supported databases to perform host-based deduplication to Data Domain, sending only unique blocks of data over the network. DD Boost saves bandwidth and lowers network use, a significant benefit when backups occur in parallel in the data center.
The goal of these tests is to show how the Dell EMC Ready Solution for SAP Landscapes with Data Domain can quickly back up a production database system and offer consolidation savings to businesses. Backup metrics and screen shots show how we achieved our goals.
SAP Power Benchmark (PBM), which is based on the standard Sales and Distribution (SD) benchmark, is a collection of Perl scripts and SAP configuration transports. PBM allows simulation of a large number of SAP user logins and performs a wide range of order-to-cash transactions. For more information, see the SAP Power Benchmarks documentation. We ran the PBM to create workloads and to generate data growth between backups.