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Archive your data without limitations

Software-Defined Archiving enables flexibility and independence

As with the established concept of Software-Defined Storage (SDS), Software-Defined Archiving (SDA) is based on the combination of specialized software with industry standard servers and storage. iTernity solutions enable a secure data storage and archiving strategy along with an optimized IT infrastructure to ensure all data is accessible, actionable and compliant.

Software-Defined Archiving enables flexibility and hardware independence

Proven compatibility

As iTernity does not follow the integrated and closed black-box concept, we can enable open and flexible solutions that provide all necessary functionality for secure data management and long-term storage. To provide stable and bullet-proof platforms to our customers we work together with our various close partners to provide tested and validated solutions. This includes the smooth interoperability with a wide range of business applications, as well as the secure use of the different storage concepts from onsite through hybrid to cloud solutions.


Certified security

iTernity solutions provide maximum data security and features for legally compliant archiving. They meet the requirements defined in statutory regulations such as SOX, SEC 17a-4, GDPR, GODB, Basel III, GeBüV, OR etc.

Amongst others, iCAS is assessed and certified by the financial auditing company KPMG. Additionally, iTernity engaged Cohasset Associates Inc. for an independent assessment to evaluate the capabilities of iCAS to meet the storage related and audit history-related requirements of SEC Rule 17a-4 and CFTC Rule 1.31.

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Benefits of Software-Defined Archiving (SDA)

Storage hardware-independence offers many benefits

  • No hardware lock-in; Freedom to choose preferred storage hardware vendor & technology
  • Archiving functionality and intelligence decoupled from hardware
  • No technical limitations with regards to specific protocols or APIs
  • Unlimited scalability with flexible licensing according to actual need
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The downside of legacy systems

“If we had continued to use the existing system appliance, our audit-proof data storage would have continued to depend on dedicated hardware. A change was urgently needed because our strategy calls for flexibility and virtualization of our IT infrastructure. Another postponement would have made the hardware lock-in problem even worse.”

Holger Hussy
Chief Information Officer, Karlsruhe City Hospital


Dedicated storage appliances have been used as audit-proof archive storage for years. Typical examples include Dell EMC Centera, NetApp SnapLock, or Hitachi Content Platform (HCP). Over time, as data volumes grew, these storage appliances often were not able to scale in terms of performance and cost.


An adaptable, Software-Defined Archiving platform can be adapted as capacity and performance requirements change. This helps IT departments overcome the limitations of proprietary archive silos. Finally, organizations can escape from the data lock-in of legacy appliances.

Times change

Because they were designed as classic on-site storage, legacy archive systems often are not able to connect to cloud storage or enable geo-distributed solutions. Furthermore, new rules and regulations may create requirements (e.g. options for deleting data due to defined rules), that legacy archive appliances cannot fulfill. In contrast, Software-Defined Archiving allows organizations to choose the best storage hardware for their needs, future-proofing the archiving function, affordably and effectively.

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