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Which OS is best for SAP?

We are on SAP 4.6C and Compaq Tru64 5.1 OS. Our management is planning to change the OS. Which of the following OS will be suitable for SAP?
  • Linux
  • HP-UX
  • COMPAQ tru64
  • AIX
  • Solaris
  • NT
Is there any matrix available with ratings of these operating systems and the applications running on these OS?

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To my knowledge, there is no official SAP document that compares operating systems or databases. SAP is an independent software vendor. They have to treat all platforms equally.

The Operating System is in most cases linked to a specific hardware vendor. If you choose IBM, your operating system will be AIX. If you go for HP, it will be HP-Unix. There all some white papers out there by the Gartner Group, which compare hardware platforms and operating systems. But these white papers are always sponsored by the hardware vendors themselves. They provide some information but there conclusions should be taken for what they are.

This was first published in December 2004

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