Cloud Archiving Is Useful

This recent article discusses cloud backup and the challenge to scale. The author makes many good points about data integrity and scalability, and the same principles apply to archiving. Cloud archival of critical enterprise information seems easy and makes sense. On the practical side, there are risks of data loss, security breaches, and slow data retrieval.

I recommend a hybrid approach. Keep a local copy of your archive data for extra insurance against data loss and for fast retrieval. And keep a cloud-based archive for disaster recovery. Iron Mountain has taken this approach with its new Cloud-Based File Archiving.

Cloud based archival makes sense for many reasons, and for the multitude of customers who cannot afford a dedicated disaster recovery site, it may be the best option.

... Bob Spurzem

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