May 23, 2021
February 11, 2021
In every data archiving project, there are two primary tasks. First, is archiving the data. But equally important is providing access to that archived data. This article covers the latter in detail. For information on the former, refer to blog posts found here: https://www.paschkeconsulting.com/blog
Paschke Consulting (PCI) developed proprietary technology to eliminate performance bottlenecks in the data retrieval process. Its Connector solution retrieves archived data at speeds approaching or exceeding those of online databases. It also abstracts the access interface to simplify implementation and customization.
Innovations in storage hardware and software, notably solid-state devices (SSD) make the business case for expensive PBS and nearline storage (NLS) solutions more challenging. PCI, with two decades of data archiving experience, understands these technologies, as well as SAP’s Archive Information Structure (AIS), making it uniquely positioned to deliver a more cost-effective and higher performing data retrieval solution.
More Value with PCI Connector
The three primary methods of accessing archived data from non-NLS data sources are:
The AIS/ADK approach can be risky due to the cost and relative experience levels of ABAP resources to archive-enable a custom application. PBS licensing and training time make the PBS indices and access approach expensive .
PCI Connector leverages AIS indexes but also implements several key innovations that have delivered these four important results for customers:
AIS Indexing not Enough
AIS software may be basically free, but building indexes and archive-enabling applications is not. Achieving efficient online processing and ongoing maintainability of code requires detailed requirements gathering and planning. Incorrect index definition can result in having to modify, drop, and re-index the entire structure. It can also create a data access bottleneck, making it extremely difficult to keep business processes operating efficiently.
The other primary challenge in implementing AIS is the arcane and complex nature of reading archived data. Archive-enabling applications individually can involve large software development expenditures. But, more importantly, if not done correctly, the resulting processes can be very inefficient and slow critical applications down to a crawl.
PCI Connector leverages the functional knowledge of the applications as well as technical knowledge of the archiving processes and indexes to archive-enable applications and keep them accurate, reliable, and fast. It implements several innovative mechanisms to ensure the fastest reads of archived data. Two of these mechanisms address the granular data access points at a micro-level, critical in maintaining fast reads; another dynamically optimizes access methods to address the overall response time at a macro-level.
Straightforward Conversion from PBS to PCI Connector
PCI has an established process to convert from PBS to the new PCI Connector with standard, SAP-based archive indexing.
In the analysis, requirements and planning stage, PCI identifies all applications, tcodes, archive objects and tables that will need to be considered in the conversion. During implementation, code remediation, testing and go-live, we define field catalogs, indices, retrofit and convert programs, and bring your entire application onto a newer, modern platform.
We stand ready to help you on your journey
If you’d like to learn more about replacing PBS with another solution, please contact us via our website or email below or
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