Kroll Ontrack: Six Common Tape Archive Challenges

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Save Money Whilst Minimising Risk

If your organisation is paying too much for data backup and archive storage software maintenance licence(s), then Kroll Ontrack can help cut your costs, whilst minimising risk. This is achieved by allowing you to access to old tapes when required in order to comply with legal obligations in relation to data management. Your archived data can remain on the legacy tape format and Kroll Ontrack can develop a bespoke tape restoration solution in the event that you need to obtain the data for any reason, including when the data restoration is time-critical.

Archive Extraction & Restoration for Time-Critical Projects

We understand that modern IT departments are busy; with different systems and applications to keep online, periodic and ad hoc maintenance requirements, plus upgrade projects. So when a request comes from senior management for a number of archive restores from backup tapes with a challenging deadline, it is no wonder that IT and facility managers can feel under pressure – as it is often the current backup schedule that is at risk when a quick archive restore is required.

Kroll Ontrack has the ability and capacity to quickly perform Microsoft® Exchange™ mailbox restores from tape archives – often quicker than businesses and organisations can do themselves. If your organisation needs to perform a time-critical archive data extraction, data restoration or tape duplication then contact Kroll Ontrack today.

Migration to a new archive system

The backup and archive systems implemented by organisations in past decades can be very costly to maintain, and difficult to quickly access data from when required. It makes sense to consolidate and migrate legacy archive data into the modern archive system that you are currently using, especially if you anticipate the need to access tape data often.

Kroll Ontrack is an expert at data migration, consolidation and manipulation, and has performed similar projects for many FTSE 100 and Fortune 500 companies globally.

The Kroll Ontrack Archive Tape Audit Process

The tape audit process can be adapted to suit your needs, but will include at least a consideration of the following:

  • Review of archive and backup media currently in use
  • Can all the media and data be accessed using the current IT infrastructure?
  • Does end-of-life data reside on the media?
  • Is the media physically healthy?

Kroll Ontrack tape services can remedy archive and backup pains through simple consultation and the prescription of bespoke solutions and proprietary techniques. Dedicated project managers oversee the collection and audit of the entire tape estates and provide a detailed overview of the health of the data.

To ensure compliance with data privacy policies and restrictions, each project we undertake reflects the exacting needs of our clients’ industry sectors and specific legislation.

Tape Recovery Options for Backups and Archives

There is more to recovering data from backups and archives than just reading from older tape media storage. The tape recovery process is uniquely designed by Kroll Ontrack engineers to extract data from any type of media storage. The range of tape media types Kroll Ontrack can recover from is the most comprehensive in the industry. With over 50,000 recoveries each year, let the data recovery engineers of Kroll Ontrack catalogue, extract, and recover your data; regardless of backup formats.

Mitigate Legal Risk

Ensure accessibility – Organisations have a legal duty to preserve relevant data when litigation is reasonably anticipated. It is imperative to plan for legacy data accessibility as technology becomes obsolete and the operational cost to maintain legacy systems purely for restoration purposes is no longer practical.

Know when you can delete – Many organisations hold onto tapes containing data that they are legally no longer required to keep and often this is because they are nnot sure what data is stored on the tapes. Records previously destroyed in accordance with a valid record retention policy may still be discloseable if they are found to be stored on tape.

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