Data Restoration And Mirgration Services

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Look around you. There are changes happening in your organization—whether they are large or small. Perhaps your company is in the middle of a merger or acquisition, or maybe your IT department is considering moving the majority of its storage into the Cloud. You need to know that you have a reliable vendor on-hand to provide fast, reliable data restoration and migration services to help you merge data from different locations, consolidate your data center or move from tape to cloud storage.

With increases in archive tape, backup teams are spending more on money and resources to maintain legacy environments they only occasionally access.

Typically, backup teams are not resourced to perform restoration and migration services beyond normal data recovery. So, what makes a great data restoration and migration services provider? A process to restore data on demand, that is defensible, auditable, and repeatable, at a predictable cost, but without the complexity or expense of maintaining infrastructure.

when will I need data restoration and migration services?

Unsure if you’re actually in need of restoration and migration services at this time? Ask yourself the following questions:

  • If you had to restore and extract data – do you know what tape or tapes that data is on, and could you restore that data today? Are you maintaining legacy backup environments to restore archive media?
  • How do you restore archive media today? Do restoration requests take away from your daily activities?
  • Have you any plans or already upgraded your backup environment (cloud, disk, software)?
  • What if there was a solution that allowed you to eliminate your existing legacy infrastructure?
  • Do you want to move to new or different technology but don’t know the best way to eliminate your old tape and tape infrastructure?
  • To what extent would a major data restoration project impact your core daily activities?

Data restoration and migration services should be on your mind if you are…

  •  interested in moving some or all of your data to a new storage medium (i.e. the Cloud)
  • in the final stages of a merger or acquisition
  • currently dealing with an e-discovery request that must be filled quickly and defensibly
  • able to verify you could get access to all of the data you need in the event of an e-discovery request in a timely manner
  • in possession of multiple, inconsistent system formats that are incompatible with your current backup platform
  • managing constant information restore requests
  • spending too much time looking for information when you could be focusing on innovation.

Which format should your vendor support?

The vendor you choose for data restoration and migration services is only as good as the types of data it can restore. You’ll want to choose a vendor with the range and flexibility to restore information across a variety of technologies.

  • all generations of LTO, SDLT and DLT cartridges
  • 4mm & 8mm DAT cartridges
  • all generations of Magstar, Travan, and AIT
  • IBM Enterprise 3480 / 3490E / 3590
  • QIC Minicarts

Backup software support is also critical. The vendor you choose should be able to support natively (with catalog) and non-natively (when no catalog is available). The following is a non-exhaustive list of some of the software your vendor should support:

  • Symantec (Veritas) Backup Exec / NetBackup
  • EMC Networker
  • Commvault
  • ARCserve
  • HP Data Protector / Omniback
  • Tivoli Storage Manager Your chosen vendor should also be flexible enough to support other technologies if and when the need arrives.
  • Symantec (Veritas) Backup Exec / NetBackup
  • EMC Networker
  • Commvault
  • ARCServe  HP Data Protector / Omniback
  • Tivoli Storage Manager

Your chosen vendor should also be flexible enough to support other technologies if and when the need arrives.

What to look for in a Data restoration and migration service provider

Confidence: You need to know that your tapes are kept in a secure, environmentally controlled facility. The vendor you choose should provide a secure chain of custody — viewable online — to ensure your tapes are protected and tracked through the entire process, all the way to the safe return of your data.

Visibility: Whether or not you have your tape catalogs or legacy backup software, the vendor you choose should map out what data resides on which tapes, have a library of backup software at its disposal, and help you restore when you need to. This removes the need for legacy backup applications.

Transparency: Contract costs and a pre-defined Service Level Agreement (SLA) should enable you to restore based on your business needs.

Protection: The vendor you choose should provide a repeatable, defensible process. Scoped upfront, your personalized restore process is created as a pre-established workflow for requesting and receiving restored data also protects costs.

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Data Restoration And Migration Services


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