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Long Term Data Retention is Evolving – Are You? (Video)

It seems like every few months, a new regulation or mandate pops up to remind people to 1) keep their data longer and/or 2) delete it as soon as necessary. Those two edicts are not contrary to each other as long as you do them in that sequence; first, understand your retention requirements and then delete data beyond that retention date. But there is sooooo much more to it than that, since not all data has the same regulatory or operational retention benefits or requirements.

If you haven’t seen it already, please check out my earlier vBlog on “The Good, Better, Best of Data Management

To build on that, ESG has published two research briefs around Long-Term Retention Strategies (LTRS):

Long-Term Data Retention Drivers and Trends – covers some of WHY data management and archiving have never been as important as they are today.

Archival Solution Characteristics – covers some of WHAT modern data management and archival solutions should be delivering from a performance and architecture perspective.

Here’s an overview of both assets, which are available to ESG subscribers:


Too often, backup is thought of as a “must have” while archiving is still misunderstood as a “nice to have” – with some dismissing the value or procrastinating the regulatory considerations and others vainly attempting to address archival needs with backup tools (like using a hammer instead of a screwdriver).

As always, we hope this inspires some conversations around archival and data management solutions and strategies – so thanks for watching.

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