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deep archive

Contributor(s): Sarah Wilson

A deep archive is a storage location for data that will probably not be accessed again, but must be kept in case of a compliance audit or some other business reason. 

Storage hardware used for deep archives is usually less expensive and has lower performing options. Commonly used options include tape media for the low cost and object storage for the capacity benefits. Data in a deep archive is also usually replicated for backup purposes.Though restoring data from a deep archive is time consuming, moving data that won't be used again to low-cost storage means the enterprise can save money and better handle capacity growth without compromising the data's protection. 

See also: data archiving

This was first published in December 2013

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