Joined: 25 Jul 2011
a. Are there good archive solutions that can replace long retention backups?
- Yes. Your retention drivers will largely dictate what kind of system you'll need. Just be sure to get all of the stakeholders involved. They could be various BU owners, Legal, HR, and your typical IT team members like messaging, server admins, backup admins, and whomever may be responsible for archiving operations.
b. Are there any regulations that force using long retention backups instead of archives?
- The regulations don't specify a backup or archive in particular, rather some may be more particular about how the data is stored, and of course that might narrow down some of your choices.
c. What are the risks in archiving files for long retention instead of using the known and proven backup method?
- I'm not sure there are really any more risks compared to the risks of backups, other than with most traditional backup methods you'll likely have redundant copies of the backup data on various forms of media, and in archiving you generally tier a single copy of the data off from tier/media to tier/media.
d. Can someone guess if archive systems will replace long retention backups some when?
- In many companies this has already happened. I suspect some will use backups for what archiving should be doing for a long time to come, but that doesn't mean it's the right thing to do.