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The critical role of archiving systems
This article is part of the Storage magazine issue of May 2014 Vol. 13 No. 3
Archiving data is more important than ever in today's environments; it ensures proper data retention, saves space on storage systems and eases the backup burden. You'd be hard-pressed to find an industry analyst today who isn't predicting unprecedented acceleration in the rate of data storage capacity growth. Whether driven by big data projects, unbridled data replication supporting virtual server failover strategies, the need to store increasingly rich (and large) digital media files, or simply regulations and laws that require retaining data for decades or more, the appetite for storage capacity continues to grow unabated. Unfortunately, IT budgets don't. For the last few years, storage array purchases have been consuming an increasing percentage of overall IT hardware spending -- between 33 cents and 70 cents of every dollar of a typical annual IT hardware budget, depending on which industry pundit you consult. Yet for all the capacity growth, those toiling in the IT trenches can't escape the feeling that, despite their ...
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