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March 2, 2009

Iron Mountain Digital debuts cloud-based file archiving

Industry first enables off-site storage of inactive data

By Steve Evans

Storage-as-a-Service (StaaS) vendor Iron Mountain Digital has announced the release of a cloud-based storage platform for file archiving.

Virtual File Store, which the company says is an industry first, aims to reduce the cost of storing huge amounts of digital information. The platform offers long-term storage of inactive data at off-site data centres, which the company says will reduce the investment required in on-site storage infrastructure.

John Clancy, president of Iron Mountain Digital, said: “Given that 50 to 60% of corporate data is inactive, storing all that data in-house is not a sustainable storage strategy for companies today that are faced with soaring storage costs and shrinking IT budgets. The enterprise-class Virtual File Store service directly addresses this problem by freeing up precious storage resources, while ensuring inactive data is secure and easily accessible.”

The hosted archiving platform can be scaled to immediately add extra capacity as needed, whether it is for short-term storage spikes or for more long-term infrastructure changes.

Iron Mountain Digital says Virtual File Store can be integrated into a company’s existing storage infrastructure to migrate inactive files over the VPN network to secure, redundant data centres. Files can be retrieved on demand by authorised users.

Elliott L. Townsend, IT manager of Bruns-Pak, said: “As our business’ data is constantly growing, we are faced with the challenge of ensuring data availability and disaster preparedness against the associated cost.

“Iron Mountain Digital’s Virtual File Store service allows the relocation of static data from the production environment to a secure and reliable location of high availability at an extremely competitive cost. Also, in our case, when coupled with Iron Mountain Digital’s LiveVault solution for server data backup and protection, we achieve an extremely robust and cost-effective disaster recovery solution.”

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