23 August 2007

Crucial corporate data is at risk of being consigned to the tape graveyard

~ Kroll Ontrack warns organisations that information could be imprisoned by defunct data storage mediums ~

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23 August 2007

Crucial corporate data is at risk of being consigned to the tape graveyard

~ Kroll Ontrack warns organisations that information could be imprisoned by defunct data storage mediums ~

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Businesses storing data on old tape formats may discover that critical information has been lost forever, according to experts at Kroll Ontrack.

The world leader in data recovery is calling on businesses to ensure that information that may need to be accessed is transferred to modern media formats in order to be compliant with current legislation and recoverable in the event of data loss.

“Requests for archived information can range from internal documents, to a single email or even entire company backups. It is important to know exactly where this information is held and how to get to it” explained Alastair Molyneux, Business Development Manager, Kroll Ontrack UK. “Data is increasingly being stored in electronic format and we have seen an exponential increase in recovery requests in the last 20 years. Companies need to ensure that their houses are in order and everything is backed up properly.”

Some organisations have electronic data dating back decades and the chances of it being damaged or rendered inaccessible over time are fairly high. Retrieving data that is damaged or inaccessible can be costly and may require special equipment. By maintaining up-to-date records and data on modern media formats, extraction can be quick and painless.

“It is important for a company to look at its past as well as its future. By maintaining archives and ensuring data is easily accessible in a modern format, storage costs will decrease, the organisation will be better aligned with compliance regulations and essential information will be easily locatable,” added Molyneux.