4 Questions About Media Preservation & Restoration

Last month RVM announced that it had acquired The Oliver Group – experts in collecting and preserving data stored on tape and other offline media.

Anyone involved in litigation discovery and collection understands the critical nature of electronic data. Long gone are the days of collecting paper from centralized file cabinets. Instead, companies are challenged with collecting data from multiple sources, such as email, hard drives, file shares, cell phones, social media, and older media including backup tapes. At times these backup tapes and offline media, often found tucked away in storage closets, can be the most burdensome and expensive to collect and process.

Unfortunately, with so much attention on cloud solutions (e.g., SAN and NAS storage, and other easy data storage options) there just aren’t as many companies capable of handling this kind of data properly. However, collection and authentication of offline files in a defensible manner is just as critical as for their digital brethren.

That’s where RVM and The Oliver Group come in. To learn more about the acquisition and why it’s such a game changer, we spoke to Chief Operations Officer, Sean King.

 

What was the impetus for this acquisition?

Sean KingRVM was interested in meeting its clients’ needs by becoming a one-stop shop for forensics, media restoration, and eDiscovery services. We saw The Oliver Group and the services they offer as a great partner that is very well-known and respected among clients and competition in the industry.

How will media preservation/restoration be folded into the work that RVM currently does?

Media preservation and restoration are a natural extension of RVM’s services. We’ve actually had a long working relationship with The Oliver Group, so we’re familiar with them and how they work. Our goal has always been to manage our clients’ eDiscovery needs – from data collection through document review and production – and this acquisition makes that possible in such a way that clients benefit with a streamlined process and lower costs.

With so many tech and media companies in the market what makes The Oliver Group’s work special?

The Oliver Group is one of the select few companies that understands media and its application to legal discovery requirements. RVM and The Oliver Group are both focused intently on the defensibility of the data that are collected – that means having policies that indicate compliance with a comprehensive audit trail and chain of custody. We have to be able to track the movement, access, and location of the data in question throughout the life of the evidence, and that is not something that a commercial media firm is equipped to do.

What do you see as the long-term future of media preservation/restoration?

There will always be a need for media preservation and restoration as companies respond to disaster recovery, compliance requirements, and litigation needs. Data management continues to evolve, and being able to support all storage mediums is a requirement for service providers looking to offer clients a cost-effective and defensible offering.