Eighty percent of respondents do some kind of archiving, with half archiving to meet regulatory requirements and half focused on managing capacity and performance.
There are two good reasons to archive aging data: to toe the line when it comes to regulations and rules regarding data retention, and to make it easier to manage storage systems. Eighty percent of our respondents are doing some kind of archiving now, and they’re split fairly equally, with half archiving to meet regulatory requirements and half focused on managing capacity and performance. Email is the most popular app to archive (46%), followed by file systems (39%) and databases (32%). A mixture of archiving tools is being used, with 38% opting for third-party archivers, 29% relying on their apps’ built-in archiving capabilities and 24% using a combination of both. (“We have a team of agents with photographic memories,” said one respondent.) Seventy-seven percent archive to disk and then to tape; only 23% go straight to tape. And companies that archive tend to keep their data handy for a long time: 78% retain their archive on “active” disk for more than a year and 26% say they’ll keep it there forever.
“Management here is afraid to lose anything, so they save all of the old obsolete data. We just keep adding disk storage.” —Survey respondent