Best-in-class organisations are deploying active archives to keep ever-growing data sets online, indexed and accessible without the costs and resources associated with primary storage.
This is according to a new research study from the Active Archive Alliance, detailed in the Aberdeen Group research report, “Archive Agility: Building Business Resilience through Active Archiving”.
The study shows that organisations today recognise the knowledge and business value of archived information and the importance of keeping it accessible. It details how technology leaders are solving data management and accessibility concerns for big data, cloud and archive data by leveraging active archiving solutions.
The study identified the following top four pressures that are driving organizations to archive data:
* Too much historical information and data growth;
* Cost to keep data active and accessible;
* Takes too long for end users to gain access to historical data; and
* Rising cost of managing litigation and compliance.
“Our research shows that Best-in Class archiving organizations have active archives which provide their end users with fast and reliable access to historical data,” says Dick Csaplar, senior research analyst at Aberdeen Group. “The research also strongly supports the use of archiving standards that are supported by multiple companies to protect archives from being orphaned when a single company abandons one of their technologies.
“The Active Archive Alliance has emerged as the leading advocate of best-in-class active archiving standards, processes and products.  It supports active archive solutions that help ensure data integrity with data management features that include self healing, data integrity verification, and strong interoperability amongst participating active archive vendors.  The Alliance is a useful resource for organizations considering active archiving.”
The Aberdeen report is based on a survey of a diverse group of 113 end user organizations. The report distinguished “best-in-class” from “industry average” and “laggard” organisations in archiving practices based on the amount of time to recover an archive file, the number of business interruptions in the last 12 months and lastly, the longest period of time of a business interruption in the last 12 months.
The research brief revealed that the best-in-class companies were adept at managing archived data, as they reported their archives to be just 50% larger than their primary storage capacity. Furthermore, even though the size of their archives outranked other organisations in terms of overall bytes, their end-users could access archived files the fastest.
Organistions enjoying best-in-class archiving performance shared several common characteristics, including:
* 75% have deployed archive management software;
* 70% have IT trained in new archiving tools;
* 58% utilise open archive standards; and
* 45% have a formal process to ensure redundant data is not archived.