With SAP HANA SPS 05, SAP announced support for running SAP HANA running SAP HANA in a virtualized environment for non-production scenarios, using VMware vSphere 5.1 on Intel E7 Westmere-EX platform. VMware vSphere 5.1 in conjunction with SAP HANA SPS 05 was at that time the first and only hypervisor supported by SAP HANA.
Meanwhile SAP has gathered further experience in running SAP HANA within virtualized environments, allowing us to further extend the support and to include support of SAP HANA on VMware vSphere 5.5 and Hitachi LPAR 2.0 in production.
This document is targeted at SAP partners and customers interested in running SAP HANA in such virtualized environments, as it describes in more detail the existing constraints which need to be met, when running SAP HANA virtualized in production and non-production scenarios.
In addition to this document, which focuses on the general conditions under which SAP HANA may be virtualized, additional information and necessary best practices are published by the hypervisor vendors (as of today VMware and Hitachi) on how to configure their corresponding hypervisor, the VMs and the guest operating system, to run SAP HANA in a supportable and performace optimized environment.
Whenever we have news about changed conditions and platforms under which SAH HANA is being supported to be run virtualized, we will also update SAP Note 1788665 as well as the SAP HANA virtualized roadmap to provide you with latest knowledge and information.