IT professionals in businesses of all sizes recognize that the growth of unstructured data is not only going to continue, but is likely to increase dramatically. The expansion of multimedia, messaging, rich media and other data-intensive applications ensures that the challenges created by data growth will have to be addressed and, in most cases, addressed immediately and with a long-term solution. From a practical standpoint, IT professionals generally require the following from their storage infrastructure:
Data Backup vs. Data Archiving:
What is the Difference?
Research suggests that data archiving is sometimes confused with data backup. This often stems from assuming that if needed, data backup could be a substitute for data archiving. Keep in mind, there are different objectives for these two data storage technologies.
Data backups are typically used over the short run to restore data that may be lost, corrupted or destroyed due to a number of reasons including simple disk failure or system crash. In addition, data backups often copy data to a sequential access recovery medium and multiple copies of the data are typically protected.
On the other hand, archiving is considered the systematic approach to providing structure to unstructured data. It enables the storing, managing, retrieving and eventual discarding of data throughout its lifecycle. Archiving can also be considered the foundation for e-discovery and a way to help meet compliance regulations.
While the distinction seems clear, be aware that today manufacturers are integrating more functionality into backup software. For example, data deduplication and data lifecycle management with storage tiering — typically associated with archiving — are now part of some backup software packages
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