December 17, 2014

Archiving Poised for Growth for Long Term Data Protection, ESG Research Finds

Report Demonstrates Need for Active Archive Solutions

BOULDER, Colo.—December 17, 2014—The Active Archive Alliance today announced its collaboration with ESG Research on a report covering “Backup and Archiving Convergence Trends,” which explores the motivations and usage scenarios for how companies are currently addressing backup and archiving.

Key findings from the ESG report include:

  • 99 percent of respondents have seen the benefits of the archival side of convergence for improved backup and primary storage performance and increased access to information.
  • 72 percent of respondents are being motivated to move data off of primary storage to improve performance and reduce consumption of primary storage capacity used by non-active data.
  • 62 percent of respondents retrieve archived data on a daily or weekly basis.
  • 50 percent of respondents use storage tiering across their entire storage environment to optimize their storage footprint.

Also according to the report, end-user enablement and disaster recovery were selected by more respondents than litigation support as a top reason for implementing data retention solutions. Improvements to primary storage (capacity/manageability) and improved backups are often seen as the most tangible benefits. This underscores the expectations on today’s archival systems to retrieve data in minutes to seconds, as opposed to the hours or more that might occur during a more procedural event like e-discovery.

“Active archives help companies abandon the status quo by offering a cost-effective solution for managing and accessing long-term data. As the ESG report illustrates, organizations are seeking frequent and efficient access to data and at the same time, are looking for ways to move that data from expensive primary storage to more affordable storage tiers,“ said Peter Faulhaber, board member of the Active Archive Alliance and president of Fujifilm Recording Media USA, Inc. “We’ve seen tremendous growth and interest in the use of active archives and expect this growth to continue well into the future.”

“Active archiving has never been more important for organizations of all sizes,” said Jason Buffington, senior analyst at ESG and co-author of the study. “Primary data and secondary backup copies are both growing at rates far greater than IT budgets, so scaling one’s infrastructure linearly just won’t work. But to reduce one’s storage footprint while still assuring the levels of data preservation that are necessary in today’s business climate, IT has to look for smarter ways to store data while maintaining its quality of service.”

The report concludes that backup and archive convergence is more likely to take place through the combined feature sets of backup software with archival features or data protection storage solutions that are designed with both rapid recovery and extended retention features in the same box.

The report was sponsored by the following members of the Active Archive Alliance: Fujifilm Recording Media USASGI, and Spectra Logic.

About The Active Archive Alliance

The Active Archive Alliance is a collaborative industry alliance dedicated to promoting active archives for simplified, online access to all archived data.  Launched in early 2010 by founding technology partners Dell, FileTek, Inc., QStar Technologies, SGI and Spectra Logic Corporation, the Active Archive Alliance is a vendor neutral organization open to leading providers of active archive technologies including file systems, active archive applications, cloud storage, and high density tape and disk storage, as well as individuals and end-users. Active Archive Alliance members provide active archive solutions, best practices, and industry testimonials so that organizations can achieve fast, online access to all their data in the most cost effective manner. Active Archive Alliance members include Cleversafe, Crossroads Systems, Dell, DataDirect Networks, Empress, Fujifilm, HP, QStar Technologies, Quantum, Scality, Seven10, SGI, and Spectra Logic. Visit for more information.

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