Hardware Requirements for Symantec Security Information Manager 4.7
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Hardware Requirements for Symantec Security Information Manager 4.7


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Security Information Manager


Which are the supported hardware for Symantec Security Information Manager 4.7?



Minimum requirements for the Symantec Security Information Manager Server 4.7:

  • Static IP address and fully qualified domain name
  • Symantec Security Information Manager license key file
  • A Symantec Security Information Manager Server or other Standard Intel-based x86 hardware that meets the following minimum system requirements:
  • Intel Core 2 Duo class processor or better
  • RAM minimum 4 GB, recommended 8 GB
  • 1 TB or higher of available disk space

The hardware must be certified to run Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4.8 32 bit.

The system must have a network card that is supported on RHEL 4.8 x86 32 bit.





Recommended Hardware:
Symantec has tested the Symantec Security Information Manager on the following hardware:

  • Dell PowerEdge R610
  • Dell PowerEdge R710
  • Dell PowerEdge R900
  • Dell PowerEdge 1950
  • Dell PowerEdge 2950
  • HP ProLiant DL380 G5
  • HP ProLiant DL360 G5
  • HP ProLiant DL 180 G6


Note: In addition to the hardware specified above, Symantec Security Information Manager 4.7 can be installed on hardware supported by RHEL 4 Update 8 Intel based x86 32-bit platform. The Information Manager may work on other untested hardware, however for support on the issues arising out of hardware conflict and installation, you must contact your hardware manufacturer.


Symantec recommends the following raid controllers for use with the approved hardware configurations:



About estimating system performance
Determining the performance of an Incident Manager Server or set of servers is unique to every environment. Information Manager integrates with a wide range of event collectors, and by nature requires the customization of settings to match each environment. Hence the physical performance depends greatly on the collectors and settings that you choose.This section provides observed events per second (EPS) rates under optimal circumstances. For general planning purposes, you can create a rough estimate of system performance by using the following tables.

Note however that system performance varies widely from these figures depending on your specific

For more information look at the Section Page 27 of the Symantec Security Information Manager Installation Guide See DOC2480 ->  www.symantec.com/docs/DOC2480 

Consideration regarding impact on performances: 

  • Performance Numbers are approximate, relate to best case scenarios, and are provided for guidance only. Actual performance can vary based on a wide variety of factors. Assumes a combination of off box and on box collectors. Correlation role and Storage role implies that all other functions (services) are inactive.
  • Turning on summarizers and/or RAW Events will have an impact on performances.
  •  Archive appliances rely on disk speed; Symantec recommends that you have 15k RPM (or better) in a RAID composed on more than 3 disks.
  •  SSIM 4.7 runs on Red Hat Enterprise Linux ES Release 4 (Nahant Update 8)

The following list on RedHat website provides a catalog of hardware that is certified to run RHEL 4.8:


Note that Symantec does not test or formally certify support for this hardware. The link is provided for reference only.

Please also note that SSIM 4.7.0 is not supported on VMware or any other virtualization environments. For VMware support see 4.7.1 PR1 Release TECH141310 -> www.symantec.com/docs/TECH141310