An Ocean of Data
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.