New storage requirements are being fueled by market trends for emerging use cases for big data and analytics, as well as a need for increased collaboration—and the result is massive data growth along with the need for continued access to the data that is generated. To keep up with overwhelming data growth, users are faced with the dilemma of forever expanding their costly tier-1 storage volumes to maintain access to all of their data. This growth significantly effects storage costs, since traditional archives do not provide adequate performance for items placed in the archive during the creation phase of a workflow.

As many companies become more geographically distributed with users from around the city, country, or even the world, their workflows require continuous 24-hour access to significant quantities of data. This fact becomes an issue in that collaborative workflows are difficult to support with standard storage and archiving solutions. Likewise, tracking, synchronizing content, and versioning are difficult to implement, clunky to use, and often require users to wait for content; this, in turn, slows production, wastes time, and poisons the creative process. In fact, most archive owners would choose to keep every asset on a disk-based solution, if only they could afford to do so.

Alternatives are also needed for disaster recovery. Current RAID disk-based solutions are adequate for tier-1 or tier-2 (nearline) storage options, but they have never made sense for long-term preservation initiatives because of cost, maintenance, and data durability.



An Active Archive allows you to extend a file system across performance disk, capacity disk, object storage, and even tape—all accessible to the end user without administrator intervention. This not only eliminates the need for IT intervention when an archived file is requested, but also provides virtually limitless storage capacities in a much smaller footprint and cost per GB.

Active Archive is a solution that seamlessly migrates data across multiple tiers of storage maintaining fast accessibility to files that are actively being used in the creative process. The key component is a large and easily scalable object storage tier (DDN WOS) that provides the bulk of the easily accessible storage. It provides the highest access speeds, low-latency location awareness with optional replication, and caching that make it the ideal solution for a number of applications and use cases. In addition, automatic, policy-based replication and geographic distribution make it an excellent tool for collaboration, whether across the office or around the world, and disaster recovery.

The archive solution is controlled and managed by archiving software that uses open and non-proprietary formats and stores content on both spinning disk and tape. Active Archive solutions also monitor the integrity of your data, eliminating the risk of data loss from bit rot, corruption, failed disk drives, and bad media. This management approach provides a searchable, compliant format to store data for the total lifecycle of a file based on company policies, industry regulations, and state or federal laws.




  • Easy to use: Unified management for data regardless of tier
  • Unlimited scalability: Efficiently manage tens of petabytes of data with one admin
  • Cost-effective: Reduce the costs of storing less frequently accessed data