This is part 3 of our 3 part Google Cloud (GCP) and SAP blog series. This entry focuses on monitoring Google Cloud hosting SAP, keeping it healthy, and reducing downtime while troubleshooting. Read parts 1 and 2 for more background before jumping into Monitoring Google Cloud hosting SAP
So you have successfully migrated your SAP environment from on-prem to Google Cloud. Great! But your job’s not done yet, and unfortunately, it never really will be. We all know that implementing a new system architecture is never just a one and done deal. To get the most out of Google Cloud hosting SAP, and ensure that it is all running smoothly, you will want to strictly monitor the system’s performance and how it affects your business processes. Since SAP is the home to many crucial business processes that keep your organization running smoothly, you will want to establish a team that handles the monitoring and maintenance of the systems themselves. Hopefully, your migration plan will help curb the number of issues you run into with Google Cloud hosting SAP; however, if you find that you are running into bottlenecks consistently, there are a litany of reasons that could be causing your issues.
When monitoring GCP itself, there are a few basic metrics that you should consider watching closely. When monitoring your network for any issues, you should check your VPC flow logs to help you understand how traffic moves through your network, allowing you to maintain and scale it accordingly. Logging and versioning your cloud storage buckets is a huge help when it comes to capturing important data that will help during an inspection of incidents and keep different versions of an object in a single bucket. It is also best to track general uptime and performance to help alert you to issues that need your attention.
Now that you are using Google Cloud to host your SAP environment, there are some great monitoring tools at your disposal. Google Cloud’s Operations Platform offers comprehensive monitoring with metrics monitoring. Google Cloud Monitoring allows you to monitor countless metrics related to your ABAP instances, database, and its components, dual-stack instances, java instances, Master Data Server Instances, and much more, all made possible by BindPlane. Through comprehensive dashboards in Google Cloud Monitoring, you can closely monitor SAP Key Performance indicators (KPI) that are critical to the success of your IT environment and your business processes in general. With Google Cloud hosting SAP, you also gain the ability to create system alerts that notify you whenever a certain metric or KPI exceeds your set threshold.
Alerts can be created to notify when the amount of usable memory remaining drops below your set minimum, or when usage exceeds your maximum threshold. Memory bottleneck indicators can be established and monitored, helping you stay on top of troubleshooting and get to the bottom of the issue before it becomes a real problem. You can also track read and write operations and how often and how often SAP is locked when users access it concurrently. This should help you understand workflows and how often your environment is locked up, slowing down operations. If you are using a hybrid-cloud environment to host SAP, not only can you monitor your cloud infrastructure, you can also monitor your on-prem hardware using BindPlane and Google Cloud Monitoring. You can create dashboards to monitor fan blade speeds, the rpm of your drives, average power consumption, and more. You can check out what other SAP performance metrics that can be monitored with Google Cloud Monitoring over on the BindPlane documentation page.
No matter how well your migration is planned out or how powerful your infrastructure is, it is inevitable that you will still run into hiccups and bottlenecks. Bindplane can help you mitigate the damage done by these issues and let you jump on the issue immediately to begin solving your system’s problems… While this blog series mainly focuses on general aspects of Google Cloud hosting SAP application server and using SAP for ERP purposes, Google Cloud supports hosting most of SAPs suite, including SAP HANA. BindPlane also supports metrics monitoring for SAP HANA in Google Cloud. You can learn more by viewing our integration page.
No matter how well your deployment is planned out or how powerful your infrastructure is, it is inevitable that you will still run into hiccups and bottlenecks. Bindplane can help you mitigate the damage done by these issues and let you jump on the problem immediately to begin solving your system’s problems. BindPlane is free to use for all Google Cloud Monitoring customers. Visit the Blue Medora website to learn more about how to get started monitoring your SAP environment within Google Cloud.