Mission Critical Support for SAP and LOB Applications

In the IT community, we often talk about mission critical applications with the need to achieve high availability and have proper disaster recovery to achieve business continuity.  However, it’s amazing to me how many companies running SAP or other LOB applications (that are an integral part of successfully running their business) fail to have the most…

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Thinking for a Change

Thinking for a Change I thought I would take a break from all of the technical blogs and write about my favorite book of all time. I am a huge John Maxwell fan. I have read nearly all of his books. In 2003, he released a book called, “Thinking for a Change: 11 Ways Highly…

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Monitoring the Performance of your SAP SQL Database Files

Monitoring the Performance of Your SAP SQL Database Files   The driving force behind outstanding performance with SQL Server is a technique called Proportional Fill. This is how SQL Server writes to your file groups. When running SAP on SQL, only the PRIMARY file group can be used. The principal behind this technique is to…

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Configuring your SQL File Systems

Configuring Your SQL File Systems   SQL Server will perform much better when the file systems are configured correctly. In this blog entry, I will show you how to validate the configuration on your database file system. In my next blog, we will look at the setup and performance of your files.   First, let’s…

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Best Practices – SAN LUN Creation and Size Expansion for SAP Architectures Continued – Chapter 2

In the previous blog about LUN Creation and Size Expansion we talked about one of the don’ts for creating large LUNs.  So the next question thrown at me is what are the alternatives to SAN concatenantion (LUSE) for volume expansion and what is the performance difference (SAN concatenation vs. Disk Interleaving vs. Host and Sofware Striping)?  Well…

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SAP TCO/Risk Analysis and my Session at the SAP Insider IT 2011 Conference

I’m looking forward to presenting at the SAP Insider IT 2011 conference March 15-18 in Las Vegas…and have been developing my presentation this week. One of my passions over the last 15 years is SAP and other LOB application Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) analysis. For many IT organizations, the decision to ‘replatform’ or migrate from one…

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