Best Practices to build SAP, Tiered Storage, IaaS cloud, E-Business Suite or Siebel HW platforms? Optimized Solutions.
By Karoly Vegh on Mar 04, 2013
Uncountable IT Operations departments build platforms for SAP.
Having said that you probably expect me to state that they are all wrong. I won't - generally, systemengineers build platforms of quite high quality. But I do state that most of these projects are either hopelessly undersized with headcount and generally take way longer to implement than they were supposed to.
I can't give you a solution (besides probably recommending Advanced Customer Services) to raise the headcount. Nearly every company struggles in that area. However I can tell you that most projects suffer heavy delays in the same phase of the projects: From looking through the vast array of best of breed components and then testing, validating and integrating the various building blocks of the future platform.
Exactly this effort can be minimized.
Oracle provides a number of freely available whitepapers, describing HW architecture best practices combining Sun servers, storage and networking components, their configurations, the virtualization and the OS setup on them, the application structures for different Applications. These include SAP, Oracle HCM, Weblogic, the Oracle database or providing guidelines to build tiered storage platforms or Infrastructure-as-a-Service cloud environments and a number of other architectures.
These solutions are already tested, validated, integrated and recommended by Oracle.
Following them companies can avoid the initial longsome evaluation and integration process of different third party elements.
So, exactly what type of solutions/platforms are described in these Optimized Solutions? Here's an overview:
|Oracle Optimized Solution for Tiered Storage Infrastructure||
|Oracle Optimized Solution for SAP||
|Oracle Optimized Solution for Oracle E-Business Suite||
|Oracle Optimized Solution for Oracle WebLogic Server||
|General Page enlisting all the Oracle Optimized Solutions||
There are many more, like for Peoplesoft HCM, Webcenter Portal, Oracle Unified Directory, etc. Please don't make me list them all here :)
To sum it up: if you plan to build an IaaS cloud, spare costs with real Storage Tiering, implement an SAP platform, a Siebel CRM setup, a WebLogic serverfarm, or many of the other common softwareproducts used worldwide, use these preintegrated and recommended architectures to cut the projects efforts needed impressively.