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Why a tape backup system is still a good storage option

Tape backup isn't going anywhere just yet. Get the rundown on current use cases for tape, accompanying technologies and vendor updates in this essential guide.


Contrary to what disk vendors may tell you, tape backup technology is not outdated.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.

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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Tape backup may be seen as outdated, but its longevity in the data storage industry is in large part due to its reliability over other, newer forms of backup.


Tape backups still alive and kicking

George Crump discusses the benefits of employing a tape backup system and explains why the technology isn't going anywhere just yet. Continue Reading


Tape-based backup systems face the big data challenge

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's low cost has high appeal

Tape backup may be considered old news, but tape technology continues to evolve, while remaining relatively low in price. Dive into the beginnings of tape, where it's deployed and why it has lasted so long. Continue Reading


Spectra Logic tape went for gold at Rio Olympics

Already feeling nostalgic for the 2016 Rio Olympics? Luckily for you, Spectra Logic's tape library preserved all of your favorite moments. Continue Reading


Tape backup is key for disaster recovery

Data protection and disaster recovery are serious business and, sometimes, redundancy just isn't enough -- you need tape. 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.


Don't underestimate the growth of tape backup products

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


Spectra Logic makes claim for world's biggest tape library

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

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Consulting firm combines Linux and LTFS for cold storage

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


Tape capacity ready for zettabyte-level storage

Along with a lower cost than disk and flash, tape's ability to store huge quantities of data reliably has some companies regretting stepping away from the medium. 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.


Tape archives get some help from active archiving

To facilitate access to data stored on tape, cloud, disk and flash technologies are being used to avoid the delays that can occur when collecting data from a tape archive. Continue Reading


Improve your tape data backup system with LTFS and LTO technology

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


Can flape technology sustain its momentum?

Flape, or flash plus tape, uses elements of tape and flash storage to improve data backups. But is flape a long-term answer for lowering cost and increasing efficiency? Continue Reading


Tape and cloud-based backup provide a hybrid approach

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


Can continuous data protection replace tape backup?

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


Essential definitions

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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