SAP data archiving has long been a recommended practice, yet it’s not uncommon for companies to overlook, or even avoid the process of moving data that is no longer actively used to a separate storage device for long-term retention. In fact, a recent IDC study revealed that 57% of respondents use backup methods to meet long-term archival requirements. This frequently leads to creation of duplicate files that needlessly weigh down the system. In contrast, Archiving, identifies inactive or less frequently accessed data and moves it to more cost-effective storage devices for long-term and accessible retention.
More often than not, only a small percentage of application data is used in daily operations after the application has been live for several years. This allows for the removal of business-complete processes from the database. However, deleting the data is frequently impractical due to the need for read access to individual data objects. Therefore, the solution is to relocate the data in such a way that it remains accessible when needed. Many companies and some IT professionals are not aware that they can still access archived data while reaping additional technical benefits when integrating the SAP best practice.
It’s important to note that the archival process is almost always automated. With a “set it and forget it” workflow, you can even add reducing administrative overhead to the list of benefits. As stated earlier, deploying a data archiving strategy can ease compliance and keep you ahead of changes in archival technology, this is a key reason that Auritas designs for easy retrieval.
This is particularly convenient in the instance of an audit or data mining and analysis purposes. And with many of today’s SAP systems reaching double-digit figures in terms of age, keeping unused or infrequently accessed data for 20 or 30 years in an IT system is too lax an approach with less costly long-term storage solutions readily available for reducing total cost of ownership.
Whether your database expansion is a result of new features & functions, additional users, heightened use of particular applications, or mergers & acquisitions, Auritas can help to reduce the stored amount of your data to help increase technical ROI, maintain system sustainability and reduce end-user and IT workload.
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While the majority of organizations use expensive storage for unused or infrequently accessed data, today’s tech-savvy companies are deploying solutions that seek to re-purpose or reuse existing data and monetize their digital assets. Whether your goal is to improve regulatory compliance processes, boost business, increase systems efficiency, or maximize resources, data archiving should play a pivotal role in your Information Lifecycle Management (ILM) strategy.