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  • A significant segment of global IT administrators said their organization pays tens of thousands of dollars a year to keep and maintain legacy data tapes, according to a recent survey from Kroll Ontrack. Many companies store hundreds of these tapes, and some of them are decades old. What's more, IT admins often need at least three backup solutions, and many use different versions of each solution to accommodate various company locations. Inevitably, line-of-business users will ask the admins to restore access to an old tape. But effectively responding to such requests can get complicated, especially when admins aren't able to quickly identify the specific tape they need due to a lack of documented knowledge about what the various tapes contain. "It is imperative that enterprises know what data is on their legacy tapes and be able to quickly react, for example, when responding to investigations involving custodial data, regulatory requests from a government agency or as part of an e-discovery matter," said Robin England, senior research and development engineer at Kroll Ontrack. "[Many companies] run two or three different backup solutions. … This not only raises the level of difficulty of knowing where their data resides and being able to respond accordingly, but also significantly increases the cost for managing legacy tape data." Nearly 820 global IT administrators took part in the research.