JTEK, Index Engines partner to bring cost-effective storage management solutions to Federal organizations

JTEK Data Solutions will feature Index Engines patented tape remediation technology to move Federal data from tape to more budget-friendly cloud and cloud hybrid platforms

Holmdel NJ - A more efficient, cost-effective storage management solution is headed to Washington DC (Thursday) as JTEK Data Solutions partnered with software company Index Engines to offer tape remediation, unstructured data profiling and specialized cloud migration solutions.

The addition of Index Engines’ solutions to JTEK’s arsenal of storage optimization services enables the transfer of data to the cloud from legacy backup tapes to become simpler, quicker and more secure.

“Between the Cloud First Policy and the Federal Data Center Consolidation Initiative, we’re seeing a dire need for agencies to understand what data they have and efficiently migrate it,” said Jody Ferguson, JTEK Vice President. “Index Engines’ enables us to offer our clients a way to avoid costly tape restoration and directly access tape, making what would have taken months a few days or a few week process.”

“They effectively took months off the migration process and gave us a tool to make tape searchable and something we can run analytics on.”

Index Engines offers a patented Catalyst Platform where tapes and all forms of storage and unstructured document types are analyzed and the user is provided a searchable ‘map’ of the type of information that exists, where it is located, who owns it, when it was last accessed or modified.

The process relies on an enterprise class index of metadata from user files and email databases such as last modified or accessed time, number of duplicates, size, owner, location, file type, and more.

Optionally, it can include full text indexing which would allow for keyword queries on content such as eDiscovery requests and confidential information audits for those concerned with Freedom of Information Act requests or security risks.

“Catalyst offers a great deal of flexibility whether the goal is to avoid restoration, move only valuable data during a migration or looking for a specific file set,” Index Engines Vice President David Ballard said. “Partnering this technology with JTEK, who is one of the thought leaders in the IT optimization space was a perfect fit. We’re looking forward to growing our relationship with them.”

Index Engines also hedges another migration challenge for enterprise storage, switching backup platforms. A proponent of appliance-based backup, JTEK works exclusively with EMC and VMware backup platforms and often faces the challenge of organizations looking to retire IBM’s Tivoli Storage Manager, Symantec’s NetBackup, or Commvault’s Simpana.

The Catalyst Catalog Engine allows companies to immediately retire old platforms while maintaining access to legacy tapes.

“The relationship between Index Engines and JTEK is extremely important as we design solutions for our customers. The relationship helps JTEK bridge the gap between legacy backup solutions and Next Generation Backup Solutions from EMC,” Ferguson said.

“We’ve been very impressed with Index Engines’ capabilities, dedicated service, simple on boarding and, of course, the ROI that they provide to our customers. We’ve identified the need and now we have the solution.”

A number of Federal regulations have made data storage costs, capacity and platforms a high priority for many agencies, but faced with petabytes of unstructured storage, it was previously an uphill battle.

“The trouble you have with these regulations is how do you manage information when you don’t know what information exists or where it exists,” Ballard said. “Index Engines’ technology has the ability to understand data while only creating a 1 percent footprint and JTEK has the service and knowledge to implement it within our government.”