From file cabinets to servers and hard drives, chances are that your business’s shared service centers are overflowing with data. All this data is important in order to maintain compliance and the integrity of your organization. However, most of the overflowing data is not really needed for the day-to-day operation of your business and core applications.
So what do you do with all this data? SAP and OpenText has identified that when your company’s data needs have become too big to be managed by your in-house system, it is time to opt for simplified yet effective data archiving solutions such as OpenText Data Archiving. By choosing to work with a third party backup storage system and recovery partner, you will be able to maintain a lean in-house database while ensuring that all the data you need is still at your fingertips.
Let’s have a look at a few of the typical data archiving solutions that are available for your global shared services model:
1.Tape – Cost-efficient and Reliable
Known as the king of backups when it comes to data archiving systems, tapes are reliable, automated and economical. However, all these benefits are off-set by a loss of speed. Tapes are required to be read in a sequential manner and at a pre-defined pace. As compared to other data archiving solutions, tapes offer a more drawn-out way of accessing needed data.
2. Discs and Disks – Speed is Paramount
Storing data on optical discs and hard disks might be more expensive than tape backups, but they have superior data retrieval capabilities. If speed is paramount for your organization, disk storage systems might be your best option.
3. Offsite Online Storage – Remote Storage
Remote online storage is the simplified data archiving solution that is ruling the roost right now. Easy to automate, errors are limited and storage of data is offsite. One such solution provided by OpenText in partnership with SAP is OpenText Data Archiving for SAP. This solution is designed to help you manage the size of your SAP database and ensure continued access to historical data. Data archiving is especially critical in a Shared Service Center model of Service Delivery. Backing up your shared service centers critical data is a decision that you ought to take after weighing the pros and cons of each solution. Perhaps, a mix of solutions may be the best option for your needs.