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Backup and Archive: Two Different Animals

Although different software functionality is required for each, there is a single medium for both: disk. Should your backups just age into becoming your archives?

  • Premiered: 02/25/09
  • Author: Taneja Group
Topic(s): Active Archive Archiving Backup Tape Archive Disk-based Backup

Tape Libraries: Why, When and Where?

A technology publication that shall go unnamed posted the news last year that Amazon Glacier was a “tape-killing cloud” and that it would “devastate the [tape] industry.”

Not exactly. We do believe that smaller tape implementations are going the way of the dodo bird. Cloud backup is quickly replacing small standalone tape drives and autoloaders for daily backup, and as low-end tape equipment ages IT replaces it with cloud for long-term backup retention.

However, tape housed in mid-sized and enterprise scale libraries are growing strongly in several high-value computing and industry segments. Thus the question for IT becomes not “Should I use tape?” but “When should I invest in tape libraries?”

Publish date: 07/31/13