4 Tips for Successful Database Migration

Migrating data from one database to another can be beneficial for a number of reasons. The new database might offer enhanced security, better performance, or more scalability — and if your current data ecosystem is heavily fragmented or outdated, migration can provide an immediate return on investment.    However, database migration can be risky without…

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Planning Tape Data Migration: 5 Key Factors for Success

Data tape migration isn’t an everyday process, but it’s a crucial undertaking when upgrading to new backup software or switching to a new format. Moving terabytes of data requires extensive knowledge and expertise; unfortunately, most IT departments are ill-equipped to handle the work without seriously compromising other essential activities. By planning tape data migration carefully,…

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Email Retention and Litigation: How Backup Tapes Create Issues for Attorneys

In litigation, relevant communications are invaluable evidence, and emails frequently play key roles in court decisions and settlements. Many organizations are required by law to retain all emails for a specific period — and when litigation begins, email retention requirements must be executed immediately and thoroughly. Today, most enterprises have established email retention policies for…

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Ransomware Attacks and Tape Backups: Best Practices and Lessons Learned

The rise of ransomware has highlighted the need for air-gapped backups, and data tapes have become the most popular tools for fighting back. The United States Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) recommends offsite, offline backups as a ransomware mitigation strategy, noting that most ransomware infections cannot be resolved without restoring from a backup (or…

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LTO-9 is Fully Backward-Compatible with LTO-8

Fujifilm has announced its first data tape cartridge using the specifications of the Linear Tape Open (LTO) Ultrium 9 specifications. LTO-9 tapes offer a 50% improved capacity over the previous generation (LTO-8) with enhanced access speeds of up to 900 megabytes per second (MB/s). Crucially, LTO-9 is fully backward-compatible with the previous generation. Backwards compatibility…

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What Law Firms Should Know When Accessing Data Tape Cartridges

What Law Firms Should Know When Accessing Data Tape Cartridges

Data tape restoration can be challenging, particularly when the data is pertinent to a legal action. That’s true for both archival data migration projects (backups retained by a law firm to comply with court orders and/or regulatory requirements) and tape restoration projects. At Total Data Migration, we work frequently with law firms and electronic discovery…

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Reducing the Cost of Data Tape Restoration in Litigation Response

Reducing the Cost of Data Tape Restoration in Litigation Response

Backup tapes are commonly targeted during electronic discovery, but without proper methodology, tape restoration can be expensive and burdensome. Law firms have an obligation to limit costs, and an experienced tape restoration partner can be an important resource. A backup set is likely to contain a large amount of redundant and irrelevant data. Combing through…

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Shredding Data Tape Cartridges Puts Security at Risk

Shredding Data Tape Cartridges Puts Security at Risk

Protecting sensitive data isn’t always easy. Shredding is one of the most popular methods of data sanitization for tape cartridges, and on its surface, it seems like an appropriate choice — it’s inexpensive, easy, and provides visual evidence of the destruction attempt. Unlike other techniques like degaussing (which has other potential issues that we address…

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