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The difference between backing up and archiving data – and why it matters to your customers

Posted by Mark Harden on Mar 27, 2017 1:07:29 PM

data archivingAs your customers’ businesses continue to grow and accrue new data, they must also address the need for long-term storage that’s secure and efficient. Many organizations will look to backup certain files, but it’s important to note that backups are ideally used to address short-term (less than 90 day) needs. Backups provide copies of data files in the event of system failures and disasters. Most systems create multiple copies of files, eventually loading the system with multiple copies of the same files.

Archiving, on the other hand, takes inactive or less frequently accessed data and moves it to a more cost-effective storage device for long-term retention. By offloading data from the backup system, your customers can free up storage resources and shorten backup windows.

If you’re looking for long-term storage of large data sets, archiving can be a much better option.

Do more with less – data archiving can improve efficiency

Data archiving reduces storage needs by taking data no longer accessed in everyday business processes, removing it from the database, and writing it to archive files. Later, the archive files can be moved to less expensive media.

If initiated during migrations/upgrades and performed regularly, data archiving can have dramatic effects on controlling the growth of a company's data storage and consequently lowering the total cost of ownership (TCO) of its systems. In addition to space related considerations, companies often look to their archiving projects for improving system performance.

Reduce storage and backup costs by utilizing data archiving solutions

The impact of data growth on infrastructure and operational costs can be huge, often taking up most of an organization’s data warehousing budget. Larger amounts of data require larger capacity, resulting in more hardware and storage requirements—as well as higher costs to maintain, monitor and administer.

System automation is one of the key components in this cost reduction. With an archiving system or data retention solution, businesses have the opportunity to reduce administrative overhead. Time previously spent migrating data between storage systems can be better spent on administrative tasks that directly affect the business’s bottom line.

Want to learn more about archiving data? Watch this brief video on retaining data for audit purposes on a single platform.

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