Cold data storage refers to the storage of inactive data that is rarely used or accessed. Typically, cold data must be retained for business or compliance purposes on a long-term basis, if not indefinitely. Cold data storage is generally much more economical than high performance primary storage used to support more active data.
Who uses cold data storage, and why
With the rapid growth of unstructured data, organizations across a wide range of industries are realizing the advantages of cold data storage:
How cold storage works
New or frequently accessed data is typically supported on primary storage resources due to performance requirements. As this data ages and is accessed less frequently, it can generally be moved to cold data storage. A policy-based, tiering approach allows organizations to optimize storage resources and reduce costs by moving inactive data to more economical cold data storage.
Benefits of cold data storage
Cold data storage allows organizations to: