Azure Archive Storage
Industry leading price point for storing rarely accessed data
- Lowest-priced archive storage tier
- Data at rest automatically encrypted
- Seamless integration with hot and cool storage tiers
- Supported by leading data management partners
Low cost, high value
Exponential data growth doesn’t have to mean exponential costs for data storage and management. Azure Archive Storage offers low-cost, durable and highly available secure cloud storage for rarely accessed data with flexible latency requirements. Store terabytes of data in the cloud for just a few dollars a month, and repurpose your storage infrastructure for other critical business objectives.
Secure from the start
Rarely accessed doesn’t mean unimportant. Many industries require organisations to maintain multiple years of sensitive financial, medical or employee data. When you move that data to the cloud, you want it to be protected with the highest level of security. Archive Storage provides secure data transfer to the cloud using HTTPS, and automatically secures that data at rest using 256-bit AES keys.
Easier management and blob-level tiering
Azure Archive Storage is yet another storage tier available for blob storage. Hot, cool and archive objects can all exist side by side in the same account. And with the introduction of blob-level tiering, you can change an object’s tier with a single click in the Azure portal, or you can use the REST API (or .NET, Java, Python and a number of other SDKs) to programmatically change as many objects as needed.
Archive storage use cases
Long-term backup retention
Many organisations retain multi-year, PB-sized collections of server and desktop data backups, and store them on expensive storage arrays. Azure Archive Storage provides a secure, low-cost means for retaining those backups and freeing up storage capacity for other productive uses.
Business policy-mandated data archiving
Companies can generate PBs of data in the course of day-to-day operations and to meet legal compliance requirements. Company policies often dictate that this data (sensitive HR records, email, financial/tax records) is retained in perpetuity. Archive Storage can work with Smart Archiving offerings from ISV’s to create a low cost, content archiving solution.
Healthcare data archiving
Healthcare providers are increasingly required to retain patient medical record data for multi-year periods. Storage requirements for patient data can quickly escalate when the records include high-resolution images and ultrasound content. Azure Archive storage enables Healthcare providers to lower their storage costs while providing secure, globally compliant storage for sensitive medical data.
Magnetic tape replacement
Maintaining tape storage infrastructure is expensive and often requires specialist equipment and expertise. Archive Storage is a cost-effective, low-maintenance replacement alternative for tape storage.
Digital media content retention
Creators can generate PBs’ worth of video and picture content that is used in the development of original digital media. Archive Storage gives creators a low-cost storage repository for original source content. Blob-level tiering makes it easy to shift from cold to hot storage should the need arise to use that content for another project.
Security/public safety data retention
As the number and sophistication of threats to personal and business safety continue to increase, so does the demand for video surveillance. Public and now private sector companies generate TBs of surveillance footage daily in the course of protecting their citizens and assets. Archive Storage is a low-cost option for storing that data.
Everything you need to get started
We’ve made it easy for data management vendors to take advantage of the archive tier. See partner solutions with built-in support for the Azure archive tier.
Microsoft commissioned Forrester Consulting to conduct a Total Economic Impact™ (TEI) study and examine the potential ROI enterprises may realise by deploying Azure Archive Storage, please read the report here.