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configured, the object spawner balances workloads between server processes. The object
spawner connects to the metadata server to obtain information about the servers that it
manages.
SAS LASR Analytic Server
The SAS LASR Analytic Server is an analytic platform that is provided with SAS Visual
Analytics, SAS Visual Statistics, and other high-performance products. This secure,
multi-user server provides concurrent access to data that is loaded into memory. The
server can take advantage of a distributed computing environment by distributing data
and the workload among multiple machines and performing massively parallel
processing. The server processes client requests at extraordinarily high speeds due to the
combination of hardware and software that is designed for rapid access to tables in
memory.
Middle Tier
The middle tier of the SAS Intelligence Platform provides an environment in which the
business intelligence web applications, such as SAS Web Report Studio and the SAS
Information Delivery Portal, can execute. These products run in a web application server
and communicate with the user by sending data to and receiving data from the user's web
browser. The middle tier applications rely on servers on the SAS server tier to perform
SAS processing, including data query and analysis.
The middle tier includes the following SAS software elements:
the SAS Web Application Server and SAS Web Server
SAS web applications, which can include SAS Web Report Studio, the SAS
Information Delivery Portal, SAS BI Portlets, the SAS BI Dashboard, SAS
Environment Manager, and other SAS products and solutions
the SAS Web Infrastructure Platform, which includes the SAS Content Server and
other infrastructure applications and services
For more information about the middle tier, see Chapter 5, “Middle-Tier Components of
the SAS Intelligence Platform,” on page 35.
Clients
The clients in the SAS Intelligence Platform provide web-based and desktop user
interfaces to content and applications. SAS clients provide access to content, appropriate
query and reporting interfaces, and business intelligence functionality for all of the
information consumers in your enterprise, from the CEO to business analysts to
customer service agents.
The following clients run on Windows desktops. Some of these clients are native
Windows applications and others are Java applications.
SAS Add-In for Microsoft Office
SAS Data Integration Studio
SAS Enterprise Guide
Clients 15
SAS Enterprise Miner
SAS Forecast Studio
SAS Information Map Studio
JMP (also available on Macintosh and Linux)
SAS Management Console
SAS Model Manager
SAS OLAP Cube Studio
SAS Workflow Studio
SAS Management Console is supported on all platforms except z/OS.
The following products require only a web browser to be installed on each client
machine, with the addition of Adobe Flash Player for SAS BI Dashboard:
SAS Information Delivery Portal
SAS BI Dashboard
SAS Environment Manager
SAS Web Report Studio
SAS Help Viewer for the Web
In addition, SAS Mobile BI enables users to use mobile devices (iPad and Android) to
view certain relational reports that have been created with SAS Web Report Studio.
For more information about the clients, see Chapter 6, “Clients in the SAS Intelligence
Platform,” on page 41.
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