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Oracle and SAP have conducted many certification tests on selected platforms. Tests have shown a viable combination of RAC with the SAP system. One such test was done using the SAP R/3 4.6D and Oracle 9i RAC on a HP Tru64 UNIX Cluster. Many customers have implemented SAP with an Oracle RAC database. Readers are urged to check with the SAP vendor for the current status.

Also see the website for certification status:


mySAP architecture requires more and more databases for the different modules. At the same time, the SAP modules in a environment are not independent, e.g. SAP SD, SAP CRM, and BW interact and share data. To guarantee the required consistency within all these databases, SAP has developed a new method or strategy of Multiple Components in One Database (MCOD).  MCOD is a new feature in the installation process for components. It provides the capability of installing several components independently into one single database.

As shown in Figure 11.2, the data needs are consolidated into one large database system, aided by the RAC system.

Figure 11.2: mySAP , MCOD and Oracle RAC Database

With Oracle 10g RAC, nodes can be optimally customized for dedicated workloads such as CRM, HR, SD, and retail. By utilizing different database instances for these functional modules and batch-centric modules, they can be fine tuned without affecting each other.

By having a single database, administrative flexibility and cost savings are achievable. Running all the related SAP modules in only one database guarantees the consistency and availability of current data. However, as all the eggs are kept in one basket, it becomes much more important to protect the MCOD database for high availability and also to provide acceptable levels of performance. The Oracle RAC database system meets these challenges very well.

Performance Considerations

Some database systems require different parameterization, depending on the transactional behavior of the application. For these database systems, a separate installation of OLTP and OLAP systems is necessary. With the implementation of RAC-based multiple instances, a specific instance can be assigned to a specific SAP module, and it can have its own set of parameters or customization.

Siebel and RAC

The Siebel eBusiness application suite is another important packaged application supporting business operations. Siebel eBusiness application suite provides an integrated set of solutions for sales, marketing, customer service, and partner organization.

Siebel suite is developed on multi-tier models with application clients, application servers, and backend database layers. As shown in Figure 11.3, the client interacts with the middle tier and the middle tier accesses the database. The business logic is in the middle tier, also known as the Siebel application server. The business logic is encapsulated in one or more server components. These server components provide services to both the interactive and the batch operations. Typically, the following components make up the middle tier: the object manager, assignment manager, enterprise integration manager (EIM), and WorkFlow, etc.

Figure 11.3: Siebel Architecture

The Oracle database has been an important backend database choice for many Siebel customers. With a heavy reliance on the database system by Siebel servers, any malfunction in the database layer cripples the entire application framework. Any database component can become a single point failure for the whole Siebel suite. Therefore, a clustered database such as a RAC database, provides true high availability and scalability. When one of the nodes fails along with the database instance, the other surviving instances can still provide the database resources.

Siebel can also leverage the RAC database?s ability to provide scalability. As the number of users increases, Siebel Servers can be added to support and maintain performance levels. At the same time, database access increases. The Oracle database server can provide the same type of growth. As the need arises, additional nodes can be added to support the extra workloads.

Another important feature of RAC is the ability to use a selective database instance for a specific group of application servers. This allows the more critical application needs to be prioritized and a specific database instance to be assigned to avoid conflicts and contention.

At the time of writing, tests are being conducted to certify the Siebel backend database with the Oracle RAC system. The reader is urged to consult with Siebel to enquire about the certification status.


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