Tape: Bloodied but not Beaten
Stalwart storage technology is ubiquitous, and there's still room for improvementIs there a more interesting way to start out the New Year than ramping up for a tape drive test-drive? I can think of a couple dozen other things I could do with my lab time, but the fact of the matter is tape is still an important technology, one that almost all organizations still have and one that will be around in the foreseeable future. As much as Ive welcomed the arrival of ATA hard-drive-based backup solutions (which deliver pretty cost-efficient backup capabilities, thanks to the drop in price of ATA hard drives) and the advances made in long-distance data-mirroring fields, tape is still around for a couple of reasons.
First, tape is removable and easily transportable. This makes it valuable for storing business data in the event that something bad happens to a home site. Sure, you could go out and implement a mirroring solution, but that usually entails setting up a high-speed WAN link to each of your sites and bringing in solutions like EMCs SRDF, which are not exactly easy to deploy.