Virtualizing ERP Infrastructure Using SEM Extended n-Tier Workloads


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This research summarizes the four most common workload selections using Gartner's Server Evaluation Model, which tracks six server workloads. The four workloads -- Web, application, OLTP DBMS and DW DBMS -- form the extended n-tier pattern used by modern ERP applications.

Table of Contents

  • Analysis
    • 1.0 The Extended n-Tier Workload
    • 2.0 Extended n-Tier Vendor and Platform Selection
      • 2.1 Database Tier
      • 2.2 Extending the n-Tier Pattern
      • 2.3 Web and Application Serving Tiers
      • 2.4 Software Stack Influence
      • 2.5 SEM6 Currency
    • 3.0 ERP Evolution — Homogeneous Versus Hybrid
      • 3.1 Homogeneous Legacy of ERP
      • 3.2 Role of x86 Servers in New ERP Deployments
      • 3.3 Role of Unix and Hybrid Server Combinations in New ERP Deployments
      • 3.4 What About the Mainframe?
    • 4.0 Role of Virtualization in ERP Deployments
    • 5.0 "Right Sizing" Virtualization, Architecture, OS and Software Stack Suitability
  • Recommended Reading
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