File sharing solutions for SAP on Google Cloud

Google Cloud supports several file sharing solutions for SAP on Google Cloud. Which you choose depends on what you are using the file sharing solution for, whether your SAP systems extend across zones or regions, and the performance requirements of your workloads.

Supported file sharing solutions for SAP on Google Cloud

The following table shows the file sharing solutions that Google Cloud supports for SAP systems.

If you are already using one of these file sharing solutions for other purposes and the solutions meets all of the requirements of your SAP workloads, you can use that solution for your SAP systems also.

File sharing solution Description
Filestore

Google Cloud high-performance, fully managed file storage.

For a quickstart guide to Filestore, see Filestore.

NetApp Cloud Volumes ONTAP

A full-featured, smart storage solution that you deploy and manage yourself on a Compute Engine virtual machine.

For more information about NetApp Cloud Volumes ONTAP, see Overview of Cloud Volumes ONTAP.

NetApp Cloud Volumes Service for Google Cloud

A high-performance, fully managed file storage solution from NetApp that you can deploy from the Google Cloud Console.

NetApp Cloud Volumes Service offers two service types: CVS and CVS-Performance. For more information, see Service types.

For SAP, you need to use NetApp Cloud Volumes Service CVS-Performance (NetApp CVS-Performance) service type, which provides several service levels. For most SAP use cases you need to use the Extreme service level, but, if your use case doesn't require high performance, you can use the Standard or Premium service level.

For more information, see Service levels.

File sharing solutions by SAP use case

The following table lists the most common use cases for file sharing solutions in SAP landscapes and the solutions that support the use cases.

Use case Purpose Recommended solutions
Interface directory For use as a general storage location by SAP and other software systems to pass files between servers.
  • NetApp Cloud Volumes ONTAP
  • NetApp CVS-Performance, Extreme service level
SAP transport directory For use as an SAP storage location by SAP systems to hold shared application files in distributed or high-availability deployments, or to transport SAP files and updates between different operational environments.
  • NetApp Cloud Volumes ONTAP
  • NetApp CVS-Performance, Standard service level
Backup directory For use by SAP or other systems as a centralized storage location for backups.
  • NetApp Cloud Volumes ONTAP
  • NetApp CVS-Performance, Extreme service level
SAP HANA scaleout system directory For use within a single zone by SAP HANA scaleout systems to share binaries and configuration files between the SAP HANA nodes.
  • Filestore
  • NetApp Cloud Volumes ONTAP
  • NetApp CVS-Performance, Extreme service level

Features supported by each file sharing solution

The following table shows the common features that SAP systems require of file sharing solutions and the solutions that support those features.

Feature Filestore NetApp Cloud Volumes ONTAP NetApp CVS-Performance
Disaster recovery Manual Automated with Snapmirror Multi-region replicationPreview
High availability No Multi-zone HA solution 99.99% SLANote 2
Local snapshots Yes Yes Yes
Managed service Yes No Yes
Protocols NFSv3 NFSv3, NFSv4.1, SMB, iSCSI NFSv3, NFSv4.1, SMB
Regional replication No With Snapmirror YesPreview
Regional availability All regions All regions In regions where NetApp CVS-Performance is available. See the NetApp global map
RPO Not applicable As low as 15 minutesNote 1 As low as 15 minutesNote 1
RTO Not applicable As low as 30 minutesNote 1 As low as 30 minutesNote 1
SLA 99.5% 99.99% SLA for only the Google Cloud infrastructure 99.99%Note 2
Storage, minimum 1 TB 100 GB volume with 638 GB system disk 1 TB
Support provider Google Cloud NetApp for NetApp software and Google Cloud for infrastructure Google Cloud
Throughput performance 100 MB/s R/WNote 3 Configuration dependent. See the NetApp documentation. 128 MB/s R/WNote 4

Table notes:

  • Preview note: The multi-regional volume replication feature is covered by the Pre-GA Offerings Terms of the Google Cloud Platform Terms of Service. Pre-GA features may have limited support, and changes to pre-GA features may not be compatible with other pre-GA versions. For more information about Google Cloud previews, see the launch stage descriptions.

    For participation in the preview, contact Google Cloud Sales.

  • Note 1: The times shown are approximate and depend on a variety of factors, including your system and network configuration, backup intervals, and recovery procedures.
  • Note 2: NetApp CVS-Performance is certified by SAP for use with SAP HANA in select regions only. In these regions, the NetApp CVS-Performance SLA is 99.99%. For the list of select regions, see Certifications for SAP HANA.
  • Note 3: With Filestore, the volume size affects the storage speed. The R/W throughput that is shown in the table is based on a volume size of 1 TB.
  • Note 4: With NetApp CVS-Performance, the volume size affects the storage speed. The R/W throughput that is shown in the table is for the CVS-Performance service type and is based on a volume size of 1 TB.