The cost of lost data can be staggering; far greater than the cost of putting in place a robust data protection plan. In addition to costs due to downtime, legal liability is a factor for some records.
To protect your company data, tape is an important part of any data protection plan.
The Benefits of Tape
While other storage options, including disk drives, CD-ROM, and DVD, are designed for varying applications, tape drives and media are designed specifically for critical data backup. Characteristics of tape include:
- Mobility. Storing tape off site is standard procedure. Tapes can be stored for many years and can be read or overwritten with any compatible drive.
- Affordability. Tapes cost less in terms of electricity and administration. Media is also affordable in the long term.
- High capacity. Relative to CD/DVD technology, tape offers more capacity on a single piece of media. LTO7 Ultrium tapes can have a capacity of 6.0 TB native and up to 15 TB compressed.