About Active Archive Alliance

The Problem: Difficulty managing and accessing data


  • Access and management of data throughout its life cycle is getting more complex
  • Data is growing exponentially and value of data is unpredictable
  • Data growth and cost to manage is outpacing IT budgets
  • Critical data needs to be rapidly available, secure and intact

The Solution: Active Archive

  • An active archive enables efficient access to data throughout its life
  • Active archives are compatible with flash, disk, tape, or cloud (public or private) block or object storage systems
  • They help move data to the appropriate storage tiers to minimize cost while maintaining ease of user accessibility

Benefits of an Active Archive Include


  • Automated, policy-based migration to free up primary storage as data ages, to simplify data life cycle management.
  • Data is  retrievable and searchable directly by end users regardless of
    where it’s stored.
  • Compatible with flash, disk, tape, or cloud (public or private), file, block or object storage systems


  • Effectively manage data from terabytes to Exabytes across multiple storage tiers without adding complexity.
  • Seamlessly add new storage  capacity or technologies for future growth and new use cases.
  • Data resiliency over time is the goal vs. data protection alone.

Cost Efficient:

  • Ability to automatically align data class with storage type and SLA requirements reduces TCO.
  • Optimize IT infrastructure to address data at all phases of it’s life cycle without added cost or complexity.
  • Frequency of access or policy determines  storage tier, reducing reliance on costly primary storage
  • Removes fixed data from backup set to achieve greater efficiency and cost savings.


  • Leverage the flexibility of any storage type whether the data is on premise, off premise,  online or offline.
  • Diversity of storage ensures access and eliminates risk of data loss or cyber attack.
  • Provides ability to fulfill regulatory compliance and/or internal data retention policy requirements.

Alliance Members