Even with the proliferation of cloud computing, backup tape still plays a vital role in many companies data protection strategy.
With all the attention the cloud gets these days, you may assume that backup tape has become an extinct technology. However, the opposite is true. Tape is enjoying something of a renaissance, fed at least in part by the sheer volume of data that now needs to be stored.
I’ve talked about the role of backup tape in the cloud recently (see here and here), but today I am bringing in an outside expert. George Crump writes on InformationWeek about 3 roles for tape in the cloud.
Questions about the usefulness of tape come up often in conversations with users and vendors. The general theory, especially by cloud storage vendors, is that tape has outlived its usefulness. The reality is that it has not; in fact, I often make the case that tape is actually more useful than it has ever been, especially in the cloud.
The roles of backup tape in the cloud include cloud seeding, or using tape to get a copy of your data onto the cloud, rather than uploading it, and cloud recovery, which is basically the ability to keep a backup of the data you store in the cloud on a tape. Your own archive in other words.
The other important role for tape is as an archive for the cloud providers themselves. Hardware is finicky and your cloud provider should be able to make some reasonable assurances to you that they are taking care to make sure your data on their servers is being backed up. Tape is a perfect solution for this application.
I would encourage you to read the InformationWeek article, and afterwards, if you have any questions about backup tape or cloud storage, give us a call at 800–798–8229 or you can always send us an email.