Ah, archiving. Talk about changing times.
In the good old days, archiving data meant consigning tapes to dust-bunny duty in a far-off warehouse (the real, tin-roofed kind). Now, as we all know, the rules for retaining data have changed. A new word, "compliance" connoting everything that must be done to digitally abide by new government regulations has entered the storage IT argot.
At the same time, the staggering growth of data has continued to wreak havoc on enterprise applications and storage budgets by adding strain to primary storage. To top it all off, auditors and users alike often demand quick, disk-based access to data that has been sent off to secondary storage.
Now here's the kicker: As the problem of archiving has gotten more complex, so have the solutions. Sure, there are plenty of products (and services) that intelligently offload aging data from primary storage and bring it back at the snap of a corporate lawyer's manicured fingers. But getting the right setup for a particular organization calls for a detailed plan of action.
In this month's Byte and Switch Insider, Archiving: A Plan of Attack, we tackle the intricacies of the various archiving options and wrestle the problem to earth.