Is magnetic tape storage dead?
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.
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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.
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