Whether you're driving a race car or managing your IT environment, you need a well-oiled machine with the horsepower to stay in the fast lane and consistently beat your competition. Database archiving empowers enterprise resource planning (ERP) applications with the speed and operational efficiency required to achieve your goals.

Companies continually upgrade servers and storage, tune databases and ultimately miss out on service levels for application backups and recoveries. Whether the pain exists in packaged or custom-written applications, this approach attacks explosive data growth. By relocating the inactive ERP transactions, database archiving provides a proactive approach to managing application environments.

Database archiving is not a new concept. Companies have been archiving inactive data for years with impressive results. Not only does archiving less valuable data speed business processes through faster data load and query times, the residual effects from a streamlined production database are profound. For example, in customer service centers, call wait times have been reduced up to 70 percent.

One reason for this is that a smaller production database requires less data that needs to be stored on high availability, expensive storage arrays. Inactive historical data is relocated to the second or third tier of storage, representing significant storage savings and a reclamation of tier-one storage. Since only open, active transactions need to be available at a high service level, those users who wish to access older historical data may do so seamlessly without any drain on performance. (Far fewer users need access to the historical data residing on lower storage tiers.)

A trimmed-down production database also provides management and operational efficiencies through a quicker backup and recovery process. It's easier to maintain services levels when it takes a fraction of the time to either back up the applications or bring them back online in the event of a disaster. The historical database can also be backed up less frequently because it changes less often. This provides a corresponding savings on backup tape expenditures. And, if you happen to be running test and development instances, refreshes of the clones are quicker and the backup process for each of those clones derives similar benefits as production.

The engine for any business is its ERP system, which allows processes to run smoothly. These processes define the competitive advantage that successful companies enjoy, whether it is improved time to market on new products, quicker response times in customer service centers, streamlined shipping cycles or inventory turns or even a clean and consistent financial reporting mechanism. Database archiving helps companies keep the business engine running at peak performance and even gets your applications restarted faster in the event of a natural or manmade disaster. So, stop kicking the tires. Tune up your ERP system and turn it into a smoothly running, powerful engine.

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