Data management and archiving are key factors for businesses, as you all know. However, because terms like backup, archiving, and records management get used interchangeably so frequently, it is easy to forget that they are not the same thing. This interesting perspective came from News Africa in their article, “Backup, archiving and records management – different solutions for different challenges.”

While all three are important, they are very different and not handled by the same technology. Each of these data challenges requires a specific solution to perform specific functions, ensuring that data is not only available and preserved, but also easily managed.

Defining these terms and resolving the issues of storage is one thing. Additionally, when you are dealing with metadata and processes, it seems like standards should be utilized to ensure findability and security.

Melody K. Smith

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