The Legacy of Large Enterprise SAP
It is not unusual for us to find out that our customers have large numbers of SAP legacy systems. These systems remain unused and dormant most of the time, other than to provide historical data when infrequently required.
Though in effect redundant, these dormant SAP systems must be retained for legislative and statutory reasons, sometimes for as long as 10-years. Though users generally are not accessing these systems, they sit in the data center, consuming data center resources, requiring maintenance and management, as well as ongoing licensing, usually at a high cost per user.
Some typical approaches to addressing this are:
- Continuing with on-premise infrastructure at substantial cost
- Archiving the data to an archiving solution which can be complex, time consuming, costly and will not result in all data being retained
Extracting the data to a Data Lake which has the disadvantage of losing application logic which gives the data it’s meaning and can also be costly
A better option is archiving the application using more effective, more familiar, and less costly Application Archiving solution.
Lemongrass Application Archiving
Our Application Archiving Solution for both SAP and non-SAP solutions is simple and delivers a significant Return on Investment by reducing the cost of your legacy SAP estate by as much as 90%.
This service is an integral part of our broader Lemongrass Cloud Platform (LCP) solution. It makes use of several functional areas, including automated builds, automated backups and backup management, user-based systems start-and-stop as well as scheduled start-and-stop. Lemongrass also uses other elements of LCP as part of the Application Archiving solution, including security scanning to ensure the accounts holding the archived systems as well as the systems themselves are meeting strict guidelines.
How We Do It
We migrate your application from an “always on” physical infrastructure to a simplified low-cost SAP architecture on AWS. Then we turn it off. While your systems are off, you are incurring very minimal AWS charges, other than for storage.
Next, we equip and train your users to start or stop the application as needed. Once in, your users are more productive as they now have fast, easy access to the data they need and the ability to extract that information from a system they are already familiar with. And should they forget to turn the solution off when they are done, our pilot light monitoring solution will turn it off for you.
Plan and architect your systems to reduce your costs, increase agility, adopt automation and enable continuous innovation.