Walk into an enterprise conference room, say the word “archive” and everyone will duck out the door — unless they're lawyers, policymakers or paranoid. OK, maybe a few anal-retentive folks from IT and records management will stick around, especially if there’s a new product or service being introduced or rumors of an investigation.

Though the latter is the last thing anyone wants, it may be the only times these hard-working, too often unsung, archiving heroes see the fruits of their labor pay off.

After all, it’s because of their hard work that the CEOs who employ them can locate and easily access the critical documents and data they need to keep themselves and their companies out of trouble should questions of negligence, misrepresentation or wrong doing ever arrive.

So let's talk about what EMC is doing about this.

EMC IIG Introduces the Next Generation Of Archiving 

OK, perhaps we’re being a little dramatic. But it’s archiving we’re talking about. And for anyone who doesn’t know what archiving is, it’s not the same thing as backing up. Backups are created so operational information and data can be recovered in short order. Archives store information that’s no longer in day-to-day use, but must still be retained.

Many enterprise content management and business application systems are getting old, being retired and/or replaced with solutions that have been built for the modern day. These soon-to-be legacy systems are loaded with information that is no longer in use but cannot be destroyed for compliance reasons.

Dealing with this information isn’t, for the most part, all that rewarding. But as we’ve already mentioned, it’s an absolute must. The data we’re talking about here, mind you, tends to be both structured and unstructured, and up until the release of EMC InfoArchive, it’s been stored separately.

EMC IIG’s solution now changes that.

Powerful, Accessible

“Our next-gen information archiving platform offers our customers a powerful, easily accessible, unified archive with a game changing twist,” boasted David Mennie, director of product marketing at EMC IIG. “Structured and unstructured data can to be consolidated into a single data repository."

Now we’re not talking about data residing in legacy Documentum and/or EMC-based solutions alone. Rather, we're talking about data from SAP and most other applications that can be securely archived as well while preserving the value of enterprise information.

Learning Opportunities

The benefits of the new solution don’t stop there. “Live Archiving” is also being made available. It provides a way for companies to get better performance out of their mission-critical applications by moving inactive data to a more cost effective archive.

“Unlike in traditional passive archives, this information can be viewed or served back to a web portal or application in real-time while meeting regulatory and compliance requirements,” Rohit Ghai, senior vice president of Products and Solutions at EMC IIG, wrote in a blog post.

InfoArchive’s Origins

They say that necessity is the mother of invention, and that’s precisely how EMC’s InfoArchive came about. The company’s consultants were constantly helping their customers retire their legacy systems, so rather than continually reinventing the wheel, they built a solution for their own use.That was InfoArchive 1.0. They then improved it. That was Info Archive 2.0.

We’ve seen a list of the large, corporate clients that have already made use of the new solution. While we don’t have permission to name them, we can tell you that some of the world’s largest banks, pharmaceutical firms, banks manufacturers and insurance companies are among them.

EMC IIG, a Solutions Company

This is the first totally new, non-ECM solution we’ve seen EMC IIG build from ground zero in very long time. Hats off to the company’s consulting team for sharing their work and to the software side of the business for producing it for the good of their customers.

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