Media Backup & Migration Services

The Convergence of Compliance and Media Recovery

The backup software and tape technology that you use for disaster recovery can also used to ‘preserve’ data with retention periods of seven years or more. From the disaster recovery standpoint, there is a clear incentive to utilize current tape technology with vastly improved capacity and data rate as compared to legacy tape. Whereas there is typically no need to migrate the disaster recovery backup data when changing tape technology or backup software, the opposite is true for archival data with long retention.

As regulatory compliance around Records and Information Management increases so will the need for reporting, audit and discovery activities at the enterprise level. MBS utilizes the MediaGenie Proteus software tool to catalog, restore and migrate backup data across a variety of software and hardware platforms, and media technologies.

Media Catalog

Scenario: Your Department is responsible for a large quantity of backup tapes that are being stored off-site. The content of the tapes is largely unknown.
For each tape, MBS will identify the backup software used and the date that the tape was created. We will provide the details (e.g. date/time, backup type, backup client name, source selection, etc.) of the backup sessions that are on the tape. We can also provide detailed catalog (on the filename level) of the contents of the tape.

Archive Restore

Scenario: Your organization needs to restore data from vintage backup tapes whose format or media type are no longer supported by your current infrastructure.
MBS will extract all or a selection of the files from the vintage backup media. The extracted data will be delivered on tape or disk (e.g. CD, DVD, USB hard drive), compatible with the client's current infrastructure.

Media Consolidation

Scenario: Your organization has archival data (i.e. backups with seven years or more retention) on vintage media (e.g. DLT, SDLT, AIT) and wants to utilize higher capacity tape media. It wants to retire the vintage tape libraries, but needs to guarantee transparent access to the archival backup sessions. The backup software remains unchanged, only the tape technology is being refreshed.
MBS will copy (clone) the sessions from the vintage backup media to the new higher capacity media. We can filter Session on the basis of client name, backup type and expiration date. The target for the migration can be a virtual tape system as well.

Cross-Platform Migration

Scenario: Your organization is changing to backup software of a different vendor. Data with long retention that is on the vintage backup media needs to be made accessible under the new backup software environment.
MBS will generate new backup media, usually of a higher capacity type. The data format of the new backup media will be compatible with the new backup software. The migration process will preserve the essential attributes of the backup sessions, such as:

  • Client name
  • Absolute path, including drive letter
  • Backup Time/Date
  • File attibutes


Sessions corresponding to application backups using agents (e.g. MS Exchange Server, Oracle, etc.) can be converted to file-system backups in the target environment. The target for the migration can be a virtual tape system as well.

Backup Catalog Update

Ideally, for Media Consolidation and Cross-Platform Migration, the newly generated media should be introduced into the catalog of the backup server so that the migrated backup sessions can be browsed on the session and file level through the Backup Software’s regular user interface. For Netbackup, we have developed a process to do just that: The NetBackup Image Catalog and the SQL EMM database are updated, so as to provide transparent access to the migrated data, with original legacy client names and backup timestamps.
Supported Platforms

MBS supports the following Enterprise Backup software platforms:

  • HP Data Protector/Omniback
  • CommVault Simpana/Galaxy
  • Symantec Backup Exec
  • Symantec Netbackup
  • CA/Brightstor ARCserve
  • EMC Networker
  • IBM Tivoli Storage Manager (TSM)