Primarily, archiving is intelligent data management. It consists of the following functions:
Data analysis quantifies and qualifies all data. The reports generated from this give an overview, and allow future predictions, of resource utilization.
Analysis gives a company a transparent view of all resources, even in disparate and decentralized storage environments.
All files are identified according to a defined classification scheme for the whole company. The classification forms the basis of automated execution of follow-up actions, such as the archiving itself, data integration or retrievals.
Based on the data analysis and/or classification, the data is moved to the best place of storage, commensurate with its importance to the company. Intelligent retrieval of data leads to huge cost savings.