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SAP Data Archiving

Hi,

What is the significance of 3rd party tools like iXOS,BMC software ...etc for SAP data archiving ?Whether we can do an archiving without any 3rd party tools.

Regards,

Cherry

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    Nov 20, 2006 at 06:47 AM

    Hi Cherry,

    You can do archiving without using a 3rd party tools.

    The 3rd party tools utilize the SAP standard archiving features to actually archive the data, verify it, and delete it. SAP archiving writes to flat files and offer reload and basic querying options.

    3rd party can offer additional features to the base SAP features like storage sub systems, enhanced viewer/querying tools, and integration with other archiving systems.

    So the choice depends on if you need additional features that the 3rd party tools provide. If you go 3rd party, I would suggest you pick a certified vendor.

    You can find info on the standard functions at help.sap.com (the archive transaction is called SARA which can help the search).

    Cheers,

    Mike.

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    Dec 06, 2006 at 10:48 AM

    Hi Cherry,

    There is something called as Optical Archiving where one stores the archive data on optical medias such as MO, UDO. If you are looking a legal compliance part of data storage then you will need to store data on optical medias. Also optical media such as UDO, MO have longer life as compared to hard disks and offer you WORM capability. Standard SAP Archiving does not support storing data on to Optical medias. 3rd party archiving software provide you facility to store on variety of storage mediums such as MO, CD, DVD, UDO, Tape etc. Moreover 3rd party archiving software provide you with may other benefits too such as archiving emails, desktop files etc. I would suggest that you make a study or invite vendors to showcase their solution n then decide what is best for you.

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