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Vol. 11 Num. 3 May 2012

Cloud storage for archiving

Cloud archiving services can offer accessibility and data preservation at a fraction of the cost of building an on-site archive infrastructure. It wouldn't seem necessary to start a discussion about archiving by defining the term, but it is. In the early days of computing, archiving was understood to be the process of moving data on tape to a remote facility for long-term storage. Now, however, archiving has taken on numerous meanings based on context. Archiving can be the “auto-archive” simplicity of Microsoft Outlook, moving older data to cheaper storage as well as more traditional long-term off-line storage. In the context of cloud computing, we’ll define it to mean relegating data to a third-party location for the purposes of lowering costs, improving data protection or both while still maintaining a reasonable degree of data access. How long is long? Regardless of context, implicit in the notion of archive is time -- typically a long time. But “long” is a relative concept. For most financial data it means seven years, 20 ...

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Features in this issue

  • Cloud storage for archiving

    by  Phil Goodwin, Contributor

    Cloud archiving services can offer accessibility and data preservation at a fraction of the cost of building an on-site archive infrastructure.

  • DAS lives

    by  George Crump

    Direct-attached storage may seem passé, but it’s making a comeback and gaining widespread interest.

  • Recovery slows for storage shops

    by  Rich Castagna

    Storage budgets have been recovering, but progress might be slowing. Storage managers are looking for tools to get more out of the gear they have or plan to buy.

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