Definition

cloud archive

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.

An archive in the cloud must be easily searchable,  protected from tampering or overwriting and allow easy access to specific data when it is required for a compliance audit or e-discovery.

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. 

 

Contributor(s): Rachel Kossman
This was last updated in September 2011
Posted by: Margaret Rouse

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