Index Engines’ Catalog Engine Eliminates Need for Multiple Legacy Backup Applications

New Catalog Engine enables companies to retire older backup  environments and transition to newer solutions without losing access to their legacy tape data

Index Engines, the leader in enterprise information management and archiving solutions, is enabling companies to eliminate the need for multiple backup applications while maintaining access to legacy tape data.

With Index Engines’ Catalog Engine, companies can stop paying annual support fees for older backup infrastructure inherited through upgrades, mergers or consolidations, and still maintain access to the tapes created by that infrastructure.

“Despite the better features, lower prices and reduced complexity offered by newer backup software platforms, many companies have been locked into current providers over fear they will lose access to valuable data required for legal and compliance purposes,” Index Engines Vice President Jim McGann said. “I expect this technology will give IT organizations the freedom to make the best decision with regard to their backup strategy and save money by retiring legacy platforms.”

The Catalog Engine manages the legacy catalog and delivers a search view into the tape contents allowing individual files and email to be found and extracted without the original backup software. It currently supports IBM’s TSM and Symantec’s NetBackup with additional platforms to follow.

Using the Catalog Engine, the legacy backup catalog can be ingested from the existing media server and managed, moving forward.

When specific user files or emails are required from legacy tapes to support file restoration, eDiscovery, legal and compliance requests, it provides detailed search of the catalogs metadata fields for specific files and email databases.

 Once the relevant data is located and the tape and backup set identified, the Catalog Engine processes the backup set, allowing for the file and email contents to be searched and accessed. Individual files and email can then be extracted from tape as necessary. No restoration using the original backup software is required.

“In the past, companies were forced to pay the high support fees to maintain these old backup platforms as a kind of  insurance policy – just in case something happens, you need to have access,” McGann said. “Now you have that insurance without all the costs and infrastructure.”

 The Catalog Engine starts at $25,000, which includes the engine and ability to process up to 2,500 backup tapes.