2023 Data Storage and Active Archive Trends – Part III

February 2nd, 2023 by Meredith Bagnulo

Members of the Active Archive Alliance shared their 2023 predictions for data storage and active archives. Our third and final segment, Part III, features trends for data management, regulatory compliance, privacy, and growth:

Active Archive Software Will Gain Importance to Solve the Storage Problems Associated with Data Growth. Storing and archiving the increasing volumes of data will continue to be one of the priority problems for many companies. To optimize storage infrastructure and reduce hardware costs, intelligent data management software solutions that identify and transparently move cold and inactive data from expensive primary storage systems to secondary active archive storage are becoming increasingly interesting. In the archive and secondary storage sector, advanced software-defined object storage will be available that integrates tape as a storage class for infrequently used data and uses intelligent tiering mechanisms to select the optimal storage location for the data, respectively. ~ Thomas Thalmann, CEO, PoINT Software & Systems GmbH

Data Privacy Gets its Teeth into Legacy Data! The Ad agencies have benefitted from “opt-out” regulation, but that is changing to “opt-in” regulation that is being discussed both federally and at a state level. Sephora was fined $1.2M in the first sanction directly related to the CCPA enforcement. Clients have data that was okay to have ten years ago but is becoming not okay to have from now on. Legacy data is the hardest to remediate and purge due primarily to less structure and incomplete and hard-to-access catalogs. Had an active archive been implemented ten years earlier, the problem would be easier to resolve within the time constraints imposed by the developing Data Privacy Regulators. As is always the case, nobody moves until sanctions start. Well, they just started! ~ Brendan Sullivan, CEO, SullivanStrickler

New and Existing Regulatory Aspects of Data Storage Retention as well as a Focus on Interoperability will Require a Different Look at Governance Options. The ability to release information in a format that reduces exposure and risk to an organization will require thoughtful consideration between storing data in structured versus unstructured formats. Data stored in a discrete format will increase in value to researchers, data analysts, and health organization stakeholders who look to optimize best practices through retroactive and prospective care. Patient-driven interoperability for data sharing will also increase in the next couple of years, which will drive an increase in projects to establish unique electronic master patient identifiers (eMPIs) in the healthcare industry. These eMPIs are required to support patient access to not only the main EMR but to data residing in the active archive, which is fully part of 21st Century CURES Act defined designated record set. ~ Kel Pults, DHA, MSN, RN-BC, NREMT, Chief Clinical Officer & VP Government Strategy, MediQuant

We Will See a Focus on Archival/Legacy Data and How to Classify and Make Decisions Around What Data to Keep and What Data Should be Retired. Most organizations want to reduce their archival data storage costs and only keep what they need, but the amount of data to comb through and identify (not to mention the ability to access it) is too daunting to contemplate. When thinking about data storage overall, archival data classification will play a role in helping data owners know what they have and decide what archival data to keep readily available in an active archive environment and what medium to store it on. ~ Paul Luppino, Director, Global Digital Solutions Data Management, Iron Mountain


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