GRAU DATA AG Joins Active Archive Alliance

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Offering Windows and Linux-based Active Archive software

GRAU DATA AG announced today that it has joined the Active Archive Alliance. The Active Archive Alliance is a non-profit storage industry association dedicated to market education on the evolving use of active archives for simplified, online access to all unstructured file data.

“GRAU DATA AG is excited to become a contributing member of the Active Archive Alliance,” said Andy Richards, VP North American Operations, GRAU DATA AG. “The Alliance’s mission to promote open systems approaches to archiving is consistent with GRAU DATA’s mission. By enabling archives to be built to take advantage of the performance and availability of disk systems with the scalability, cost, data longevity and green aspects of tape, an active archive becomes a key component of every IT organizations infrastructure.”

Active archiving eliminates the typical trade-off between keeping data visible in online disk arrays and moving the data to more cost-effective tape in a backup file. Organizations are now able to use both tape and disk in a large heterogeneous storage pool behind a standard file system interface. This enables online access to archive data, making it searchable and quickly accessible, while ensuring data integrity and simplified data management.

GRAU DATA offers two software solutions to address the needs of applications requiring long term secure active archive storage: ARCHIVEMANAGER and FILELOCK.


Data and information form the capital of any company. Making these available when required is the task of the IT department. This makes efficient archiving absolutely essential. The ARCHIVEMANAGER uses open systems hardware, both disk and automated tape, to address these needs and integrates seamlessly into an existing Windows and/or Linux system environment. Key benefits of ARCHIVEMANAGER are:

  •     SCALABILITY – whether it is a medium-sized company or a large concern, the ARCHIVEMANAGER dynamically scales from a few terabytes to multiple petabytes.
  •     HARDWARE-INDEPENDENT – the ARCHIVEMANAGER allows you to use varying hardware components from all the major server and storage manufacturers.
  •     COST-EFFECTIVE – ArchiveManager’s dynamically scalable architecture allows customers to grow their archive as needs arise. New server and storage technology can be deployed incrementally as available and no expensive data migration is required as new components are utilized.
  •     OPEN INTERFACE – integrates using standard file systems to eliminate application compatibility issues and also supports network environments via CIFS and/or NFS. No proprietary APIs are required.
  •     APPLICATION INDEPENDENT – by providing a standard file system interface, application compatibilities are maintained today and in the future.
  •     STORAGE POOLS – fast disk-based systems or magnetic tape? The ARCHIVEMANAGER makes both options freely available, and enables the combination of archive media to create a tailored tiered storage solution, regardless of the combinations of: disk/disk, disk/tape, tape/tape, local and remote.
  •     DATA SECURITY – with multiple copies, saved locally and/or remotely, you need not worry about your data. And the file system metadata is protected in redundant systems to facilitate rapid disaster recovery should it be required.


FILELOCK is a hardware-independent Windows based software product which ensures WORM functionality based on standard hard disk systems, either SAN or NAS attached. FILELOCK allows written files to be read, but not to be altered within a set lifetime. Only when this “retention period” is up, can or must this data be deleted. Unauthorized access is no longer possible with FILELOCK managed volumes.

Organizations are archiving increasing amounts of data as they grapple with data growth, retention, compliance rules and the need to leverage the knowledge and information within their organization. As organizations archive more data, the challenge of accessing that data when needed has intensified. Active archive solutions resolve this issue by turning offline archives into visible, accessible extensions of online storage systems – enabling fast, easy access to all archived data through a file system interface.

The industry trend toward active archiving is being enabled and accelerated by recent advancements in active archive applications as well as archive tape and disk storage technologies. Today’s innovative active archive applications provide the ability to see and access data on tape through a file system interface, making it easy and affordable to view and search archived data files in large heterogeneous online active tape and disk storage pools.

The mission of the Active Archive Alliance is to provide organizations with the best practices, tools and information they need to achieve simplified access to the online storage of their archived data. Please visit for more information about the Active Archive Alliance and to become a member.

About the Active Archive Alliance

The Active Archive Alliance is a collaborative industry alliance dedicated to promoting active archives for simplified, online access to all archived data. Launched in early 2010 by founding technology partners, Compellent, FileTek, Inc., QStar Technologies and Spectra Logic Corporation, the Active Archive Alliance is a vendor neutral organization open to leading providers of active archive technologies including file systems, active archive applications, cloud storage, and high density tape and disk storage, as well as individuals and end-users. Active Archive Alliance members provide active archive solutions, best practices, and industry testimonials so that organizations can achieve fast, online access to all their data in the most cost effective manner. Visit for more information.


GRAU DATA AG offers unsurpassed Windows and Linux based archive software solutions, which reduce risk, optimize performance and minimize compliance issues for users at 100’s of organizations worldwide. Based on its in-depth understanding of archiving, GRAU DATA AG developed its ARCHIVEMANAGER and FILELOCK software to help organizations comply with industry regulations while utilizing open systems hardware solutions. The company supports organizations in government, manufacturing, finance, education and healthcare industries. Established in 1999, GRAU DATA AG is a privately held company with headquarters in Schwabisch Gmund, Germany, and sales offices in various locations in North America and Europe. For press inquiries, please contact Herbert Grau at +49 (0)7171 187 100 or Herbert.grau(at)graudata(dot)com. Additional information on GRAU DATA AG is available on

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Kathleen Sullivan, 303-439-9365
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Herbert Grau, CEO
+ 49 (0)7171 187 100


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