Data Archiving refers to the removal of an actual item of data from its current location to a long-term storage system; usually because it is no longer being actively used or to declutter slow, clogged up systems.
Because this store of data can, ultimately, become vast; data is tagged and indexed, as it is stored, to facilitate later rapid, easy search and retrieval – mainly for Legal & Compliance e-Discovery Reasons.
In certain cases, data may also be encrypted in a manner to be able to demonstrate its authentic, unaltered status for later evidential purposes.
|Data Backup||Data Archiving|
|Copy(s) of Data||Original Item|
|Original Still at Original Location||Removed from Original Location|
|Changing - So Retaining Versions May Be Important||Single Item Of Record - Versions Not Possible|
|Each Copy is Same Size as Original (Predictable Cost)||Unbounded Size (Need to be Cost Effective)|
|Definite Retention (days, months, years, etc.)||Indefinite Retention ( > Decades)|
|Live Changing Date to be Protected||Static Unchanging Data to be Retained|
|Indexing Not Required||Indexed for Rapid / Intelligent Searching|
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