Modern data archiving is no longer about storing data that you’re required to keep, but serves little utility to the business. Today, new cloud architectures are transforming stores of enterprise data into sources of greater business insight to help companies more nimbly address corporate compliance and litigation support needs.
Traditionally, the enterprise archive was an undifferentiated store of data. Its primary value proposition derived from the ability to ensure data recovery and business continuity in the event of data loss. Recent years have seen archive vendors incorporate a broader scope of functionality in ways that serve to expand the usefulness of the archive in response to modern data governance and compliance demands. However, in order for business decision-makers to realize the opportunity of next generation archive solutions, they must first be able to identify and evaluate its characteristics.
At Blue Hill Research, we recently completed a study exploring how organizations assess the business drivers and value realized from the expansion of functionality available in the enterprise archive.
We identified four sets of functionality that differentiate next generation solutions from traditional archive solutions:
- Cloud and Remote User Continuity
- Full-text and Metadata Indexing and Search
- Automated Data Compliance Awareness
- Data Policy Management
As a group, these capabilities work to promote centralized archiving of distributed endpoint devices as well as adding a level of intelligence to the data archive that facilitates enterprise operations and data governance. The convergence of capabilities provides the groundwork for a broad spectrum of new value propositions. Among cases reviewed, Blue Hill found direct impacts on internal sales, service, and legal support, and IT operations personnel as well as among third-party contractor and client stakeholders reliant on corporate data resources.
Two examples of such business gains identified among research participants include:
- 4 hour average account restoration cycle for replacement devices
- 100% reduction in travel and employee time associated with physical hard drive or device retrieval for litigation and investigation collections
This sort of cross-enterprise distribution of business value extends beyond what traditionally was expected from enterprise archive investments. As such, investments in enterprise archive solutions will increasingly require new methods for evaluation and consideration of stakeholder impact. In addition to the core elements of next generation data archive solutions, our report identifies the steps through which decision-makers can effectively evaluate the new generation of functionality and solution offerings.
To learn more, join me at this week’s webinar on Thursday, November 19, 2015 at 10 AM PST where I will discuss How the Modern Enterprise Archive Transforms Data Protection and Governance. Register now and get a free copy of the report!