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Cloud archive is a storage procurement model in which data that no longer needs to be accessed on a regular basis is maintained and backed up remotely by a cloud storage service provider.
Storing archived data in the cloud can be cost-effective when compared with storing and maintaining large amounts of non-essential data in-house.
As with any other archiving product or application, a cloud archive service must provide secure storage optimized for long-term data retention that complies with data regulation policies.
A cloud archive should not be confused with a cloud backup. A cloud backup is used to restore data when the original copy is destroyed or corrupted.