Index Engines Announces Support of CommVault Catalog Ingestion and Management

The latest release of Index Engines' Catalyst software enables companies to search, report and maintain access to data on tape without the need for the original CommVault software

Index Engines, the leader in enterprise information management and archiving solutions, announced streamlined access to and management of CommVault backup catalogs and tapes Thursday with its latest version of its Catalyst software.

The added support of CommVault backup data helps control costs and risks associated with legacy data on tape. Catalyst manages the legacy catalog and delivers a search view into the tape content allowing individual files and email to be found and extracted without the original backup software, enabling the retirement of legacy applications and providing transition to a new backup platform.

 "The latest Catalyst release gives organizations more freedom to manage their backup software environment and make migration decisions without feeling locked into their current provider," Index Engines Vice President Jim McGann said. 

The software, which also supports IBM's Tivoli Storage Manager and Symantec's NetBackup, manages the legacy catalog and provides search and reporting of the backup catalog metadata and policies. Restoration of content is also supported, including mailboxes or individual email, without the need for the original backup software. 

Index Engines also provides direct tape indexing that captures deeper metadata from tape content or, optionally, full text of unstructured data and email including Microsoft Exchange. 

Since its release, Catalyst has been enabling data centers to:

  • Ingest catalogs allowing for metadata level reporting and classification of data in order to understand what exists on tape archives.
  • Retire non-production instances of backup software while maintaining access to legacy tape data.
  • Support corporate data governance policies with respect to legacy tape data, developing policies and strategies for defensible disposition of sensitive files and email.
  • Migrate data of value from tape to archives for long-term preservation to support eDiscovery, and information governance policies, and remediate tapes from offsite storage. 
  • Simplify backup infrastructure inherited through upgrades, mergers or consolidations, and still maintain access to the tapes.

"Our goal is to allow clients to control costs associated with managing legacy tape archives, and allow clients to easily make a change in backup strategies without losing access to data on legacy tape archives," McGann added.

Catalyst starts at $10,000, which includes the engine and ability to process up to 2,500 backup tapes.