By Dave Thomson, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing for QStar Technologies and Active Archive Alliance Board Member
The need to store critical digital content at the petabyte level and beyond can no longer be accomplished with traditional storage solutions. Big Data, cloud, back up and protection, data preservation, compliance, and the explosion of unstructured data are all driving the need for more advanced storage capabilities. Many organizations are architecting active archives to solve this problem. An active archive is an online file and storage system that gives users real-time access to data stored for long-term retention. Active archives are made up of a combination of hardware and software systems that are available from a number of hardware and software vendors. Multi-vendor active archive solutions can be designed and tailored to meet each organization’s unique needs.
Active archives drive significant efficiencies and have been implemented in all industries, all over the world. Organizations that benefit most from using active archive solutions are ones that have been creating data over long periods of time and have accumulated large amounts of data. Organizations in the high performance computing (HPC) market were some of the first to discover the benefits of active archives, and while that sector remains at the forefront of adoption today, organizations across all types of industries are accelerating adoption of these technologies. So, what is driving this movement and what benefits can an organization achieve with an active archive?
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