Archiving refers to the process of copying the records from a statistics entry-sequenced cluster to another data set for long-term storage. The output of this process is an archived statistics file. You can write the archive file to a VSAM entry-sequenced cluster with the same characteristics as a statistics ESDS, or to a non-VSAM sequential file on DASD. The system does not store the statistics records in the ESDS in any special format. The system records each statistics record as a VSAM record in an ordinary VSAM ESDS. You can also write the archive file to a magnetic tape or a database table.