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Why Using Backup for Long-Term Retention Is Obsolete and What to Do About It

Published: 16 September 2015

ID: G00290032

Analyst(s): Robert Rhame, Garth Landers


Restoring an aging backup set grows increasingly difficult over time — to the point of making old backups almost useless. I&O leaders need to raise this concern to stakeholders and evaluate archiving solutions as the viable alternative for long-term data retention.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • The Eight Pitfalls of Long-Term Tape Backup Retention
  • Get the Word Out That Long-Term Retention With Backup Is Dead (Long Live Archiving)
  • Establish a Policy for the Retention and Deletion of Data

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