Magnetic tape storage: Dead or alive?

Is magnetic tape storage dead?

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There has been a concerted effort by some disk array vendors to characterize tape as a has-been technology. They have paid considerable money to “objective” industry analysts to paint a gloomy picture of the technology. And, frankly, up until very recently, tape vendors have been pretty lackadaisical about responding to assertions about their preferred technology.

The answer is clearly no.  Tape not only provides the best option for protecting most data today, it is finding new roles to play.

If you have a tape library today, my advice is to keep it -- it may be worth a lot more to you than simply a backup utility. If you don’t use tape today, you really need to put it on your priority list.

This was first published in February 2012

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