EMC Glossary

Frozen Data Storage

Frozen data storage refers to the storage of inactive data that is not expected to be used or accessed. Typically, frozen data must be retained for business or compliance purposes on a long-term basis, if not indefinitely. Frozen data storage is generally much more economical than storage resources used to support active data.

Who uses frozen data storage, and why

Organizations across a wide range of industries use frozen data storage to lower overall storage costs and reduce the strain on storage resources required to support active data.

How frozen storage works

Old data or data that is no longer accessed but that must be retained for historical or compliance purposes less frequently, is ideally suited for frozen data storage. With a policy-based, tiering approach, organizations can optimize storage resources and reduce costs by moving this inactive data to highly economical frozen data storage.

Benefits of frozen data storage

Frozen data storage allows organizations to:

• Optimize storage resources

• Offload more valuable storage resources needed to support active data

• Utilize more economical storage resources for frozen data

• Reduce overall storage costs

• Simplify storage and data management

• Meet compliance and governance requirements efficiently