The retention of database records is vitally important because operational database systems are the primary storage mechanisms for sensitive business data used to populate documents of all kinds. Production reports, customer bills, patient invoices, and so on are examples of documents primarily populated by database data.
Several events in recent years have changed the requirements for retaining data from operational databases to long periods of time. Required retention periods have ballooned to many years, and in some cases, to many decades. As regulations increase and data volume rises, the importance of providing archived data on demand many years after it is created increases. As such, organizations must build a solid practice for archiving and managing business data from their online operational databases.
The presentation covers the basics of an archiving methodology and a number of topics that require special consideration in building a database archiving practice. Topics covered are application independence, metadata independence, data authenticity, change management, storage management, and access control.