Implementing an intelligent data storage strategy

With the current explosion in data growth, estimated to be over 125% per year, businesses are struggling with spiraling storage costs and manageability issues. While the volume of data continues to grow, it is not uncommon for 80% of stored data to be infrequently accessed - that is, not touched within the prior 30 days. Consequently, customers are looking for ways to reduce the quantity of data kept on expensive primary storage by moving (archiving) it to less expensive near-line storage, where it is still readily accessible if required. Not only can archived data reside on less- expensive, but still accessible, storage, it does not need to be backed up as often or in the same way as day-to-day business-critical data. The ability to implement such an intelligent data storage strategy greatly simplifies management of the IT environment and reduces management costs (for every $1 spent on disk storage, $5 to $7 is spent managing that storage).

Symantec™ Enterprise Vault™, the industry's premier content archiving software, offers a total archiving platform for Microsoft® Exchange, Lotus Domino, SharePoint® Portal Server, IM, and file server environments. NetApp and Symantec continually innovate to develop new points of integration and value. Coupled with NetApp storage solutions and NetApp SnapLock®, the joint solution:

  • Improves application performance and scale
  • Efficiently and cost-effectively optimizes tiered storage resources
  • Improves use of archives for compliance and e-Discovery
  • Creates a seamless environment for the end user
  • Delivers advanced data protection and security

The NetApp and Symantec archival and compliance solutions are grouped into two categories, depending on the type of data being archived: