Hardware Requirements and Recommendations

MicroStrategy acknowledges that variables, such as CPU speed, CPU type, operating system version, service upgrades, file space, and physical and swap memory, are factors that play an important role in making your deployment of MicroStrategy a successful one.

Determining the necessary hardware requirements to support MicroStrategy is dependent on many factors including the complexity of your MicroStrategy environment, the deployment strategy of MicroStrategy features, user community requirements, expected peak usage requirements, and response time expectations. Factors such as these must be considered to determine the hardware requirements for your MicroStrategy production environment.

For details and exact information regarding supported and certified operating system versions for a MicroStrategy release, see the Readme on the MicroStrategy website.

For Linux systems, several system settings can affect the performance of MicroStrategy Intelligence Server. These settings do not need to be set before a MicroStrategy installation. For more information on these settings and their recommended values, see Recommended System Settings for Linux.

System hardware requirements and recommendations for Windows

The following table lists the recommended and minimum hardware requirements for MicroStrategy products. The information provided is intended to give you general guidance on hardware requirements to support the MicroStrategy product suite. Determining the necessary hardware requirements to support MicroStrategy is dependent on many factors including but not limited to the complexity of your MicroStrategy environment, the deployment strategy of MicroStrategy features, user community requirements, expected peak usage requirements, and response time expectations. Factors such as these must be considered to determine the hardware requirements for your MicroStrategy production environment.

To ensure the installation process is completed successfully, all MicroStrategy platform and hotfix installations require 15 GB of disk space for the installer itself. This is in addition to any component or common file storage requirements listed below.
MicroStrategy installs a set of common files that are shared when installing multiple MicroStrategy products on the same machine. With a typical installation setup type, these files are installed on the C: drive.

In addition to the storage requirements listed for the products in the table below, you should estimate an additional 2 GB of storage space for the common files that are shared amongst all products. While this estimate is conservatively high, planning for this additional space helps to ensure a successful installation.

The storage requirements listed in the table below for Intelligence Server and Narrowcast Server include additional space than is required for the initial installation. This additional space is to support the creation of the various files that these products require throughout their use in a MicroStrategy environment. Additional space may be required depending on the use of Intelligence Server and Narrowcast Server in your MicroStrategy environment.
Intelligence Server is licensed based on CPU number and clock speed. Thus, Intelligence Server can only be installed on machines with a maximum clock speed that equals the licensed clock speed. If you try to install the product on a machine faster than what is licensed, installation fails. See the System Administration Guide for more information about licensing.

 

MicroStrategy Product

Processor

Memory

Storage

MicroStrategy System Manager

x86 or x64 compatible

2 GB

0.5 GB

MicroStrategy Command Manager

x86 or x64 compatible

2 GB

0.25 GB

MicroStrategy Enterprise Manager

x64 compatible

1 GB

0.25 GB

MicroStrategy Object Manager

x86 or x64 compatible

1 GB

0.25 GB

MicroStrategy Developer products

x86 or x64 compatible

2 GB or higher

0.25 GB

MicroStrategy Intelligence Server

x64 compatible

4 GB or higher

Using 4 GB of RAM is a minimum level of support for the MicroStrategy Product Suite, which does not take into account the performance of a production system. Performance testing has shown that 64 GB or more of RAM should be available to allow MicroStrategy Intelligence Server to fully support and take advantage of the complete feature set of the MicroStrategy Product Suite, while obtaining system-wide high performance. This level of system resources allows MicroStrategy Intelligence Server to fully use performance-improving technologies such as MicroStrategy OLAP Services, and to support optimal performance for MicroStrategy Report Services documents and dossiers and the other features of the MicroStrategy Product Suite.

Three times the amount of RAM available to Intelligence Server. For example, an Intelligence Server that is provided 4 GB of RAM requires 12 GB of hard drive space.

MicroStrategy Integrity Manager

x64 compatible

2 GB or higher

0.25 GB

MicroStrategy Office

x86 or x64 compatible

2 GB

0.5 GB

MicroStrategy Mobile Server

The MicroStrategy Mobile Server hardware requirements are the same as those for MicroStrategy Web Server hardware requirements.

MicroStrategy Narrowcast Server

x86 or x64 compatible

4 GB

4 GB

MicroStrategy SDK

The SDK is not included in the MicroStrategy installation and can instead be downloaded from the MicroStrategy support site.

MicroStrategy Analytics Modules

Not applicable

Not applicable

0.5 GB

MicroStrategy Web: Web Client

x86 or x64 compatible

2 GB or higher

MicroStrategy Web can be accessed from a third-party web browser, which means there are no additional storage requirements.

MicroStrategy Web: Web Server

x64 compatible

4 GB or higher

0.5 GB

System hardware requirements and recommendations on Linux

The following information is intended to give you general guidance on hardware requirements to support the MicroStrategy product suite. Determining the necessary hardware requirements to support MicroStrategy is dependent on many factors including but not limited to the complexity of your MicroStrategy environment, the deployment strategy of MicroStrategy features, user community requirements, expected peak usage requirements, and response time expectations. Factors such as these must be considered to determine the hardware requirements for your MicroStrategy production environment.

The storage recommendations listed in the table below provide an estimate for installing and supporting each MicroStrategy product on a separate machine. For information on the total size of a MicroStrategy installation when installing all MicroStrategy products on the same machine, see below.
A successful configuration of Intelligence Server depends on a valid combination of an operating system and a CPU architecture. Valid operating system and CPU architecture combinations for Intelligence Server are listed in the table below.
The storage requirements listed in the table below for Intelligence Server include additional space than is required for the initial installation. This additional space is to support the creation of the various files that these products require throughout their use in a MicroStrategy environment. Additional space may be required depending on the use of Intelligence Server in your MicroStrategy environment.

MicroStrategy Product

Processor

Memory

Storage Recommendation

MicroStrategy System Manager

Linux: x86-64 compatible

2 GB or higher

3 GB on other Linux operating systems

MicroStrategy Command Manager

Linux: x86-64 compatible

2 GB or higher

3 GB on other Linux operating systems

MicroStrategy Intelligence Server

Linux: x86-64 compatible

4 GB or higher

Using 4 GB of RAM is a minimum level of support for the MicroStrategy Product Suite, which does not take into account the performance of a production system. Performance testing has shown that 64 GB or more of RAM should be available to allow MicroStrategy Intelligence Server to fully support and take advantage of the complete feature set of the MicroStrategy Product Suite, while obtaining system-wide high performance. This level of system resources allows MicroStrategy Intelligence Server to fully use performance-improving technologies such as MicroStrategy OLAP Services, and to support optimal performance for MicroStrategy Report Services documents and dossiers and the other features of the MicroStrategy Product Suite.

Three times the amount of RAM available to Intelligence Server. For example, an Intelligence Server that is provided 4 GB of RAM requires 12 GB of hard drive space.

MicroStrategy Integrity Manager

Linux: x86-64 compatible

2 GB or higher

3 GB on other Linux operating systems

MicroStrategy Web Services for Office

Linux: x86-64 compatible

2 GB or higher

3 GB on other Linux operating systems

MicroStrategy Mobile Server

The MicroStrategy Mobile Server hardware requirements are the same as those for MicroStrategy Web Server hardware requirements.

MicroStrategy SDK

The SDK is not included in the MicroStrategy installation and can instead be downloaded from the MicroStrategy support site.

MicroStrategy Web: Web Server

Linux: x86-64 compatible

4 GB or higher

3 GB on other Linux operating systems

MicroStrategy Web: Web Client

Linux: x86-64 compatible

2 GB or higher

MicroStrategy Web can be accessed from a third-party web browser, which means there are no additional storage requirements.

Storage requirements for all MicroStrategy products on Linux

The storage recommendations listed above provide the storage recommendations for the MicroStrategy products if they are installed individually on separate machines.

A conservative estimate of the total file size if you install all MicroStrategy products on the same machine, which can then share a set of common files, is 12 GB.

Temporary directory requirements for installation

In addition to the space requirements listed above, you also need free space in the temporary directory. The default location of the temporary directory is /tmp.

If the space in the default temporary directory is inadequate, you can use the tempdir command line option to change the location of the temporary directory. This directory must already exist and it must be specified using its absolute path, for example:

./setup.sh –tempdir /home/user/tmp

If you change the location of the temporary directory, free space is still required in the default location of the temporary directory to launch the MicroStrategy installation routine.

MicroStrategy Mobile hardware requirements for mobile devices

The tables below list the MicroStrategy Mobile client application hardware requirements for various mobile devices. To verify updated requirement information, see the Readme.

Flash memory

Requirement

Minimum

Recommended

Flash memory

32 MB

64 MB

Android devices

Devices with OS minimum 4.x and certain GPUs are certified. Refer to the third-party documentation for your Android device vendor to determine the Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) for your device. To see the latest list of devices, see the current MicroStrategy Readme.