What are the key characteristics of
SAPDB is a state-of-the-art enterprise
database system with a high level of performance,
scalability, robustness and reliability. It is very easy
to use and maintain, for example, no reorganization is
reQuired and the database allows for uninterrupted 24x7
Thanks to its automatic, dynamic memory management,
SAPDB also needs less disk space than other database
systems such as Oracle or Informix. System resources do
not reQuire constant attention.
All this, together with the fact that SAPDB is an open
source solution, keeps total cost of ownership (TCO) at
an all-time low compared to other database systems.
Where can I find a summary of the
differences between SAPDB and other database systems?
At the moment, no general summary is
available. However, in terms of functionality and
performance, SAPDB meets all the reQuirements needed to
ensure smooth operation of all SAP solutions.
Which platforms does SAPDB support?
SAPDB currently supports Linux
(Intel), Windows NT / Windows 2000 / Windows XP,
IBM-AIX, SUN-Solaris, Tru64-Unix and HP-UX. OS/390,
ZLinux and Microsoft .NET will also be supported in the
Can I run SAPDB on 64-bit platforms??
Yes, but the 64-bit Linux and Intel
ia64/Windows version are not yet available for
productive use. We expect those during the first half of
Which SQL standard does SAPDB support?
ansI 92 Entry-Level
Which interfaces are supported?
ODBC (3.5.1), JDBC (2.0/3.0), C/C++
precompiler, and others.
Are there restrictions in terms of the
number of database users or the database size?
ansI 92 Entry-Level
Which reorganization actions are necessary
in a running SAPDB operation?
None. Due to its fully automatic
memory administration, SAPDB is completely
Can SAPDB systems be run 24 hours a day,
7 days a week?
Yes. Using SAPDB, all necessary
backup activities can be executed online.
Is there a C-API to access SAP DB?
ODBC is the official C-API. There is
no performance loss because ODBC is not implemented as a
wrapper around a lower level API. In UNIX, programmers
can use either one of the available driver managers or
link them directly with the libraries provided with SAP
What are the backup and recovery
characteristics of SAPDB?
Backup and recovery are also part of
our ease-of-use approach. The Database Manager, an
SAPDB tool, offers intuitive backup scenarios and
guides you through recovery processes. If you are
running an SAP system with SAPDB, you can also schedule
and execute your database administration tasks in the
SAP Computing Center Management System (CCMS).
Can I use Legato/IBM/Tivoli backup
Yes, you can also use external backup
tools. The Database Manager currently supports the
following backup tools: TSM (IBM), Backint for Oracle,
Backint for SAPDB, and NetWorker (Legato).