Data archiving is now more than ever a necessity for businesses. It saves space that was being used by data that is now irrelevant or only being stored for possible future use.
In recent years archiving technology has advanced significantly. It is easier than ever to store, index, and access your company’s documentation. There are many different options available for data and document storage. Many of these options will allow companies to use only the storage that they need, while growing with your company. It is important to divide your information into two categories; information to be archived and information to be backed up.
Archiving data allows it to be stored for months, years, or even decades. The data that is backed up is meant to be a copy of the information for recovery purposes. This data will be held for a few days or weeks but is intended for short-term storage. When data is moved into an archive it is being moved to a lower-cost tier . This will allow the system to recover faster if needed and boost overall performance. The data will also be stored in its original form if it ever needs to be retrieved.
When archiving data it is best to have three copies. Two should be on site, but stored on two different types of media, accessible by different workstations. A third copy should be stored remotely. The offsite copy can be stored on a cloud-based system in order to keep it accessible without clutter. While cloud storage is cheaper in cost, it is also slower. If your company will need something speedier, the cloud might not be recommended. Contact us for further information about archiving, backing up data and storage possibilities.