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Saturday, December 13, 2008

Backup versus Archive: Redux

This is not your archive.

This is your backup, maintained in the event you need to recover a file or an entire server. Backups are tape libraries or backup to disk infrastructures. They are not designed for investigative search or analysis.

Archive and backup are cousins to each other, with archive providing the search, e-discovery and work flow capabilities that backup systems do not. Maybe some day in the future combined systems will solve both problems, but the state of the art today is separate systems, with backup maintained on premise, and archive hosted on cloud compute infrastructure.

Local backup and hosted archive is the "win win" scenario IT needs to save money, provide actionable intelligence, and solve the dual needs of search and data recovery.

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