Save 90% on Storage Acquisition Costs by Archiving

There are a number of significant advantages of using an active archive, but without a cost advantage an active archive might not be considered. The status quo is difficult to change. A number of active archive companies and analysts (such as Clipper Group) have recently analyzed the cost savings associated with implementing an active archive, and the savings are considerable.

In QStar’s cost of acquisition analysis, the total cost of an active archive is typically less expensive than the annual maintenance contract on Tier 1 storage with its associated deduplicated disk backup. 

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% 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% cost savings.

Besides acquisition costs, an active archive has much lower ongoing annual costs. Lower power and cooling costs, lower facility costs (smaller footprint), lower maintenance costs and longer usable life of the solution add up to even greater savings over time.

In addition to the cost savings, here are a few additional reasons an active archive may not be considered, both which I consider to be a misunderstanding of the concept.

1)      Data retrievals will be slower. While true, slower than normal retrieval for seldom-accessed files is generally acceptable, and these files are usually retrievable within two minutes time in an active archive. Plus, typically only data that has not been accessed in the previous 6 months or more will be archived. Studies show that the majority of this archived data has never been accessed since it was originally created (Gartner suggests 90% of files created are never accessed again).

2)      It adds another level of complexity that I don’t need. It certainly adds another Tier of storage, often balancing out the cost of adding Tier 0 (SSD based) storage. Over time, a significant portion of data should be stored in the active archive, allowing other tiers to grow more slowly. Adding an active archive is straightforward. Once configured it needs limited attention yet provides a significant cost advantage and pay-back, both immediately and in the future.

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