When the topic of SAP archiving made its move from an unrelated department towards a matter for the responsibility of SAP Technology, 1&1 consequently opted for a change of system. Until then, the Company had relied on a major German manufacturer’s archiving system for storing all of its data and documentation. However, the core team did not have enough time to get thoroughly acquainted with how the system functioned.
The archive operates on a standard Linux server and resides on a standard filesystem in storage. It’s a thin solution, and one which is very straightforward to operate.
With most archiving systems, the customer has to buy an archiving licence for each SAP user which might need access to the archive – tailored to his or her authorisation level – and the licence would have to be bought even for parties not aware that they are using the archive, or not even using it at all. With kgs, on the other hand, you make a given payment for each SAP system. And this is something that stabilises your planning, because you can assume that no additional licensing fees are going to arise as further SAP users are added. Break-even point expected 18 months after system launch.