System Requirements
SASĀ® Visual Analytics 7.2


SAS Visual Analytics 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 SAS Metadata Server and the SAS Web Infrastructure Platform can be located on machines that use a different operating system family.

Note: If you deploy the middle tier and the server tier on dissimilar operating systems (for example, one on Linux and the other on Windows), the audit and relationship data extraction and reporting features are not supported.

Server-Tier Requirements

SAS Visual Analytics Server

Please select a target environment:

SAS Visual Analytics Server includes a standard SAS/ACCESS engine of choice.

Teradata and Greenplum must use the Remote Embedded Process to achieve parallel loading. To use the Remote Embedded Process, you must install the appropriate SAS/ACCESS interface engine on the server tier.

SAS Information Retrieval Studio 1.53 requires Python 2.6 to 2.x for deployment. The generic version of Python is appropriate.

If ArcGIS for Server is used as your map service, SAS Visual Analytics requires release 10.1 or later.

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

SAS Products installed to this machine:
  • SAS High-Performance Computing Management Console 2.6
  • SAS High-Performance Deployment for Hadoop 2.8
  • SAS High-Performance Node Installation 2.94
Disk Space Consumed by Installed Products: 1 MB
Supported Environments:
  • Oracle Linux 6.1 (64-bit version) on the x64 chip family
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.1 (64-bit version) on the x64 chip family
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise System 11 SP1 (64-bit version) on the x64 chip family

Co-located Storage:

  • SAS High-Performance Deployment for Hadoop 2.8 is provided.
  • The following alternate options are supported, with procurement and installation by the customer:
    • Cloudera CDH 4.1
    • Cloudera CDH 4.4
    • Cloudera CDH 4.5
    • Cloudera CDH 5.0
    • Cloudera CDH 5.1
    • Hortonworks HDP 2.0
    • IBM InfoSphere BigInsights 2.1.2
    • Intel Hadoop 3.0.2
    • Pivotal HD 1.1
  • Co-located storage for Teradata and EMC Greenplum is no longer supported for new installations. To load data in parallel from these providers, use the Embedded Process. To use the Embedded Process, you must install the appropriate SAS/ACCESS interface engine on the server tier.

Apache Hadoop software is distributed with SAS software as a convenience. For support information, see

Note: Base SAS, SAS/ACCESS, and SAS Visual Analytics can either be installed on the head node of the commodity hardware (symmetric) or on separate hardware from the commodity hardware nodes (asymmetric). This architecture enables you to install the SAS Visual Analytics, Distributed Mode server-tier Base SAS components on Windows for x64 while working with the Linux for x64 LASR Grid.

SAS Metadata Server

Please select a target environment:

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

SAS Visual Analytics Mid-Tier

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Web Application Servers

When you install your SAS solution software, SAS Deployment Manager installs and configures the required web application servers and web servers.

To install these servers, select one of the supported operating systems for the middle tier.

Note: These servers cannot be installed on the z/OS or 32-bit Windows platforms.

Client-Tier Requirements

SAS Visual Analytics Clients

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SAS Visual Analytics Mobile Clients

SAS Visual Analytics Mobile Clients (SAS Mobile BI) is available for Apple and Android devices via free downloads from app stores.

Web Browsers

The list of Web browsers that SAS supports is updated as new products are tested and approved.

    Note: The classic appearance also requires Adobe Flash Player 11.1 or higher.

  • For the SAS Visual Analytics Home page, the “modern” appearance is selected by default. For a list of the browsers and platforms that are required for the modern appearance, refer to the system requirements for SAS Common Components 2.2 for HTML.

    If users in your organization cannot install one of the web browsers that support the modern appearance, SAS recommends setting the Home page for all users in your deployment to the classic appearance. The home.ui.mode property controls the appearance. For instructions, see “Configuration Properties for the Home Page” in the SAS® 9.4 Intelligence Platform: Web Application Administration Guide.

Hardware Requirements

SAS Visual Analytics requires a minimum of a 4-server, 16-core environment (4 servers X 4 cores), commodity hardware with Intel-Xeon architecture and 16 GB of RAM per core (256 GB total).

More information can be found on the SAS Visual Analytics product page at

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

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