QStar Archive Storage Manager (ASM) creates an Active Archive environment as a standard NAS-based file system using NFS and SMB protocols or S3-based Cloud APIs. Tape Libraries, Object Storage, Cloud Storage (Public, Private or Hybrid), WORM and Optical Libraries are managed transparently like a single point mounting file system or Windows folder. Users see standard file shares and can easily search, find and retrieve data directly from the Active Archive. The hybrid architecture uses different types of tiered storage (including Cloud) to provide high performance and much lower running costs than standard magnetic disk-based architecture. The QStar Archive Storage Manager introduces a software layer that allows the existing file system to expand over disk and many archive technologies, giving organizations a continuous view of the contents of their archives, making it easier for them to access files whenever needed. Users and applications access storage resources such as Tape Libraries, Object Storage, WORM, Optical Libraries and Cloud from local infrastructures through either NFS, SMB or via HTTP or S3 APIs.