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Message Posted: Fri, 23 Apr 2004 @ 14:05:51 GMT


     
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Subj:   Re: Long-term Archive of user's data
 
From:   Rajiv-Devulapalli

If you data is going to be needed after several years, Archives are not a good idea.

Reason being, the Archival software versions change each year, and a backup from the current version of the software may be unreadable after 3/4 years with a new version of the software. In addition, for all you know, you might move from BAR software provided by company A to one provided by company B, which makes your archive useless.

If it really is a case of the data potentially being required after several years, I would suggest saving the data to flat files, like text files, which are platform/version/OS independent. Also, maybe an SLA stating that you will take at least x amount of time to recover that data might be useful so you don't get into a crunch, and expectations are clear.



     
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