Tape backup has been used for a long time, and it was once the most prominent solution for data backup out there. Nowadays, it’s not used much at all, mostly in favor of better and more convenient solutions. However, there has been a slight resurgence in tape backup, so we want to look at why some companies might still use it, despite its flaws.
Why Use Tape Backup?
Data redundancy tends to fuel businesses and their data strategies, and this is even more true as the cost and availability of digital backup systems has decreased over time. Tape backup has mostly been phased out, but some businesses still choose to cling to it for a variety of reasons. Here are some of them:
- Reliability and Longevity: Tape backup is reliable, and has been for a while. It can last for a long time when it’s cared for properly, being less susceptible to corruption over time compared to some storage media.
- Long-Term Storage: Tape is also helpful for storing large amounts of data for long periods of time. The infrastructure is the initial investment, but ongoing costs are low compared to other solutions.
- Data Retention Regulations: Data retention is a point of contention for some organizations, entities, and industries. Tape backup is a way to meet those standards for the sake of compliance, if nothing else.
- Large Data Sets: Businesses that have a lot of data to work with will find cloud backups somewhat impractical, largely due to bandwidth limitations. Tape backup can skirt around this issue.
- Legacy Systems: If compatibility with legacy systems is a factor, then tape backup could give businesses an out while they migrate to newer systems.
- Offline Backups: Tape is stored offline and in a secure off-site location, keeping data loss low in the event of a system failure or natural disaster.
Other Solutions Are Better, Though
We think it’s great that people are making the effort to protect their data, even if it’s with tape, and even if there are better options available. One such solution that we love to recommend to our clients is the BDR, or backup and disaster recovery solution. This system uses incremental backups that occur as often as every 15 minutes to save and store data both on-site and in the cloud or a secure, off-site data center. This provides the redundancy needed to guarantee recovery when it’s needed most.
In comparison, tape is labor-intensive and time-consuming. It could take hours or days just to restore a backup. It’s not reliable, and you can do so much better. Let us help you get there with BDR. To learn more, call us today at 813-749-0895.