The Information Management division of HP wanted to expand the capabilities of the HP Database Archiving platform, which relocates older, eligible transactions contained in production databases to secondary archive databases and XML archives.
“Some 70-80 percent of a company’s data that’s over two years old is rarely accessed,” explains Ali Elkortobi, Director of Research and Development for HP. “If you are a large company that does millions of transactions a day and amasses hundreds of terabytes of data, the majority of that consists of transactions that have been closed; yet all that data remains in your costly, high-availability production system, slowing access performance, requiring maintenance, lengthening backup windows, and delaying recovery of lost data in the event of accidents or disasters. Even so, you can’t simply rid yourself of that data entirely.”
HP Database Archiving addresses this problem by moving eligible data off the production database to archive databases or to long-term archives in non-database environments—often termed “compliance archiving.” Legal regulations require certain types of company data to be available for very long periods of time, potentially driving up costs for IT organizations. HP wanted to make this more economical for customers but also ensure that information is readily available if and when needed.
“Traditionally, people had to retrieve and load tapes, where the information was linear, binary, and difficult to get access to,” says Elkortobi. “It can take days, even weeks, to get such information.”
Often applications from which the data originated were no longer available, having been decommissioned or upgraded to versions no longer able to read the file formats. HP Database Archiving provides a solution to make the archived records entirely independent of application, platform, database, or operating system. XML standards provide a way to have important metadata to be stored along with the data, providing true independence so that data can be identified years into the future.