This report describes a solution that provides system administrators with the ability to quickly copy, clone, and manage SAP systems by using SAP NetWeaver Landscape Virtualization Management (LVM) software, NetApp shared storage, and NetApp Storage Services Connector (SSC).

The goal of this document is to (a) provide IT administrators and operational staff with an understanding of the integration of NetApp shared storage with SAP NetWeaver® Landscape Virtualization Management software, and (b) provide decision makers with an understanding of its complexity by using exemplary use cases to reduce implementation risks.

The goals of this report are to:

  • Explain the use cases and challenges of cloning and copying existing SAP systems for production, development, and testing environments.
  • Describe the role and setup of the SSC within SAP LVM to create SAP system copies and clones within a fraction of the time that is usually required when using traditional storage systems. 
  • Give an overview of the architecture and explain the interaction between the individual components.