Backup Tape and Catalog Management

Backup is designed for disaster recovery - not long-term retention of business records, however, many organizations used backup for this purpose, and now realized the complexity and expense of having done so.

Index Engines delivers direct access to legacy backup data and management of catalogs, eliminating the dependence on the original software vendor. These solutions streamline eDiscovery and compliance requests, legacy tape remediation, migration to a new backup software, and legacy catalog management.

Index Engines’ Workflow

Index Engines’ provides an innovative workflow that empowers organizations to Access, Manage and Govern their backup data with No Need for the Original Backup Software. See how we're different.

Use Index Engines for a variety of projects, including:

  • Cloud Migration: Migrate data off of backup for more intelligent and cost-effective governance of LTR Data
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Connect to backup media server and ingest legacy backup catalog. Consolidate multiple backup catalogs, all catalog metadata is captured including backup properties and policies. Use Index Engines to manage catalog going forward and retire the legacy backup application.

Key Product Features:

  • Ingestion of legacy backup catalog metadata
  • Captures backup policies and backup properties
  • Report on catalog metadata
  • Search & find relevant backup sets/barcodes




Perform an assessment on the backup catalog metadata to understand what exists on legacy tapes. Filter by backup agents and dates, location, hosts and other properties. Use Index Engines’ reports to profile the data and determine what tapes have value for long-term retention.


Key Product Features:

  • Filter by backup date, host, policy, etc.
  • Find backup sets by agent type (i.e. Exchange)
  • Report on file extension, size, modified time, etc.
  • Review file listings for restoration


Using the catalog metadata assessment, relevant tapes are loaded in libraries for restoration. Only tapes of value are required of total tape population. Direct indexing enables detailed search and restoration of individual files.

Key Product Features:

  • Scan relevant tapes that contain data for restore
  • No need for the original backup software
  • Index at metadata or full content level
  • Indexing enables search and restore of data
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If your organization does not need to manage the risk of maintaining tapes as a LTR archive, you can maintain the data on tape and use Index Engines to support ad hoc requests from your legal and compliance team. Simply search the catalog for the relevant tape, index it, and search and restore files, mailboxes, etc.

Key Product Features:

  • Maintain tapes as a LTR archive
  • Search catalog for relevant tapes to index
  • Indexing enables search and restore of data
  • Quickly restore data on demand as needed



Using Index Engines’ reporting tools, data can be classified and organized to define the migration policy. This policy will determine what to migrate from tape and filter out the redundant content as well as data with no business value. Classification can result in a data set for migration that is less than 5% of total tape content.

Index Engines provides built in reports and charts, as well as the ability to output report data in csv text files that can be used with 3rd party reporting tools.  Additionally Index Engines support integration with Tableau for advanced reporting, analytics and visualization.

Key Product Features:

  • Dynamic reporting for easy visual analysis
  • Report on detailed file and email metadata
  • Reports include file type, dates, locations, etc
  • Classify & tag data based on migration policy


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Data tagged for migration from the classification process is moved to either a disk or cloud target. All data is migrated with metadata intact to ensure defensibility and reliability. Data is archived in a LTR archive that contains the native content and a searchable index.


Key Product Features:

  • Migrate data to disk (NFS) or cloud (S3) target
  • Data is extracted from tape and migrated
  • All metadata properties remain intact
  • Data is migrated to single instance archive



Data is migrated to an Index Engines LTR archive.   The native content can be managed based on your retention policies. Files and email can be searched, located and restored instantly. Business users can find and leverage old intellectual property. Data is available and easily managed.

Key Product Features:

  • Data is managed in LTR archive on disk or cloud
  • Data can be searched and retrieved as needed
  • Retention policies can be defined and managed
  • Tapes can be shredded
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