During the ‘classic age’ of computers, generally considered to be in the 1960s and 1970s, tape backup IT solutions were considered standard. With the advent of hard drives, tape backups came to be used less and less, particularly for final end users who preferred to rely on the instant access capability of discs. The truth about tape backup, however, is that it has never completely vanished from the scene.
Advantages of Tape Backup Systems
One of the primary benefits of tape backups is that they provide a way for enterprises to create a backup copy of data that can be readily stored off-site. This is important, for example, because in the event of a catastrophic fire or natural disaster, all on-site computers including servers might be utterly destroyed, along with all their data. A tape backup stored in an alternate location can escape this fate.
In addition, tape backups are very efficient in terms of space consumption, which makes them ideal for storing them in small areas such as safe deposit boxes. In addition, though digital data does have a certain rate of decomposition related to the durability of the underlying source material, tape backups are considered to have a long shelf life. This makes them available for use as a backup many years in the future. It also means that a regularly created collection of tape backups can serve as an archive of company historical data. This can be very useful in creating longitudinal reports that rely on information no longer current enough to be included natively in current data systems.
Tape backups can be implemented by a managed programs model.