A recent sales win with a customer who was a long-time Iron Mountain Enterprise Tape Backup user got me thinking…
I was surprised that we were replacing their tape backup solution with our Enterprise Backup for the cloud. Isn’t tape dead??
So I looked into it. It turns out that for archiving, tape makes sense. If you have regulatory or compliance reasons to keep data for 7 years, 10 years, or even indefinitely, it’s a logical choice.
But what about the issues? Tape failure rates were the most alarming. I “heard” anywhere from 5 to 70% failure rates, but firsthand, my customer told me his failure rates were about 1 in 5. And he was retrieving tapes about once a week. Yikes.
And tape touches so many hands. Anymore, that makes me nervous. I’ve known too many humans in my life. That’s a bit crass, but you know the Liberty Mutual car commercial, (think ‘80’s band, Human League) “We’re only human…” while the lady’s car rolls off the ferry in to the water, or the lady whose car door gets ripped off by a passing car as she reaches for her purse. (Is it only women?? I think not).
Anyway, my research shows the benefit of tape. It’s nice to see the tapes being made, copied, verified, and watch them head to the loading doc. I’m a bit of a doubting Thomas, so I get that. But I’m at least technologically savvy enough to also believe that when I go online and can check to see that the files I’ve stored on my cloud server are listed, that they’re really there. And I’d rather be able to restore from a backup immediately at the push of button rather than wait for a truck and some errant delivery guy (who’s just taken the door off a woman’s parked car). Just sayin’.
So if you’re still doing tape backups, and you want to give the cloud a go, check this out.