There’s a rapid increase in the amount of digital information that is being created, stored and shared in recent years. This explosion of data is driven by a variety of factors, including the proliferation of internet-connected devices, the growth of social media and other online platforms, and the widespread adoption of technologies such as cloud computing and big data analytics.
As a result, global data storage is growing exponentially. The average enterprise organization saw data increase 42.2% over the last two years. But while 97% percent of data goes unused, it often may not be deleted. There is a growing need for effective ways to store and manage this information.
One important aspect of data management is archiving, which involves preserving data in a long-term storage solution for future use. Archiving is an important consideration for organizations of all sizes and industries, as it helps them comply with regulations, protect against data loss, and improve overall data management. Rarely accessed data still needs a place to live. By archiving, organizations that are required to keep data for a certain period of time, such as financial records and customer information, can meet regulatory requirements while also preserving data for future reference or analysis.
Customer challenges that drive digital archive include:
- Large amounts of unstructured data which cannot be deleted and may be needed in the future
- Historical information, video, documents, scientific information that cannot be reproduced
- Requirements to make a ransomware-resilient or backup copy of rarely changing content or data
- Data volumes which can’t be protected with traditional backup tools or systems
- Rapidly growing storage requirements
- Legal, medical or regulatory information that needs to be stored for long-term compliance
- Reduction of long-term data storage costs
- Need for the comprehensive digital preservation of data
Archiving can help organizations to reduce their primary storage costs, as well as improve their ability to access, search and extract valuable information from the data. Without a proper archive solution, inactive data sits on high-cost, primary storage even though it’s not being accessed or changed. Moving data to a more affordable archive tier frees up expensive but valuable primary storage for instant access to mission-critical data.
Overall, the explosion of data has resulted in a growing need for effective data management strategies, including archiving, to help organizations effectively and efficiently store, preserve, and utilize the vast amounts of data being generated today. There are a variety of storage solutions available for archiving, including tape, disk and cloud-based archiving. Each type of storage has its own advantages and disadvantages, and selecting the right solution or blend of solutions will depend on the specific needs and requirements of the organization.
Address Storage Cost Concerns and Migrate Data to a Low-Cost Storage Tier
Spectra Digital Archive, powered by StorCycle software, provides digital preservation for data at scale. This complete hardware and software solution is designed for cost-effective bulk archive, project archive, and automated long-term archive, all from a company trusted by the largest data storage users.
Spectra’s easy-to-manage archive solutions, including digital preservation software, low-cost tape, disk, and object storage systems make archiving easy and affordable. For data-driven organizations, active archiving techniques and software are being used to digitally preserve their assets and data. With Spectra’s broad range of archive solutions, organizations can protect their data as well as their budgets.
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