Most organizations are keeping an everincreasing amount of data, yet only a small amount of that data is live or ‘hot’. Some of the rest is occasionally accessed, but the vast bulk is ‘cold’ – data that’s rarely if ever accessed but is kept in case it is required in the future. It might be needed as evidence if a dispute arises, say, or for regulatory compliance, or because external market changes mean we need to analyze something we could formerly ignore.

Keeping that cold data on the same storage as the hot data wastes capacity and cost – and time too, if it means you repeatedly backup cold data that doesn’t need it. Yet for many organizations, sorting the hot from the cold is like trying to unmix a warm bath.

Others know differently, and have resorted to a range of approaches in order to move cold data to cheaper locations. In this paper we look at the challenges that cold data presents, at techniques and technologies that can help with the problem, and at the advantages organizations can gain from a smarter approach to data management.

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