Spectra Logic, QStar, FileTek, Compellent Form Active Archive Alliance

Spectra Logic, QStar, FileTek, and Compellent have joined forces to form the Active Archive Alliance with the goal of bringing data archives online to promote simplified access to vast volumes of data.  Organizations increasingly store more data in archives and, as a result, the challenges of indexing, querying and retrieving that data quickly, simply and efficiently has intensified.  Active archive solutions resolve these issues by turning offline archives into visible, accessible extensions of online file and storage systems.  Having simple, persistent access to archived data allows organizations to mine this information and gain valuable insight based on all the institutional knowledge available.

“The Active Archive Alliance supports the growing need organizations have for fast, easy, cost-efficient online access to all of their data,” says Mark Peters, senior analyst at Enterprise Strategy Group. “The Alliance is timely and highlights the important issue of archiving data, which is one of the largest and fastest growing storage segments. The trend towards active archives is driven by such factors as unrelenting data growth, retention compliance, and the need for cost reduction and data center consolidation; its achievement is enabled by the growth in applications that directly connect file systems and automated tape archives.”

The mission of the Active Archive Alliance is to provide organizations with the best practices, tools and information they need to achieve simplified access to the online storage of their archived data.  Membership is open to providers of file systems, active archive applications, cloud storage, high density tape and disk storage, as well as individuals and end-users.

“Active archiving is becoming a fast-growing trend as organizations seek ways to locate and retrieve critical archived information when needed,” says Molly Rector, vice president of marketing and product management for Spectra Logic.  “Active archive solutions increase the efficiency of the data center by providing businesses the benefit of simple, online access to all their institutional knowledge.  And, with new applications that enable users to access tape archives through a file system interface, organizations have more flexibility in designing efficient and affordable active archive solutions using the right mix of tape and disk media.”

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