There are many divisions of government that require archiving solutions.   Local or national governments archive video and files relating to passing laws and the day to day running of a country, state, city or county. Intelligence and law enforcement bodies archive vast quantities of data, such as surveillance (video / audio / email), biometric information (fingerprints / facial recognition), various databases (cars / weapons / soil samples) and more.

Government archives store data for multiple decades or permanently.  Metadata searches are very important in order to quickly identify the data required.  Larger data sets are moved to slower, more permanent storage technologies and retrieved to faster performance media when they are needed for investigation. Hierarchical storage technologies are, therefore, common within a government archive. Due to the long (permanent) nature and the issue of data security within this sector, WORM technology (write once read many) is often used.

QStar Archive Manager and Archive Replicator can create archives on WORM or rewritable media, or a combination of both.  One archive copy can be offsite, for disaster recovery purposes, which adheres to QStar’s 3-2-1 Archiving and Data Protection Best Practice.

Files are both secure and accessible, as QStar software virtualizes archive storage and presents it as a network share or mount point, allowing easy search and retrieval of files, when needed.

QStar Network Migrator can manage the movement of files from primary storage into the archive, as they are accessed less frequently, creating a tiered storage environment. This allows new data to take the place of old, constantly reusing expensive primary storage (RAID).

If require, archived data can be encrypted for additional levels of security, which is often needed if media is to be transported to another facility.