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Data Archiving

Data archiving is one of the best practices in storage management and is the process of identifying the inactive data which has to be move and removed into a separate storage system.

A system with large amount of inactive data makes the system more inefficient due to excess time consuming on processing of large amount of data


Data archiving helps to improve performance of any system and pave the way for retrieval of old inactive data when needed

Advantages of data archiving

  • Data archiving makes easier the backup and the recovery process
  • Improve performance of the system
  • Maintenance of the system also positively affected by archiving

Some people get the archive conflicted with the backups 

The differences between backups and archives


  • Backups are recoverable

Backups can be used for recovering data in disasters situations

  • Backups are taken at regular times either by systemic process or manually
  • The values of the backups are short term because data get updated as you pass on to the next backup


  • Archives are accessible
  • Archiving is not frequently done
  • The values of the archives are long term


Here is a recommended video by to get a comprehensive idea about the difference between backups and the archives


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