Data Archiving is a perfect solution for any organization that is required to store data for an extended or unlimited amount of time. It is also ideal for companies with information compliance requirements. This data needs to be protected against cybersecurity risks, natural disasters, and user error.
Tape and Disk Data Archiving
Despite its long tenure, tape is still relevant for some use cases, and remains widely utilized as a method for backup and archiving processes at many Fortune 500 companies today.
Tape is an incredibly simple storage media, where the reading mechanism is kept completely separate from the primary storage medium. This reduces the chance of breakage over time, making it an excellent option for long-term backup and archival storage.
Backup tapes also have the ability for “Write Once, Read Many” (WORM) locking, which helps to prevent data tampering, which is a critical requirement for storing and accessing sensitive information preserved for legal or compliance reasons. Tape is also used as a security barrier to provide physical storage which is “air-gapped” from production systems.
However, hard drives are much faster than tape, and more suitable to situations where fast disaster recovery is necessary. Unlike tape, they are mechanically complex, and have a higher risk of breakage over time.
Because of these trade-offs between speed and long-term reliability, many companies will use tape for off-site long-term data storage, and hard drives for local backups or at secondary failover facilities where rapid recovery is required.
Cloud Data Archiving
While tape has been utilized for archival storage for many years, this method poses several challenges:
- Over time, tape will physically degrade, leading to potential risk for data loss.
- Recovering data is difficult, because you have to sort through a large collection of tapes to find what you’re looking for.
- Tape archives require expensive hardware and software. Tape archives are labour-intensive.
Cloud archiving eliminates all of the problems associated with conventional tape-based archives, and it does so in a way that’s fast, convenient and inexpensive. Innovations in the delivery of cloud-based backup and disaster recovery solutions provide many significant advantages over tape and disk, such as:
- Cloud solutions don’t require significant hardware investments.
- Recovering deleted data from cloud archival storage is fast and simple.
- Cloud-based archiving solutions provide more efficient data search and retrieval, enabling IT to quickly fulfill recovery requests.
- Cloud archiving can provide a mix of short-term and long-term archiving with a hybrid of disk and tape options for various retention and air-gaps requirements.
- Cloud archiving automatically rotates disk and media-based archives without customer involvement ensuring that archives never become obsolete or inaccessible like many old on-premise systems.
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