February 7, 2011
Index-EnginesEven as disk storage becomes cheaper, there’s still a lot of tape out there. And occasionally, organizations may need to hit the tape archive to extract data. Legal and regulatory requirements put all manner of digital documents into play. The 2006 amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, for example, makes “electronically stored information” subject to discovery. That’s quite a catchall.
On the tape side of things, Index Engines Inc. recently rolled out a cloud-based backup tape discovery service. Index Engines’ technology scans tapes, extracts e-mail and other files such as .PDFs, and indexes the content, said Jim McGann, vice president of information discovery at Index Engines. :ricing for the tape scan/index service starts at $50 per tape. The service works with data stored in a number of popular backup formats including ARCserve, Backup Exec, Commvault, NetBackup and TSM. Customers access the index of tape data through a browser-base interface.
Index Engines’ makes its extraction and indexing technology available as a cloud-based service, in-house deployment, or through service providers. McGann said his company works with 50 service providers, mainly litigation support companies.
“Those partners use our technology to process tapes,” McGann said, noting that service providers drive 20 to 25 percent of the company’s revenue.
Index Engines aims its tape service at the legal market — law firms and corporations facing litigation. McGann doesn’t expect the use of tape to dry up any time soon. Even companies that backup to disk “probably have piles and piles of tape storage at Iron Mountain,” McGann said.
Some of that collection will end up in the cloud.
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