Archiving is an essential part of data management, offering a broad range of benefits for cost savings, performance optimization and regulatory compliance. But what is archiving exactly, and how does it enable organizations to better manage information as data volumes continue to grow exponentially?
Here is a short primer on “What is archiving?” that provides answers to these questions and discusses Dell EMC data archiving solutions designed for organizations of every size.
What is archiving?
Data archiving is the process of identifying and moving inactive data out of current production systems and databases and into long-term storage systems. Archived data tends to be information that is required to be kept for regulatory compliance, for historical reference or because it can provide analytical value over time.
What is archiving vs. backup?
Data backup is the task of copying current data to another storage location, either on-site or off-site, where it can be accessed or recovered from backup systems if the original data is lost, corrupted or otherwise unavailable. Archiving is about moving data that is no longer active but must be retained to another storage system in order to free up primary storage and improve system performance.
What is archiving intended to achieve?
Archiving is designed to protect inactive or historical data from being lost or destroyed, to retain it in compliance with regulations or corporate retention policies, and to make it easily available to users who need to access it.
What is archiving’s greatest benefit?
The benefits of archiving include:
What is archiving’s biggest challenge?
The challenges of archiving include:
What is archiving to the cloud?
Cloud archiving is the process of moving data to secondary storage in the cloud. Potential benefits of cloud archiving include lower costs and easier access. While potential drawbacks include less control and more complex compliance management.
As a global leader in data protection and enterprise backup solutions, Dell EMC provides a best-of-breed archiving solution in Dell EMC Data Protection Suite for Archive. This software solution enables organizations to efficiently capture, index, store, manage, retrieve and dispose both structured and unstructured data to meet enterprise needs. With Dell EMC archiving technology, IT teams can more easily lower costs by reclaiming valuable primary data storage space, optimize server and application performance by reducing the amount of inactive content, and more easily meet compliance regulations, eDiscovery and litigation needs.
Providing seamless access to archived content from email, files and Microsoft SharePoint, Dell EMC Data Protection Suite for Archive includes:
Additional components include:
Dell EMC Data Protection Suite for Archive as an ideal solution for Microsoft Exchange, IBM Domino (Lotus), and Microsoft SharePoint file systems.
Dell EMC archiving solutions enable IT teams to:
Dell provides archiving to the cloud with Dell EMC Cloud Tier. This best-of-breed technology enables more cost-efficient cloud archiving, thanks to advanced deduplication technology that sends only unique data to the cloud and natively tiers data to public, private or hybrid clouds for long-term retention. Cloud Tier drastically reduces on-premises storage footprints as well as the cost of cloud storage and the cost of bandwidth required for data transfer to the cloud. Cloud Tier also offers broad support across backup applications and cloud providers and provides an industry-leading solution for AWS, Azure and Google Cloud.
Dell EMC PowerProtect DP series appliances, the next generation of Integrated Data Protection Appliance (IDPA), offer complete data backup, replication and recovery, all in one.
Dell EMC PowerProtect Software offers data management, data protection, deduplication and self-service backup and recovery.
The Dell EMC Data Protection suite is a comprehensive data protection solution for organizations of all types and sizes.