We Found an Easier Way than the Easiest
Last year we wrote about The Easiest Migration to SAP on AWS, now we hate to say it, but we were wrong! After 17 years of doing SAP Migrations, now we found an EASIER way and we can go from any platform to any cloud and vice-versa! Why not? Even SAP is moving its own systems to a public cloud.
IT-Conductor is about IT Process Automation, so we get excited about automation technologies. SAP OS DB Migration has always been a pain, and will probably be as long as customers run business critical applications on it and have complex infrastructures. Since the early 2000's we have worked very complex migrations for SAP, SUN, IBM, and many large global customers and just when the tools and process get easier there comes new challenges of going to the cloud. There are so many cloud platforms today including SAP, AWS, VMware, Azure, GCP, IBM Softlayer, CenturyLink, and many more that supports SAP. The question becomes how do we standardize the way we migrate there in an automated fashion, without having to deal with all the technical hurdles of each cloud, as well as have options to go back if we don't like the new platform. We'll admit, we're agnostic, we want solutions to work with everything, Any-to-Any!
Traditionally, most Enterprise Monitoring Teams (EMT) took the top down approach of consolidating company wide monitoring in as few central platforms as possible. The EMT sometimes often referred to as the NOC (Network Operations Center) focused primarily in the availability monitoring of network and infrastructures. Application teams were mostly expected to monitor their own applications, being the subject matter expert (SME), and only relied on the EMT for infrastructure monitoring. However with the rise of Apps (everything from back-office to customer facing eCommerce) coupled with multi-tier and multi-vendor environments extending to virtualization and cloud frameworks, the lines have blurred between Apps and Infrastructure. SAP customers are in the thick of this change. EMTs need to evolve to meet the new demands of enterprise apps in the "Age of agile" as referred to in a 2017 BigPanda annual State of Monitoring report. While SAP teams are focused on delivering IT business values to internal and external customers, they continue to look for opportunities to offload application monitoring to EMTs. EMTs risk losing the battle to monitor their critical IT operations when they don't equip themselves with the ability to monitor SAP effectively today and for the future.
Regardless of what usage scenarios and platforms you may choose for your Solution Manager 7.2 (Solman), you need options either now or in the future to be able to migrate it either for performance, capacity or licensing reasons. For example, if you choose to deploy Solman 7.2 on Windows and MS SQLServer because that’s what you currently have for Solman 7.1, then later you want to get some experience for SAP HANA with a free DB license, you can migrate it to HANA on Linux.
- Solution Manager 7.2 Monitoring Setup and Configuration eBook
- HANA and SAP Monitoring Comparison Matrix - in 9 capability areas
- Still on Solman 7.1? See Solution Manager Technical Monitoring
IT-Conductor customers went to Teched with one less worry since we are actively monitoring the availability and performance of their SAP applications WITHOUT Solman, so they are free to focus on other projects.
For the common SAP Basis checklist, there are critical SAP monitoring tasks which should be automated for continuous health check.
- Batch jobs
- RFC destinations availability
- Security alerts - failed login attempts/lockouts
- Filesystems utilization
- System availability
- Database space utilization
- Blocked or errors with tRFC/qRFCs
- SAP service queue utilization
- SAP service process status
- Program dumps
attles have been fought over SAP Performance for years and with HANA as the relatively new kid on the old SAP block, there's bound to be comparisons, as well as jibs and jabs between leading contenders. We're here to provide the stats to help judge this battle and today's fight is between two of the leading contenders, SAP HANA and Oracle. We didn't set up this fight, it was already staged by one of our customers (anonymized for privacy reason) who chose us to monitor the battle. Disclaimer: this fight may not be absolutely fair but we deem the battleground and conditions are reasonable, though not scientifically equal, just like when Boxing champion Mayweather boxed against Mixed Martial Artist McGregor. We'll present the stats so you make your own judgment, and since a picture is worth a thousand words, there's no point describing the fight - just show it!
What Amazon Wants, Amazon Gets!
Amazon wanted some groceries, Alexa got Whole Foods. Officially on Monday August 28, 2017 the deal was done, Amazon Echo and Dot devices were being sold in Whole Foods stores.