There are other open-source databases - why
SAPDB is a state-of-the art, SQL-based,
industrial-strength database system. SAPDB is
platform-independent, so users can deploy it for a wide
array of projects. SAPDB is highly scalable, easy to use
and maintain, and provides full transaction support.
Companies can deploy SAPDB together with SAP applications
for a complete out-of-the-box business solution. SAPDB also
goes beyond relational processing by offering object
orientation as well as support for managing unstructured
data. This comprehensive set of features and their
availability as Open Source will benefit the entire database
How many people are developing SAPDB?
Since mid-1997, SAP has made considerable
investments into SAPDB, which is maintained and
continuously enhanced by a dedicated team of about 100 SAP
Where can I get SAPDB?
SAPDB software can be downloaded,
together with a sample database.
With which database release did the Open
Source era begun?
With SAPDB Release 7.2
Where can I find the latest information about
SAP is launching an online community at
the SAP DB homepage for developers and users to share and
exchange enhancements to SAPDB, take part in mailing lists,
newsgroups, and chat forums, download software updates,
share tips about the software, and locate service and
support offerings provided by SAP or other organizations.
Those interested can subcribe to two mailing lists:
To receive the latest information on SAPDB as soon as they
are available subscribe to the mailing list [email protected].
The mailing list [email protected]Ql.com is the News
Forum of the SAPDB Community. You can use this address for
discussions and exchanging experiences with other people
interested in SAPDB. This mailing list will be used as the
basis for a newsgroup.
How many SAPDB installations are there?
Currently, there are about 2000 SAPDB
installations with more than 1000 customers running, not
included SAP liveCache and Content Server installations,
which are also SAPDB products.
Are there restrictions in terms of the number
of database users or of the database size?
No. SAPDB runs successfully on large,
medium-sized, and small installations.
Is this a special limited version?
No. The software released as Open Source
is the unlimited and current release as used by customers of
How much do you have to pay for licenses,
service, and administration when you use SAPDB?
You don’t have to pay for SAPDB
database licenses. When you use SAPDB as a database for
mySAP.com solutions, you pay a mandatory maintenance fee but
thanks to the easy administration and low space reQuirements
of SAPDB, additional costs are kept to a minimum.
What about customers that have already
The availability as open-source software
does not affect existing SAPDB customers' licensing and
maintenance agreements with SAP. New SAPDB installations in
combination with SAP applications will be handled by a new
business model, which only charges for service and support.
For non-SAP applications, customers have the option of
purchasing service and support offerings from SAP or other
organizations for a fee, which is a common business model
for open-source software.
Which database version shall I use?
SAPDB version 7.4 is the latest official
release of SAPDB software. All new users of SAP DB are
recommended to start with version 7.4, since it offers a
number of valuable new features.
Nevertheless, version 7.3 will continue being developed for
those using it in productive systems.