- Jim McGann, VP of Information Discovery, Index Engines (http://www.indexengines.com/), says:
IT professionals regularly struggle with the dilemma of having stacks of legacy backup tapes and ask the question, “Do we hold onto them or not?” Many companies do not have an established policy in place to purge the tapes after they have outlived their disaster recovery purpose, so the tapes just pile up. The obvious solution: destroy or recycle them. However, it’s much more complex than that, and due to compliance and legal requirements, IT departments are taking a closer look at these tapes, to eliminate their associated risks while still keeping what is needed.
Two of the most obvious and primary concerns of legacy backup tapes are the importance of their content and the security of that content. Lying around, these tapes have the potential to pose security risks and thus possess inherent liability. That’s the problem, and now Index Engines has created the solution.
Index Engines, a New Jersey-based enterprise information discovery company, recently introduced a free “Data Assessment Program for Backup Tapes.” This new program provides a map of all your data on backup tapes, such as unmanaged pst’s and ex-employee files, to better understand the user environment, help establish appropriate policies and promote defensible deletion of irrelevant content. which will be fully indexed and a report of the content will be generated using Index Engines’ comprehensive enterprise reporting.
decisions on what can be archived and what can be defensibly deleted can be made confidently to reduce risk and eliminate stacks of unneeded tapes
About the Author
Jim McGann is the eDiscovery expert and VP of Information Discovery for Index Engines (www.indexengines.com). Based in New Jersey, Index Engines’ patented discovery platform provides corporate and legal clients with comprehensive insight into their data to simplify information discovery, classification and management. Email Jim at email@example.com.