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SAP HANA TDI on Cisco UCS and VMware vSphere - Part 1



Support for non-productive SAP HANA systems on VMware vSphere 5.1 has been announced in November 2012. Since April 2014, also productive SAP HANA systems can be virtualized by customers on VMware vSphere 5.5. Currently, some restrictions apply which are preventing SAP HANA to be treated like any other SAP Application running on VMware vSphere. But because the conditions for virtualized HANA will be harmonized in the future in order to fit to a homogenous SAP technology platform, it is recommended to continously keep the SAP documentation up-to-date and always refer to the latest version only.

The audience of this series should have a basic understanding of following components:

Additionally, a deeper understanding of SAP HANA TDI is mandatory:

SAP: SAP HANA Tailored Datacenter Integration

Cisco: SAP HANA TDI on Cisco UCS

Cisco and EMC: Cisco UCS Integrated Infrastructure for SAP Applications with EMC VNX

Cisco and NetApp: FlexPod Datacenter for SAP Solution with Cisco ACI

Following combination has been tested and verified as working. It is strongly advised against using lower versions, while newer versions are considered to work as expected as long as the combination is reflected in the Cisco and VMware compatibility guides.

  • Cisco UCS Manager 2.1
  • VMware ESXi 5.5
  • VMware vCenter Server 5.5
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 SP3
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server 6.5
  • SAP HANA 1.0 SPS07

Although one of the goals of this series is to consolidate information about the virtualized HANA deployment process, there is still a lot of necessary referencing to other documentation. Please consult the following during the planning and installation phase:

Virtualization References

Document ID / URL


SAP Note 1492000

General Support Statement for Virtual Environments

SAP Note 2161991

VMware vSphere configuration guidelines

SAP Note 1606643

VMware vSphere host monitoring interface

SAP Note 1788665

SAP HANA Support for virtualized / partitioned (multi-tenant) environments

SAP Note 1995460

SAP HANA on VMware vSphere in production

SAP Note 2024433

Multiple SAP HANA VMs on VMware vSphere in production

SAP Note 2157587

SAP Business Warehouse, powered by SAP HANA on VMware vSphere in scale-out and production

SAP Note 2315348

Single SAP HANA VM on VMware vSphere 6 in production

SAP Note 2237937

Virtual Machines hanging with VMware ESXi 5.5 Update 3 and 6.0

HANA Virtualization Guidelines from SAP

SAP HANA Virtualization Guidelines with VMware vSphere

HANA Virtualization Guidelines from VMware

SAP HANA Virtualization Guidelines with VMware vSphere

SAP Virtualization Best PracticesOverall SAP Virtualization Best Practices from VMware

Linux References

Document ID / URL


SAP Note 171356

SAP software on Linux: General information

SAP Note 2235581

SAP HANA: Supported Operating Systems

SAP Note 1944799

SAP HANA Guidelines for SLES Operating System Installation

SAP Note 2009879

SAP HANA Guidelines for RHEL Operating System Installation

SAP Note 2001528

SAP HANA Database SPS 08, SPS 09 and SPS 10 on RHEL 6 or SLES 11

SAP Note 2228351

SAP HANA Database SPS 11 (or higher) on RHEL 6 or SLES 11


Part 1 - Introduction

Part 2 - ESXi Host

Part 3 - Virtual Machine

Part 4 - Guest Operating System

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