How to Automate a consistent SAP HANA DB backup?

Organizations nowadays require continuous, uninterrupted availability for their SAP applications. They anticipate regular overall performance stages, a uniform operational idea, and a high degree of automation and standardization in the face of ever-increasing volumes of records and the want for ordinary renovation duties consisting of machine backups.

The purpose of this guide is to exhibit how an organization can automate the creation of utility-regular storage snapshots on any single or more than one tenant single host database with FORTE CLOUD.

As we engage with our clients and start listening to their requirements, we start developing new solutions to help them with their daily tasks. We are glad to announce a new solution that Forte Cloud Team has developed to assist customer to maintain a consistent backup.

The solution mainly helps to stop the application and database before proceeding with the backup by taking snapshots of the required volumes. It is implemented using AWS Step function.

So, What is the AWS Step Function Do Exactly?

AWS Step Functions lets you coordinate multiple AWS services into serverless workflows so you can build and update apps quickly. Using Step Functions, you can design and run workflows that stitch together services, such as AWS Lambda, AWS Fargate, and Amazon SageMaker, into feature-rich applications. 

Workflows are made up of a series of steps, with the output of one step acting as input into the next. Application development is simpler and more intuitive using Step Functions, because it translates your workflow into a state machine diagram that is easy to understand, easy to explain to others, and easy to change. 

Step Functions automatically triggers and tracks each step, and retries when there are errors, so your application executes in order and as expected. With Step Functions, you can craft long-running workflows such as machine learning model training, report generation, and IT automation. You can also build high volume, short duration workflows such as IoT data ingestion, and streaming data processing.

let’s illustrate how the procedure takes place:

The below diagram is important to make sure that the backup is consistent. There is no cost to use this solution, you only pay for the underlying AWS services you use.

> First you must Stop the Application
> Second is to Stop the Database
> Take Snapshots for Specific Volumes
> Check State for snapshots if it is completed or not:
  – If snapshot creation is completed, the function will start the database then the application
  – If snapshot creation is not completed, we will wait for 180 seconds and check the state again

Our developers team created a unique code to do this function on the best practices ways, if you are interested in to learn more or to do some critical tasks we can help you do that, just ping us a line.

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