Definition - What does Client mean?
In the SAP landscape, a client is an entity with independent information and data. The SAP client concept is based on the fact that an application service provider (ASP) must provide and administer all resources at a minimal cost, which is quite challenging in a multiple customer-client environment.
SAP provides the option of allocating each customer to a client, thereby removing the need to provide separate physical systems for each customer. This helps reduce physical hardware and sharing of hardware and related software, thereby reducing administration and support requirements and facilitating clients and a large number of customers.
Techopedia explains Client
The number of clients in a SAP system directly influences the following:
- Buffer: The number of clients impacts buffering demand. An example is main memory usage.
- Upgrade: Different activities are affected by SAP upgrades, where run timers are longer, depending on the number of clients.
- Client CUST: Used for making developments and serving other customer-specific requirements. The SAP transport management system is used to move CUST client changes to other clients.
- Client QST: Defined for testing and verifying various applied changes.
- Client PRD: Used for production and business activities.