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archive

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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Current hardware can be utilized more efficiently as archive data is written off to removable archive media that better satisfies archive and compliance needs over time and, if desired, can be moved off-line to further reduce archive storage costs.
The enhanced archive indexing and search capabilities provide faster methods for accessing archived data.
PowerFile's archive appliances fit well within any enterprise that has adopted an ILM approach in creating storage tiers by enabling a true archive tier with different access and permanence requirements.
Inability to effectively backup critical e-mail messages: The personal archive (PST) folder approach generally allows for a configurable storage location for the archived data, which takes control over the location of this data out of the hands of IT, therefore making backup a catch-as-catch-can procedure.
Unified Historical Archive - Administrators can manage all archived content, of any type, in one centralized repository that optimizes single instance storage across multiple applications and information types minimizing storage utilization and dramatically simplifying management.
Migration of e-mail messages to the archive is automated by the software archiving platform, and is controlled by the policies set by administrators.
Enterprise Strategy Group research estimates organizations will archive 7,000 petabytes of e-mail during the next four years as the volumes of messages considered to be a business record grows exponentially.
The list of expanded storage options available includes servers, hard copy vaulting, off-line tape and CD libraries, and reference archive equipment that captures and renders analog snapshots of selected enterprise activities as they happen.
The IT staff implements procedures to move messages out of the account's folders and into the archive based on their age.
Fortiva's new continuous data protection and remote management features allow customers to have a maintenance-free email archive that provides the highest level of reliability available.

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