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Jose ArechavalaJose Arechavala 

How far back does the Event Monitoring feature go?

With regards to Event Monitoring, how far back can we run reports on users? We are interested but considering the cost involved we don't want to make the investment without knowing if we have the ability to go back at least a year. 
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Mayank SrivastavaMayank Srivastava
Jose, here's  the answer to your question:
All these events are stored in event log files. An event log file is generated when an event occurs in your organization and is available to view and download after 24 hours. The event types you can access and how long the files remain available depends on your edition.

-- Developer Edition (DE) organizations have free access to all 30+ log types with one-day data retention.
-- Enterprise, Unlimited, and Performance Edition organizations have free access to the login and logout log files with one-day data retention. For an extra cost, you can access all log file types with 30-day data retention.

Now remember that when you have event monitoring added, you will have some sort of automation downloading those files on a daily basis:
https://trailhead.salesforce.com/modules/event_monitoring/units/event_monitoring_download

So it is totally upto you that how long you want to keep the files for.

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Mayank SrivastavaMayank Srivastava
Jose, here's  the answer to your question:
All these events are stored in event log files. An event log file is generated when an event occurs in your organization and is available to view and download after 24 hours. The event types you can access and how long the files remain available depends on your edition.

-- Developer Edition (DE) organizations have free access to all 30+ log types with one-day data retention.
-- Enterprise, Unlimited, and Performance Edition organizations have free access to the login and logout log files with one-day data retention. For an extra cost, you can access all log file types with 30-day data retention.

Now remember that when you have event monitoring added, you will have some sort of automation downloading those files on a daily basis:
https://trailhead.salesforce.com/modules/event_monitoring/units/event_monitoring_download

So it is totally upto you that how long you want to keep the files for.
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Jose ArechavalaJose Arechavala
That's what I was afraid of.
Mike MasonMike Mason
Hello Jose : 

If you are looking to retain the EM data for years, look at FairWarning: https://appexchange.salesforce.com/appxListingDetail?listingId=a0N3000000B5YHjEAN&tab=r