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How Archiving Can Help Cut Costs

by Tyler Constable

May 7, 2010

                Many IT teams are looking for ways to cut costs without negatively impacting their systems.  Delaying system maintenance, ignoring new functionality and waiting to purchase new hardware can only save you money for soo long before the systems cry for attention.  Well, what if I told you that there is a strategy out there that will not only help save your budget but will also help with system performance?  The fact is; a well executed archiving strategy can help you optimize system performance, control database growth and in the end help you save money.

                 Poor system performance is often put on the technical team to resolve.  And while it may be true that the system could use more memory, continuously throwing RAM at the system is not always the best option.  In some cases it is also wise to see what is running in the system during poor system performance.  A review of long running jobs may reveal wide open queries that are hitting a large chunk of data.  And while it the best option would be to have a functional person look into those jobs not everyone has one on staff.  Bringing in a consultant to try and dig through another developers coding can be both timely and costly.   By archiving you can remove a lot of unnecessary data from jobs that may be trying to run large queries.  You will also see an improvement in batch processing and overall user experience.

                One of the other great benefits of archiving is controlling database growth.   As time moves forward, so does the amount of disk space your database is taking up.  By archiving you can limit the size and growth of your database and in turn can reduce the footprint it takes on the disk.  There are some other great benefits to controlling your database growth such as a more easily manageable backup infrastructure and spending less time on SAN management.  Also, you can significantly cut the time of your QA refreshes.

                All in all, a well executed archiving strategy can have many positive effects on your system that also help save costs.   By stopping runaway disk growth you can stop the need to constantly purchase more disk, and disk/tapes for backups.  By assisting in system performance you can reduce the necessity for costly hardware such as CPU and memory.   And essentially at the end of the day, by saving money on the above you can improve the end users experience and make sure your product gets out the door on time.

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