Essential Guide

ERP hardware and infrastructure: Laying the groundwork for excellence

Introduction

Even the most carefully built systems can't stand for long without a strong foundation, and enterprise resource planning (ERP) is no exception.

Much is made of the software selection process, but unless that software is supported by the right ERP hardware, it will never be able to reach its full potential. While it may complicate the buying process, experts agree that thoroughly examining the infrastructure types available is essential to long-term ERP success.

ERP hardware is no longer strictly relegated to dusty servers tucked away in some far corner of IT. With cloud computing more prevalent than ever, organizations can now host their software entirely on virtual platforms. For those not ready to go all-in to the cloud, the hybrid approach allows users to keep some ERP functions in-house and have a service provider host the rest. The sky is truly the limit.

This guide serves as an introduction to the world of ERP hardware and infrastructure. The first section explains how to get started with the hardware selection process. In section two, cloud platforms are given a closer look. And in the final section, SAP ERP customers will find a spotlight on their infrastructure options.

1Getting started-

First steps: Exploring ERP hardware and infrastructure options

Today's ERP managers have a lot to consider when reviewing their hardware and infrastructure. New software often means it's also time for a platform update. Server virtualization is another game changer, as more companies think outside the four walls of the office when it comes to ERP systems implementation and ongoing maintenance.

In this section, find out why an ERP upgrade is the perfect time to reevaluate your current hardware, and how to prepare requests for proposals (RFPs) that will bring mobility to ERP infrastructure. Additionally, learn why more users are making the switch to ERP virtualization, and find tips for dividing scalability between ERP applications and infrastructure.

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ERP upgrades mean expanded infrastructure choices

Today's ERP upgrades involve more hardware decisions than just choosing servers and storage sizing. Continue Reading

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Preparing an RFP for a new ERP system

RFPs are all about asking the right questions to make sure vendors, developers and service providers meet your needs. Continue Reading

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ERP virtualization on the rise

More companies are finding that ERP virtualization can mean lower price tags and greater system flexibility for the long term. Continue Reading

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Dividing scalability between apps and infrastructure

As the cloud and virtualization become integral to hosting application platforms, horizontal scalability and availability management are becoming important parts of the equation. Continue Reading

2Cloud infrastructure-

Cloud: The virtualization option

In recent years, cloud computing has gone from risky bleeding-edge technology to a common and viable option for organizations big and small. The cloud's biggest draw is its ability to save time and money. IT departments don't need to devote work hours to the basic upkeep of hosted systems, and companies don't have to buy and house expensive servers.

While much of the cloud buzz is around software as a service (SaaS), platform as a service (PaaS) is just as -- if not more -- valuable. In this section, learn how PaaS can bring in big savings, and discover why the hybrid approach to ERP infrastructure is also a strong contender. Then, find expert advice on how to determine the ROI of a cloud platform, and read about one manufacturer's journey from on-premises to virtual servers.

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PaaS equals savings

Manufacturers on a budget can look to PaaS for infrastructure with little maintenance and a low price tag. Continue Reading

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Hybrid ERP infrastructure worth a look

While on-premises ERP architecture still has its place, companies shouldn't ignore the benefits of at least partial cloud deployment. Continue Reading

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Determining the ROI of cloud hosting

Quicker implementation and cheaper maintenance are the beginning of cloud's ROI. Continue Reading

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Manufacturer makes move to virtual private cloud

One company made an 11-year journey with its EnterpriseOne ERP system, from on-premises to managed hosting to the private cloud. Continue Reading

3SAP hardware & infrastructure-

SAP infrastructure: Choosing a platform for SAP ERP

A large portion of ERP users are running a system from SAP, a giant in the industry. With a variety of suites and deployment options available, SAP users have some serious infrastructure choices to make when installing or updating their systems. SAP itself has been taking note of the changing nature of ERP infrastructure and the move to the cloud, responding with updates to its SAP NetWeaver Web application platform and SAP HANA in-memory database technology.

In this section, find out why hardware plays such a key part in SAP software performance, and why SAP users have been slower than some to embrace virtualization. After that, get expert input on how much support matters when buying new servers for SAP environments.

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Hardware plays big role in SAP performance

SAP shops need to look at CPU and server architecture to find the right infrastructure to make their SAP systems shine. Continue Reading

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SAP users slowly adopt virtualization

ERP virtualization may be taking off across industries, but SAP users are fearful of the technology's potential disruptions. Continue Reading

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SAP servers more than just hardware

While technical matters are important in SAP server selection, areas such as support are just as mission-critical. Continue Reading

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