EchoLeaf and Banking / Insurance

Both the Banking and Insurance industries and beginning to make the distinction between the backup of daily transactional data, and the archiving of essential business and financial information that may be seldom accessed, but is critical for the long term protection of those companies against legal and regulatory threats. One banking group described it this way – “We now need to store everything – forever!”

Best practices demand that Banking and Insurance companies make a conscious determination about the data that should become a part of a long term archive. This typically includes both correspondence and data.

Correspondence can be organized by department and client, and is usually placed in a “to-be-archived” location on the network. The Virtual Drive system can move even complex file structures intact, and allow the restoration of those files (or database snapshots) to any location.

In addition, the Virtual Drive system can be tuned to allow separate departmental information to appear on discrete data cartridges. By controlling which specific data cartridges (or sets of data cartridges) get specific data-sets, the EchoLeaf Virtual Drive system also allows for several other useful benefits.

  • Specified data-sets can be stored redundantly – either by ensuring that the data is on different cartridges within the same library, or by creating duplicate archive sets in different geographic locations. (Champion can help design the mix of archive and data-redundancy appropriate for your organization.)
  • Once specific cartridges are identified with specific data-sets and/or being from a specific date range (e.g. all archive data for a particular calendar year) those cartridges can be held in an offline location. And when data is accessed from those offline cartridges, the Virtual Drive system indicates which tapes need to be brought to the archive to restore the data.
  • Remember the unique feature of LTFS: Even data cartridges removed from the archive carry all of the needed index and file information either to retrieve the data from those stand-alone cartridges, or to help restore a central database should it ever be corrupted.
    EchoLeaf operates in concert with existing backup systems to provide a discreet, long-term archiving solution for Banking and Insurance companies.

In the case of surveillance storage, EchoLeaf offers certain special features in addition to the basic storage package. These features can be turned on or off at the users discretion.

  • Data can be written to tapes in strict chronological order of recording, allowing easy offline archival and retrieval of files from a specific date period.
  • Data can be preserved, by policy, in multiple locations for retrieval in the event of catastrophic failure on site.
  • Data can be collected in multiple sites, saving transfer bandwidth costs, and later held offline or consolidated into a larger
    centralized archive.
  • Tapes maintain visible file structures, which normally correspond to specific cameras or sensors, allowing easy retrieval and analysis.
  • One or many tapes can easily be copied by the system for distribution among multiple analysts at multiple sites.
  • Tapes from smaller test systems can be integrated into larger repositories for full integration of all surveillance content.
  • EchoLeaf LTFS Surveillance solutions are non-interruptive to any present operations – other than the fact that they can extend retention windows and dramatically lower the cost of storing surveillance video.
  • EchoLeaf LTFS can be configured never to erase any video once written (without the explicit reformatting of a tape.) In other words, as an “append-only” medium, tape provides significant forensic value as to the authenticity of any surveillance video.
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EchoLeaf and Medical Imaging Storage

EchoLeaf LTFS Solution for Medical Imaging provides a simple, network storage target for medical imaging systems. Most medical imaging systems support the use of multiple network targets for the storage of medical images, and the EchoLeaf Virtual Drive provides that target.

However, once written to tape (usually after the 72 hour window when studies may be changed), LTFS offers WORM-like functionality that protects a study from further changes. In fact, tape is an “append only” medium that only allows logical, never physical deletes. In other words, once written to tape (providing the tape is never reformatted) the files and studies on the tape cannot be deleted.

Additionally, EchoLeaf LTFS offers a number of options for multiple file redundancy (copying a study on separate tape), making offsite secondary copies, or allowing studies to be maintained offline while being easily retrievable. And depending on “hot read” needs, EchoLeaf can also be configured to expedite retrieval of all of a particular patient’s studies.

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