Remediation of Legacy Backup Tape
Recoup Backup Tape Storage Expenses While Managing Risk 

Clients maintain legacy tapes in offsite storage as a long term archive of sensitive data. The challenge is that the bulk of what is on tape is not required for long term retention, only a small portion of what is being preserved has value for legal and compliance.   These tapes are not very accessible, especially over time as the backup software version that created the tape is no longer available. Additionally, the management and cost of storing them in offsite storage vaults can become a significant line item in the IT budget.  

Working with EMC, Index Engines migrates a sub-set of the relevant data from tape to disk or ECS for long-term retention and easy access. Once this process is complete tapes can be remediated as they are no longer acting as an archive for sensitive legal data. Typically 6-10 TB of data is required for long term retention for every 1,000 LTO-3 tapes in offsite storage. 

A typical tape remediation project utilizes high-speed cataloging and indexing of the tape cartridges. A backup tape library automates processing and speeds up processing of even the largest tape repository. Since only a small volume of tape content is typically relevant, extracting this data from tape is fast and efficient. In fact, most backup tape remediation projects can be achieved in fewer than 12 months, saving the ongoing tape storage costs and managing long-term liability.

How it works

Index Engines provides cost effective, direct access to legacy tapes without the need for the original backup software. This innovative approach allows for cost-effective remediation of legacy tapes once data of value has been extracted and preserved. Using efficient indexing and automated processing, tapes are scanned and policy applied where the relevant data is extracted and archived.

Legacy backup tape remediation saves money by reducing or eliminating offsite storage costs and also reduces risk and liability of unknown content on tape. Organizations that have thousands or hundreds of thousands of tapes archived in offsite storage will benefit from managing this content and eliminating the wasted expense and liability of mystery data. In today’s legal and compliance environment, archiving unknown and potentially risky data is no longer an option.

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