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Storage Tapes Recovery & Migration

Our Services For Storage Tapes are as follows:

    • Recovery of deleted data from a legacy tape storage
    • Recovery of undeleted data but from an inaccessible/broken/damaged legacy tape storage
    • Data Migration from legacy tape storage to disk storage devices
    • Conversion of data stored on a tape storage to an acceptable format to be used by the current hardware and application
    • Storage Tape Cloning
    • Data Backup Cataloguing

    In many cases, the backup software and tape technology that were used for disaster recovery are also used to ‘preserve’ data with retention periods of five years or more. From the disaster recovery standpoint, there is a clear incentive to utilize current tape technology with vastly improved capacity and data rate as compared to legacy tape. Whereas there is typically no need to migrate the disaster recovery backup data when changing tape technology or backup software, the opposite is true for archival data with long retention, especially where data needs to be used on the new set of hardware and application or when the need arises

    Data Recovery Specialist Limited utilizes proprietary software tool for cataloguing, restoring, or migrating legacy backup data for a variety of software, hardware platforms, and media technologies. We offer the following backup data related services:

    Media Catalog
    Scenario: Your Department is responsible for a large quantity of backup tapes that are being stored off-site. The contents of the tapes are largely unknown.
    On the most basic level, Data Recovery Specialist Limited will identify, for each tape, the backup software that was used, and the date that the tape was created. The next level of service is to provide the details (e.g. date/time, backup type, backup client name, source selection, etc.) of the backup sessions that are on the tape. The highest level of service will provide a detailed catalogue (on the filename level) of the contents of the tape.

    On-Demand Restore
    Scenario: Your organization needs to restore data from vintage backup tapes whose format or media type are no longer supported by your current infrastructure.
    DRSL will extract all or a selection of the files from the vintage backup media. The extracted data will be delivered on tape or disk (e.g. CD, DVD, USB hard drive), compatible with the client’s current infrastructure.

    Media Consolidation
    Scenario: Your organization has archival data (i.e. backups with seven years or more retention) on vintage media (e.g. DLT, SDLT, AIT) and wants to utilize higher capacity tape media. It wants to retire the vintage tape libraries, but needs to guarantee transparent access to the archival backup sessions. The backup software remains unchanged, only the tape technology is being refreshed.

    Our service consists of copying (cloning) the sessions from the vintage backup media to the new higher capacity media. Session filters on basis of, e.g. client name, backup type and expiration date can be specified. The target for the migration can be a virtual tape system as well.

    Cross-Platform Migration
    Scenario: Your organization is changing to backup software of a different vendor. Data on the vintage backup media with long retention needs to be made accessible under the new backup software environment.
    This service will generate new backup media, usually, but not necessarily of a different, higher capacity type. The data format of the new backup media will be compatible with the new backup software. The migration process will preserve the essential attributes of the backup sessions, such as:
    Client name, Absolute path, including drive letter, Backup Time/Date, Files attributes. Sessions corresponding to application backups using agents (e.g. MS Exchange Server, Oracle, etc.) will be converted to file-system backups in the target environment. The target for the migration can be a virtual tape system as well.

    Backup Catalogue Update
    Ideally, for Media Consolidation and Cross-Platform Migration, the newly generated media should be introduced into the catalogue of the backup server so that the migrated backup sessions can be browsed on the session and file level through the Backup Software’s regular user interface. For Netbackup, we have a process to do just that: The NetBackup Image Catalog and the SQL EMM database are updated, so as to provide transparent access to the migrated data, with original legacy client names and backup timestamps.

    Supported Platforms
    We support the following Enterprise Backup software platforms:
    Symantec Backup Exec, Symantec Netbackup, CA/Brightstor ARCserve, EMC Networker, IBM Tivoli Storage Manager (TSM), HP Data Protector/Omniback, CommVault Simpana/Galaxy, etc
    For some platforms, only a subset of the services is available