ERP applications tend to be mission-critical. Accordingly, the server platform strategy for ERP environments must be approached carefully. Centralized versus distributed, scale-up versus scale-out, how to size the servers correctly – are some of the key questions that have to be addressed. A repeatable and disciplined platform selection and sizing methodology is called for.
Karl Mailman and I discuss these considerations and Intel IT’s approach in a couple of their papers with regard to Intel IT’s ERP environment, An ERP Platform Strategy Based on Industry-standard Servers and ‘Sizing Server Platforms To Meet ERP Requirements’
The questions covered in these papers are not exclusive to the ERP environment – concepts and considerations discussed in these papers may be applicable to other mission-critical environments as well.
What are your serve sizing challenges? How do you address those? I look forward to hearing your experiences and solutions. Please share them in comments below.