Applications Data Archival

Many decision-makers in business and the majority of private users are often not even aware of the risk of worst-case data disaster scenarios, attribute only low importance to archiving data or simply baulk at the effort and expense involved. The Internet is awash with reports of institutions and companies losing data.

For smaller and mid-sized organizations in particular, advanced concepts for the long-term archiving of data based on systems using magnetic hard disk drives and magnetic tapes are much too costly due to their complexity and the amount of staff time required to manage data (see Technologies).

Even more controversial is the situation faced by libraries, national archives, museums, broadcasters, the medical sector, banks, insurance companies, governments, scientists, researchers, etc. Digitizing content that was previously available in analogue formats, such as books, newspapers and films, is becoming more and more widespread here. For some years now, the continual degradation of data storage media has been viewed with great concern. The costs associated with backing up data have also risen sharply (due to copying to new storage media, for example). In these areas, ever-increasing amounts of digital primary data are being generated which are not just text-based but which also include elements such as sound, graphics, video, animation, simulation etc. or combine several of these elements. Typically (as well as to meet legal requirements) this data needs to be transferred to digital archives and permanently preserved.