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 Alliance’s Data Archive Solutions makes regulatory compliance, data security, infrastructure optimization, and cost reductions Simple.


Data Storage Solutions – How to Reduce Costs with a Data Archiving Tier

In this FREE Report you’ll learn the key steps for transitioning to a tiered storage environment plus you’ll learn how to:

  • Identify which data to archive;
  • Make the transition seamless for the end user;
  • Select the correct data archive for your business;
  • And so much more...

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Compliance

The past decade has seen an explosion of enterprise content management compliance regulations that require very specific treatment of information (e.g., email, files, images and other forms of electronic communication). These regulations not only dictate how long an organization must retain data, but also places mandatory requirements on how it must be stored and controlled (i.e., availability, protection and security). Likewise, a company must remain prepared for an eDiscovery request, or face the time-consuming and costly consequences. Alliance Storage Technologies provides the ideal long-term data retention solution designed specifically to fulfill compliance regulations and legal discovery mandates, at an incomparable price.  

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Alliance Solution Benefits

Preserves Data Unaltered – Alliance's solutions are based upon true Write-Once-Read-Many (WORM) optical technology. Encrypted data is written to optical media after which it becomes unalterable remaining intact for periods greater than 50 years.

Encryption – With this optional feature, data at-rest is encrypted with unique keys for each object using FIPS 140-2 compliant AES-256 encryption algorithm. Encryption adds another layer of security to your data enabling compliance with specific regulations and ensuring that all data remains confidential.

Transmission Security and Integrity – Alliance's NAS solutions integrate seamlessly with existing storage networks presenting as a standard TCP/IP resource with support for CIFS, NFS, and FTP protocols. The server security-administration ensures that it can recognize and approve validated clients.

Email and Image Archiving – Partnering with industry-leaders, Alliance's solutions integrate with third-party software applications that manage and sort email and images according to the internal policy guidelines established within that application. The images and email are then stored efficiently and securely on Alliance's NAS optical libraries that fit directly into the existing storage network. Note that a Direct Attached library can be used however, it will require a third-party software application.

Scalable/Expandable Archiving – Expandable optical disk archive systems are based upon high-capacity media magazines and scalable robotic libraries. As data storage requirements increase, libraries can be easily expanded within the same footprint offering investment protection through capacity expansions and future-proof system upgrades.

High Reliability – Alliance's NAS solutions and Direct Attached scalable robotic libraries are based upon field-proven, reliable technology that has served a variety of industries [for over a decade].

Rapid & Random Access to Data – Data can be randomly accessed either from the nonlinear optical disc media archives (retrieved into RAID) or via high-performance RAID, depending upon established policies.

Low Total Cost of Ownership - After the data is permanently written on the media, it no longer requires a constant power source to maintain the data. This greatly reduces costs associated with storing archived data for the required lifespan. Additionally, the removable media offers an affordable disaster recovery solution. Systems reduce overhead and operating costs by: minimizing the cost and frequency of data migrations through extended media life, removing static data from expensive primary and backup systems freeing up valuable resources, and lowering power, cooling and maintenance costs. Systems scale incrementally as data archiving needs expand.

Storage Optimization

Primary disk storage is an expensive investment from both a capital and operations perspective. It is therefore vitally important to understand the value and near-term urgency of access for all information across your organization. Especially as prevailing research indicates that as much as 70% of an organization’s storage data is inactive (low or no touch). Movement of such data into an Alliance Storage Technologies NETArchive solution results in a significant reduction in storage expense and a dramatic increase in positive asset utilization and storage optimization.

Implementing the right data storage technology for the lifecycle of the information is the key to reducing business costs and risks.tieredstore

  • Tier 1 Active (<30 days) and Semi-Active Business Data (<30-90 days) - data used for normal business operations (short-term data storage) should be stored on highly redundant disk arrays with high access and availability.
  • Tier 2 Backup Data - Tape and SATA disk solutions are excellent for backup strategies and provide quick capture of data in order to restore data on the disk arrays in the event of a disaster or other loss.
  • Tier 3 (>90 days) - Alliance Archive Solutions implement technology designed specifically for long-term data archiving and retention including Network Attached Storage (NAS) optical libraries and Cloud Integrated Storage (CiS). These Tier 3 storage options preserve data unaltered for extended periods while retaining the ability to be randomly accessed. This infrequently accessed fixed-content data can be removed from expensive primary disk arrays onto optical media reducing costs and backup-window time-frames substantially lowering costs.

Alliance's Network Attached Storage (NAS) or Cloud Integrated Storage (CiS) solutions provide a third tier of archive storage that effortlessly integrates with existing storage infrastructures. Systems are complemented by: Encryption for high-level security and Replication for high-availability.

Alliance Storage Optimization Benefits

Preserving Data Unaltered – Alliance's solutions are based upon true Write-Once-Read-Many (WORM) optical technology. Encrypted data is written to optical media after which it becomes unalterable remaining intact for periods greater than 50 years.

Encryption – With this optional feature, data at-rest is encrypted with unique keys for each object using FIPS 140-2 compliant AES-256 encryption algorithm. Encryption adds another layer of security to your data enabling compliance with specific regulations and ensuring that all data remains confidential.

Transmission Security and Integrity – Alliance's NAS solutions integrate seamlessly with existing storage networks presenting as a standard TCP/IP resource with support for CIFS, NFS, and FTP protocols. The server security-administration ensures that it can recognize and approve validated clients.

Flexible Controls – The Archive Management Software offers the flexibility needed for regulatory compliance with powerful policy-based controls. Users can set policies for data migration, manage volumes, and release and migrate files and online/offline media.

Device and Media Controls – Accountability – Optical media can be offlined and removed from the library. The Archive Management Software tracks all nearline and offline media by barcode, human readable code, date ejected, pool and archive.

User Authentication (person or entity) – Users accessing the Archive Appliance are assigned unique passwords. Authentication services are supported using Windows Active Directory, Local User Level Security, or LDAP.

Backup and Recovery – Archive libraries are capable of backing up all RMDB (Resource Manager Data Base), FSC (File System Catalog), HSM (Hierarchical Storage Manager) which significantly increases the speed of data recovery in the event of system failure.

Disaster Recovery - Optical media provides an affordable disaster recovery option as automatically duplicated media can be removed from libraries and stored off-site. The Replication feature of the Archive Appliance offers the ultimate in disaster recovery protection with duplicate libraries located in different physical locations providing constant access to data – the key to business continuity and high-availability.

Scalable/Expandable Archiving – Expandable optical disk archive systems are based upon high-capacity media magazines and scalable robotic libraries. As data storage requirements increase, libraries can be easily expanded within the same footprint offering investment protection through capacity expansions and future-proof system upgrades.

 

Email Archiving

The last decade has brought about an explosion in electronically stored information. It is difficult to imagine operating a business without email and text messages. Businesses, corporations, and governments globally have become largely reliant upon email as a primary tool for both communication and collaboration needs. That leaves IT departments with the task of managing the massive amounts of data.

An email archiving solution employed as part of an overall data management and preservation strategy can improve IT operations, reduce backup and recovery requirements, and reclaim valuable email server storage space. A cogent archiving strategy enables timely responses to discovery requests and restoration of archived emails and decreases IT expenditures while simultaneously reducing the drain on resources required to manually search for emails.

Implementation of an email archiving platform has typically been IT driven as a means of cost-effectively managing storage requirements. However, with increasing need to comply with regulations, demand is driven chiefly as a means to meet compliance.

For many years, Alliance has worked with key technology partners to provide complete email archiving solutions for businesses, organizations, and governments. Partnering with industry leaders, Alliance's archive systems integrate with third-party email applications that manage exchange email and content according to the internal established policies and are then stored securely on Alliance's archive solutions.

Alliance Storage Technologies, Inc. (Alliance) provides long-term data retention archiving solutions that are both cost-effective and more secure than other alternatives. Alliance’s Cloud Integrated Storage (CiS) approach to tiered data archiving seamlessly combines optical Network Attached Storage (NAS) libraries and Cloud storage.

Email Archiving Benefits

Preserves Data Unaltered – Alliance's solutions are based upon true Write-Once-Read-Many (WORM) optical technology. Encrypted data is written to optical media after which it becomes unalterable remaining intact for periods greater than 50 years.

Encryption – With this optional feature, data at-rest is encrypted with unique keys for each object using FIPS 140-2 compliant AES-256 encryption algorithm. Encryption adds another layer of security to your data enabling compliance with specific regulations and ensuring that all data remains confidential.

Transmission Security and Integrity – Alliance's NAS solutions integrate seamlessly with existing storage networks presenting as a standard TCP/IP resource with support for CIFS, NFS, and FTP protocols. The server security-administration ensures that it can recognize and approve validated clients.

Email and Image Archiving – Partnering with industry-leaders, Alliance's solutions integrate with third-party software applications that manage and sort email and images according to the internal policy guidelines established within that application. The images and email are then stored efficiently and securely on Alliance's NAS optical libraries that fit directly into the existing storage network. Note that a Direct Attached library can be used however, it will require a third-party software application.

Scalable/Expandable Archiving – Expandable optical disk archive systems are based upon high-capacity media magazines and scalable robotic libraries. As data storage requirements increase, libraries can be easily expanded within the same footprint offering investment protection through capacity expansions and future-proof system upgrades.

High Reliability – Alliance's NAS solutions and Direct Attached scalable robotic libraries are based upon field-proven, reliable technology that has served a variety of industries [for over a decade].

Rapid & Random Access to Data – Data can be randomly accessed either from the nonlinear optical disc media archives (retrieved into RAID) or via high-performance RAID, depending upon established policies.

Low Total Cost of Ownership - After the data is permanently written on the media, it no longer requires a constant power source to maintain the data. This greatly reduces costs associated with storing archived data for the required lifespan. Additionally, the removable media offers an affordable disaster recovery solution. Systems reduce overhead and operating costs by: minimizing the cost and frequency of data migrations through extended media life, removing static data from expensive primary and backup systems freeing up valuable resources, and lowering power, cooling and maintenance costs. Systems scale incrementally as data archiving needs expand.

 

A Few Words from Our Customers...

Our Data Survived Hurricane Katrina

“We had to determine what information was retrievable among the absolute chaos of the first week after Katrina…We were able to recover all of the patient images off the Plasmon libraries…We are now primarily using the Plasmon’s UDO Archive Appliance for its long-term recoverability.” 
--Kenneth Allen, Health Systems Specialist, Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care

HIPAA Compliance at a Reasonable Cost

“Ensuring that we could provide a PACS archive solution that helps customers meet HIPAA compliance at a reasonable cost was a critical requirement. This was guaranteed with the performance, longevity, and authenticity of the UDO Archive Appliance.”
– Lenny Reznik, Director Enterprise Imaging and Information, Agfa Healthcare

Retrieval Time Went from Days to Seconds

“Our major issue was time lost chasing documents. With the implementation of the archive solution, retrieval times went from DAYS to SECONDS.”

--Tony Libri, Sangamon County Circuit Clerk, Sangamon County Ciruit Clerk's Office

 

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