Data archiving in the cloud

Enterprises are replacing traditional archives with IBM Cloud™ Object Storage to reduce cost and complexity while keeping data available. With low-cost cold storage options, archive tiering capabilities, file gateway partners and a broad ecosystem of integrated partner solutions, it’s easier than ever to move and store archive data in IBM Cloud Object Storage. You can realize cost savings directly related to reducing IT infrastructure and operational costs and make data that was once out of reach accessible for your organization.

Common use cases

Deep archive for cold data

Store cold data, reducing the cost of expensive network-attached storage (NAS), and take advantage of the global data access and scale available through cloud storage. You can use a deep archive to store information that may not be needed again but cannot be deleted.

Active archive

Store data that is not read-write intensive but keep 100% of data available and quickly accessible from anywhere using a RESTful API. Tier data to reduce the cost of storage based on archive policies.

Tape replacement

On-premises or offsite tape libraries can reduce storage costs but require large upfront investments and specialized maintenance. Archive has no upfront cost and virtually eliminates the cost and burden of maintenance.

Regulatory archiving

Use data archiving on object storage to help manage regulatory requirements for data compliance. Adhere to various compliance mandates and store data for an extended duration.

Media asset preservation

Preserving a large amount of rich media content (such as images or videos) on traditional storage can get expensive quickly. Use data archiving on object storage for content that you need to preserve, but do not need to access frequently.

Large data set preservation

Data archiving on object storage can be ideal for workloads that generate large amounts of data (such as genome data, IoT data or pharmaceutical trial data) that needs to be preserved for future use.

Data archive capabilities

Low-cost cold storage class tier

Consolidate archive data and store it in an IBM Cloud Object Storage cold storage class tier. Customers can choose a cold storage class tier (such as Cold Vault) where data can be archived at a very low cost but is immediately available if needed.

Data transition using archive policies

Archive works with IBM Cloud Object Storage class tiers – Standard, Vault, Cold Vault, and Flex – allowing you to apply age-based policies to move objects to a long-term, lower-cost archive to reduce storage costs even further. Once archived, you can restore a temporary copy of the objects for access when needed (restore time may take up to 12 hours).

Lowest cost archive

Data storage offered for as low as USD 0.002/GB/month and restore at USD 0.02/GB. This allows you to support global business requirements for long-term data retention for large amounts of data, at a very low cost.

Simple API

You can use the simple API — with support for S3 API constructs — for transition lifecycle and restore. You can also write your own applications using IBM Cloud Object Storage SDKs.

Durable storage

Ideal for long-term data retention, IBM Cloud Object Storage is designed for data durability of 99.999999999 percent. Data integrity mechanisms are built in to constantly check object state and apply self-repair capabilities — all done automatically with no customer intervention.


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