Actifio Data Protection for SAP
SAP is one of the most mission-critical applications in any enterprise. Research company IDC estimates that losses due to critical applications downtime can run up to $1 million per hour. Therefore, it is imperative that such critical systems have high availability to minimize business losses. What’s also important in most SAP environments is the ability to run reports, analytics, and test new patches very quickly without impacting the production SAP environment. In such a scenario, rapid SAP database cloning becomes extremely important. Additionally, the larger the SAP database, the more difficult it becomes to protect, recover and clone.
Actifio’s solution for enterprises running mission critical SAP applications on-premises or in public cloud solves all these challenges.
Key Benefits of Actifio for SAP
Gartner Rated Actifio #1 in their Backup and Recovery Critical Capabilities Report
1. Application Consistency
Actifio performs application consistent backups using native database APIs such as RMAN for Oracle, VSS for MS SQL, and SAP HDBSQL API for HANA.
3. Scalable Instant Recovery
Traditional recoveries have to copy the data from the backup server to the recovery server, which increases the recovery time. The larger the database, the longer the recovery time. With Actifio, you can recover a multi-TB Oracle, Sybase, MS SQL, and HANA database within minutes. These recoveries with Actifio are extremely fast because of its instant mount capability.
5. Database Cloning for Reporting and Analytics
There is huge demand to run reports and analytics in SAP environments. Executing these tasks on production SAP databases impacts production application performance. Actifio can provision one or more thin DB clones instantly from its backups, allowing you to run analytics and reports on a SAP DB clone without impacting the production SAP DB.
7. Cloud Ready
With Actifio, you can leverage the major public cloud vendors and utilize inexpensive cloud object storage to store backups for long term data retention and compliance requirements.
9. Full Application Stack
A typical SAP implementation will consist of SAP modules such as SAP HRM, SAP FICO running on a different server while the database such as Oracle, Sybase or HANA might be running on a different server. For a full stack application recovery, it’s important to not only protect the database but also the servers running the SAP module. Actifio ensures protection of full application stack to provide a complete disaster recovery solution.
2. Incremental Forever Backup
Traditional backup approaches using SAP “Backint” APIs which leads to recurring full backups. This approach causes a large backup window and high impact on production applications, especially for multi-TB databases. Actifio delivers block level incremental forever backup, reducing the backup window and application impact by up to 20x. For Oracle, it uses Oracle BCT APIs. For all other databases, Actifio uses its own Change Block Tracking (CBT) APIs to deliver incremental forever backups.
4. Long Term Data Retention
Actifio replicates backups in an incremental forever manner to cloud object storage such as AWS S3. S3 IAS, Azure Blob, Google Nearline & Coldline storage. Based on SLAs, Actifio can retain data from days to decades and still provide instant access to backups living in cloud object storage.
6. Storage Efficient
When you provision dozens of thin DB clones from Actifio backups, there is no extra storage needed. Only when testers write to these thin DB clones, a small incremental storage corresponding to the changed blocks is needed. This delivers up to 20x storage savings in large environments where dozens of SAP DB clones are created for analytics and patch testing.
8. Wide Platform Support
Actifio helps you protect, recover and clone your SAP application using any of the databases such as HANA, Sybase, Oracle, and MS SQL.
Actifio supports all of the following databases that are typically used in SAP environments:
Actifio for SAP using Sybase
Actifio for SAP using Oracle
Actifio for SAP using MS-SQL
What Customers are Saying about Actifio for SAP
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LEARN MORE TODAY
Download the white paper to learn how Actifio Enterprise Data as a Service works. It explains how Actifio can meet your needs for:
Faster and higher quality application testing
Faster recoveries and better protection SLAs at a lower cost
Faster adoption of cloud, with the necessary IT controls on data