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An archiving system is a storage system that performs special functions regarding managing the information that is sent to it by archiving software and system utilities. Based on what is needed of an archiving system, the requirements to meet the needs can be examined in detail.
At its very basic function, an archiving system is a target system for storage of information that is sent to it by archiving software to preserve it for a specific amount of time. It may be a single purpose device meaning that it does one archiving function such as email archiving or it may be a multi-usage system supporting multiple archiving applications. The archiving system is typically connected to a network but may be directly connected to a server as a device.
Managing the information according to a set of rules is another of the basic requirements of an archiving system. There are many details regarding the managing of the information. The management functions include moving data to the chosen media for preservation and retaining the information according to the specified criteria.
Providing access from the archiving software application to the archive data directly is another of the basic requirements of an archiving system. This means that the data is seen in its native form by the application accessing the data from the archiving system. A transformation that needs to convert or unwrap the data like backup software is not required