Requirements for Data Archiving
As the size of data increased over the years, so did the need to archive it. Over the years the number of solutions for data archiving has grown exponentially, but not every solution can be applied to any situation.
Archiving your old holiday photos from 10 years ago or your movie library is one thing. Choose where and how you want to archive them and do it. When it comes to archiving company data, things get slightly more complicated.
Nowadays companies store hundreds of terabytes, some even crossing the terabyte mark, which causes problems. Millions and trillions of files are stored on their company’s drives causing clutter as well as increasing the overall cost. That means that conventional file archiving software is not suited for companies.
Today’s topic covers several things that you need to keep in mind when archiving your company’s data.
The problem that most file archiving software has with archiving large amounts of data is that it isn’t designed to handle it. Most solutions archive the data through a single-threaded protocol. It isn’t a problem with you are archiving several gigabytes of data, but for a company’s needs that just won’t do. For that purpose, you would need a multi-threaded solution that will significantly cut down the time it takes to archive the data, without sacrificing performance.
One of the many problems that most file archiving software face is accessing the archived data. The data that companies archive is not redundant data that they don’t need, but it’s data that they don’t use too often. That is why API based cloud solutions enable companies to tap into their data much faster than a traditional archive. The advantage can be seen in situations where customer applications need to access the archived data.
A good example of this is for the use of machine learning or artificial intelligence. The stored data in both cases is huge, some companies solutions like Hybrid Cloud Storage. That solution enables smaller part of data to be moved to a specific section. The data stored in that section is the one used the most often so that it can be accessed easily.
With the exponential growth of data, companies are struggling to keep all of it on premises. Storing the large amounts of data isn’t cheap, and it also involves IT managers that need to take care of the data as well as the hardware where it is stored. Conventional storage also means that the company would need to have a server room specifically for storing the data
As-a-Service companies eliminate all the struggles mentioned above. All the data that the company has can be archived on some remove server eliminating the cost for upgrading and maintaining servers on premises. By doing so, the company places that responsibility to someone else specialized for that. With that said, the IT administrators in your company can focus on matters related to your company’s niche.
Archiving your company’s data isn’t as simple as copy and paste. It is a process that needs to be planned in great detail. By doing that you can choose the best way to archive your data and eliminate any problems that might occur in the future.