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Six Things to Do If You Are Stuck With Long-Term Retention of Backup Tapes

Published: 15 October 2015

ID: G00291092

Analyst(s): Robert Rhame


Many IT organizations are stuck with a default policy of using the long-term retention of backup tapes as an archive. If corporate mindsets won't change, this research provides I&O leaders with tactics to mitigate the technical challenges of restoring old backups.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Analyze Data Sources for the Probability of Discovery Requests, and Triage Backups to Understand Where Resources Should be Applied
  • Reduce the Impact of Hardware Compatibility Issues With P2V, BMR, and Dissimilar Restore and by Keeping Decommissioned Tape Drives
  • Overcoming Client Compatibility Issues With Biyearly Images
  • Establish a Software and Credentials Library and Related Recovery Procedure
  • Audit Tape Media
  • Audit Backup Applications

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