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Reporters obtained the following quote from the background information supplied by the inventors: "Embodiments disclosed herein relate to the field of computer software. More specifically, embodiments disclosed herein relate to on-line archiving of content in an object store.
"When storing content in an enterprise content management (ECM) repository, users may wish to apply different storage policies to different classes of content. For example, recently used content might be stored on smaller, local, faster disk storage, while older content might be moved to slower, less expensive, higher volume storage. Different storage areas may have different cost, performance, and availability characteristics, and different backup policies.
"Storage areas with different performance characteristics may have different cost structures associated with them, and the costs may be associated with the division or line of business in order to charge for usage. As a result, privileged users, such as managers, may need control of document storage characteristics in making cost decisions when using the repositories.
"In some ECM repositories, this problem may be addressed by creating a storage area in a different location and applying a storage policy, but such storage policies must be defined ahead of time, and cannot be applied to individual content items. Another approach is to use a hierarchical storage management product. However, such a solution often requires additional up-front configuration, is not user-configurable for individual objects, and may limit the storage to a fixed content device. Additionally, items on backup storage may not be available for retrieval or content search."
In addition to obtaining background information on this patent application, VerticalNews editors also obtained the inventors' summary information for this patent application: "Embodiments disclosed herein provide a method, system, and computer program product to archive data objects. For example, a method to archive data objects may include providing an object store and a shadow object store each configured to store one or more data objects. The object store and the shadow object store may each reside in different storage devices. This method may also include creating a first object stored in the object store, the first object having at least one attribute. This method may also include responsive to receiving a request to archive the first object, transferring the first object to the shadow object store and creating, in the object store, a reference to a location of the first object in the shadow object store. The first object remains accessible through the object store and the shadow object store following the transfer.
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"So that the manner in which the above recited aspects are attained and can be understood in detail, a more particular description of embodiments of the disclosure, briefly summarized above, may be had by reference to the appended drawings.
"It is to be noted, however, that the appended drawings illustrate only typical embodiments of this disclosure and are therefore not to be considered limiting of its scope, for the disclosure may admit to other equally effective embodiments.
"FIGS. 1A-1B are schematics illustrating a graphical user interface (GUI) for on-line archiving of content in an object store, according to one embodiment disclosed herein.
"FIG. 2 is a block diagram illustrating a system for on-line archiving of content in an object store, according to one embodiment disclosed herein.
"FIG. 3 is a flow chart illustrating a method for on-line archiving of content in an object store, according to one embodiment disclosed herein.
"FIG. 4 is a flow chart illustrating a method for archiving content from an object store to a shadow object store, according to one embodiment disclosed herein.
"FIG. 5 is a flow chart illustrating a method for performing an operation on archived content in a shadow object store, according to one embodiment disclosed herein."
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