An Ocean of Data

By Davis D. Janowski  |  Posted 2003-03-11 Print this article Print

An Ocean of Data

After 50 years, tape remains the king of backup technologies, and manufacturers continue to make tremendous strides in improving their products. Even with the promise of better, more economical technologies for hard drives and optical backup on the horizon, tape will remain the backup medium of choice for the near term.

What we refer to as tape backup started out as a cumbersome, reel-to-reel system. But today, the tape media are self-contained cassettes in different shapes, sizes, and capacities from many manufacturers. And choices abound: From 1998 to 2001, nine new formats were introduced, adding to the dozen or more already in existence, according to research firm Gartner.

Davis D. Janowski Davis D. Janowski is Lead Analyst for Web Applications and Software, charged with covering the likes of Google, Microsoft, Yahoo!, and millions of other Internet and Web companies. Prior to this, he served as Section Editor for Consumer Networking, GPS Products, Phones & PDAs (Mobile and VoIP), Associate Editor for Networking Infrastructure, and Associate Editor for Internet Infrastructure. Before joining PC Magazine, Janowski worked as a medical editor, covering epidemiology and infectious diseases, receiving training at the Centers for Disease Control. At one point, he acted as guide for a CDC team, collecting ticks for a study on the origins of human ehrlichiosis in the Florida bush. Before that he made a very modest living as a freelance writer and photographer, covering scuba diving and nautical archaeology.

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