One of the biggest misconceptions I have run into time-and-time again in meetings with potential clients is the thought of backup and archiving being the exact same thing. It is very easy to get the two confused, or even think you need one but not the other. Every time I bring this topic forward, many CXO’s tell me since they have a backup solution; they see no need for an archiving solution. Before I elaborate, take a moment to look at the comparison between the two below:
After seeing the comparison between the two, does it make sense to backup instead of archiving data you are required to store for multiple years? If you answered yes to this question, you may not be realizing the full cost saving potential of migrating your data to less expensive storage tiers. Also, an archiving solution allows you the ability to quickly search for specific information rather than digging through hundreds of different folders to find the specific file you were looking for, which may not be there, if using a backup solution for archiving.
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