Tape Backup is not Dead

It's been quite awhile since my last post. I have a couple in the hopper, but not ready for the light of day, but this little tidbit just crossed my desk and I feel compelled to get it out as soon as possible.

One of the biggest proponents of Cloud Based services, Google, doesn't believe that tape backup is a dead technology. Last week Gmail experienced a loss of data for a small number of users (0.02%). While the percentage of those effected, considering the number of users/subscribers they have, this is quite a hefty number. While Google does use newer technologies for disaster recovery, they do also include tape in their plan. This inclusion is because of the nature of tape, it is predominantly offline and therefore more immune to corruption due to software bugs.

As I have always proposed, regardless of what a backup plan consists of, tape needs, regardless of is slow speed, to be one element. It is by far the easiest to get off-site, isn't terribly fragile and does not need to be accessed an a regular basis like hard drives should. Like the old fable goes slow and steady wins the race.


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