archival storage


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archival storage

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(Computer Science) a method of retaining information outside of the internal memory of a computer
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It's important to emphasize the difference between backup and archival storage. Backup saves your current data against the event of disaster; archives protect data so it can be accessed when needed.
Electronic imaging, long considered the wave of the future, is availabe today for archival storage and retrieval.
Broad market adoption, a clear technology road map and open format standards are just some of the key components that should be considered when deciding on an archival storage system.
The WORM optical disc uses organic dye media and is ideal for long-term archival storage. The CD-502A Optical Disc has been available for two years for the Pioneer 5.25-inch WORM drives (DD-S5001, DD-U5001,DD-M5001) and has a suggested end user price of $145.
Archival storage presents several agendas for storage managers.
Unlike the past, fixed content and archival storage have become the fastest growing areas of the storage industry.
However, the reality is that archival storage still revolves around tape; it retains a huge installed base, remains much less expensive than disk (even serial ATA) and its portability provides high levels of protection and security.