Cloud Archiving services are designed to store infrequently accessed data that needs to be retained for a range of IT, business, governance, compliance or legal reasons. The most frequently archived data type is messaging data (mainly email), where cloud archiving providers provide search and indexing tools to allow organizations to quickly identify required data. However, cloud-based archiving services are also emerging for the retention of large file content types, such as engineering designs and documents, patient healthcare images and video images. These tend to be priced by capacity, where as message-centric archive services are priced on a per-mailbox level.
451 Research end-user data reliably indicates that backup, data protection, DR and business-continuity services are among the most popular services that enterprises want to take 'to the cloud.'
451 predict a 16% CAGR for Cloud Archiving 2013-2018.