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SAP Planning: Best Practices in Implementation by George W. Anderson

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SAP Data Center Infrastructure SPOFs

Single points of failure abound in the data center layer more than most. Fortunately, this is one of the easiest layers to address from a high-availability perspective. Consider the following:

  • Data center power must be redundant, from the actual power sources or power grids (which can be safeguarded through the use of a generator), to dual-feed breaker panels, to dual UPSes, to dual power distribution units, to dual power cables feeding dual power supplies in every critical hardware component.

  • Data center cooling represents an everyday single point of failure. I’ve seen more than a few data centers that cannot withstand the loss of one of their air handlers/air conditioners without the heat rising to the point ...

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