Choice of Operating System for SAP

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We are planning to implement SAP modules in our Company (one of the leading industries in Pakistan). Presently we have two options with reference to the selection of Operating System for the server. One is Windows and the other is Linux. Presently we have equally good arguments in favour of and against both the options. I would appreciate your comments with reference to your experiences. Please do mention the operating system you have chosen for your enterprise with specific reason (if any) for the selection of the same. Muhammad Asif Nakhuda Sr. Engineer Fauji Fertilizer Bin Qasim Limited Karachi, Pakistan

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Depends.

Cost – SQL Server
Major scalability – Oracle.

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  • Dxaver
    Since when is SQL Server a OS ? We just changed completly to Linux from Win and Solaris. Linux on 64 Bit architecture gives you the scalability neccessary and for RDBMS take that what you normally use in your company. ( Oracle, DB2 or SAPDB/MAXDB which is the cheapest on Linux ) Good look
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  • Superfreak
    Question, why only Windows or Linux? Ask SAP about the iSeries(i5 or AS/400) running OS/5. They will tell you this is the most dependable platform(hardware and OS) available on the planet. This is why over the past 2 years, the largest share on installs has been on this platform. If you are looking at SAP, then you want dependability, which means uptime. This platform has uptime over 99%. You never have to reboot the machine due to an error(can you say blue screen of death!), and hardware failures are rare. Keep your options open!
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  • TheNotoriousJMP
    The best experience I have had is with Linux (personal and professional experience with Redhat (7.2, 7.3, 9.0, Enterprise), Mandrake, and Gentoo. For ease of installation, I would choose a RedHat. There are a couple (free) solutions for RDBMS. PostgreSQL is my reccomendation. There is also MySQL which is kind of free (I believe there are extra costs for some useful tools like one for making hot backups, unless this has now changed - I am unaware). Obviously, there is also Oracle - but that is not free. However, just because something is free does NOT make it any less useful.
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  • Jaicee
    If you're open to other possibilities, consider IBM's i5 platform. It's the most stable thing you can get. - i5/OS is an incredible operating system in itself. Very solid and easy to use. - DB2 database is integrated so you won't need to buy a database manager. - Very little (if any) unscheduled downtime as far as the hardware and system software. - IBM support is excellent. (at least that's been my experience for 22 years) If you really have a need for Linux, Unix (even Windows) you can consolidate everything on to one platform and run all 4 operating systems. In my opinion you can't beat the native OS for business. But the best thing you can do is read about it on IBM's site and in any of the other related (non IBM) sites. Good luck in whatever you choose!
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