Tape Backup and OffSite Tape Vaulting Services
Protecting critical business information offsite and offline provides confidence in recovering data when it’s needed
Your staff should focus on tasks that are important to the business. But with increasing amounts of critical business information needing to be backed up and protected, you're forced to spend time and money to manage the process, media and facilities.
By moving tapes offsite and into the care of a trusted third party with proven resources, chain-of-custody, technology and experience focused on protecting your data, you can reduce downtime and get back up and running – because your business depends on it.
Protecting and preserving business data offsite - meet compliance requirements while ensuring data availability
Dealing with the consequences of hardware malfunctions, human errors, software corruption and man-made or natural disasters can impact productivity. But the data has to be backed up and, more importantly, protected offsite so it’s available for recovery.
Iron Mountain® Offsite Tape Vaulting services provide you with a comprehensive data protection solution for transporting, storing, managing and retrieving your backup media from a secure, offsite facility.
We have the expertise to ensure you can get back up and running should the unexpected happen. Our rigorous chain-of-custody protocols and secure logistics ensures your critical information is protected while in transit and at rest. And, because your media is managed following proven procedures and best practices, you’ll be confident in your ability to find what you need when you need it, any time an internal or external source requests data from a specific tape.
Know that your offsite media inventory was both complete and accurate
Unknown or unresolved media inventory discrepancies represent major risk to your organization —especially when media that is unaccounted for could be requested at any time as part of an audit or litigation request, or in response to a disaster recovery incident. And it can require significant time, energy and expense to search for and locate misplaced media.
It’s in your best interest to know your inventory is accurate and complete. Iron Mountain’s Inventory Audit service provides an extra measure of confidence by helping you identify exactly what data you have and where it resides.
Depending on your needs and the reason you’re performing an audit, there are several Inventory Audit service options available to support you:
Data Archiving Solutions
Data growth and retention policies are making archived data difficult to manage
Business data needs to be retained – either for compliance reasons or to maintain the integrity of the organization. But data is growing fast and it’s overflowing. At this point you have so much data, you aren’t sure how to manage it. It’s all important information that needs to be maintained for the integrity of your business, but storing it has become a challenge.
Archived information is probably low priority data that you don’t always need. It’s your original data that is still important to your business. Knowing what data is stored on your archive tapes becomes critical any time you’re faced with an audit, litigation or discovery request.
Experience and knowledge to help manage protect and preserve information
Backup is for recovery and archive is to restore. In any situation, whether a day-to-day question or a major catastrophe, you need to be able to access your data securely and efficiently. Iron Mountain has the experience and knowledge to help you determine how to identify information for archive and backup purposes.
Iron Mountain provides a comprehensive data archiving solution and retrieval program to cost effectively protect and preserve data that needs to be retained, and accessible for compliance, legal and value generation - letting the IT staff focus on driving business innovation while being confident in knowing what data is stored yet accessible when needed.
Tape Identification Management
Data growth can make it difficult to identify the information that needs to be retained
Your organization is growing and so is the volume of digital media. It’s difficult to identify specific pieces of information when combing through tape archives. This is especially true where your information could be stored in numerous redundant media formats. Plus, you may have experienced mergers, acquisitions, business expansions, and IT organizational changes, making it more challenging to manage your past and present data volumes.
Develop and apply a well-defined retention policy for data retention.
Managing the explosive growth in data, while determining exactly what data needs to be retained creates challenges:
- Identifying what information resides on your legacy backup tapes
- Producing information for discovery or other time-critical requests
- The risk of penalties or fines for failing to respond to a legal discovery or compliance event
- Confidence in knowing you’re keeping only the data that needs to be retained
- Making decisions on retention, destruction, and restoration of your data
- The secret to knowing what data you no longer need to hold on to is 1) knowing what you have and 2) applying a defensible, well-defined retention policy to your data inventory.
- The Iron Mountain® Tape Identification service helps you understand the content of your backup tapes through proactive indexing, giving you a clear picture of the types of data residing on your tapes.