Tape Archive Migration

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Migrating to a new tape storage solution requires management

The Kroll Ontrack tape migration service is a series of thorough processes progressing from tape audit and media consolidation to extraction, duplication and conversion. When dealing with sensitive data, we can also provide a strict chain of custody and data security protocols from the moment a tape leaves your premises. Other optional services include a secured return of media and safe data erasure.

When legacy systems can no longer be supported, it’s time to migrate archive data to newer formats. This maintains compatibility within the IT environment and ensures data remains available. Kroll Ontrack can help reduce many of the time and cost burdens of migration by bringing scale and efficiency to the process.

Migration to minimise the cost of tape restores

A legacy data migration project may be required if your business anticipates a large volume of archive tape restores in the near future, such as for a merger due diligence or upcoming legal proceedings. In such cases having the archived data stored on a SAN or other storage mechanism can greatly speed-up the processing and searching of data and reduce costs.

You can gain rapid yet cost effective access to your archived data by utilising Kroll Ontrack.

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Bit-by-bit data conversion

As part of a tape archive migration project, Kroll Ontrack can perform media type conversion in order to consolidate your archives onto one platform. This can include:

  • Accurate bit-for-bit copy of the source data, supplied back to your in an appropriate media format for re-importation.
  • Catalogue and indexing report for future data mapping.
  • Recovery of previously inaccessible data.
  • Development, as required, of software and custom tools for the safe and efficient retrieval of archived data.

Kroll Ontrack is equipped with the skills, knowledge and technology to convert your archive media safely, efficiently and cost-effectively. Additional services are also available, including the migration of backup systems such as ARCserve, NetBackup, Backup Exec, Microsoft Backup, Backup Express, Retrospect, CommVault, cpio, tar, Data Protector, Tivoli, Dump, UltraBac, Legato and others.

Tape Migration Capabilities

Tape Migration Process

Data Migration should be
considered whenever:

We can migrate data from all legacy tape architectures and media formats:

  • LTO formats including LTO1, LTO2, LTO3, LTO4
  • Super DLT, DLT8000, DLT7000, DLT II, DLT III, DLT IV, TK50/TK70
  • Sony AIT, AIT2 and AIT3
  • Travan Data Cartridge
  • 1/2″ Open Reel and Cartridges such as 7-track, 9-track, 3480, 3490, 3570, 3590, 9840
  • DC2000 mini data cartridge
  • Arcserve, Legato Networker, Veritas Netbackup, Microsoft tape backup, Unix tape backup
  • A tape audit is performed to determine if the tape media is physically healthy and whether any end-of-life data resides on the media.
  • The media is then consolidated and extracted in a dust-free cleanroom environment
  • The data is then duplicated and transferred/converted to the new system, or processed as required.
  • Changing from tape storage to drive or online storage.
  • Upgrading to newer equipment.
  • Upgrading operation systems, servers or software.

CASE STUDY: Kroll Ontrack restores animation tape for Christchurch production company after earthquake.

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