Disk-based archive appliances aren't the hottest storage products on the market, but they tend to find a more captive...
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audience with IT shops that need to comply with stringent regulatory compliance requirements to preserve data in an unchanged state.Triggering the wave of purpose-built archiving appliances was the passage of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act HIPAA), and various SEC and government body regulations that exerted a heavy impact in particular on financial services and healthcare firms. Product capabilities needed by the appliances geared for regulatory compliance include write once, read many ( WORM) locks to ensure data cannot be change or deleted; retention management; indexing; and single-instance storage or data deduplication. But for some, especially those in small- and medium-sized businesses ( SMBs), the appeal is far more basic.