Retroactive Data Discovery

Think about three states of being; 1. Reactive, 2. Retroactive, 3. Proactive.

Reactive might be buying new pants when your waistband gets tight. Retroactive is reducing your pizza and beer to a lite lager and one slice when the button starts to strain. Proactive is running 5 miles every morning so you stay in shape.

An enterprise’s approach to data management can also be categorized into these three states.

Reactive eDiscovery occurs when a lawsuit is engaged and relevant digital evidence must be uncovered in a hurry. Proactive data management takes the form of smart information management procedures that include indexing data as archives are created for quick and easy future access.

The process of retroactive data discovery is a relatively new concept. Before Index Engines technology became available, electing to catalog and index information stored on backup tapes, without the threat of legal action, was just not done – it was far too time consuming and expensive. Index Engines allows companies to search and access data stored on tape without restoring the full content and without the need for any additional software such as the backup software or the version of the email that was originally used.

More and more often enterprise customers are using Index Engines technology to do retroactive data discovery. They are cataloging, indexing and searching their legacy information stored on tape, to better understand and manage their data. With this knowledge, enterprises are better able to mitigate risk, control data storage costs, and control ever-growing IT infrastructure costs. This movement toward controlling past tape data archives is not possible without Index Engines.

What type of data manager are you? Or maybe the better question is; How tight is your waistband?