The Future SBSS: Migration of SBSS Functions from a Mainframe Environment to a Disturbed PC-Based LAN Environment
AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH
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The purpose of this thesis was to determine the technical feasibility of a PC-based Standard Base Supply System SBSS. The SBSS is currently run in a mainframe environment however, the current hardware contract will be reviewed in 1997. At that time, a decision as to what hardware implementation best serves Base Supply needs must be made. This document evaluates various possible PC- based SBSS Local Area Network LAN architectures, as well as provides an initial direction for implementation. The current mainframe-based Regional SBSS implementation serves multiple bases via long haul networks and may not effectively satisfy Air Forcebase level requirements. In writing this thesis, information on a typical SBSS was gathered and summarized. Also, information on standard LAN architectures was evaluated. For added depth of understanding, interviews with personnel involved in the use, design, and development of the current SBSS were conducted. The study showed that a single file server could handle the entire workload, but future expansion considerations and a slightly lower expected user response time indicate that fully distributing the processes, while using a file server to maintain the SBSS database, might be more appropriate.
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