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  • 2014 Cisco and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. This document is Cisco Public. Page 1 of 150

    White Paper

    SAP HANA Tailored Datacenter Integration Option

    Cisco UCS Configuration Principles for Shared Storage

    March 2014

  • 2014 Cisco and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. This document is Cisco Public. Page 2 of 150

    Contents

    Table of Figures ....................................................................................................................................................... 3

    Introduction .............................................................................................................................................................. 8

    Global Hardware Requirements for the SAP HANA Database ............................................................................. 8 CPU ...................................................................................................................................................................... 8 Memory ................................................................................................................................................................. 9 CPU and Memory Combinations ........................................................................................................................... 9 Network ............................................................................................................................................................... 10 Storage ............................................................................................................................................................... 12 File System Sizes ............................................................................................................................................... 13 Operating System ............................................................................................................................................... 14 Boot Options ....................................................................................................................................................... 14 High Availability ................................................................................................................................................... 14

    Cisco Solution for SAP HANA Scale-Out Design ................................................................................................ 15 Cisco UCS Configuration .................................................................................................................................... 17 Server Pool Policy ............................................................................................................................................... 22 BIOS Policy ......................................................................................................................................................... 23 Serial over LAN Policy ........................................................................................................................................ 26 Maintenance Policies .......................................................................................................................................... 27 Intelligent Platform Management Interface Access Profile .................................................................................. 28 Service Profile Template Configuration ............................................................................................................... 36 Service Profile Deployment ................................................................................................................................. 42

    Cisco Solution for SAP HANA Tailored Datacenter Integration ........................................................................ 45 PortChannel Connection ..................................................................................................................................... 46 Pinning Option with Eight Uplinks ....................................................................................................................... 49 Storage Connectivity Options .............................................................................................................................. 50

    Boot Options .......................................................................................................................................................... 97 PXE Boot ............................................................................................................................................................ 98 SAN Boot ............................................................................................................................................................ 98 Local Disk Boot ................................................................................................................................................. 100

    Operating System Installation ............................................................................................................................ 105 SUSE Linux Enterprise Server .......................................................................................................................... 105 Operating System Configuration ....................................................................................................................... 118 Linux Kernel Crash Dump ................................................................................................................................. 121

    Storage Access for SAP HANA .......................................................................................................................... 132 Block Storage for SAP HANA Data and Log Files ............................................................................................ 132 File Storage for SAP HANA Data and Log Files ............................................................................................... 134 Block Storage for SAP HANA Shared File System ........................................................................................... 137 File Storage for /hana/shared ............................................................................................................................ 137

    Cisco UCS Solution for SAP HANA TDI: Shared Network ................................................................................ 138 Multiple SAP HANA SIDs in One Appliance...................................................................................................... 139 SAP HANA and SAP Application Server in One Appliance .............................................................................. 140 SAP HANA in an Existing Cisco UCS Deployment ........................................................................................... 141

    Conclusion ........................................................................................................................................................... 142

    For More Information ........................................................................................................................................... 142

    Appendix: Direct-Attached NFS Failure Scenarios ........................................................................................... 142 Network-Attached Storage and Cisco UCS Appliance Ports ............................................................................ 142 Summary of Failure Recovery Principles .......................................................................................................... 150

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    Table of Figures

    Figure 1. High-Level SAP HANA Network Overview ..................................................................................... 11

    Figure 2. File System Layout .......................................................................................................................... 13

    Figure 3. Cisco Solution for SAP HANA Scale-Out Design .......................................................................... 16

    Figure 4. Chassis Discovery Policy ................................................................................................................ 18

    Figure 5. IOM Fabric Ports with Pinning Mode .............................................................................................. 18

    Figure 6. IOM Fabric Ports with Port Channel Mode ..................................................................................... 18

    Figure 7. Power Policy ..................................................................................................................................... 19

    Figure 8. Power Control Policy for SAP HANA Nodes .................................................................................. 19

    Figure 9. Server Pool Policy Qualification HANA-512GB-4870 .................................................................... 20

    Figure 10. CPU Qualification Properties .......................................................................................................... 20

    Figure 11. Memory Qualification Properties .................................................................................................... 21

    Figure 12. Server Pool ....................................................................................................................................... 21

    Figure 13. Server Pool Policy HANA-512GB-4870 ........................................................................................... 22

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