Iron Mountain Archival Tape Management Solution
ARCHIVAL DATA: CRITICALLY IMPORTANT
When it comes to managing backup tapes as your
archive, you need easy access to the stored data so that
you can quickly respond to any request, such as for
discovery, audit or business analytics.
Pulling archival data from backup media within SLAs can
be a challenge for several reasons.
Managing Disconnected Data
First, if your organization has upgraded and consolidated
its backup infrastructure or inherited a large volume of
tapes as the result of mergers and acquisitions, then
tracking the contents of each is no small task. Chances
are you have media created with multiple tape backup
systems and silos of tape catalog data. What’s more,
these backup systems and catalogs are rarely compatible,
which makes the search and restoration process
extremely time consuming.
Adopting a Just-in-Case Approach
You may have decided to maintain these multiple backup
systems “just in case” you need to retrieve something
from an older tape. And in doing so, accepted the fact
that they use valuable space in your data center and
require costly maintenance and support fees. Or perhaps
you’ve decommissioned your legacy tape backup systems
to reduce costs, and now face the risk of losing access to
important archival data.
Staffing for the Unexpected
There’s little doubt that when a request comes in to
retrieve archival data, you have to divert resources from
an IT team that is already spread thin. When
these requests for archival data land in your inbox,
you need to be sure you can meet your internal and
external stakeholders’ expectations. An inability to locate
and provide the right data when it’s required could
expose your organization to considerable financial and
What if you could overcome your archival data management challenges and:
- Reduce the cost of backup tape operations by retiring
your legacy systems?
- Know what you have on your backup tapes?
- Get back what you need, when you need it?
- Keep what matters in the right format?
- Protect media for the long term?
With the Iron Mountain Archival Tape
Management solution, you can.
With the Iron Mountain Archival Tape Management
solution, you can consolidate silos of tape catalog data,
so that you know what you have, are able to keep only
what matters and can recover what you need when you
need it. This way, you can decommission your legacy tape
backup systems while keeping your staff focused on their
Key components of the Archival Tape Management
TAPE CATALOG MANAGER helps you reduce the cost of managing your
archival tapes by proactively consolidating multiple catalogs created by
various backup systems. It can automatically extract catalog data from
different backup systems and transform catalog indexes of different
formats into a common format for easy access through an intuitive Web
interface. With this single view of your archival data, you can make more
defensible retention and destruction decisions and accelerate turnaround
on data restoration requests.
RSETORATION ASSURANCE PROGRAM reduces backup and archival
tape operation costs by eliminating the need to maintain legacy tape
systems. This subscription service provides both scheduled and ad-hoc,
on-demand restoration and migration of email and data files from tape.
The Restoration and Migration Assurance Program ensures that your
archival tapes can be restored and data can be migrated at any time, and
at a predictable cost, without the worry and expense of maintaining legacy
backup hardware and software.
OFFSITE TAPE VAULTING ensures that your archival media is securely
stored in the right environmental conditions, helping you preserve it for
long-term retention. You can rely on a rigorous chain-of-custody and audit
trail — both in transit and when your tapes are stored in one of our secure,
environmentally controlled facilities. And, because your media is managed
following proven procedures and best practices, you can be confident in
your ability to locate and deliver the right information any time you get a
request for data from a specific tape.