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Solving the long term archiving and retrieval challenges with IBM Information Archive

Document Author:

Nils Haustein

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Technical Sales Support - Europe

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Product(s) covered:

IBM Information Archive

Abstract: In the backdrop of exponentially growing data, digital archiving is becoming more and more important. The ever growing volumes of data along with stringent regulatory and industry compliance requirements are the main drivers for long term archival solutions. Just using backup tapes to fulfill the requirements for archiving is not sufficient.

This paper gives a brief introduction to the motivation for digital archiving and describes the components of an archive system including Enterprise Content Management (ECM) system and archive storage. The reference architecture for an archive system is presented which makes clear that the intelligence of an archiving solution represented by functions for search and discovery, classification, retention management and business process management comes from Enterprise Content Management (ECM) system. The archive storage protects the archived data and manages the storage life cycle.

Archiving poses unique challenges to archive storage systems in terms of preventing modification and unauthorized deletion of data during the retention period. IBM Information Archive system serves as an example as to how these requirements can be met by virtue of using advanced innovative IT technologies.

Finally, the paper outlines how various IBM software and hardware components can be combined and optimized to achieve tailor-made arching solutions for different kind of data.

The new version 2 of this document includes the new IA functions such as indexing and search and CIFS support.


Hardware; Solutions


Planning and Design


Business Innovation and Optimization (BIO); Business Integration


IBM Storage

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IBM Information Archive, IBM IA, compliance, archiving, email archiving, file archiving, erp archiving

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