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Press Releases | Monday, April 8, 2013

Backup Tape Catalog project for major Document Management Corporation


HOUSTON, TX, April 8, 2013 -- DSI, LLC. today reported on the completion of a backup tape catalog project.

The customer, a large manufacturer of equipment and software for generating, scanning and managing documents, maintains data centers in the US and Canada, each with a number of backup tapes with unknown content. In total, some 1500 backup tapes were selected for cataloging and sent to Data Strategies. The media type varied between 4mm, 8mm, DLT-IV, SDLT, and LTO-1 to LTO4 and the main backup formats encountered were NetBackup, NetWorker and ARCserve. The vast majority of the tapes were LTO-2 media in NetBackup format.

In the first execution phase, Data Strategies used its proprietary MediaGenie Proteus application to catalog the tapes on the session and fragment level. This is a fast process where only the headers of the media files on tape are examined and all session related information, such as client name, backup date/time, backup type (FULL, INCR), etc. is extracted. Proteus maintains the session level information in a SQL database and it was exported in a format compatible with the customer’s Vertices tape management system from B&L Associates.

In the second and last phase, the file level catalog (file path, file size, last modified date/time) was extracted from the tapes and delivered as ASCII text files, one for each backup session.

Both session level and file level catalogs were delivered to the client on a high capacity USB drive.

MediaGenie Proteus is a proven off-line backup tape migration software suite with the following functionality: Generation of session level and file level catalogs from backup media; non-native restoring from backup tapes; selective data migration (backup data splitting) based on customer specified criteria; session cloning to higher capacity media and data migration from legacy backup formats to new backup formats (products).

For additional information or for requesting a quote please contact:

Yash Havalimane
Phone: (713) 782.7183

Dr. Giancarlo Gaggero
Phone: +39 339 489.4760