Van den Broeck Absent Member.
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Dataprotector Migration possibilities

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We are currently using DP 5.5 and there aren't any problems with it. But we must create a data archive (at least 5 to 10 years) and using backup software and existing tapes this would be quite easy.

But what happens when Dataprotector ceases to exist or we move to another backup product in several years. Is there a possibility to migrate existing DP media to an open format like cpio,tar,...

Offcourse we could always restore, and re-backup using a new/other product but that's not very user friendly 🙂

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Kurt Beyers. Absent Member.
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Tijl,

DP backups can only be read by DP and not by any other SW vendors or default tools like cpio or tar. They cannot be migrated.

HP will not stop to support DP, it will keep on running if you migrate from time to time to the newest release of course.

Of course if you create long-term archives with a software vendor, you engage a long time commitment with the software vendor.

best regards,
Kurt
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Kurt Beyers. Absent Member.
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Tijl,

DP backups can only be read by DP and not by any other SW vendors or default tools like cpio or tar. They cannot be migrated.

HP will not stop to support DP, it will keep on running if you migrate from time to time to the newest release of course.

Of course if you create long-term archives with a software vendor, you engage a long time commitment with the software vendor.

best regards,
Kurt
OldSchool Absent Member.
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Kurt is correct.

Should you contemplate moving to a different OS, you could continue to run DP from a windows cell manager, provided that the new os has disk and media agents available.

Otherwise, you would need to fall back to something like cpio or tar now to start building the archive. Or locate a package currently available that supports any hardware vendor that you *might* consider ever migrating to, and I don't think such an animal exists.
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Joseph T. Wycko Absent Member.
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There is a "simple" - if rather ugly solution.

Restore your tapes to disk. At that point you are no longer vendor dependent, and can migrate that set of data to tar, to dvd, or whatever.

Not something you would want to implement, but if somone were to say "this product is at end of life..." that would be a way of dealing with it.

As to life... well who knows, but 1990something HP was saying "we will stop supporting MPE any day now." It is still out there, alive and kicking, so I don't think I would worry about this too much.
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Marlou Everson Absent Member.
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Don't forget that no matter what format you use that you also have to keep a device around to read the media and a system that supports the device.

Marlou
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