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Data archiving challenges

Digitization has opened up new opportunities for many industries and changed the way they work. The accompanying growth in data volumes has exponentially increased the need for compliance-compliant, flexible data archiving. As the IT landscape continues to evolve, more and more companies are choosing to future-proof their data archiving with the help of modern software solutions.

Data archiving requirements

Your business environment typically has numerous business applications that manage structured and unstructured information. Secure data management and archiving solutions are essential for this task. It is important that this information is

  • available
  • protected
  • valid
  • managed.

Optimized data management

Archival data is generally data that is very important to your organization or needs to be retained for future use or regulatory compliance requirements. Data archiving is the process of storing data that is no longer in active use to a separate storage destination in the long-term.


As a first step, it makes sense to establish a process for data archiving in your organization. Different compliance rules and legal regulations require the storage and archiving of certain data. However, implementing a defined process for your enterprise archiving not only strengthens your compliance, but also optimizes efficiency and ensures that the entire workforce follows a clear approach.

Future requirements for data archiving

Traditional solutions, such as proprietary hardware silos, were not designed for today's rapid data growth. Organizations face significant challenges in managing, storing and protecting their data. Scalability of data storage capacity at a reasonable scale plays a critical role in meeting storage requirements as well as ensuring cost efficiency.


Retention periods ranging from several years to a decade or two (in some cases longer) apply to many types of data and documents. Developments in storage technologies require frequent data migrations, which create additional costs and uncertainty. As all industries undergo rapid technological advancements and storage technologies and requirements continue to evolve, a more flexible approach is required today.

The advantages of modern data archiving

The answer to existing data archiving challenges is efficient, effective tools for long-term, future-proof storage of critical business data - the Software-Defined Archiving (SDA) approach enables just that.

  • SDA users gain long-term independence from proprietary systems because the solutions work as middleware between business applications and storage systems. This breaks down and replaces hardware silos.
  • The inflexible design of hardware-based archiving systems is usually associated with high costs when the performance or capacity of proprietary systems needs to be expanded. In contrast, SDA solutions run on physical or virtual servers. These enable business data to be stored according to the WORM principle - regardless of the underlying hardware.
  • Often, different departments within an organization archive data in different systems, which can lead to complications and inefficiencies. With SDA, storage systems from different manufacturers can be easily combined with each other due to hardware independence, and a wide variety of applications can be connected to the archive - making it possible for a central archiving system.
  • You can easily replace storage media because the "intelligence" of the archive is linked to the software layer and does not depend on the hardware. This approach enables customizability and reflects today's market requirements.


SDA solutions allow your valuable business data to be stored flexibly (regardless of its size) and comply with regulatory requirements. Archiving is maximally scalable, as the necessary hardware functionalities are managed by a software layer - thus SDA offers a clear future-proof solution for data archiving in your company.

Data Archiving with iTernity

iCAS Middleware

iCAS is a middleware based on the Software-Defined Archiving approach. The archiving software can easily be integrated into existing and heterogeneous IT infrastructures. With iCAS, you can simply and quickly meet regulatory and legal requirements through WORM data storage, encryption and retention management.

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iCAS FS Scale-Out Platform

Use our Software-Defined Archiving technology for cost-effective and high-performance x86 servers to scale your archive without limits. With iCAS FS you get an auto-managed archiving system with which you have no administration effort. Benefit from low total costs, easy handling and cover several use cases around long-term data storage in one platform.

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