These various factors need to be balanced out in any effective
approach to managing these data assets. Here is a series of steps, that NDC can assist you with, designed to build a sound foundation to managing legacy data assets:
- The first step to a proper approach is to create an
effective map of the universe of legacy tape backup contents by cataloging
and indexing them. Utilizing the industry's most advanced technologies, NDC offers content level indexing of backup tapes on a scale and at a cost to finally make this feasible enterprise-wide.
- Subsequently, various strategies can be undertaken to consolidate
this data and prepare it for litigation or compliance purposes. One of the more straightforward and productive steps, short of
loading the data sets into an on-line archive, such as an email archive,
is to simply consolidate the data using state of the art de-duplication,
single instance storage and the newest media and compression technologies.
Together with the previously created catalog, this
consolidated set offers a highly compact, accessible and searchable data
collection that can dramatically lower the costs, and associated risks, of litigation related electronic
discovery or regulatory investigations.
- The final step represents the holy Grail of such efforts and that is to ingest the legacy
data into an on-line repository, such as an email archive or a records management solution. NDC can assist with this, whenever this solution is selected, by utilizing our industry-leading capabilities and resources.
Pro-active cataloging and consolidation of legacy data sets offers the added benefit of effectively preparing the
data universe for future ingestion into any on-line repository, should one be contemplated. The ingestion can then be accomlished
in a timely and cost effective manner. Typically, some 75-90% of the
task will have already been completed at a far reduced cost, given the more rational time frames and various cost controls available with extended time frames.
However, many organizations have difficulty comfortably
selecting such final solutions given the current, highly fragmented solutions marketplace and the various uncertainties associated with its future directions. The NDC
approach allows an organization to take incremental, proactive steps, in
a controlled and cost effective manner, and bypass the various risks associated with a final
solutions selection. At the same time, this approach offers significant
and immediate benefits in terms of lowering risk exposure and any potential
costs of electronic discovery.