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Why a tape backup system is still a good storage option

Last updated:April 2019

Editor's note

A tape backup system is still a data protection staple for many organizations. But the prevalence of tape in storage also depends on its reliability, resilience and evolution.

Tape storage technology has seen improvements in recent years. For example, increased capacities have made tape a dependable option for tackling big data.

While some users find the cloud to be an adequate replacement, and other backup technologies offer better features such as quicker access, tape is sticking around. In fact, many experts believe it's best to use a combination of a tape backup system for long-term storage with other technologies such as cloud and disk.

Read on and see if tape makes sense for you.

1Advancements and benefits

One of tape's major strengths has always been cost. When compared to flash or disk, there's no competition concerning price. A tape backup system can be a cost-effective place to store large capacities, as data volume continues to grow. In addition, tape is offline, and thus safe from cyberthreats such as ransomware.

2Tape backup system products and uses

There aren't as many vendors working with tape as there were in years past. However, some companies have improved and added tape-based products. It's also important to understand best practices for your tape backup system, for optimum security and use.

3Tape with other technologies

Tape backup systems are resilient and reliable, but they don't need to and probably shouldn't do the job alone. Learn which other technologies you can use alongside tape backups to take them that extra mile.

4Glossary

Whether you're learning something new or just getting a refresher, here are some of the key terms surrounding tape backup.

5Test your knowledge

You've read the guide, now see what you have retained with our tape backup system quiz.

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