SAP Business One Planning Guide

This guide provides an overview of how SAP Business One works with Google Cloud Platform (GCP), and provides details that you can use when planning the implementation of a new SAP Business One system.

For more information about how to deploy SAP Business One on GCP, see the SAP Business One deployment guide.

About SAP Business One on GCP

SAP supports Business One on GCP with either SAP HANA or Microsoft SQL Server.

This guide, as well as the SAP Business One Deployment Guide, covers Business One with SAP HANA only.

SAP HANA is an in-memory, column-oriented, relational database that provides high-performance analytics and real-time data processing. SAP Business One is business management software designed for small and medium-sized enterprises.

When running SAP Business One and SAP HANA on GCP, customers can leverage ease of provisioning, high scalability, and redundant GCP infrastructure capabilities to run their business-critical workloads cost-effectively. GCP provides a set of physical assets, such as computers and hard disk drives, and virtual resources, such as Compute Engine virtual machines (VMs), located in Google data centers around the world.

When you deploy SAP Business One and SAP HANA on GCP, you deploy to VMs running on Compute Engine. Compute Engine VMs provide persistent disks, which function similarly to physical disks in a desktop or a server, but are automatically managed for you by Compute Engine to ensure data redundancy and optimized performance.

For information from SAP about SAP Business One, see the SAP Help Portal.

GCP basics

GCP consists of many cloud-based services and products. When running SAP products on GCP, you mainly use the IaaS-based services offered through Compute Engine and Cloud Storage, as well as some platform-wide features, such as tools.

See the GCP platform overview for important concepts and terminology. This guide duplicates some information from the overview for convenience and context.

For an overview of considerations that enterprise-scale organizations should take into account when running on GCP, see best practices for enterprise organizations.

Interacting with GCP

GCP offers three main ways to interact with the platform, and your resources, in the cloud:

  • The Google Cloud Platform Console, which is a web-based user interface.
  • The gcloud command-line tool, which provides a superset of the functionality that GCP Console offers.
  • Client libraries, which provide APIs for accessing services and management of resources. Client libraries are useful when building your own tools.

GCP services

SAP deployments typically utilize some or all of the following GCP services:

Service Description
VPC Networking Connects your VM instances to each other and to the Internet. Each instance is a member of either a legacy network with a single global IP range, or a recommended subnet network, where the instance is a member of a single subnetwork that is a member of a larger network. Note that a network cannot span GCP projects, but a GCP project can have multiple networks.
Compute Engine Creates and manages VMs with your choice of operating system and software stack.
Persistent disks Persistent disks are available as either standard hard disk drives (HDD) or solid-state drives (SSD).
Google Cloud Platform Console Browser-based tool for managing Compute Engine resources. Use a template to describe all of the Compute Engine resources and instances you need. You don't have to individually create and configure the resources or figure out dependencies, because the GCP Console does that for you.
Cloud Storage You can back up your SAP database backups into Cloud Storage for added durability and reliability, with replication.
Stackdriver Monitoring Provides visibility into the deployment, performance, uptime, and health of Compute Engine, network, and persistent disks.

Stackdriver collects metrics, events, and metadata from GCP and uses these to generate insights through dashboards, charts, and alerts. You can monitor the compute metrics at no cost through Stackdriver Monitoring.
Cloud IAM Provides unified control over permissions for GCP resources. Control who can perform control-plane operations on your VMs, including creating, modifying, and deleting VMs and persistent disks, and creating and modifying networks.

Pricing and quotas

You can use the pricing calculator to estimate your usage costs. For more pricing information, see Compute Engine pricing, Cloud Storage pricing, and Stackdriver pricing.

GCP resources are subject to quotas. If you plan to use high-CPU or high-memory machines, you might need to request additional quota. For more information, see Compute Engine resource quotas.

Resource requirements

VM types

The following VM types are officially supported by SAP for production use on GCP.

GCP Instance Type vCPU Memory(GiB) Operating System CPU Platform
n1-highmem-32 32 208 SLES 12 SP1
SLES 12 SP1 for SAP
SLES 12 SP2
SLES 12 SP2 for SAP
Intel Broadwell
n1-highmem-64 64 416 SLES 12 SP1
SLES 12 SP1 for SAP
SLES 12 SP2
SLES 12 SP2 for SAP
Intel Broadwell

The operating system you choose must be compatible with the version of SAP Business One you plan to install. For more information see the SAP product availability matrix. For more information about different instance types and their use cases, see the machine types documentation.

Storage configuration

SAP HANA is an in-memory database, so data is mostly stored and processed in memory. Protection against data loss is provided by saving the data to a persistent storage location.

To achieve optimal performance, the storage solution used for SAP HANA data and log volumes should meet SAP's storage KPIs. Google has worked with SAP to certify SSD persistent disks for use as the storage solution for SAP HANA workloads, as long as you use one of the supported VM types. VMs with 32 or more vCPUs and a 1.7 TiB volume for data and log files can achieve up to 400 MB/sec for writes, and 800 MB/sec for reads.

Storage for SAP HANA backup is configured with standard HDD persistent disks. Standard HDD persistent disks are efficient and economical for handling sequential read-write operations, but are not optimized to handle high rates of random input-output operations per second (IOPS). SAP HANA uses sequential IO with large blocks to back up the database. Standard HDD persistent disks provide a low-cost, high-performance option for this scenario.

The SAP HANA backup volume size is designed to provide optimal baseline and burst throughput as well as the ability to hold several backup sets. Holding multiple backup sets in the backup volume makes it easier to recover your database if necessary.

Memory configuration

See the supported VM types table.

Operating system configuration

See the supported VM types table.

Licensing

Running SAP Business One and SAP HANA on GCP requires you to bring your own license (BYOL). For more information about SAP licensing, contact SAP.

For the purpose of this guide, you can follow the steps to create your VM instance, and apply your existing license to the instance before the grace period ends.

Deployment architecture

SAP Business One on GCP deployment architecture

You deploy SAP Business One using a single-node architecture that has the following components:

  • One Compute Engine instance for the SAP HANA database and for SAP Business One Server, with SSD persistent disks having a size greater than 1.7 terabytes, and a network bandwidth of up to 16 Gbps. The SSD persistent disk is partitioned and mounted to /hana/data to host the data.

  • Compute Engine firewall rules restricting access to instances.

  • Persistent disk for backup of SAP HANA database.

  • Automated SAP HANA database installation with a configuration file that you create.

  • An optional Compute Engine VM as a bastion host.

  • An optional, but recommended, subnetwork with a custom topology and IP ranges in the GCP region of your choice. The SAP HANA database and the other Compute Engine instances are launched within this subnetwork. You can use an existing subnetwork for SAP HANA.

  • An optional, but recommended, Internet gateway configured for outbound Internet access for your SAP HANA and other instances. This guide assumes you are using this gateway.

  • An optional Compute Engine VM for SAP HANA Studio. This is an optional step that isn't discussed in these SAP Business One guides. To learn more, see the SAP Hana deployment guide.

  • An optional Compute Engine VM for SAP Business One Client, for administration.

The deployment uses an optional NAT bastion host for accessing SAP HANA, so that an external IP is not exposed. The bastion host is deployed in the same subnetwork as the SAP Business One Server instance.

You can use Cloud Storage to back up your local backups available in /hanabackup. This mount should be sized equal to or greater than the data mount.

Support

GCP customers with Gold or Platinum Support can request assistance with SAP provisioning and configuration questions on Compute Engine. You can find additional information about support options at the GCP Support page. Customers can also contact SAP support for SAP-related issues. SAP does the initial evaluation of the support ticket and transfers the ticket to the Google queue if SAP considers it an infrastructure issue.

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