Active Archive Alliance Achieves 70 Percent Growth in Membership

Exponential Data Growth Driving Demand for Highly Available Active Archives for Long-Term Storage of File-based Unstructured Data

BOULDER, Colo.—November 6, 2013—The Active Archive Alliance announced today that it has grown by 70 percent, adding seven new members within the last year and bringing the total number of members to 15 data storage companies. This growth in membership underscores the demand for active archives for long-term data storage and the maturing of the active archive market overall.

Shrinking IT budgets, exponential data growth, and longer retention periods are driving the need for more cost-effective long-term storage. Active archives provide online access, searchability and easy retrieval of long-term data, and enable virtually unlimited scalability to accommodate future growth. In addition, active archive software technologies allow existing file systems to expand over flash, disk, tape and optical storage technologies, including integrating with the latest object storage platforms, allowing the data center to become future proof.

"The market has matured to a point where accessibility and performance are essential to long-term data storage. What's more, the skyrocketing cost of managing long-term data is driving the need for improved operational efficiencies," said Molly Rector, chairman of the board of the Active Archive Alliance and executive vice president of product management and worldwide marketing at Spectra Logic. "The Active Archive Alliance has been instrumental in educating the market on the value of active archives to solve these challenges. Our membership growth reflects the commitment by industry-leading data storage companies to bring together new technology solutions via an active archive model."

Long-term data management can no longer be tied to the generation of hardware that happens to be available today. Data storage hardware has a relatively short lifespan, while the data itself often must endure indefinitely. The key to solving this dilemma is an active archive strategy that decouples storage hardware from the data assets. As new technology emerges, administrators can absorb it into the seamless fabric of their storage environment with no negative impact to users or existing applications.

Benefits of an active archive include:

  • Greater Capacity: Active archives offer an intelligent data storage framework that effortlessly scales to petabytes of data across different storage mediums from different vendor providers.
  • Lower Cost: According to a recent QStar cost of acquisition analysis, replacing 100TB of primary storage and deduplicated disk backup appliance with an active archive would save an organization over $700,000 in acquisition costs (90 percent savings). As capacities increase so do the savings. At 2PB, an active archive would cost $15 million less than primary storage plus deduplicated backup, a 95 percent cost savings.
  • High Accessibility: Active archives enable rapid data access with straight-from-the-desktop retrieval of files stored on any storage tier.
  • Building a Private Cloud: Cloud-based archiving is a convenient way to add storage capacity without the need for more CapEx investments and ensures the long-term preservation of the data.
  • Long Term Technology Migration: A true active archive environment provides for a seamless upgrade to future technologies, including all performance tiers and media. Decoupling the data from any hardware dependency is key since it makes the active archive environment future proof.

"While there is no "one-size-fits-all" solution for data storage problems, it's clear that organizations must virtualize data management across different types of technologies and different generations of hardware. And, they must decouple it from the 'flavor-of-the-moment' industry trend such that data is indeed managed for the long term. That is the core of an active archive strategy," said Floyd Christofferson, Active Archive Alliance board member and director of storage product marketing at SGI.

About The Active Archive Alliance
The Active Archive Alliance is a collaborative industry alliance dedicated to promoting active archives for simplified, online access to all archived data.  Launched in early 2010 by founding technology partners Dell, FileTek, Inc., QStar Technologies, SGI and Spectra Logic Corporation, the Active Archive Alliance is a vendor neutral organization open to leading providers of active archive technologies including file systems, active archive applications, cloud storage, and high density tape and disk storage, as well as individuals and end-users. Active Archive Alliance members provide active archive solutions, best practices, and industry testimonials so that organizations can achieve fast, online access to all their data in the most cost effective manner. There are currently 15 Active Archive Alliance members: Atempo, Cleversafe, Crossroads Systems, Dell, Fujifilm, GRAU DATA AG, HP, Imation, QStar Technologies, Quantum, Scality, Seven10, SGI, Spectra Logic and XenData. Visit for more information.


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Release Date: 
Wed, 11/06/2013