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Infrastructure Technology Basics for SAP Deployment

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Spend an hour taking a closer look at the three broad infrastructure technologies that come into play when deploying SAP: hardware, operating systems, and databases.
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What You’ll Learn in This Hour:

  • Hardware basics: server and disk subsystem infrastructure
  • Partnering with your infrastructure providers
  • Supported operating systems for SAP
  • An introduction to database basics

With the business fundamentals covered in Hour 3, “Business Basics: Developing a Roadmap for Deploying SAP” behind us, it’s now time to turn our attention to the infrastructure technologies that underpin SAP. In this hour, we take a closer look at the three broad infrastructure technologies that come into play when deploying SAP—hardware, operating systems, and databases. In later hours, we examine the SAP-specific application and integration technologies as well.

Why Is This Important?

Hardware, operating systems, and databases represent the underlying technologies that make up the lowest layers of an SAP business software solution. Called a solution stack or technology stack, these layers of enabling technology combine to create the basis of an SAP system. Similar to building a house or skyscraper, the underlying technology solution is like a foundation; it’s the base layer of the building and arguably one of the most important aspects of an SAP system. An improperly built foundation weakens the ability of your SAP system to weather storms, survive changing business needs, and meet the expectations of its occupants—your SAP end user community. Hour 4 covers the ins and outs of choosing these components wisely in order to build a firm, solid foundation, thus affording optimum system availability, longevity, and to some extent performance.

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