SAP R/2 system that was released in 1979 runs on mainframes
like IBM, BS 2000 ( Seimens machines ) or Amdahl. The next
version, SAP R/3 client/server software system has been
designed for open systems like UNIX. SAP has established
a partnership with IBM which provides a wide choice of servers,
operating systems and databases for implementing R/3.
These servers provide scalability, performance, high availability
and investment protection needed to support a successful
R/3 implementation. Some of IBM's server and database offerings
for UNIX , AS/400 Advanced Series for integrated server
and database platform, PC servers for reliable Microsoft
NT solutions, S/390 database servers and DB2 family for
database support. IBM Netfinity 7000 and IBM PC Server 330
and 704 provide the reliable foundation you need for SAP
R/3 applications for Microsoft NT. The platforms offered
by IBM provide latest Pentium Pro technology, Ultra fast
throughput, Storage flexibility and upgradable system components.
R/3 runs on a variety of databases such as Oracle, Informix,
Online, ADABAS-A, DB2 for Unix, DB/400, Microsoft SQL Server
6 and on an experimental version on DB2 for MVS.
R/3 is based on various hardware and software architectures.
It scales very well on SMP systems and MPP architectures.
The latest version of R 4.1 which is still in the developmental
stage provides the Internet compatible business application
there are so many different platforms available in today's
market, compatibility between SAP and the customer's platform,
Hardware partners play a very important role. Hardware partners
are leading hardware vendors who provide the computing hardware
necessary to meet a customer's system requirements. Working
with both SAP and customers, hardware partners continually
develop and optimize products to meet the running business
applications with SAP software. Hardware partners have developed
organizations to provide strong SAP support, from product
selection to system set-up, installation and ongoing performance
of the hardware partners are Amdahl, IBM, Bull, NCR, Compaq,
NEC, Data General, Sequent, Dell, Tandem, Digital, Siemens
Nixdorf, Fujitsu, Sun, Hewlett-Packard, Sun, Unisys, Hitachi