NDC offers simple base services that are target neutral and therefore
can be engaged without committing to or invoking the costs and risks
associated with the end solutions. The benefits of this approach
are substantial and simple to define and realize.
A key component
of taking charge of legacy data stores stored on backup tapes is
to first catalog and index them. This creates a base foundation
for effective decision making regarding further steps. In most organizations
such a catalog, in itself, would represent a step forward on the journey
to taking charge of these assets, since, in many cases these organizations
have lost effective organizational knowledge of the contents of older
legacy backup sets. Even with newer backups, they may be dispersed
across multiple silos and no single consolidated view is available.
this is only the first of he available steps. Once an effective catalog
is created, informed decisions can be made regarding the need
for and extent of further steps. Among the available options is to
de-duplicate and consolidate into single instance storage the universe
of the tapes. This results in easily manageable and fully cataloged
collections on the most current, state of the art, high density media.
Not only does
this offer potential for 100 to 1 consolidation, lowered storage
costs, enhanced longetivity and ease of access but it can substantially
the costs and time for discovery in litigation and regulatory investigations.
a final step, the data streams can be normalized and loaded (ingested)
into email archives or other repositories for true on-line access.
executed without regulatory or litigation pressures and added costs.
NDC services can be surprisingly costs effective.