Contrary to what disk vendors may tell you, tape backup technology is not outdated. Tape libraries just recently made headlines as the data backup method of choice for the 2016 Rio Olympics. A tape backup system is still a data protection staple, and recent innovations have made it more of an asset, and even brought some defectors back into the fold.
One of tape's major strengths has always been cost. When compared to flash or disk, there's no competition concerning price. But the prevalence of tape in storage is also dependent on the technology's reliability, resilience and evolution.
Tape storage technology has kept up with ever-changing backup requirements. Data is growing exponentially, and increased capacities have made tape a dependable option for tackling big data. When it comes to moving large amounts of data, transporting tape is faster and less expensive than transporting data over a network.
Previously, accessibility led some organizations to use tape primarily for cold storage, since it may have taken more time to retrieve archived data. However, with the linear tape file system (LTFS), data on a tape can be organized and indexed for quicker access. Likewise, active archiving products can help facilitate data collection.
While some users find the cloud to be an adequate replacement, the technology is not going anywhere just yet. Some observers believe the advent of cloud storage has only emphasized the importance of having a reliable tape backup system on hand.
Explore the links below to review the latest news and expert advice on tape backup systems. When you're done, make sure to test what you have learned with our tape backup quiz.
The case for tape
Tape backup may be seen as outdated, but its longevity in the data storage industry is in large part due to its reliability over other, newer forms of backup.
The rise of big data has triggered a renewed interest in tape technology, which has seen a rise in capacity in recent years. Continue Reading
Tape backup advancements
Along with reliability, tape's evolving nature has kept it a storage staple. Explore how vendors are keeping tape backup fresh as data continues to grow.
With more than 56% of organizations still using tape, according to one study, there's no denying its importance in the storage world. This handbook dives into the two major reasons organizations are likely to embrace a tape backup system. Continue Reading
For many, tape storage has shifted from everyday backup to a way to store large volumes of data without breaking the bank. Spectra Logic kept this in mind when creating its largest tape library yet. Continue Reading
Belgian consulting firm MT-C has made use of LTFS and Linux to deal with large volume data sets that don't need to be accessed frequently. The firm's Nodeum product can be used in fields such as healthcare, media and surveillance. Continue Reading
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Tape and other technologies
Tape backup systems are resilient and reliable, but that doesn't mean they need to do the job alone. Learn which other technologies can be used alongside tape backups to take them that extra mile.
In a tape archive, LTFS and LTO products can improve user access, and vendors are providing a variety of active archiving products for an easier workflow. Continue Reading
Looking to bridge the gap between backup software and cloud storage, some public cloud providers have started offering cloud-based virtual tape library services. Continue Reading
As reliable as they may be, nightly backups to tape aren't exactly practical, and continuous data protection offers an alternative. But don't count tape out just yet. Continue Reading
Whether you're learning something new or just getting a refresher, here are some of the key terms surrounding tape backup.
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