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Technical Specifications

Deployment and Integration

Technology

The zero footprint web architecture ensures no


intrusion on your users computers.

100% Microsoft technology, minimizing the skills


and resources you need to deploy analytics.

Use ZAP CubeXpress to bring in Microsoft Dynamics


customizations and replicate security.

Specifically designed to minimize network


bandwidth usage.

View analytics via Outlook, export to Excel, or


integrate with SharePoint, as well as Microsoft
Dynamics AX, CRM, or NAV, and generic SQL Server
databases

Highly scalable from one to thousands of users.


Suitable for SMEs through to enterprise.

Architecture Microsoft Dynamics Sources

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Architecture SQL Server Generic Sources

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Deployment Specifications All-In-One Option


Installing on a single server is suitable for small and medium-sized enterprises. The All-In-One server hosts the Database Engine
server (ZAP database), Analysis Services server (source cube/s), and IIS server (ZAP Business Intelligence application).
Note: The All-In-One Server configuration does not host source databases and is not recommended for businesses with a source
database larger than 100 GB.

Minimum Hardware Requirements - SQL Server / Analysis Server / IIS Server


Source Database

< 50 GB

50 to 150 GB

Processor1

> 150 GB

1 x 2.8 GHz Xeon 4 cores / 8 MB


cache4

1 x 2.8 GHz Xeon 6 cores / 15 1 x 2.8 GHz Xeon 8 cores / 20 MB


MB cache4
cache4

Memory2

8 GB

16 GB

32 GB

Storage3

< 5.5 GB to 30 GB

8 GB to 80 GB

> 80 GB

Notes for Hardware:


1.

The number of CPUs is directly proportional to the number of users using ZAP Business Intelligence. Please refer to the scalability testing document for more detail.

2.

Memory usage is directly affected by the cube structure and the amount of data being migrated into the OLAP cube. Ensure memory has been well allocated to each engine. ZAP
highly recommends configuring the Maximum Server Memory setting of the DBE server to use half of the total server memory.

3.

ZAP's standard Staging database is on average between 15% and 30% of the size of the source database. ZAP systems that are highly customized (additional tables added from
your Dynamics DB or other data source) can see the Staging database grow to 50% of the source database. ZAP's standard SSAS cubes size varies between 10% and 25% of the
size of its standard Staging database. Storage sizes quoted include both the ZAP Staging DB and the SSAS cube.

4.

The processor specification is a guide only. Any processor with equivalent capacity is acceptable.

Software
Server Operating System

Windows Server 2008 / 2008 R2 / 2012 (all with latest service packs). Only 64-bit
versions are supported.

SQL Server Version

SQL Server 2008 / 2008 R2 / 2012 / 2014 (all with latest service packs). Only 64-bit
versions are supported.

Internet Information Services

IIS 6 / 7 / 7.5 / 8

Microsoft .NET Framework

4.5
Note:The .NET framework is installed by the ZAP Business Intelligence installer on the
IISserver, if needed.

Other Notes:
ZAP highly recommends applying the latest service packs to your Windows Server and SQL Server / Analysis Services software installations.
SQL Server Enterprise Edition is required for the following: multi-lingual installations, and implementations requiring multi-currency support. Additionally, the Enterprise Edition is
recommended for medium-to-large ZAP systems.
Refer to Cross-domain Installation (page 9) if you are using more than one domain.

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Deployment Specifications Distributed Option 1 (Using Two Servers)


This distributed environment has separate environments for the Database Engine (ZAP Staging Database), Analysis Services server
(ZAP cube/s), and the IIS server (ZAP Business Intelligence application). Because this environment supports more users than the
All-In-One option, it is the recommended option for large organizations with larger user counts.

Minimum Hardware Requirements - Server 1: SQL Server / Analysis Server


Source Database

< 50 GB

< 150 GB

< 500 GB

Database Engine Server (Staging Database)


Processor2

1 x 2.8 GHz Xeon 4 cores / 8


MB cache5

2 x 2.8 GHz Xeon 6 cores / 15 MB


cache5

4 x 2.8 GHz Xeon 8 cores / 20


MB cache5

Memory3

8 GB

16 GB

32 GB

Storage4

25 GB

60 GB

200 GB

22 GB

75 GB

Analysis Services Server (ZAP Cube/s)


Storage4

10 GB

Minimum Hardware Requirements - Server 2: IIS Server (ZAP Business Intelligence Application)
Named User Count 1

1 to 500 users

500 to 2000 users

2.8 GHz Xeon Quad Core5

1x

Memory3

4 GB

8 GB

8 GB to 16 GB

Storage

100 MB

100 MB

100 MB

2x

2.8 GHz Xeon Quad Core5

> 2000 users

Processor2

4 x 2.8 GHz Xeon Quad Core5

Notes for Hardware:


1.

For Named User Count, it is assumed that ten percent (10%) of named users are active users (logged in to ZAP Business Intelligence at any one time).

2.

The number of CPUs is directly proportional to the number of users using ZAP Business Intelligence. Please refer to the scalability testing document for more detail. Consider
adding additional processor/s in higher user-count scenarios.

3.

Memory usage is directly affected by the cube structure and the amount of data being migrated into the OLAP cube. Ensure memory has been well allocated to each engine. ZAP
highly recommends configuring the Maximum Server Memory setting of the DBE server to use half of the total server memory.

4.

ZAP's standard Staging Database is on average between 15% and 30% of the size of the source database. ZAP systems that are highly customized (additional tables added from
your Dynamics DB or other source database) can see the Staging database grow to 50% of the source database. ZAP's standard SSAS cubes size varies between 10% and 25%
of the size of its standard Staging database. Storage sizes quoted include both the ZAP Staging Database and the SSAS cube.

5.

The processor specification is a guide only. Any processor with equivalent capacity is acceptable.

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Software
Server Operating System

Windows Server 2008 / 2008 R2 / 2012 (all with latest service packs). Only 64-bit
versions are supported.

SQL Server Version

SQL Server 2008 / 2008 R2 / 2012 / 2014 (all with latest service packs). Only 64-bit
versions are supported.

Internet Information Services

IIS 6 / 7 / 7.5 / 8

Microsoft .NET Framework

4.5
Note:The .NET framework is installed by the ZAP Business Intelligence installer on the
IISserver, if needed.

Other Notes:
ZAP highly recommends applying the latest service packs to your Windows Server and SQL Server / Analysis Services software installations.
SQL Server Enterprise Edition is required for the following: multi-lingual installations, and implementations requiring multi-currency support. Additionally, the Enterprise Edition is
recommended for medium-to-large ZAP systems.
Refer to Cross-domain Installation (page 9) if you are using more than one domain.

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Deployment Specifications Distributed Option 2 (Using Three Servers)


This distributed environment has three separate environments for the Database Engine (ZAP Staging Database), Analysis Services
server (ZAP cube/s), and the IIS server (ZAP Business Intelligence application). Because this environment supports more users
than the All-In-One option, it is the recommended option for large organizations with many users that are looking for the most
scalable and responsive architecture.

Minimum Hardware Requirements - Server 1: SQL Server (ZAP Staging Database)


Source Database < 50 GB

< 150 GB

< 500 GB

500 GB +

Processor2

1 x 2.8 GHz Xeon 4


cores / 8 MB cache5

2 x 2.8 GHz Xeon 6 cores / 15 4 x 2.8 GHz Xeon 8


MB cache5
cores / 20 MB cache5

4 x 2.8 GHz Xeon 8


cores / 20 MB cache5

Memory3

8 GB

16 GB

32 GB

64 GB

Storage4

25 GB

60 GB

200 GB

Approximately 40% of
source database

Minimum Hardware Requirements - Server 2: Analysis Services Server (ZAP Cube/s)


Source Database

< 50 GB

< 150 GB

< 500 GB

500 GB +

Processor2

1 x 2.8 GHz Xeon 4


cores / 8 MB cache5

2 x 2.8 GHz Xeon 6 cores /


15 MB cache5

4 x 2.8 GHz Xeon 8 cores 4 x 2.8 GHz Xeon 8


/ 20 MB cache5
cores / 20 MB cache5

Memory3

8 GB

16 GB

32 GB

64 GB

Storage4

10 GB

22 GB

75 GB

Approximately 15% of
source database

Minimum Hardware Requirements - Server 3: IIS Server (ZAP Business Intelligence Application)
Named User
Count 1

1 to 500 users

500 to 2000 users

> 2000 users

Processor2

1 x 2.8 GHz Xeon Quad Core5

2 x 2.8 GHz Xeon Quad Core5

4 x 2.8 GHz Xeon Quad Core5

Memory3

4 GB

8 GB

8 GB to 16 GB

Storage

100 MB

100 MB

100 MB

Notes for Hardware:


1.

For Named User Count, it is assumed that ten percent (10%) of named users are active users (logged in to ZAP Business Intelligence at any one time).

2.

The number of CPUs is directly proportional to the number of users using ZAP Business Intelligence. Please refer to the scalability testing document for more detail. Consider
adding additional processor/s in higher user-count scenarios.

3.

Memory usage is directly affected by the cube structure and the amount of data being migrated into the OLAP cube. Ensure memory has been well allocated to each engine. ZAP
highly recommends configuring the Maximum Server Memory setting of the DBE server to use half of the total server memory.

4.

ZAP's standard Staging Database is on average between 15% and 30% of the size of the source database. ZAP systems that are highly customized (additional tables added from
your Dynamics DB or other source database) can see the Staging database grow to 50% of the source database. ZAP's standard SSAS cubes size varies between 10% and 25%
of the size of its standard Staging database. Storage sizes quoted include both the ZAP Staging Database and the SSAS cube.

5.

The processor specification is a guide only. Any processor with equivalent capacity is acceptable.

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Software
Server Operating System

Windows Server 2008 / 2008 R2 / 2012 (all with latest service packs). Only 64-bit
versions are supported.

SQL Server Version

SQL Server 2008 / 2008 R2 / 2012 / 2014 (all with latest service packs). Only 64-bit
versions are supported.

Internet Information Services

IIS 6 / 7 / 7.5 / 8

Microsoft .NET Framework

4.5
Note:The .NET framework is installed by the ZAP Business Intelligence installer on the
IISserver, if needed.

Other Notes:
ZAP highly recommends applying the latest service packs to your Windows Server and SQL Server / Analysis Services software installations.
SQL Server Enterprise Edition is required for the following: multi-lingual installations, and implementations requiring multi-currency support. Additionally, the Enterprise Edition is
recommended for medium-to-large ZAP systems.
Refer to Cross-domain Installation (page 9) if you are using more than one domain.

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Supported Devices and Platforms - Mobile


The table below lists all supported mobile devices and platforms, mobile device operating systems, and the web browsers that you
can use on each device to view the mobile version. In addition, the availability of a separate device-specific app is shown.
Device/Platform Device Version

Operating System
Version

Is an App
Available?

Supported Browsers

Apple iPad

iOS 6 (or higher)

Yes

Google Chrome

Apple iPad Mini

2nd Generation or
higher

Safari*

1st Generation or higher iOS 6 (or higher)

Yes

Google Chrome
Safari*

Apple iPhone

4th Generation or higher iOS 6 (or higher)

Yes

Google Chrome
Safari*

Android tablet

Any recent version

Any recent version

No

Google Chrome

Android smart
phone

Any recent version

Any recent version

No

Google Chrome

Windows 8 tablet

Any recent version

Windows 8

No

Internet Explorer 10
Google Chrome Metro
Google Chrome
Desktop

Windows Phone

Version 8 or higher

Any recent version

No

Internet Explorer 10
Google Chrome

*Safari on iDevices is supported only if forms-based authentication is used.

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Cross-domain Installation
ZAP Business Intelligence supports cross-domain and cross-forest authentication of users by using the standard Microsoft
role-based access control (RBAC) mechanism for multiple domains, known by the acronym AGUDLP, which is based on
nested Active Directory groups.
Roles in ZAP Business Intelligence may be assigned using any valid cross-domain scenario supported by Microsoft's RBAC
mechanism. Appropriate network infrastructure must be in place to support the RBAC mechanism.
ZAP Business Intelligence requires two-way trusts between the domains or forests.
If it is not possible to implement AGUDLP, claims-based or forms-based authentication may be used instead.
For more detail about AGUDLP, as well as claims- and forms-based authentication, search the ZAP Business Intelligence
online help (help.zaptechnology.com).

Virtualization
When using virtualization products such as Microsoft Hyper-V or VMware, the following issues should be considered to ensure that
your ZAP Business Intelligence and CubeXpress installations perform as expected.
The virtual host server must comply with specifications sufficient for the role it is about to undertake (no different to defining server
specifications for any other server role's workload):
Ensure that the virtualization hosts disk configuration is compliant with the intended load of the guest virtual machines it will
host:
RAID0+1 is recommended for production; RAID5 for development virtual host systems.
Failing to use enterprise-level hardware to support the storage needs of your virtual environment can have
disastrous effects on virtual machine performance.
As a virtual machine administrator, find out what disk subsystem is in place. This is particularly true for managed service
environments.
Find out how much RAM your virtual machine can actually access. With some virtualization software, this may differ from
what Windows reports.
Do not use oversubscription techniques provided by virtualization software vendors to the point of overcommitment. This
can prevent a guest servers ability to get real access to its memory allocation:
Oversubscription enables a virtual host administrator to assign more memory than the physical host has, in an effort to
increase host memory utilization by balancing the host memory load.
Overcommitment occurs when you have oversubscribed too far and the host cannot service the commitments for
memory allocation.
Tip: When using virtualization for ZAP Business Intelligence for a large number of users, it may be better to scale horizontally into
a web farm with less virtual memory (minimum 4 GB) assigned to each node, than trying to scale vertically by adding lots of
virtual memory to a single web server.
Recommendation: Microsoft Hyper-V, with the inclusion of the new Dynamic Memory in Server 2008 R2 SP1 or higher, is the
preferred virtualization software.
Today's enterprise-level virtualization technology now gets you almost as close to the bare metal as a native operating system.
This means that a virtual machine can perform just as well as a physical server as long as you adhere to the above
recommendations.

Citrix / Terminal Services


When deploying the ZAP Business Intelligence solution in a Citrix or Terminal Services-based architecture, the following browser
versions are supported:
Microsoft Internet Explorer 9 or higher
Important: Internet Explorer 8 is not supported.
Google Chrome 20 and above

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Requirements Client Computer for ZAP Business Intelligence


Hardware
100 MB must be available for the computer on which the browser that accesses ZAP Business Intelligence will be running.

Software
PDF (for printing)
Browser

Adobe Reader 7.0 or newer


Microsoft Internet Explorer 9 or above
Google Chrome 20 and above (stable version)
Mozilla Firefox 20 and above

Microsoft Office Excel (if


exporting)

Version 2003 and above. If version 2003 is used, the Office Compatibility Pack must be installed to
allow newer Excel files (.xlsx format) to be opened.

Requirements ZAP CubeXpress


Hardware
Minimal resources are required; CubeXpress only consumes resources when new data is migrated or source system metadata is
read.

Software
Operating System

Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, 8, Windows Server 2008 SP1 / 2008 R2 / 2012

Microsoft .NET Framework

4 or higher
Note:The current .NET version is installed by the CubeXpress installation on the IISserver, if
needed.

Source Databases

If using databases from Microsoft Dynamics, the following versions are supported:
CRM: 4.0 / 2011
NAV: 5.0 / 2009 / 2013
AX: 2009 / 2012 / 2012 R2
If using generic SQL Server databases, the following versions of SQL Server are supported:
SQL Server 2008 SP1 or later
SQL Server 2012 RTM or later

Microsoft Dynamics AX .NET Required for all deployments on AX 2009, 2012, and 2012 R2. This connector must be installed on
Business Connector
the same computer as ZAP CubeXpress.
Note:CubeXpress requires administrative privileges to install.

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