Evaluating and purchasing CAS archives

Content-addressed storage (CAS) is a specialized type of archive that provides the inexpensive and high-capacity storage needed to retain data that, although accessed infrequently, still has long-term relevance to the enterprise. More importantly, CAS provides immutability to data stored in fixed locations on disk (the content address). CAS has become indispensable for organizations concerned with litigation and compliance, and this chapter will list the criteria for purchasing CAS systems.

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