Lessons in Logon Load Balancing

  • by Janet Hutchison, Principal Consultant, PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • January 15, 2000
In large SAP R/3 environments that require multiple application instances, you can achieve intelligent, automated distribution of workload across multiple application instances, with minimal impact to end users, through logon groups. This article explains how logon groups work and how to use them to establish a logon load balancing strategy that can improve system performance, elevate end-user satisfaction, and help attain High Availability objectives.

Janet Hutchison

Janet Hutchison wrote her first computer program while listening to disco music. The computer was a Wang “desktop” with 10K of ferrite core, and it accepted input via punched paper tape. Janet gained her first experience with real-time systems in the same decade. Since then, she has held a variety of IT positions with several large, multi-national corporations as DBA, Systems Administrator, and as a Systems Performance and Capacity Analyst. With over four years of SAP experience, Janet has worked with both SAP R/2 and SAP R/3 systems. Janet joined PricewaterhouseCoopers in 1998 as a Principal Consultant, and is based out of PricewaterhouseCoopers’ ERP Technologies Global Training Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Janet develops and instructs training classes in advanced ERP Technical Infrastructure topics, and is responsible for courses such as SAP Basis Administration, SAP System Performance, Oracle Database Administration, and Backup and Recovery. She was recently a presenter at SAP TechEd 99, where she delivered a session titled, “Logon Load Balancing and Its Role in SAP R/3 System Performance.”

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