Wednesday, June 8, 2011

SAP NetWeaver 7.3

After almost 4 years there is a new major release of NetWeaver coming. Actually today we can count NetWeaver is 14 years old. As some components of NetWeaver started to being developed in year 1997. For details on this see this post. Just to do small repeating. It all started with development of SAP Basis, Portal, BW and Mobile Infrastructure. For details on NetWeaver component overview see this post.

There was first version started to be called as NetWeaver year of 2004. The name that time was SAP NetWeaver 2004 (also known as NW04). Afterwards in 2005 a version called SAP NetWeaver 2004s (also known as NW04s) later renamed as SAP NetWeaver 7.0 (also known as NW05) came. SAP NetWeaver 7.1 (or NW06) came in 2006. Notice that it is not that easy to reveal all the dates/years precisely. Version 7.1 was followed by 2 Enhancement Packages (EhP). In year 2008 there were NetWeaver components name changes announced. Obviously due to several components releases alignment version 7.2 was skipped. 

Finally we are entering year 2011 when SAP NetWeaver 7.3 was introduced. Moreover on June 7th a general availability (GA) of this version was introduced. Notice that according SAP's Product Availability Matrix a release date is states as 30.05.2011 but GA is set later.

Major differences are as follows: 7.3 is 64bit only, running on SAP JVM 6 (JAVA) and Unicode only.

See general online documentation here. See SDN homepage of 7.3 here.