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System Requirements
SAS® Real-Time Decision Manager 6.5 (Design Server)

Overview

SAS Real-Time Decision Manager is available for both distributed and non-distributed SAS LASR Analytic Server deployments. These system requirements apply to both LASR deployments. The headings below indicate whether components apply to a specific LASR deployment.

The Design Server is used with the SAS Real-Time Decision Manager Run-Time Server, which deploys decisions. For more information, see the separate System Requirements document for the Run-Time Server.

SAS Visual Analytics Administration and Reporting

SAS Real-Time Decision Manager (Distributed LASR) includes the distributed version of SAS Visual Analytics Administration and Reporting. This component is required to enable the Reporting Workspace in the CI Studio user interface. If SAS Visual Analytics Administration and Reporting is not installed, the Reporting Workspace will not be available in your system. Refer to deployment instructions for more information.

This version of SAS Visual Analytics Administration and Reporting must be installed on a separate machine from SAS Real-Time Decision Manager.

Server-Tier Requirements

Note: Support Status: Only SAS 9.4 TS1M5 and later are supported on Windows Server 2016.

To keep pace with changes to third-party technologies, SAS has adopted a general policy of supporting one or more baseline major versions and subsequent minor updates for each officially supported operating system. For example, if the baseline for SAS x is Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.1, SAS x will also support Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.7 under this policy.

The full SAS Support policy that applies to third-party software can be found at https://support.sas.com/en/documentation/third-party-software-reference/baseline-and-higher.html. As part of this policy, SAS strongly encourages customers to install the latest operating-system service packs.

SAS Real-Time Decision Manager Design Server

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SAS Real-Time Decision Manager Design Server includes two SAS/ACCESS engines of choice from the following list:

  • SAS/ACCESS Interface to DB2
  • SAS/ACCESS Interface to Greenplum
  • SAS/ACCESS Interface to Microsoft SQL Server
  • SAS/ACCESS Interface to Netezza
  • SAS/ACCESS Interface to ODBC
  • SAS/ACCESS Interface to OLE DB
  • SAS/ACCESS Interface to Oracle
  • SAS/ACCESS Interface to PostgreSQL
  • SAS/ACCESS Interface to Teradata

SAS Real-Time Decision Manager Design Server also includes three SAS Metadata Bridges of choice, plus General Industry Standards, which is included automatically.

For information about the requirements for SAS Data Integration Server, refer to the system requirements document for that offering.

SAS Federation Server

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SAS Federation Server includes a SAS Federation Server driver of choice, either Greenplum, Netezza, or Teradata.

DB2 and PostgreSQL are Federation Server drivers that are automatically included in SAS Real-Time Decision Manager, along with the Oracle driver.

SAS Federation Server includes a SAS Quality Knowledge Base Locale of choice, the same as selected for SAS Federation Server. If not specified, by default, SAS Quality Knowledge Base Locale for English (USA) will be included.

SAS Business Rules Manager Server

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SAS Business Rules Manager Server includes Standard ACCESS engine of choice, either Oracle or PostgreSQL.

SAS Visual Analytics Administration and Reporting Server

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SAS Visual Analytics Administration and Reporting Server includes one standard SAS/ACCESS engine of choice. This must be the same as the SAS Real-Time Decision Manager Design ACCESS engine; others are licensed separately. SAS recommends that you install SAS Visual Analytics Administration and Reporting Server on a separate machine from the solution software.

Inclusion of SAS Visual Analytics LASR Server

  • SAS Visual Analytics LASR Server, Non-distributed is included automatically if the deployment is for Non-distributed LASR. It is optional if the deployment is for Distributed LASR.
  • SAS Visual Analytics LASR Server, Distributed is included automatically if the deployment is for Distributed LASR.

For Hadoop Support

Base SAS, SAS/ACCESS engines, and SAS Visual Analytics Administration and Reporting Server can be installed on the head node of the commodity hardware (symmetric) or on separate hardware (asymmetric). The Distributed LASR Base SAS components for SAS Visual Analytics Administration and Reporting can therefore be installed on Windows for x64 while working with the Linux for x64 LASR grid.

SAS Solution LASR Analytic Server (Non-distributed LASR)

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SAS Solution LASR Analytic Server, Non-distributed LASR includes Standard SAS/ACCESS engine of choice (for transactional data purposes) as available per platform. This must be the same as the SAS Visual Analytics Administration and Reporting ACCESS engine; others are licensed separately.

SAS LASR Analytic Server (Distributed LASR) on Linux for x64

SAS Products installed on this machine:
  • SAS High-Performance Node Installation 3.4
  • SAS Plug-ins for Hadoop 1.0

Supported Environments:
  • Oracle Linux 6.1 (64-bit version) on the x64 chip family
  • Oracle Linux 7.1 (64-bit version) on the x64 chip family
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.1 (64-bit version) on the x64 chip family
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.1 (64-bit version) on the x64 chip family
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 SP1 (64-bit version) on the x64 chip family
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 (64-bit version) on the x64 chip family

Use of a co-located Hadoop File System (HDFS) is optional, but it requires a supported Hadoop environment and SAS Plug-ins for Hadoop (which are included with your license). For information about supported Hadoop distributions, refer to http://support.sas.com/resources/thirdpartysupport/v94/hadoop/hadoop-distributions.html. The plug-ins require additional configuration. For more information, see SAS High-Performance Analytics Infrastructure 3.5: Installation and Configuration Guide at http://support.sas.com/documentation/solutions/hpainfrastructure/.

SAS Metadata Server

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SAS makes the following recommendations for SAS Metadata Server deployments:

  • a 64-bit host system
  • a dedicated machine to simplify tuning, management, and diagnostics
  • multi-core server hardware because SAS Metadata Server is multi-threaded
  • four or more cores for production deployments

The disk I/O performance of any server-class system should be sufficient. Memory requirements are highly dependent on the product mix and usage, but 8 GB of RAM are sufficient for most large deployments. For many deployments, 4 GB of RAM are sufficient and should be considered a minimum, unless the specific deployment is tested and verified to require less memory.


Middle-Tier Requirements

Note: Support Status: Only SAS 9.4 TS1M5 and later are supported on Windows Server 2016.

SAS Real-Time Decision Manager has two types of middle tiers: the Operational Mid-Tier (for executing campaigns), and the Design Mid-Tier (for designing campaigns). Both middle tiers are J2EE applications that run within a J2EE application server.

SAS Real-Time Decision Manager Design Mid-Tier

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SAS Visual Analytics Administration and Reporting Mid-Tier

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Client-Tier Requirements

SAS Data Management Studio Clients

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SAS Data Management Studio Clients server includes a Quality Knowledge Base Locale of choice.

SAS Real-Time Decision Manager Design Clients

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SAS Decision Services Clients

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SAS Decision Services Toolkit Clients

SAS Decision Services Toolkit is provided via customer download for Windows 32-bit workstations and Windows for x64 workstations.

SAS Visual Analytics Mobile Clients

SAS Visual Analytics Mobile Clients (SAS Mobile BI) are available for the Apple iPad and Android tablets via free downloads from app stores.


Specific Product Requirements

Databases

SAS Real-Time Decision Manager 6.5 can connect to various databases using SAS/ACCESS. The following is the list of database versions with which SAS Real-Time Decision Manager 6.5 is compatible:

  • Greenplum: DataDirect branded driver 7.1.2, Greenplum bulkloader 4.2
  • IBM DB2/UDB versions 10.1, 10.5, and 11.1
  • IBM Netezza versions 6.0, 6.1, and 7.0
  • Microsoft SQL Server versions 2008, 2008 R2, 2012, 2014, 2016, and 2017 Enterprise and Standard Editions (these are compatible with Windows and non-Windows support)
  • Oracle versions 11g, 11.2, 12.1, and 12.2/18c
  • PostgreSQL versions 9.2, 9.3, and 9.4
  • PostgreSQL version 10.6, also, from SAS 9.4_TS1M4
  • Teradata Versions 14.0, 14.1, 15.0, and 16.xx.

Notes: 

Microsoft software Server Failover Cluster is not supported.

Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) for Oracle, Microsoft SQL Server, and PostgreSQL are supported by SAS Real-Time Decision Manager 6.5 Run-Time Server on Amazon Web Services.

The same versions of Oracle, Microsoft SQL Server, and PostgreSQL that are supported in physical deployments are supported on RDS.

If your installation includes Oracle Database 12c/18c, note that Oracle Multi-tenant architecture is not supported.

If your installation includes Oracle Database 12.2/18c, this version is only supported by SAS 9.4 TS1M4 (SAS 9.4M4) and later. Oracle 12.2/18c on Linux requires a hot fix. For more information, see the following SAS Note: http://support.sas.com/kb/60/895.html.

Connectivity to Oracle RAC is supported via connection strings containing one Oracle Single Client Access Name (SCAN) listener address. Support has the following limitations:

  • In the event of Oracle RAC node failure, SAS Real-Time Decision Manager will reestablish its connection pool through SCAN, enabling the SCAN listener to resolve connection requests to any RAC nodes that remain operational.
  • The following are not supported:
    • Oracle Transparent Application Failover (TAF)
    • Oracle Fast Connection Failover (FCF)
    • Other options that require client application integration with Oracle Notification Service (ONS), or that require the registration of client callback routines with Oracle.

If staging capabilities are utilized, treatments are now staged to the Customer Intelligence Common Data Model.

Teradata, Netezza, and Greenplum are massively parallel processing data storage technologies often deployed as enterprise data warehouses. Databases deployed in this manner may not have the performance necessary for certain high-throughput SAS Real-Time Decision Manager usage scenarios. Consult with SAS Customer Intelligence Professional Services before deploying SAS Real-Time Decision Manager with these databases. The SAS Real-Time Decision Manager Administrator's Guide provides further guidance on this matter.

References

For more information, visit SAS Install Center at http://support.sas.com/installcenter/.


Hardware Requirements

Client Application Machine: Minimum Recommended

  • Modern Intel or AMD processor running at 2.33GHz or faster
  • Memory:
    • 3 GB minimum
    • 128 MB graphical memory
  • Disk Space: SAS Customer Intelligence Studio -- 350 MB above your current environment

Mid-tier Machine: Minimum Recommended

Memory

  • SAS Real-Time Decision Manager Design Mid-Tier -- 16 GB minimum

Memory requirements for optimal performance may vary, and should be determined based on consultation with SAS Enterprise Excellence Center.

Requirements for the Operational Mid-Tier will vary based on the number of requests from other systems and the number of processes that are running concurrently.

Requirements for the Design Mid-Tier will vary based on the requirements of other web applications, the number of total and concurrent users accessing the server, and the amount of content accessed by the user.

Disk Space

  • SAS Real-Time Decision Manager Design Mid-Tier -- 500 GB

This figure represents the amount of disk space that the SAS Real-Time Decision Manager Server setup directories may require. Additional space may also be required for new content and customization.

Additional disk space will be required for third-party software. The following are examples of third-party software that may be required based on your configuration:

  • Database Client
  • Application Server
  • HTTP server

Server Tier: Minimum Recommended

  • SAS Real-Time Decision Manager Server -- 64 GB minimum
  • SAS Federation Server -- 64 GB minimum
  • DataFlux Authentication Server -- 64 GB minimum

Memory requirements for optimal performance may vary, and should be determined based on consultation with SAS.

Requirements for the Server Tier will vary based on the number of requests from other systems and the number of processes that are running concurrently.

SAS Real-Time Decision Manager, SAS Federation Server, and DataFlux Disk Space

The amount of disk space that the SAS Real-Time Decision Manager Server, SAS Federation Server, and DataFlux Authentication Server setup directories may require is listed below:

  • SAS Real-Time Decision Manager Server-Tier -- 500 GB
  • SAS Federation Server -- 500 GB
  • DataFlux Authentication Server -- 500 GB

Additional space may also be required for new content and customization.

Additional disk space will be required for third-party software, such as a database client.

SAS System Memory and Disk Space

For memory and disk space requirements, see the SAS 9.4 system requirements for the relevant operating system: http://support.sas.com/resources/sysreq/index.html.


Third-Party Software

SAS software may be provided with certain third-party software, including but not limited to open-source software, which is licensed under its applicable third-party software license agreement. For license information about third-party software distributed with SAS software, refer to http://support.sas.com/thirdpartylicenses.

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