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R/3 Platforms: Windows NT vs. the Competition

Language: English
Pages: 182
Published: July 1999

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About the report

R/3 Platforms - Windows NT vs. the Competition:

  • NT, Linux, Mainframes and RISC-Unix: comparison, market trends and vendor profiles
  • Scalability, high availability, long-term viability
  • R/3 total cost of ownership
  • R/3 database positioning
  • Strategic conclusions for vendors and customers
  • NT, Linux, Mainframes and RISC-Unix: comparison, market trends and vendor profiles
  • Scalability, high availability, long-term viability
  • R/3 total cost of ownership
  • R/3 database positioning
  • Strategic conclusions for vendors and customers

Making the right decision

Implementation and operation of complex enterprise resource planning software such as SAP R/3 require major investments of time and money. A key issue with major consequences in terms of cost, complexity and operational safety is the correct choice of the hardware and software for the R/3 system. The primary goal of this report is to develop objective methods for evaluating the alternatives. Marketing hype and hearsay are replaced by hard cost and performance data. This gives the customer the tools to decide which hardware, operating system and database are worth their money.

NT and R/3: Dream team or just cheap?

In particularly, we analyze the »newcomer« NT. We compare NT with the current RISC-Unix servers from Compaq, HP, IBM, Siemens and Sun, and also with the IBM AS/400 and the S/390 mainframes. We idenitfy the strengths and weaknesses of NT and we compare NT with the familiar systems such as Linux or Sequent-NUMA machines. We give a detailed performance analysis and -prediction for the leading server systems and vendors over the next four years. Using an R/3 total cost of ownership-analysis, we show the unexpected areas where the biggest savings can be made in an R/3 infrastructure.

This detailed and up-to-date study is a »must have« for

  • R/3 Customers
    • What is the best system to buy?
    • How big should it be?
    • What is the best choice for my business?
    • Who is trying to fool me?
    • What are the real costs of R/3 projects?
  • Server Customers
    • Which server architectures are the most future-proof and offer the best value?
    • Which vendors are strong enough to support their product lines in the long term?
    • What is the performance of NT, Linux, Mainframes and RISC-Unix today? What increases can be expected?
  • Database Customers
    • How well do Adabas, Informix, Oracle and SQL7 work with a demanding OLAP-system such as R/3?
    • How can the enormous differences in price/performance (a factor of ten) be leveraged?
  • Vendors (hardware, operating systems and databases)
    • What are my perceived strengths and weaknesses?
    • How do outsiders see my products?
    • What is the competition doing?
  • Analysts
    • What are the best methods to measure and model R/3 performance?
    • What does the data say about the different vendors?
    • Where is the market headed?
  • Consultants
    • What is the best advice I can give to customers investigating R/3 or other ERP platforms?
    • Which platforms will grow and be worth knowing?

Why especially R/3 customers should read this report:

  • You are planning to implement R/3 in your company. You're being flooded with marketing talk, but you want independent advice in order to make the right strategic platform decision. This avoids expensive mistakes.
  • You are already using R/3 in your company. You want to decide whether your existing IT infrastructure is the right choice for the future - or whether you should consider migrating to another system.
  • You want to »fine-tune« your acquisition policies to cut cost. You want to test new alternatives, but aren't sufficiently familiar with them yet.
  • You want to know the long-term trends in the server hard- and software market, so that you can decide on the long-term IT strategy for your enterprise.
  • Even though the report is a serious reference work, it is nonetheless l easy to use. Starting with a succinct but comprehensive overview in the ten-page management summary, the following chapters each deal with a separate topic, so the reader can dip in and out as required.


Table of content

Table of Contents page 7

1 Management Summary page 11

2 Introduction page 21

  • 2.1 Overview
  • 2.2 Goals
  • 2.3 Methods for measuring R/3 Performance
    • 2.3.1 Explanation of the SAP SD Benchmark
    • 2.3.2 Explanation of the tpmC Benchmark
    • 2.3.3 The Relationship between SD and tpmC
  • 2.4 Server Consolidation
  • 2.5 Distributability of R/3

3 Microprocessor Performance page 35

  • 3.1 Evaluation Methods
  • 3.2 Current Microprocessors
  • 3.3 Ranking according to SPECint95
  • 3.4 Ranking according to SPECfp95
  • 3.5 Further Observations
  • 3.6 Technology Trends
  • 3.7 Microprocessors expected in the Year 2000
  • 3.8 Developments after 2001

4 Scalability page 57

  • 4.1 Windows NT
    • 4.1.1 The Effect of the 2nd-Level Cache
    • 4.1.2 NT Scaling up to 4 Processors
    • 4.1.3 NT Scaling up to 8 Processors
  • 4.2 Unix
  • 4.3 Mainframe Architectures
    • 4.3.1 AS/400e
    • 4.3.2 S/390

5 High Availability and Clustering page 71

  • 5.1 Summary
  • 5.2 Trends

6 Performance Extrapolation page 75

  • 6.1 32-bit NT Performance Prediction until 2002
    • 6.1.1 The NT Development Team
    • 6.1.2 CPU Throughput, Processors and Parallelism
    • 6.1.3 Performance of NT with off-the-shelf Technology
    • 6.1.4 Performance of NT Clusters
    • 6.1.5 New Ideas: VLM and Virtual Clustering
  • 6.2 Unix
    • 6.2.1 HP-UX Unix
    • 6.2.2 Sun Solaris Unix
  • 6.3 Mainframe Architectures
    • 6.3.1 AS/400
    • 6.3.2 S/390
  • 6.4 Result Matrix for future Developments

7 Total Cost of Ownership page 95

  • 7.1 The SPI Application Cost Model SACOM

8 R/3 Platform Ranking page 103

  • 8.1 Current Situation
    • 8.1.1 Interpretation of tpmC Results
    • 8.1.2 Interpretation of R/3 SD Results
  • 8.2 Platforms in Detail
    • 8.2.1 Compaq Alpha (NT & Unix)
    • 8.2.2 Hewlett Packard HP-UX (PA-RISC and Merced)
    • 8.2.3 IBM S/390
    • 8.2.4 IBM AS/400e as Alternative
    • 8.2.5 IBM RS/6000 and AIX Unix
    • 8.2.6 Intel Pentium-III and Intel Merced with Windows NT
    • 8.2.7 Java Network Computers
    • 8.2.8 Linux on Intel Servers
    • 8.2.9 NUMA Server (Data General, Sequent)
    • 8.2.10 Siemens RM and Reliant Unix
    • 8.2.11 Sun Solaris on SPARC
  • 8.3 Overall Result Matrix for R/3 Platforms

9 Positioning of the R/3 Databases page 143

  • 9.1 Overview
    • 9.1.1 Databases in Detail
    • 9.1.2 Clusterability and High Availability
  • 9.2 Database Costs
    • 9.2.1 RDBMS Costs in General
    • 9.2.2 RDBMS Costs with packaged R/3 Licenses
  • 9.3 Recommended Database Strategy
    • 9.3.1 Result Matrix

10 Strategic Conclusions page 153

  • 10.1 SAP's View of the Market
    • 10.1.1 Operating Systems and Hardware
    • 10.1.2 Databases
  • 10.2 The Database Vendors' View of the Market
  • 10.3 The Hardware Vendors' View of the Market
  • 10.4 The Customers' View of the Market

11 Appendix page 163

  • 11.1 Assumptions for SD cost Estimates
    • 11.1.1 Compaq ProLiant 7000 Xeon (NT)
    • 11.1.2 HP 9000 model V2250 (HP-UX)
    • 11.1.3 HP NetServer LXr Pro 8 (NT)
    • 11.1.4 IBM RS/6000 S70 RS64-II (AIX Unix)
    • 11.1.5 Sun Solaris Enterprise 10000 (Unix Solaris)

Glossary page 175

List of Figures and Tables page 183

Feedback page 187

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