Corporations and associated IT departments are confronted with the continuous challenge of adhering to regulatory requirements and managing growing volumes of data over extended periods. The past decade has seen an explosion of electronic records management compliance regulations that require very specific treatment of information.
These regulations not only dictate how long organizations must retain certain information, but also place requirements on how digital records must be stored and controlled.
Regulations vary according to industry and as they apply to each organization’s operations and procedures. Financial institutions continue to encounter an increasing number of global regulations and agencies that mandate differing policies. Governments worldwide are faced with many regulatory agencies at the state, federal and local levels that control the type of data to be captured in digital archives. Healthcare providers and related business associates are required to develop and follow procedures that ensure the confidentiality and security of protected healthcare records, patient records and related medical records management information.
In order to support the need for compliance and the associated varying retention durations, data archiving governing compliance, healthcare, legal, and financial solutions must offer compliant storage of data, be reliable, maintain data in its original state, and be worry-free.
Alliance Storage Technologies, Inc., (ASTI) provides long-term data retention Archiving Solutions for compliance purposes that are both cost-effective and more secure than other alternatives. ASTI’s Cloud Integrated Storage (CiS) approach to tiered data archiving seamlessly combines optical Network Attached Storage (NAS) libraries and Cloud storage.
Working closely with key technology partners to directly integrate with their solutions, ASTI provides products that help ensure organizations meet their compliance needs every day.
Preserves Data Unaltered – ASTI 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 – ASTI 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, ASTI 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 ASTI 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 – ASTI 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.