COMPLIANCE appears to be the buzzword of the moment, yet a StorageTek survey of New Zealand business shows it represents only 3% of archiving activity.
Increasingly strict overseas compliance laws relating to stored data mean that a company must prove it has records management and retention policies, together with the ability to prove the archives are complete and tamper proof.
Joan Tunstall, StorageTek ANZ marketing manager, is informing resellers that archiving is a real storage issue facing business.
“In the past retrieval wasn’t a concern for organisations but now there’s a growing need driven by increasing data levels outstripping capturing ability and managing the varying requirements for archives,” she says.
Tunstall says that many companies believe archiving to be the same as backup, yet points out that backup is for recovery purposes while archiving concerns the long-term storage of data.
While she admits that some aspects of the 10,000-odd global compliance laws are influencing businesses in the region, other key drivers include best practice, legal discovery and historic reuse.
The survey shows that the three biggest storage concerns facing businesses are manageability, cost and retrieval.
Tunstall says that the combination of prohibitive hardware costs and the plethora of applications requiring a common infrastructure are inhibitors to adoption.
“Business challenges tend to convert to technical challenges. There will always be new laws and requirements so any system has to be flexible and have a strong technology refresh function.”
StorageTek’s solution for archiving comes in the form of its IntelliStore product.
Philip Belcher, StorageTek managing director Australia New Zealand, says the product introduces a new era of archiving for medium to large businesses.
Belcher says IntelliStore breaks new ground by using disk and tape architecture that lets a company capture all data as it’s archived or migrated.
It also manages and migrates that data based on a company’s security, data protection and regulatory requirements across all tiers of storage so the data can be used for real business value.
StorageTek will be selling the product through its direct and indirect channels and pricing starts at $138,000 for the 4TB version.