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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

What's the difference between backup and archive? Search!

Don't confuse your backup system for an email archive. Relying on backup as a way to quickly search email records can be a costly mistake.

Backup is all about quickly recovering a file or a damaged server.

Archive is about search, finding the "needle in the hay stack" quickly.

Two very different needs and therefore different solutions are needed. Implement a cloud compute based hosted email archive solution to get the best ROI for your IT budget.

From the CMS Watch article:

For the record: a back-up is designed to manage short-term risk and provide a facility for disaster recovery. An archive, on the other hand, is designed to help manage long-term risk, ensuring that historical data can be accessed and remains authentic either for the business user or even an auditor or lawyer.

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