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Hardware, Software and Training Requirements for DMFAS 6
DMFAS6/Hardware Software/V8 January 2020

Contents
ABOUT THIS DOCUMENT ......................................................................... 3 HARDWARE REQUIREMENTS ..................................................................... 4
DMFAS 6 Architecture .................................................................................. 4 Database server .......................................................................................... 4 Application server ....................................................................................... 6 Workstations (desktops/laptops) .................................................................. 7 Printer ......................................................................................................... 8 Accessories ................................................................................................. 8 SOFTWARE REQUIREMENTS ...................................................................... 9 Server software............................................................................................ 9
Network operating system ........................................................................ 9 Oracle database software ....................................................................... 9 Application server software ...................................................................... 9 Software for workstations ............................................................................. 9 Operating system ..................................................................................... 9 Reporting software for DMFAS clients.......................................................10 Additional software for workstations ........................................................10 Prices and licensing ....................................................................................10 Price of Oracle products .........................................................................10 Hardware warranty and Oracle maintenance agreements .......................11 TRAINING REQUIREMENTS ..................................................................... 12
This is not an official UNCTAD document. This document is for internal use and has an internal reference.
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About this document
This document contains information about: • The recommended hardware for workstations and servers running DMFAS 6 in an intranet/internet environment. • The recommended software requirements to run DMFAS 6. • The recommended technical training for DMFAS 6 users and the database administrator (DBA).
This document will be updated whenever necessary to take into account changes and developments in information technology. Considering that DMFAS 6 is continuously evolving, some hardware or software requirements may change over time. Nevertheless, the DMFAS Programme will do as much as possible to maintain the foreseen hardware and software platform.
The precise requirements for each institution to run DMFAS 6 will depend on the individual situation of the institution (number of users, number of debt instruments, available connections etc.). Therefore, it is important to contact the DMFAS Programme before ordering equipment, software or training to ensure that the latest and most appropriate specifications are met.
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Hardware requirements
DMFAS 6 ARCHITECTURE
The DMFAS 6 system has been designed using the three-tier architecture. This type of architecture is made up of three separate processes. The back-end tier stores the data in a database server, the middle tier runs an application server that handles most of the processing, and the user-facing tier runs on
Even though this is the most recommended configuration it would be possible to install the database and the application server on the same server. In an intranet/internet environment the final decision should consider the needs of the institution, for example, the number of debt instruments, the type of instruments, the number of users, the workload of the machine, the projected use of the system, etc.
The present recommendations are based on a configuration where one server hosts the database and a separate one hosts the application server software and components of DMFAS 6.

DATABASE SERVER In general, the DMFAS system runs on every platform compatible with the latest Oracle releases:

Oracle Release

11gRx

12cRx

MS WS 2012 SP2

Operating System

MS WS 2016

Linux/Unix/Solaris/AIX

x stands for Release 1 or 2
Additional memory, processor speed and disk space might be needed if other software is installed. Hardware specifications for servers running another network operating system should have equal performance and capacity and must be compatible with Oracle RDBMS. It Is recommended to have an automatic detection software for monitoring updates and proactive support notifications.

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Component CPU1 Hard disk
DVD-ROM RAID/Internal Controller Memory Screen/Video adapter Backup streamer NIC
Computer in general

Specifications
Intel® / Core i(7/9) 8th to 10th Gen, 4 or more GHz Series Processor
3 x 480 GB or more SATA, NVMe, SSD or SAS 15K rpm with data striping through RAID X (Mixed drive types allowed matching type/speed/capacity)
DVD+/-RW
PERC H(x)
From 32 GB up to 128 GB DIMM/LRDIMM/RDIMM
17" Flat Panel with integrated video card with 1GB or more
Digital tape streamer with the same capacity as the total disk space
1 or more network card(s) supported by the network installed with capacity of 100/1000 Mbps for best performance
If the server is a stand-alone computer, it could be a tower model or suitable for placement in a rack. Both, with a scalable internal capacity and flexibility to adapt to changing workload conditions. Local technical support is strongly recommended.

1 Any 100% Intel compatible processor, such as AMD can be used as well, given that they deliver equal or better performance.
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APPLICATION SERVER
application servers. As such, there are no specific requirements on the hardware platform other than those of the Web application server software itself. The following server configuration is based on a Windows 2012/2016 or Unix/Linux servers functioning as an application server only. Additional memory and disk space might be needed if other software is installed (e.g. database or other applications running on the same application server).
It is recommended to have an automatic detection software for monitoring updates and proactive support notifications.
Hardware specifications for servers running another network operating system should have equal performance and capacity.

Component CPU2 Hard disk
DVD-ROM RAID/Internal Controller Memory Screen/Video adapter Backup streamer NIC
Computer in general

Specifications
Intel® / Core i(7/9) 8th to10th Gen, 4 or more GHz Series Processor
3 x 480 GB or more SATA, NVMe, SSD or SAS 15K rpm with data striping through RAID X (Mixed drive types allowed matching type/speed/capacity)
DVD+/-RW
PERC H(x)
From 32 GB up to 128 GB DIMM/LRDIMM/RDIMM
17" Flat Panel with integrated video card with 1GB or more
Digital tape streamer with the same capacity as the total disk space
1 or more network card(s) supported by the network installed with capacity of 100/1000 Mbps for best performance
If the server is a stand-alone computer, it could be a tower model or suitable for placement in a rack. Both, with a scalable internal capacity and flexibility to adapt to changing workload conditions. Local technical support is strongly recommended.

2 Any 100% Intel compatible processor, such as AMD can be used as well, given that they deliver equal or better performance.
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WORKSTATIONS (DESKTOPS/LAPTOPS)
The following table indicates the workstation requirements. T components for running DMFAS effectively.

Specifications

Component CPU3 Hard disk DVD+/-RW Memory Screen/Video adapter
NIC
PC in general

Specifications
Intel® / Core i(7/9) 4-10 Core, 8th to 10th Gen, 4 GHz or more 500 GB or more SATA/SSD 7.2 rpm 16 speed or faster 8 GB or more DDR4 DIMM or UDIMM 1GB RAM or more, 17/19” Flat Panel 1280*1024 or more VGA/DVI Network card supported by the network installed 1/10GB bps or more for best performance Plug and Play ready (Windows 10 or Mac not using Safari), Flash BIOS, local service available

3 Any 100% Intel compatible processor, such as AMD can be used as well, given that they deliver equal or better performance.
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PRINTER

Component
Type Format4 Language Capacity Resolution

Specifications
OS compatible laser printer A4 (210 mm x 297 mm), duplex printing and A3 PCL6e or newer and Postscript 12 – 16 ppm 600 dpi

ACCESSORIES

Component UPS Hub or, even better, a switch
Backup Media
Cartridges Paper

Description
For the servers (and, if necessary, for the workstations) For connecting the server, workstations and printer If 1/10GB network cards are used, check that the hub also supports 10GB. For the streamer(s) The number of digital disks is dependent on the back-up strategy. For the printers For the printers

4 All standard DMFAS 6 reports fit on A4 paper (210 mm x 297 mm) in portrait or landscape orientation. For country-specific or customized reports, a printer with a capacity for larger paper sizes provides more flexibility.
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Software requirements
SERVER SOFTWARE
Network operating system For the database server, any network operating system that supports the Oracle RDBMS (relational database management system) version is accepted. The expertise for administering and maintaining the network should already exist at the installation site. Up to now, the Oracle DMFAS 6 database has been installed and tested under Windows 2012 and 2016 (64 bits), Linux and UNIX. The DMFAS Programme in Geneva uses Windows 2012/2016 server as reference platform.

Oracle Release

11gRx

12cRx

MS WS 2012 SP2

Operating System

MS WS 2016

Linux/Unix/Solaris/AIX

x stands for Release 1 or 2
The DMFAS programme certifies the platforms MS WS 2012, 2016 and Linux Centos 7 as operating systems. For any other operating system, you must contact the DMFAS Programme for more information.
install an antivirus and malware protection software.
Oracle database software
DMFAS 6 is targeted for platforms using the Oracle RDBMS version 11gR2 or 12cRx. In line with this, two RDBMS products are available: Standard Edition 2 or Enterprise Edition. So far, the product that we recommend buying for a new installation or for an upgrade from a previous DMFAS installation is Oracle 12cRx Standard Edition 2 because of its favourable price. The Enterprise Edition would be suitable for installations supporting 25 users or more and/or when specific features of the product are needed to comply with specific requirements.
Application server software
DMFAS 6 is targeted for platforms using any of the following application servers: - Apache Tomcat V7 (open source, free to use) - JDK 6 or 7

SOFTWARE FOR WORKSTATIONS
Operating system
DMFAS 6 runs as any standard Internet application, making use of current market standard web browser software, supporting the actual Java programming standards (CSS2, AJAX, Java & JavaScript); and including the support for multilanguage character sets (considering that the system needs to support English, French, Spanish, Russian and Arabic5 character sets) as Internet Explorer 11, Mozilla Firefox or Chrome. In line with this, there should not be restrictions in terms of operating system (MS Windows 10/Mac/Linux) as long as it provides support for the above-mentioned features.
install an antivirus and malware protection software.

5 For the Arabic interface the system must also consider the data entry from right to left and the inversion of data entry forms.

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Reporting software for DMFAS clients
Considering the change of technology, the DMFAS 6 software makes use (internally) of the open source Business Intelligence and Reporting Tool named Eclipse BIRT, which provides a more professional set of reporting features (e.g. the possibility to produce graphs, exporting to Portable Document Format, etc.). This open source software can be additionally installed with DMFAS version 6.
Under the terms and conditions of any open source tool, Eclipse BIRT installation is allowed on any DMFAS client to create reports. However, it is advisable to install it on the computer of a technical or advanced functional user in order to prepare the set of reports required by the debt office. These reports can be later centralized on the application server and executed from any DMFAS client. Note that to continue using any Oracle reporting tool, a license fee is required whereas for the use of BIRT no license fee is required.
Additional software for workstations
The following additional products are needed to integrate the DMFAS 6 software with reporting tools:
• Adobe Acrobat Reader (TM) (may be required for viewing/printing reports) • Office tools (spreadsheets, word processors, etc.) • Java SE (JDK or JRE) 6 or 7

PRICES AND LICENSING
The following table details the Oracle products needed to run DMFAS 6 and their respective prices as indicated on the Oracle web site. Prices are based on the latest price list of Oracle products for the Oracle 12cRx database.

Price of Oracle products The prices below may vary subject to changes in the marketing policy of Oracle Corporation.

Product

Price (for a perpetual licence)

Maintenance per year

Oracle12cR2 Standard Edition 2 (servers up to 2 sockets and 4 core processors)6

5 users minimum: (Named User Plus:
OR Per processor:

1,750 USD 350 USD)

5 users minimum: (Named User Plus:

385 USD 77 USD)

17,500 USD Per processor:

3,850 USD

6 Institutions having servers with more than 4 processors will have to acquire Oracle Standard Edition 2 and the price may vary according to the number of processors. Please contact the DMFAS Programme or your local Oracle dealers.
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