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Active Archive Grows with Rising Demand for Long-Term Storage of Unstructured Data

active archive alliance logoThis week the Active Archive Alliance announced record growth, adding seven new members within the last year and underscoring the increasing demand for active archives for long-term data storage.

The market has matured to a point where accessibility and performance are essential to long-term data storage. What’s more, the skyrocketing cost of managing long-term data is driving the need for improved operational efficiencies,” said Molly Rector, chairman of the board of the Active Archive Alliance and executive vice president of product management and worldwide marketing at Spectra Logic. “The Active Archive Alliance has been instrumental in educating the market on the value of active archives to solve these challenges. Our membership growth reflects the commitment by industry-leading data storage companies to bring together new technology solutions via an active archive model.”

Benefits of an active archive include:

Greater Capacity: Active archives offer an intelligent data storage framework that effortlessly scales to petabytes of data across different storage mediums from different vendor providers.

Lower Cost: According to a recent QStar cost of acquisition analysis, replacing 100TB of primary storage and deduplicated disk backup appliance with an active archive would save an organization over $700,000 in acquisition costs (90 percent savings). As capacities increase so do the savings. At 2PB, an active archive would cost $15 million less than primary storage plus deduplicated backup, a 95 percent cost savings.

High Accessibility: Active archives enable rapid data access with straight-from-the-desktop retrieval of files stored on any storage tier.

Building a Private Cloud: Cloud-based archiving is a convenient way to add storage capacity without the need for more CapEx investments and ensures the long-term preservation of the data.

Long Term Technology Migration: A true active archive environment provides for a seamless upgrade to future technologies, including all performance tiers and media. Decoupling the data from any hardware dependency is key since it makes the active archive environment future proof.

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