Storage controller setup

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This section describes the configuration of the NetApp storage system. You must complete the primary installation and setup according to the corresponding ONTAP setup and configuration guides.

Storage efficiency

Inline deduplication, cross-volume inline deduplication, inline compression, and inline compaction are supported with SAP HANA in an SSD configuration.

NetApp Volume Encryption

The use of NetApp Volume Encryption (NVE) is supported with SAP HANA.

Quality of Service

QoS can be used to limit the storage throughput for specific SAP HANA systems or other applications on a shared-use controller. One use case would be to limit the throughput of development and test systems so that they cannot influence production systems in a mixed setup.

During the sizing process, you should determine the performance requirements of a nonproduction system. Development and test systems can be sized with lower performance values, typically in the range of 20% to 50% of a production- system KPI as defined by SAP.

Starting with ONTAP 9, QoS is configured on the storage volume level and uses maximum values for throughput (MBps) and the amount of I/O (IOPS).

Large write I/O has the biggest performance effect on the storage system. Therefore, the QoS throughput limit should be set to a percentage of the corresponding write SAP HANA storage performance KPI values in the data and log volumes.

NetApp FabricPool

NetApp FabricPool technology must not be used for active primary file systems in SAP HANA systems. This includes the file systems for the data and log area as well as the /hana/shared file system. Doing so results in unpredictable performance, especially during the startup of an SAP HANA system.

Using the “snapshot-only” tiering policy is possible as well as using FabricPool in general at a backup target such as a NetApp SnapVault or SnapMirror destination.

Using FabricPool for tiering Snapshot copies at primary storage or using FabricPool at a backup target changes the required time for the restore and recovery of a database or other tasks such as creating system clones or repair systems. Take this into consideration for planning your overall lifecycle-management strategy and check to make sure that your SLAs are still being met while using this function.

FabricPool is a good option for moving log backups to another storage tier. Moving backups affects the time needed to recover an SAP HANA database. Therefore, the option “tiering-minimum-cooling-days” should be set to a value that places log backups, which are routinely needed for recovery, on the local fast storage tier.

Storage configuration

The following overview summarizes the required storage configuration steps. Each step is covered in detail in the subsequent sections. In this section, we assume that the storage hardware is set up and that the ONTAP software is already installed. Also, the connections between the storage ports (10GbE or faster) and the network must already be in place.

  1. Check the correct disk shelf configuration as described in "Disk shelf connection."

  2. Create and configure the required aggregates as described in "Aggregate configuration."

  3. Create a storage virtual machine (SVM) as described in "SVM configuration."

  4. Create LIFs as described in "LIF configuration."

  5. Create volumes within the aggregates as described in "[Volume configuration for SAP HANA single host systems]" and "[Volume configuration for SAP HANA multiple host systems]."

  6. Set the required volume options as described in "Volume options."

  7. Set the required options for NFSv3 as described in "NFS configuration for NFSv3" or for NFSv4 as described in "NFS configuration for NFSv4."

  8. Mount the volumes to namespace and set export policies as described in "Mount volumes to namespace and set export policies."

Disk shelf connection

SAS disk shelves

A maximum of one disk shelf can be connected to one SAS stack to provide the required performance for the SAP HANA hosts, as shown in the following figure. The disks within each shelf must be distributed equally to both controllers of the HA pair. ADPv2 is used with ONTAP 9 and the DS224C disk shelves.

With the DS224C disk shelf, quad-path SAS cabling can also be used but is not required.

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NVMe (100GbE) disk shelves

Each NS224 NVMe disk shelf is connected using two 100GbE ports per controller. The disks within each shelf must be distributed equally to both controllers of the HA pair. ADPv2, as described in the aggregate configuration chapter, is also used for the NS224 disk shelf. The following figure depicts the disk shelf connection with an NVMe drive.

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Aggregate configuration

In general, you must configure two aggregates per controller, independent of the disk shelf or drive technology (SAS SSDs or NVMe SSDs) that is used. This step is necessary so that you can use all available controller resources. For AFF A200 series systems, one data aggregate is enough.

The following image shows a configuration of 12 SAP HANA hosts running on a 12Gb SAS shelf configured with ADPv2. Six SAP HANA hosts are attached to each storage controller. Four separate aggregates, two at each storage controller, are configured. Each aggregate is configured with 11 disks with nine data and two parity disk partitions. For each controller, two spare partitions are available.

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SVM configuration

Multiple SAP landscapes with SAP HANA databases can use a single SVM. An SVM can also be assigned to each SAP landscape, if necessary, in case they are managed by different teams within a company.

If there is a QoS profile automatically created and assigned while creating a new SVM, remove this automatically created profile from the SVM to enable the required performance for SAP HANA:

vserver modify -vserver <svm-name> -qos-policy-group none

LIF configuration

For SAP HANA production systems, you must use different LIFs to mount the data volume and the log volume from the SAP HANA host. Therefore at least two LIFs are required.

The data and log volume mounts of different SAP HANA hosts can share a physical storage network port by either using the same LIFs or by using individual LIFs for each mount.

The maximum amount of data and log volume mounts per physical interface are shown in the following table.

Ethernet port speed 10GbE 25GbE 40GbE 100GeE

Maximum number of log or data volume mounts per physical port

2

6

12

24

Sharing one LIF between different SAP HANA hosts might require a remount of data or log volumes to a different LIF. This change avoids performance penalties if a volume is moved to a different storage controller.

Development and test systems can use more data and volume mounts or LIFs on a physical network interface.

For production, development, and test systems, the /hana/shared file system can use the same LIF as the data or log volume.

Volume configuration for SAP HANA single-host systems

The following figure shows the volume configuration of four single-host SAP HANA systems. The data and log volumes of each SAP HANA system are distributed to different storage controllers. For example, volume SID1_data_mnt00001 is configured on controller A, and volume SID1_log_mnt00001 is configured on controller B.

If only one storage controller of an HA pair is used for the SAP HANA systems, data and log volumes can also be stored on the same storage controller.
If the data and log volumes are stored on the same controller, access from the server to the storage must be performed with two different LIFs: one LIF to access the data volume and the other to access the log volume.

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For each SAP HANA host, a data volume, a log volume, and a volume for /hana/shared are configured. The following table shows an example configuration for single-host SAP HANA systems.

Purpose Aggregate 1 at Controller A Aggregate 2 at Controller A Aggregate 1 at Controller B Aggregate 2 at Controller b

Data, log, and shared volumes for system SID1

Data volume: SID1_data_mnt00001

Shared volume: SID1_shared

Log volume: SID1_log_mnt00001

Data, log, and shared volumes for system SID2

Log volume: SID2_log_mnt00001

Data volume: SID2_data_mnt00001

Shared volume: SID2_shared

Data, log, and shared volumes for system SID3

Shared volume: SID3_shared

Data volume: SID3_data_mnt00001

Log volume: SID3_log_mnt00001

Data, log, and shared volumes for system SID4

Log volume: SID4_log_mnt00001

Shared volume: SID4_shared

Data volume: SID4_data_mnt00001

The following table shows an example of the mount point configuration for a single-host system. To place the home directory of the sidadm user on the central storage, the /usr/sap/SID file system should be mounted from the SID_shared volume.

Junction path Directory Mount point at HANA host

SID_data_mnt00001

/hana/data/SID/mnt00001

SID_log_mnt00001

/hana/log/SID/mnt00001

SID_shared

usr-sap
shared

/usr/sap/SID
/hana/shared/

Volume configuration for SAP HANA multiple-host systems

The following figure shows the volume configuration of a 4+1 SAP HANA system. The data and log volumes of each SAP HANA host are distributed to different storage controllers. For example, volume SID1_data1_mnt00001 is configured on controller A, and volume SID1_log1_mnt00001 is configured on controller B.

If only one storage controller of an HA pair is used for the SAP HANA system, the data and log volumes can also be stored on the same storage controller.
If the data and log volumes are stored on the same controller, access from the server to the storage must be performed with two different LIFs: one LIF to access the data volume and one to access the log volume.

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For each SAP HANA host, a data volume and a log volume are created. The /hana/shared volume is used by all hosts of the SAP HANA system. The following table shows an example configuration for a multiple-host SAP HANA system with four active hosts.

Purpose Aggregate 1 at controller A Aggregate 2 at controller A Aggregate 1 at controller B Aggregate 2 at controller B

Data and log volumes for node 1

Data volume: SID_data_mnt00001

Log volume: SID_log_mnt00001

Data and log volumes for node 2

Log volume: SID_log_mnt00002

Data volume: SID_data_mnt00002

Data and log volumes for node 3

Data volume: SID_data_mnt00003

Log volume: SID_log_mnt00003

Data and log volumes for node 4

Log volume: SID_log_mnt00004

Data volume: SID_data_mnt00004

Shared volume for all hosts

Shared volume: SID_shared

The following table shows the configuration and the mount points of a multiple-host system with four active SAP HANA hosts. To place the home directories of the sidadm user of each host on the central storage, the /usr/sap/SID file systems are mounted from the SID_shared volume.

Junction path Directory Mount point at SAP HANA host Note

SID_data_mnt00001

/hana/data/SID/mnt00001

Mounted at all hosts

SID_log_mnt00001

/hana/log/SID/mnt00001

Mounted at all hosts

SID_data_mnt00002

/hana/data/SID/mnt00002

Mounted at all hosts

SID_log_mnt00002

/hana/log/SID/mnt00002

Mounted at all hosts

SID_data_mnt00003

/hana/data/SID/mnt00003

Mounted at all hosts

SID_log_mnt00003

/hana/log/SID/mnt00003

Mounted at all hosts

SID_data_mnt00004

/hana/data/SID/mnt00004

Mounted at all hosts

SID_log_mnt00004

/hana/log/SID/mnt00004

Mounted at all hosts

SID_shared

shared

/hana/shared/SID

Mounted at all hosts

SID_shared

usr-sap-host1

/usr/sap/SID

Mounted at host 1

SID_shared

usr-sap-host2

/usr/sap/SID

Mounted at host 2

SID_shared

usr-sap-host3

/usr/sap/SID

Mounted at host 3

SID_shared

usr-sap-host4

/usr/sap/SID

Mounted at host 4

SID_shared

usr-sap-host5

/usr/sap/SID

Mounted at host 5

Volume options

You must verify and set the volume options listed in the following table on all SVMs. For some of the commands, you must switch to the advanced privilege mode within ONTAP.

Action Command

Disable visibility of Snapshot directory

vol modify -vserver <vserver-name> -volume <volname> -snapdir-access false

Disable automatic Snapshot copies

vol modify –vserver <vserver-name> -volume <volname> -snapshot-policy none

Disable access time update, except of the SID_shared volume

set advanced
vol modify -vserver <vserver-name> -volume <volname> -atime-update false
set admin

NFS configuration for NFSv3

The NFS options listed in the following table must be verified and set on all storage controllers. For some of the commands shown in this table, you must switch to the advanced privilege mode.

Action Command

Enable NFSv3

nfs modify -vserver <vserver-name> v3.0 enabled

ONTAP 9:
Set NFS TCP maximum transfer size to 1MB

set advanced
nfs modify -vserver <vserver_name> -tcp-max-xfer-size 1048576
set admin

ONTAP 8:
Set NFS read and write size to 64KB

set advanced
nfs modify -vserver <vserver-name> -v3-tcp-max-read-size 65536
nfs modify -vserver <vserver-name> -v3-tcp-max-write-size 65536
set admin

NFS configuration for NFSv4

The NFS options listed in the following table must be verified and set on all SVMs.

For some of the commands in this table, you must switch to the advanced privilege mode.

Action Command

Enable NFSv4

nfs modify -vserver <vserver-name> -v4.1 enabled

ONTAP 9:
Set NFS TCP maximum transfer size to 1MB

set advanced
nfs modify -vserver <vserver_name>
-tcp-max-xfer-size 1048576
set admin

ONTAP 8:
Set NFS read and write size to 64KB

set advanced
nfs modify -vserver <vserver_name>
-tcp-max-xfer-size 65536
set admin

Disable NFSv4 access control lists (ACLs)

nfs modify -vserver <vserver_name> -v4.1-acl disabled

Set NFSv4 domain ID

nfs modify -vserver <vserver_name> -v4-id-domain <domain-name>

Disable NFSv4 read delegation

nfs modify -vserver <vserver_name> -v4.1-read-delegation disabled

Disable NFSv4 write delegation

nfs modify -vserver <vserver_name> -v4.1-write-delegation disabled

Disable NFSv4 numeric ids

nfs modify -vserver <vserver_name> -v4-numeric-ids disabled

For NFS version 4. 0, replace 4.1 with 4.0 in the previous commands. While NFSv4.0 is supported, NFSv4.1 is preferred.
The NFSv4 domain ID must be set to the same value on all Linux servers (/etc/idmapd.conf) and SVMs, as described in the section “SAP HANA installation preparations for NFSv4.”
If you are using NFSV4.1, then pNFS is enabled and used by default (recommended).

Set the NFSv4 lease time at the SVM (as shown in the following table) if SAP HANA multiple host system are used.

Action Command

Set the NFSv4 lease time

set advanced
nfs modify -vserver <vserver_name> -v4-lease-seconds 10
set admin

Starting with HANA 2.0 SPS4, HANA provides parameters to control failover behavior. Instead of setting the lease time at the SVM level, NetApp recommends using these HANA parameters.

The parameters are within nameserver.ini as shown in the following table. Keep the default retry interval of 10 seconds within these sections.

Section within nameserver.ini Parameter Value

failover

normal_retries

9

distributed_watchdog

deactivation_retries

11

distributed_watchdog

takeover_retries

9

Mount volumes to namespace and set export policies

When a volume is created, the volume must be mounted to the namespace. In this document, we assume that the junction path name is the same as the volume name. By default, the volume is exported with the default policy. The export policy can be adapted if required.