3-2-1 Best Practices: Archive Replicator


Advances in computer processing and storage technology mean that organizations are producing and storing enormous amounts of data. Organizations are turning to archive storage solutions to offload infrequently used data from primary storage to more cost-effective long-term storage.

But archive storage solutions can differ vastly. While one solution might be good for rapid restores, another solution might better support offsite storage or data immutability. A single archive solution is often not enough to solve an organization’s storage challenges. The best solution will be unique and specific to the organization’s needs.

Flexibility is the key to creating archives that can grow and change with the organization. QStar Archive Replicator is an archive platform that gives organizations the flexibility to combine storage technologies to create an archiving solution tailored to their unique data storage needs.

QStar Technologies 3-2-1 Best Practices for Archive Storage

What is Archive Replicator?

QStar Archive Replicator is a software solution that allows you to build hybrid archive solutions using multiple storage technologies, including RAID, Tape, Optical, Disk, Object Storage, and Cloud. Archive Replicator is platform-agnostic supporting the major operating systems; Windows, or multiple versions of Linux.

Archive Replicator is easily scalable and can support the most demanding enterprise environments. Hybrid archives can be seamlessly integrated with existing network security models offering high levels of flexibility for easy integration with new technologies as they become available.

Archive Replicator also supports a mix of proprietary and/or industry-standard file systems such as LTFS and UDF and can be deployed to a single site or across multiple geographic locations.

How It Works

QStar Archive Replicator virtualizes up to four different technologies through a shared drive, mount point or S3 Cloud interface for easy file search and retrieval. It can be added in front of an existing supported archive, allowing data to be replicated in local or remote secondary archive storage, without disrupting the existing archive. If a replication failure occurs, Archive Replicator provides re-synchronization options to ensure that data is always available.

Adding or updating storage resources is a seamless process. Once added, storage is automatically replicated and immediately accessible, with no additional migratory software necessary.

Archive Replicator is a key component of the 3-2-1 Archiving and Data Protection Best Practice, an independent framework, endorsed by leading storage analysts. The 3-2-1 Best Practice recommends that a professional archive solution retain 3 copies of critical data, archived on 2 different storage technologies, with at least 1 copy stored offsite or at a secondary remote site for disaster recovery.

How QStar Can Help You

QStar Technologies is a leading provider of enterprise-class archive, data management, and disaster prevention software and solutions. We offer a platform and hardware independent archive and data management solutions.

Our solutions are built using Linear Tape-Open (LTO) along with Linear Tape File System (LTFS) open technology or TDO proprietary tape format with improved performance. LTO is an inexpensive magnetic tape that allows enterprises to store and back up vast quantities of data. Cloud storage offers remote managed storage for small or large organizations with options for instant retrieval or at a lower cost time-based retrieval. LTO combined with cloud storage, creates a super-secure, long-term archive solution that is easily accessible, for users internal to the organization or remote.

Find out more about our affordable archive storage solutions.