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Computing data transferred to a tape or disk for long-term storage rather than frequent use

archive

(file format)
A single file containing one or (usually) more separate files plus information to allow them to be extracted (separated) by a suitable program.

Archives are usually created for software distribution or backup. tar is a common format for Unix archives, and arc or PKZIP for MS-DOS and Microsoft Windows.

archive

(operating system)
To transfer files to slower, cheaper media (usually magnetic tape) to free the hard disk space they occupied. This is now normally done for long-term storage but in the 1960s, when disk was much more expensive, files were often shuffled regularly between disk and tape.

archive

(networking)

archive

(1) (noun) A file that contains one or more compressed files. Most archive formats are also capable of storing folder structures in order to reconstruct the file/folder relationship when decompressed.

One File Is Easier to Distribute
More often than not, archives are used to combine several files into one for ease of distribution. Although the compression algorithm may reduce all the files by a substantial amount, the size reduction is often less important than the convenience of distributing one file and referencing only one file name rather than a group of files. See self-extracting archive and archive formats.

(2) (verb) To compress one or more files and folders into a single file for backup or transport. Although archived files may remain on the same computer, "archive" implies data retention, and archived data are typically stored in a secondary location for backup and historical purposes. See archive program, archive formats, backup software, active archiving and HSM.
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Safe, cost-effective storage and on-demand access to archived data are critical components for customers implementing an Information Lifecycle Management (ILM) strategy and addressing compliance requirements," said Lisa Cash, Princeton Softech's CEO and president.
If archived data is restored to the application and any changes are made, Active Archiving will compare the new check sum with the old upon re-archiving, conclude that changes have occurred, and save the newly archived data as a new file.
The enhanced archive indexing and search capabilities provide faster methods for accessing archived data.
The e-mail messages are archived "silently" with no interruption to Outlook users.
The top three end user storage issues in both polls included running out of primary storage (79 percent of VARs/50 percent of end users), dealing with long backup windows (77 percent of VARs/62 percent of end users), and having problems with retrieval time of archived data (69 percent of VARs/45 percent of end users).
When they pull up an archived message, they should have access to all the usual commands, such as "Reply" and "Forward.
If the data is easily accessible to the end users, they do not need administrator assistance to retrieve archived messages
Plasmon (LSE: PLM), the trusted source in data archiving, today announced the new enterprise class UDO Archive Appliance with twice the capacity, multi archive support, enhanced security features and energy efficiencies to give customers more security, flexibility and control over their archived data.
Archived data, business context data and metadata are saved to an Archive File (referentially intact and complete) and these files can be easily stored on the most convenient and cost-effective storage medium.
Whether to meet compliance mandates or governance requirements, or simply to preserve irreplaceable data for the long-term, Archivas allows customers to easily store, protect and access archived content by any number of applications across an enterprise.

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