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Since 1994, BridgeHead Software has been providing data and storage management software and services to customers.
Today, we are a leader in healthcare data management helping hospitals to manage, protect and leverage one of their most strategic assets, their clinical and administrative information.
What are the benefits of data archiving?
Why do I need archiving software?
Archiving is one of the best ways to manage uncontrollable data growth because it will help you identify which files are no longer active within your organization and, thus, not required on your primary storage tier. The requirements of your data (value to the organization, speed of access, security, etc.) will change over time so both the media and location of this data should also change to more cost effectively meet those requirements. Archiving software helps you achieve this.
I’m still not convinced, so what are five operational reasons I need to deploy an archiving solution now?
To help you locate your data
Flat files (e.g. spreadsheets, text docs, presentations, PDFs) are the currency of today’s business, but do you know where all this data is? Once your data is in an archive, it’s classified, indexed and searchable – all of it. You and your users now have a powerful, fully searchable repository of information.
To bring your backup window back to a manageable level
What was once a 6 hour process has now stretched to 10, 12 or even 24 hours, as your primary store has grown over time. Yet much of that data is static and rarely accessed. With two copies safely in an archive, backing up that data is no longer necessary – so you can free up primary storage space, reduce backup media costs, improve RPOs and RTOs – and simplify your overall data management.
Note: Studies show that you may have as many as 11 copies of the same static file on various backup tapes within your organization!
You want to put IT back in control of your data
Too much important organizational data still resides within the user community on local workstations and laptops, outside the easy reach of the IT department. You need to harness this data and bring it back under your control – an effective archiving strategy can help you do this.
You want an easier way to restore single files
Your users lose their files – it happens. Sifting through backup tapes to restore individual files is not a good use of anyone’s time. Archiving allows very granular access to data, offering users access without IT intervention.
You need a compliant storage management tool
Government and regulatory agency requirements mean you absolutely need greater control of your data – and you want to stay ahead of the curve.
Why not keep all my data on my primary storage tier so it has both high performance and high availability?
Most organizations have recognized that data has different values to the business at different times – current files need the availability and performance benefits that come from your primary storage facilities. Files that are no longer active or accessed, on the other hand, end up clogging up your primary storage layer by placing an unnecessary management overhead on this infrastructure – more files to manage, more to back up, more to index / search.
Hardware is so inexpensive these days - why bother with archiving?
Don’t believe the hype – upfront hardware costs may be dropping, but the real cost of storing data is actually rising due to the overhead associated with managing that data. Deploying an archive solution not only helps reduce the amount of data on your primary storage layer, but also helps reduce your backup windows. Archiving also provides a searchable information store and a management platform for addressing compliancy requirements. At its core, archiving software is a data management solution that provides many more benefits than simply throwing more hardware at the problem.
OK, I see some benefits to archiving so how do I identify which files should be moved off the primary storage layer?
Data archiving software can analyze your file system and report back on the status of your files (last access date, last modify date, file creation date, file type, groups using the file, etc.). Such software can locate and identify those files that are candidates for archiving and show you the benefit and return on investment of moving them to lower cost storage devices. Before you buy more storage capacity for your SAN, you really ought to look at archiving solutions.
Won’t my user community revolt if I try to archive their data?
Not at all. Files can be archived transparently, allowing users to access the data just as they always have. Furthermore, files can be archived in such a way that it appears they are still in the same location; the user simply clicks on the file, which is pulled back from the archive instead of the primary storage layer. Access times provided by secondary storage are fully under your control based on what type of platform you have, or make available, based on the needs of the users and the data. The key is YOU are in control!
Will deploying an archiving solution deliver any advantages to my user community?
Certainly – an archiving solution like BridgeHead's HDM provides a powerful search capability using an industry standard search engine through either Windows Explorer or a browser interface, making it much easier for users to find the data they need. This also means users can retrieve lost or deleted files directly from the archive without having to involve the IT department, as they would when lost data needs to be retrieved from a backup tape.
If I buy an archiving solution from BridgeHead Software, am I now locked into a proprietary solution?
Not at all. In fact the benefit of using BridgeHead Software as your archiving provider is that we are storage vendor and platform agnostic. We work with the prevalent disk, tape, optical and cloud vendors to ensure that you can deploy your choice of storage hardware. We also enable you to repurpose your existing storage assets in an effort to minimize the cost associated with deploying an archiving solution. Some of our clients have even commented that our software provides them greater leverage with their hardware vendors because now they have more options and greater control.
I already have backup software so why do I need an archiving solution?
Backup and archive solve different IT problems. Backup is intended to provide the ability to fully recover all or major parts of an IT operation in the event of a significant problem or disaster. Archiving on the other hand provides value via a more granular, file level approach – offering easy user access to individual files from a shared repository, enhancing compliancy and disaster recovery capabilities, and reducing overall storage costs.
I’m convinced, so what do I do now?
Contact BridgeHead Software and one of our archiving specialists will help you evaluate your storage environment and show you the benefits of deploying an archiving solution.