Informatica introduces a cloud-based data archiving service to help enterprises manage growing amounts of data.
Informatica is taking database archiving to the cloud with an offering aimed
Informatica Data Archive Cloud Store Option "supports almost all
structured data including relational databases, enterprise applications and
data warehouses," the company said. The idea is to offer enterprises
another way to manage
growing amounts of data cost-effectively.
"Companies are rethinking
their approach to data retention
as their data volumes continue to grow
exponentially and they have to hold onto that data for long periods of time,"
Adam Wilson, general manager for ILM (Information Lifecycle Management) at
Informatica, said in a statement. "Informatica's Data Archive Cloud Store
Option provides the ideal approach to cost-effectively maintain these large,
infrequently accessed data volumes."
According to Informatica, the service will initially be available at
the end of the first quarter of 2010 on Amazon EC2 (Elastic Compute Cloud) and
Amazon S3 (Simple Storage Service). "Future versions will support
deployment on other IAAS [infrastructure as a service] providers," the
The service uses "encryption and application-specific business rules"
to maintain data security and quality, and "automatically distributes
processing [loads] to accommodate spikes in utilization when reporting
requirements grow," Informatica said. "Archived data remains fully
accessible to users via standard SQL querying, reporting and discovery tools."
"Organizations today are looking to find ways to more cost-effectively
and securely archive their data, while maintaining easy access," Simon
Robinson, research director for Storage at The 451 Group, said in a statement.
Businesses are increasingly considering
the cloud for databases
and storage. Forrester Research estimated in 2009
that 18 percent of enterprises were considering the use of cloud
"Storing archived data in the cloud is well suited to the elasticity of
cloud services, given the dynamic nature of the data access and the promise of
cost-efficiencies gained through Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IAAS)
deployments," Robinson added.