February 22, 2011, 4:11 PM — Tape backup is dead. Long live tape backup.
The bane of many an IT pro's existence, tape backups have been around for decades, frustrating the folks who have to rotate the tapes, troubleshoot backup failures, ship the tapes to offsite locations, track down lost tapes, and deal with the aftermath of unreadable tapes.
While technologies exist to vastly improve backup and recovery processes, many companies have delayed modernizing their backup infrastructure. Now a confluence of factors - greater storage demands, the need for faster data recovery, and the availability of cloud-based backup services - is spurring action.