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More than half of IT shops use an email archiver

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Fifty-five percent of respondents to our latest storage survey use an email archiver; 11% archive data for up to six months, but for 21%, archiving means forever.

Once upon a time, most IT shops considered really old backup tapes their archives.

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But now we know that really old backup tapes are just really old backup tapes, while archives are collections of inactive -- but useful -- data that can be retrieved and searched as needed. Fifty-five percent of our survey respondents use email archivers; 39% use file system archivers and 29% archive their databases. The main reason shops archive is to control disk capacity (29%), but 23% do it to toe the line with government regulations. Eleven percent archive data for up to six months, 56% keep it for more than two years and for 21%, archiving means forever. Fifty-five percent must like archiving, as they say it's made their job easier; 12% say the opposite (it made it harder!) and 33% don't see a difference. Most shops report their archivers do a pretty good job -- on a scale of 1 (inadequate) to 5 (excellent), users rated file and database archivers highest at 3.4; email archivers and app-specific archivers received a 3.1. For the 29% of companies that still aren't archiving, 32% think backups suffice while 27% admit they should be archiving but haven't started yet.

 

 

About the author:
Rich Castagna is editorial director of TechTarget's Storage Media Group.


This was first published in December 2013

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