The amount of data used, transferred, or stored has become so massive that it becomes critical for businesses to efficiently and cost effectively determine which data should be backed-up or archived. XIOSS works with clients to understand what data should be backed-up or saved in another location or what data should be archived and moved to a secondary storage for long-term preservation.
Up to 80% of data on primary storage is unstructured. Due to the nature of unstructured data, it either never changes or changes infrequently. This data can be easily and transparently offloaded by an IT generalist onto a cost-effective archive storage system without any disruption to ongoing operations. In addition to freeing up space on primary storage for active data, the data on an active archiving system is automatically protected. Active-protected data does not need to be repeatedly backed up during weekly full or daily incremental backups, dramatically reducing the size, time and cost of the backup process. The data in an archiving system is better protected and instantly available. The space on primary storage can be freed up immediately once data is protected by an active archiving solution.
The advancement in technology has evolved the business model to focus on making that same backup data more readily available with replication or virtual tape capabilities. However, most companies would still make multiple copies of the same data and back it up over and over again.
While as backup tends to be an ongoing, recurring process that provides no real guarantees or efficiencies, a Secure Archive System, such as Assureon does. Nexsan's Assureon Archive System can move data one time from your primary storage and make two secure copies of the data while ensuring its integrity. The original file on the primary disk is not deleted, but replaced with a very small shortcut that maintains the original file name and meta data. The set policy leaves the original file intact for a specified period of time.
The simple act of Archiving your valuable unstructured and fixed content vs. Backing Up provides these immediate benefits:
- The ability to make your expensive primary storage more efficient.
- In the event of a disaster, your archive is preserved and always available from two locations. The concept of restore goes away.
- Data Integrity. A key feature of archive is the ability to continuously ensure that the file you archived is still in pristine condition.