WORM-Compliant Storage

The Industry’s only WORM Compliant Managed Cloud Archive Designed for long-term archiving of your SEC Rules 17a-3 and 17a-4 data on the Microsoft Azure Platform.

Archive2Azure is a cloud storage and data management solution developed by Archive360 to sit on top of the Microsoft Azure platform that uses an object storage architecture based on Microsoft Azure Blob Storage. Designed from the ground up to manage petabytes of information and billions of objects across multiple geographic locations, Archive2Azure makes it affordable to leverage the Microsoft Cloud infrastructure while minimizing risk and delivering greater value to your business.

The Archive2Azure information governance API controls and enforces the creation, storage, retrieval and retention management of data objects. The application offers a secure storage platform that satisfies the regulatory compliance requirements of SEC 17 Rule a-3 and 17a-4. Additionally, Archive2Azure not only offers WORM compliant storage capability but also includes retention/disposition policies to enforce corporate data management policies.

Meeting SEC Regulatory Mandates

The SEC regulations provide prescriptive guidelines on how select data is captured, stored, accessed, retained, and disposed of. Archive2Azure meets the following SEC requirements:

  • Preserve records exclusively in a non-rewriteable, non-erasable format
  • Automatically verify the quality and accuracy of the storage media recording process
  • Serialize the original, and, if applicable, duplicate units of storage media, and time-date for the required period of retention the information placed on such electronic storage media
  • Provide the capacity to readily download indexes and records preserved on the electronic storage media to any medium
  • Ensure audibility and report on findings
  • Encrypt data in transit and on-disks

Financial Services Compliance

The major data target for financial services companies is to capture and retain in WORM storage original, unaltered broker/trader communications (email, IM, etc.). Until recently, many financial services companies had to keep their on premise email archives active even though they had already migrated their live email systems to the cloud-based Office 365. They have had to keep the on premise archives active mainly because they did not have a viable option for the compliance journal – Office 365 does not accept journals. This meant the financials had to keep paying the high costs of annual support and maintenance for their on premise archives as well as the on premise WORM storage resources.

Eliminate Expensive, Legacy Solutions

With Archive2Azure, financial services companies have the capability to stream copies of their live email directly from cloud-based Office 365  in to a WORM-capable, Azure cloud repository. This enables organization to actively remain in compliance with SEC Rules 17a-3 and 17a-4 regulations while decommissioning their expensive, on premise archive and move forward with WORM-compliant sotrage.

To learn more about how Archive2Azure utilizes the Microsoft Azure integrated cloud services platform to meet standards set forth by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Rules 17a-3 and SEC 17a-4, read the legal opinion written by the Washington, D.C., law firm of Wiley Rein LLC, here.