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Whether deploying a new application service or modernizing existing business critical services, selecting and implementing a hardware architecture that will perform optimally and meet service level agreements is a complex process. With almost endless combinations of hardware components and new technologies, planning to meet today's needs, as well as future capacity requirements can be a daunting task. This paper describes extensive testing of two modules in Oracle PeopleSoft Enterprise Human Capital Management (HCM) to demonstrate how Oracle's servers, disk storage and advanced flash based storage technology can be used to accelerate database transactions and enable unprecedented application performance. Server consolidation is another deployment strategy that can help reducethe cost and complexity of architectures and control datacenter sprawl. Using electrically isolated server Domains and powerful virtualization tools integrated into Oracle's hardware server platforms this paper describes how Oracle can simplify the application architecture and increase hardware utilization levels. The two modules referenced above are Oracle's PeopleSoft Enterprise Human Resources and PeopleSoft Enterprise Payroll of North America (NA). Although PeopleSoft modules can be implemented separately as independent applications, most organizations require multiple modules to address their HCM needs. This paper also describes how this can be done by clearly documenting the deployment and testing methodology used to verify both the scalability and speed achieved using Oracle's server and storage systems. For further reference, a sizing guide is also included in the document to help identify hardware options for different size environments. The systems selected for this implementation are highly scalable in order to provide enough compute power for even the largest enterprises. The storage architecture leverages the latest in FlashFire technology for speed, and reliable enterprise class storage for capacity.
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