The operations of any company would stem from compiled years of operation, the data of which would usually be stored in the system that is in implementation. But creating historical databases, implementing cut-off dates as well, is a practice that most administrators must focus on. For one, the enormous amount of data a database would have will need to be archived at some point so as to identify cut-off dates and make room for new data and transactions that any company should expect every time.
All storage devices need to be backed up periodically. The amount of data that a system and its servers can hold will always be defined. There may come a point when enormous encoded data may become too much for application servers wherein upgrading hardware is not always the option.
[tags]archiving, backup, storage devices[/tags]