In 2009, unlike any year in recent IT history, terms like “do more with less” and “cost containment” are going to be more common. One of the potential targets of doing more with less and containing costs is reducing the amount of storage required for the primary storage tier. One of the common solutions that will be proposed is Archiving. The challenge is that these proposals often come without much explanation.

What is archiving? When should you use it? What it the best way to implement it? Those are questions on CIO’s minds today and those are the questions this article will answer.

What is Archiving?

Data Archiving is the storing of inactive (static) data on to a secondary storage device such as online disk. This data is information that will/may be needed again in the future, so deletion of it is not acceptable. There may be legal reasons to keep that data, there may be organizational reasons like market research or the justification may be as simple as no one is comfortable deleting it. Regardless, the decision has been made to store the data instead of deleting it.