The SPS for Linux SAP DB / Max DB Recovery Kit provides a mechanism for protecting SAP DB instances within SPS. The SAP DB software, SPS Core and SAP DB / Max DB Recovery Kit are installed on two or more servers in a cluster. Once the SAP DB database instance is under SPS protection, clients connect to the database using an SPS protected IP address. The SPS protected IP address must be created separately and a dependency made manually between the parent SAP DB resource instance and the child IP address resource. In the event that the SAP DB server fails, SPS will first attempt to recover it on the local server. If the local recovery fails, then SPS will fail over to a backup server.