To ensure that ShareGate Apricot is simple, secure, and easy to use, we provide default Azure storage for your archives.
If you have unique needs and would like added control over your data, ShareGate Apricot offers the option to use your own Azure storage account for your archives.
For a comparison table of the two available storage options, see Azure storage options for archiving.
Before using custom Azure storage, consider the following:
- It is strongly recommended that you create an Azure storage account that is exclusively used by ShareGate Apricot. Creating an Azure storage account for ShareGate Apricot ensures that other users within your organization do not delete or alter your archived content. If they do, there is a possibility they render it unusable.
- Creating and using your own storage accounts incurs costs that will be added to your Azure bill. This Microsoft article discusses block blob pricing in more detail.
- You need to provide your storage account name and an access key to the ShareGate Apricot application in order to begin saving archived items to your Azure storage account.
- ShareGate Apricot stores encrypted data in a format and structure that enables quick operations on your content through our application only. This means that the archived data in the account is not usable on its own. This is done to ensure your data's security and allows you to benefit from all the same features provided with ShareGate Apricot's default storage.
- ShareGate Apricot stores some file metadata, such as file names and ownership information, in an Azure search service index. This allows you to search through your archived content. The information collected is only accessible through the app. No other information is stored, and your file content is safe in your Azure storage account.
- The app uses the IP range 188.8.131.52/29 and communicates through HTTPS (port 443, TLS 1.2). For more information, see Is my data secure?
Set up your custom Azure storage
Follow the planning and implementation guidelines in the article Set up your own Azure storage account.
Note: Saved storage settings on your account are final. You will not be able to change your storage settings later. If your business needs change, please contact our support team, who will be happy to help.