Understanding the Value of Data Archiving Prior to an SAP HANA Investment

You’ll find representatives from Vortex Consulting at a number of industry events every year. From SAP TechEd Las Vegas, to regional chapter meetings, to last month’s SAPPHIRE NOW, we’re often in the crowds–and even leading presentations ourselves. In recent months, there’s one subject that has appeared over and over again as a major industry hot topic: SAP HANA.

So, what exactly is HANA? According to the official website, “SAP HANA is the platform for next-generation applications and analytics….(it) is the foundation for all your data needs, removing the burden of maintaining separated legacy systems and siloed data, so you can run simple in this new digital economy.”

Simply ILM, a Vortex affiliate company, provides data archiving services, including analysis, strategic planning, implementation, and more. In a recent blog post, they talked about HANA and its close relationship with an organization’s data archiving practices and policies. The following takeaways from that post outline just a few benefits of pursuing a data archiving implementation prior to a HANA investment:

  • Leads to Cost Savings: During a thorough archiving review and implementation, your organization will discard outdated and irrelevant data. This reduced amount of data means your organization can pursue the purchase of a smaller sized HANA appliance–saving you money on the upfront technology investment.
  • Simplifies Planning for Data Volume Management: The HANA transition process includes the development of a strategy for moving data from warm data storage to cold data storage. A solid foundation for this process is inherently laid out throughout the creation of an organizational data archiving plan.

As with any major technology adoption, if your organization is considering the transition to SAP HANA, there are many things to consider. Make sure the development of a new strategy–or update to an existing one–is a priority before you get too far down the HANA path. To learn more on the topic from our colleagues at Simply ILM, visit their blog.