Long-term archiving for tier 3 cold data

You may be required to archive certain business documents for up to a decade or need to preserve research for a lifetime. You don’t need fast access or maximum redundancy for this cold data, so you don’t need to pay for higher than storage tier 3. But, even though you don’t need immediate access, you also can’t afford to permanently lose your cold data. Long-term archives can also add up over time, making it a challenge to acquire more storage capacity.

Preventing data loss while keeping costs down

You may be required to archive certain business documents for up to a decade or need to preserve research for a lifetime. You don’t need fast access or maximum redundancy for this cold data, so you don’t need to pay for higher than storage tier 3. But, even though you don’t need immediate access, you also can’t afford to permanently lose your cold data. Long-term archives can also add up over time, making it a challenge to acquire more storage capacity.

Tier 3 storage for cold data typically comprises tape storage, archival cloud storage, on-prem cost-effective HDDs and optical discs. The problem is that putting all your cold data into just one of these mediums is not likely to be ideal for cost effectiveness and data integrity. Nor is letting your long-term archives be spread out in silos across multiple storage targets without a way of managing them centrally.

What is tiered storage?

Tiered storage is a system or method for assigning data to various types of storage media based on a range of requirements for cost, availability, performance, and recovery.

Tier 0

These workloads are absolutely crucial and downtime or performance degradation come with severe consequences.

Tier 1

These workloads are critical to your organization's operations and both performance and redundancy are a high priority.

Tier 2

These workloads are not mission-critical, so cost efficiency is a higher priority, but you still need some power to accelerate operations and increase productivity.

Tier 3

You want maximum cost efficiency and security for cold data and similar workloads that you are storing for a long time without accessing.


Flexible, secure and scalable tier 3 archiving

With AiRE IntelligentFiler’s unified long-term archiving solution, you can interconnect and manage archival cold data across your on-prem WANs and LANs as well as multi-cloud and hybrid cloud data fabrics. This makes it easy to store your cold data wherever it’s most cost-effective at a given time and easily manage, provision and find your long-term archive data when needed.

Our state-of-the-art compression can cut your tier 3 storage costs by as much as 50%. With advanced self-healing and off-site replication, you can rest assured that your long-term cold data archives will not be lost to data corruption, system failure, ransomware or similar threats. AiRE’s easy upgradability and capability to scale up from terabytes to petabytes in just seconds make fast growing long-term archives a breeze to manage. This was especially important for Ghent University to cope with a rapid accumulation of critical research.

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