IT professionals have all but proclaimed the tape backup system, which dominated the data backup space for decades, to be all but dead. This declaration may have been premature however. Over the past several years, there has been a resurgence in companies that use tape backup. This week, we will go into why businesses are willingly utilizing what can only be described as an antiquated technology for their system redundancy.
For the past several years data redundancy strategies have grown to be more-or-less commonplace, and that is because of the availability of digital systems for digital failover that can be purchased for small amounts of capital. Tape backup, on the other hand, has been phased out for some time, but there are some organizations that still depend on it. Here are some reasons why businesses might continue to use tape backup:
Most IT providers will tell you that it’s just nice to see organizations taking the initiative to protect their data, but even from that perspective there are simply better ways to protect your data. The one we push—and we think it’s the best one—is the BDR (backup and disaster recovery). This backs up your data incrementally, in intervals as little as every 15 minutes, and saves it both on the onsite BDR device and in the cloud (situated in an offsite data center). This provides elite redundancy as well as easy recovery regardless of why you need to restore.
Tape, on the other hand, is extremely labor-intensive, and can take hours or days just to restore a small amount of data. It’s not a reliable method for getting back on track quickly.
If you would like to learn more about data backup, why it’s necessary, and how we can help you protect your business’ digital resources, give us a call today at (501) 375-1111.