One of the topics we’re often asked about is cloud archiving or tiering to the cloud. Enterprises want to know how it can help them; what are the key advantages and challenges. Today we “clear the fog” on cloud archiving.
As a quick review, TechTarget defines a cloud archive as, “a storage procurement model in which data that no longer needs to be accessed on a regular basis is maintained and backed-up remotely by a cloud storage service provider.”
With potentially 80% of your files considered stale (or inactive), it makes sense to consider tiering and cloud archiving for optimal storage efficiency. Let’s review some key advantages and considerations:
Cloud Archiving Key Advantages:
Tiering brings better scaling and control of file data in your primary storage system. We advise looking for a tiering and archiving solution that will automatically move files through a policy-driven engine.
Cloud Archiving Key Considerations:
- Connection speeds
- File data movement
We advise our clients that data is heavy, so it can take some time to move large volumes to the cloud ― at least initially. When moving file data, a higher bandwidth will bring you better capacity.
Have a question on cloud archiving? Let’s connect for a demonstration; we’re happy to help you review your storage options!