Some companies face the prospect of archiving electronic documents for very long periods of time – up to 100 years, for regulatory or business reasons. For example, construction companies involved in large projects, bridges, dams, skyscrapers, airports, etc., must keep all documents related to the project for the actual construction period plus 30, 50, 100 years (varies depending on state and local government regulations). As well, the records must be quickly searchable and readable over those same periods.
Prior to the availability of cloud archiving, companies were stuck with expensive, on premise archiving solutions mainly because they were the only game in town. The archiving software vendors focused on specific industries that required companies to archive data based on government regulatory requirements, for example the financial services industry with SEC and FINRA compliance requirements. Companies quickly discovered the downside of on premise archiving solutions; 1) they were expensive, and 2) they were complicated to maintain. Their main advantage was that your data was stored in your data center – you controlled your data.
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With the availability of low-cost public cloud storage, now is the perfect time for organisations to reduce the load of unstructured data. All organisations face the challenge of managing low-touch, unstructured data that consumes valuable enterprise storage. For the majority of organisations, this task has been moved to the “back burner” for years. With the availability of low-cost public cloud storage, now is the perfect time for organisations to reduce the load of unstructured data on enterprise storage with a Next Generation Cloud Archive.
When someone mentions the modern data center what comes to mind first? Virtual machines (VMs), containers, SSD, flash storage, hyper-convergence? The answer is, "all of the above." But have you considered public cloud storage as a critical element of your modern data center strategy in 2017?