The proof of the readability of archived data is increasingly recognized as an important task of corporate management. The possibility of the regular examination of data stocks on their readability is meanwhile a standard requirement with the procurement of archive data memories.
Backup and Archive Tape hardware test do not ensure whether the application could actually read the data. Changed data can be physically readable, but it could be logically corrupted!
The Tape Audit Tool offers you the possibility to monitor and prove the Backup & Archive media from the application side. This feature provides a reliable statement as to whether the application is or not able to read the data correctly and ensures non-corrupted data in the future.
You can be sure to comply with all required standards and guidelines for data protection; Minimize risks of data loss in cases of corrupted data, cybercrime attacks and many other situations by ensuring data availability over extended periods of time.
The “Spectrum Protect Tape Audit Tool” is installed together with a BA client and communicates directly with the defined Spectrum Protect servers. It has its own database, which allows the creation of reports and long-term statistics. Operation is via a user-friendly WEB GUI.
Why Tape Audit Tool?
A hardware-based solution only knows the physical VOLSER of a cartridge: instead, the Tape Audit Tool allows you to perform a wide type of tests to the stored data (based on application-specific features), this expands the possible test types which are not achievable when performing physical tests.
Requirements To Minimise Risk For The Company
A number of standards and guidelines require from every company to minimize the risk of data loss and ensure data availability over extended periods of time. This includes, among other things:
- ISO27001 – ISMS Certification
- BSI – Basic protection catalogue
- GoBD – Fundamentals of proper accounting and data access
- MaRisk – Minimum requirements for risk management (BaFin)
- Current IBM Spectrum Protect Server Version
- Windows/Linux OS with BA-Client Support and JRE 1.8
Tape Audit Tool features
Easy to use Web GUI with a simple overview of current processes, informative displays and job control elements.
Control and monitoring of Tape legibility on Hardware, Data Level and test jobs
Periodic checks of legibility, readability and usability of Tapes using IBM Spectrum Protect features and agents
Tape Checks and Media selection for testing from the Application Level based on multiple criteria
Create Reports/Evidence, either automatically or on demand
Data Corruption Alerts
Checking readability from the application’s point of view: A pure check from the hardware’s point of view does not guarantee that the application can actually read the data. Changed, but physically readable data is not recognized!
Application-specific selection of the media to be tested on the basis of various criteria: A hardware-based solution only knows the physical VOLSER of a cassette and has no information about the data stored on it. The Tape Audit Tool offers the possibility to compile exactly the cassette pools for testing on the basis of various application-specific features, as it makes sense from the customer’s point of view appears. Also ad hoc inquiries can be quickly and purposefully can be edited.
The supplied user interface contains numerous informative displays, provides a simple overview of current processes and offers cassette selection and job control elements.
The “Spectrum Protect Tape Audit Tool” does not require any hardware. The software is installed as an appliance in a virtualized server.