Just like there are two famous Steve McQueen's in this world, people also tend to confuse archiving with something else.
Here are the top two misconceptions I have come across.
1. Complete deletion - removing data completely from your system.
The archiving process starts from writing archive files into nearline, offline, or cloud storage, then once validation has been made you can delete the data from your production system. This then releases more storage space and memory for better system and application performance. Data will grow as your business expands. The key here is to ensure the archiving process in place still allows you to retrieve the archived data for audit, compliance, and business divestment purposes. A sound archiving strategy and successful project, and maintenance will ensure your archived data will be easy to access and consistent with the original data.
When you move the 'old data' to nearline storage in an archive file format, this keeps the data 'frozen' and unchangeable. This is very important for the processes of audit and compliance where the data needs to be consistent with the original. Whereas backup can still cause the data to be changed either intentionally or by mistake. This affects the audit report as part of the compliance requirement.
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