Data Archival
Data archiving is the process of moving data that is no longer actively used to a separate data storage device for long-term retention. Data archives consist of older data that is still important and necessary for future reference, as well as data that must be retained for regulatory compliance. Data archives are indexed and have search capabilities so that files and parts of files can be easily located and retrieved.

Clearly defined data retention policies have become essential and data lifecycle management must now be moved up on the list of priorities for organizations making use of large amounts of data. In addition, sufficient knowledgeable resources must be allocated to assist with the task of categorizing data based on value and regulatory implications. Subsequently, the cost of storing and, eventually, migrating large amounts of data from aging technology must be weighed against the cost of seeking expert legal counsel to help determine what REALLY needs to be kept from a legal standpoint. Simply moving data to "lower cost" storage does not address the issue and only postpones a decision while allowing the problem to grow larger everyday.

Some organizations may find it necessary to streamline their business processes to prevent the propagation of business sensitive data across multiple applications with varying data retention criteria. Without trivializing the exercise, long-term archiving of e-mail data might not be so critical if the application was forbidden for conducting activities related to legally sensitive business transactions.

Benefits of Archive include:

  • Eliminate data silos, reclaim primary storage, improve application performance and shrink backup windows
  • Improve access and increase storage efficiencies with a common index and globally deduplicated backup and archive virtual repository
  • Leverage seamless integration across one of the broadest cloud ecosystems to reduce cost and effort
  • Enable a single collection and point of access to all corporate information to easily meet legal and regulatory requirements
  • Providing valuable insight to help optimize archive policies with integrated reporting and analytics
  • Integrate archive, backup and reporting into a single process to eliminate operational complexity and reduce cost