SAP LaMa is a solution that centrally manages and provisions SAP landscapes running in physical, virtual and cloud infrastructures. It provides a central dashboard for monitoring the hosts (physical servers or virtual machines) and SAP application services, even in very complex infrastructures. Additionally, administrators can use the SAP LaMa console to perform centralized operations like starting or stopping instances of an SAP service, or applying operations simultaneously to complex groups of systems on the entire landscape through predefined single and mass operations. Another aspect of SAP LaMa is the ability to support Enterprise Edition SAP system clone, system copy or refresh and system rename operations. These highly automated and unified IT landscape management capabilities apply not only to SAP NetWeaver-based applications but also to SAP HANA and SAP S/4HANA systems. All the described features of SAP LaMa are based on communication with the SAP Host Agent of the respective SAP system in the landscape as shown in the following figure:
Figure 1. SAP Landscape Management

With virtualized SAP Systems on VMware vSphere ®, the list of use cases can be extended and enhanced with even more features. With the VMware Adapter for SAP Landscape Management, SAP LaMa administrators can now monitor and manage all the virtual machines used for their SAP systems running on virtualized and non-virtualized infrastructure from a single pane. The Basis admin can now start or stop VMs, deploy VMs from templates, and perform online or offline SAP System Clone, System Copy or Refresh and System Rename operations on VMs without changing tools. Additionally, Basis admins from one interface can now perform live migrations of VMs or datastores for workload balancing, creating a snapshot of an SAP system before a critical change takes place. Thus, combining SAP LaMawith the advanced use cases of virtualized infrastructures gives SAP customers the highest degree of convenience in terms of automation and control, while also significantly reducing operational costs. The following figure depicts the SAP LaMa architecture, along with the components of VMware Adapter for SAP Landscape Management installed:
Figure 2. SAP Landscape Management in Virtualized Environment

As depicted in the preceding figure, VMware Adapter for SAP Landscape Management is a virtual appliance that integrates SAP LaMa with VMware's Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC) technologies, delivering unique automation capabilities that radically simplify how SAP basis admins and end users provision and manage SAP Landscapes. The results are faster time to market, and reduction in both TCO and operational errors while managing SAP Landscapes.

VMware Adapter for SAP Landscape Management appliance accepts application calls from SAP LaMa. It then uses VMware vRealize® Orchestrator™ (vRO) workflows to execute commands to VMware vCenter Server for VMware-related operations such as starting and stopping a virtual machine. Furthermore, IT administrators can now leverage SA-API to automatically provision SAP systems from templates with vRealize Automation in conjunction with SAP Landscape Management.