There is no lack of future-proof solutions today - the times of rigid hardware archive silos are over. The focus of modern archive solutions is on flexibility, independence, and efficiency. The Software-Defined Archiving approach is based on exactly these parameters. With this concept, a software solution provides the archive intelligence, not the storage hardware or the DMS/ECM. The archive middleware connects the applications (ECM, DMS, ERP, PACS, ...) and the storage infrastructure. As a central platform, the software takes care of data integrity, WORM storage, and retention management.
With the help of Software-Defined Archiving, companies can create a central archive which is hardware-independent and is based on the existing IT infrastructure. Because software solutions are much easier to adapt to new requirements than hardware appliances, they allow long-term compliance with existing and new requirements.
In summary, not deleting data from the DMS/ECM is not sufficient for compliance-compliant storage, as it does not guarantee data integrity or immutability. These tasks are performed by a long-term archive "behind" the DMS/ECM, whereby the Software-Defined Archiving approach represents a future-proof, flexible, and cost-effective solution.