What You Need to Know About Rightsizing and Why it is Important

Friday, July 14th, 2017



In an IT context, rightsizing refers to the process of restructuring a company’s IT infrastructure (including data centres and hardware) to make it more efficient. Rather than cutting costs, rightsizing focuses on generating savings while still maintaining the overall value of IT infrastructure. This can be achieved by examining what resources are necessary and how you can get the job done more efficiently, at a reduced cost. Technology like virtualization and cloud computing has made the process of rightsizing easier by providing flexible service models that can be adjusted to meet a company’s needs.


Rightsizing data for SAP HANA

Now that you know a bit more about rightsizing, we’ll introduce RightSizing for SAP HANA. This means that you’re ensuring your data is the right size for its move to SAP HANA and that you’re not moving over anything you don’t need. In most cases, only 13-17% of system data is in active use. It’s like if you’re moving from a bigger place to a smaller place, you won’t be able to take everything with you and you might find there’s a lot of unnecessary things that are just taking up space. Before migrating to SAP HANA, you’ll need a data management and data archiving process in place. An undersized appliance will lead to performance issues, whereas an oversized appliance is a waste of resources. This is why rightsizing is so important, the right-sized appliance will help you control running costs, increase efficiency and ease migration. Without a data management strategy, you could experience compliance or performance issues, and you won’t be able to determine what data can be archived or deleted.


A database strategy is crucial

Businesses have typically used formal archiving processes and technologies to improve IT cost control. With a data management strategy in place, you can move infrequently accessed information to lower-cost tiers and increase capacity on expensive primary storage. Database and application performance will improve after reducing the size of primary data stores.

It’s important to assess your data first

Before you start removing anything, conduct a thorough assessment of your data. Evaluating the current state of your database will give you an idea of how much work you’re going to have to put in. Rightsizing identifies which data can be removed, what can be archived, and what needs to be migrated to SAP HANA.

Rightsizing your data is a critical step before migrating to SAP HANA. Not only will it improve operations, it is also critical to enhance system functionality and comply with data regulations.


Proceed Group can help streamline your migration to SAP HANA

Creating your own data management strategy might sound like the easiest option, but it comes with major drawbacks. If done incorrectly, all your data, time and resources are at risk. Proceed Group can help with data archiving and data growth control for SAP customers before and after SAP HANA migration.

For a more comprehensive breakdown of rightSizing and how it can optimise a SAP HANA migration, contact us