Index Engines Helps Enterprise Customers Migrate Long Term Retention Data on Backup Tapes to Amazon Web Services
Companies using legacy backup tapes for long term retention of key business records could see a 76% cost savings in just three years by having Index Engines migrate this content from tape to AWS.

Information management company Index Engines is delivering a cost-effective solution to migrate data of value from legacy backup tapes to the AWS Cloud. Index Engines eliminates the need for the legacy backup software and provides an intelligent migration path to AWS. This facilitates improved access and management of the content as well as the retirement of the legacy tapes and infrastructure, saving significant data center expenses.

Current ROI analysis show a potential of up to 76% savings* after three years based on current maintenance, offsite storage, eDiscovery service provider and associated legacy backup data fees.

"Our customers want to access their corporate data including valuable intellectual property that is hidden on offline tapes," said Sabina Joseph, Head of Global Storage Partnerships and Alliances, Amazon Web Services. "Index Engines makes it possible to move a single-instance or culled data set of data from legacy tape onto AWS so it can be accessed anytime, anywhere by legal teams or any knowledge workers who can benefit from the data assets."

Index Engines simplifies migration of data from legacy backup tapes to Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3). A culled data set, or single instance of the tape contents, is migrated ensuring all metadata remains forensically sound.

The native deduped data, including unstructured files, email and databases, is stored in AWS. A metadata or full content index is available to search, manage based on retention policies, and access so data can be quickly retrieved based on business needs. The costs and risks associated with leaving "dark" and unknown user data on legacy backup tapes is significant and goes well beyond the compliance and regulatory risks of not knowing what exists, including:

  • Old backup software maintenance costs as well as the manpower required to support it
  • Aged libraries and media servers under maintenance
  • Offsite tape storage costs and retrieval fees
  • eDiscovery restore requests by expensive service providers for specific files or user mailboxes
  • Hidden intellectual property and business assets that are not leveraged

Index Engines supports access to and migration from all common backup formats.

"Legacy backup tapes are hard to access, impossible to search and expensive to restore, yet they contain vital corporate records that must be preserved to meet legal and regulatory requirements," Index Engines CEO Tim Williams said. "We're excited to work with AWS to make that data accessible, responsive and governable."

Index Engines provides a number of flexible pricing models that allow organizations to implement the solution in their data center or ship tapes to a secure Index Engines certified processing lab. When deploying inside the firewall, the technology can be managed by internal resources or via Index Engines remote Assurance Program. The Assurance Program provides all the technical resources necessary to successfully execute a tape to AWS migration from remotely installing the software, to processing the tapes and migrating data of value to the cloud.

For more information on how to use Index Engines to migrate data to AWS, visit *Savings of 76% based on this cost scenario.$0."