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Good Day

I didn’t know where to ask this question, so I simply wanna post it here

Currently I’m involved in a finishing project for my apprenticeship.

When deciding the software versions we’ll use with our HP Servers, I gave the Compatibility Guide / Support matrixes a shot.

I got asked the question, on what a Software production company looks at, when they were creating the Support matrixes.

I answered “The Processor” and they told me there’s even more, but didn’t gave me the full answer.

So I want to know it now; What is it? The processor, Server build type? RAM? Which factors do really matter?

Thank you very much and Greetings from Switzerland

Noel

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dbalcaraz
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Hi,

Emm..I don't really understand your question.

If you want to check the compatibility between hardware and different products from VMware then, check the VMware Compatibility Guide: VMware Compatibility Guide - System Search

You said that a Software production company looks at (when creating Support Matrixes).

They don't look for the hardware but they do look for the Guest OS that they will install their software, this mainly involves CPU, RAM and Guest OS.

Also depends on which kind of "software", if it's something that interacts with HW directly (like some Orchestrators), maybe you will have to look in more detail the vendor's HW.

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dbalcaraz
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Hi,

Emm..I don't really understand your question.

If you want to check the compatibility between hardware and different products from VMware then, check the VMware Compatibility Guide: VMware Compatibility Guide - System Search

You said that a Software production company looks at (when creating Support Matrixes).

They don't look for the hardware but they do look for the Guest OS that they will install their software, this mainly involves CPU, RAM and Guest OS.

Also depends on which kind of "software", if it's something that interacts with HW directly (like some Orchestrators), maybe you will have to look in more detail the vendor's HW.

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sk84
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Your question is too general and I also believe that this is the wrong forum for such general IT questions.

To give you a short answer anyway:

It ultimately depends on the software. There are applications that are so abstracted from the underlying platform that the hardware is completely uninteresting. For example many web applications. They run on a web or application server that can easily run on Windows, Linux or MacOS and on a Rasberry Pi, Macbook, Dell PowerEdge server or even on your smartphone.

Or software with its own runtime environment, such as Java, has a similar behavior.

However, there are also software that is very system or hardware oriented. The hardware and the operating system play an important role here. For example, software that directly accesses the hardware or peripheral devices.

At the end, support matrixes or compatibility lists are usually only a selection of hardware and software components that have been considered and tested by the company during development. The vendor says that this platform works well. But that doesn't mean it can't run anywhere else. The manufacturer just doesn't know it because they may never have tested it and they don't want to provide support for all kind of hard- and software platforms. That's it.

Greetings back from Switzerland. 😉

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