"Still" use tape for backup? Interesting reading about tape usage in 2020 and in future.



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IBM and Fujifilm have set yet another new world record in tape storage – the sixth since 2006. Pushing the limits, they achieved 317 GB/in2 (gigabits per square inch) in areal density on a prototype strontium ferrite (SrFe).

https://www.ibm.com/blogs/research/2020/12/tape-density-record/

 

So there will be a lot of development and increase in capacity in the future...

It’s amazing the density increases we’ve achieved by sticking to specific form factors such as tape, 3.5” HDD and microSD. Comparing where they started to now and the lack of any signs of slowing down is a testimony to what the human race can do!

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IBM and Fujifilm have set yet another new world record in tape storage – the sixth since 2006. Pushing the limits, they achieved 317 GB/in2 (gigabits per square inch) in areal density on a prototype strontium ferrite (SrFe).

https://www.ibm.com/blogs/research/2020/12/tape-density-record/

 

So there will be a lot of development and increase in capacity in the future...

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Some people miss this factor, more tape generation evolved more they are sensitive to humidity. It’s more than a typical disk.

Don’t miss this because some Datacenter don’t measure this. It’s crucial to don’t have a big surprise

Yes, you should schedule tape-to-tape copy after some years.

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With v11 pushing immutability this will provide a better fault domain for customers not wishing to go to the cloud route.

i love it !!!!

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I hope people won’t be too greedy with immutability. It’s really concrete when the linux host who host XFS is enough hardened or you will always exposed to side attack (voluntary degradation)

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Some people miss this factor, more tape generation evolved more they are sensitive to humidity. It’s more than a typical disk.

Don’t miss this because some Datacenter don’t measure this. It’s crucial to don’t have a big surprise

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With v11 pushing immutability this will provide a better fault domain for customers not wishing to go to the cloud route.

i love it !!!!

ultimate solution against crypto ransomware

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I think tape is great, I think the stigma it suffers is due to misuse like deduplication appliances. The issue isn’t in the technology but it’s deployment. I don’t believe tape should be used as an air gap solution (or not the primary air gap solution at least), for a single reason, it’s so slow!

 

I was dispatched to a school trust due to a ransomware attack, I discovered due to the attack vector and the entire backup solution being domain joined the primary backup repo had been encrypted, the customer then proceeded to recover from tape but it took between 1-2 weeks for all of their data to be recovered and brought online. It was nearly a week before core services were even restored.

 

With solutions such as Veeam Cloud Connect it makes sense to use VCC for air gap and keep tape for long term archiving purposes only. Most customers will keep their tape systems far longer than necessary and this causes them larger issues in the long run when using this as their DR response.

 

With v11 pushing immutability this will provide a better fault domain for customers not wishing to go to the cloud route.

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That's true; regularly moving disked based backup offsite could be complicated (at least physically :grin: )

Like @Link State has written, immutable disk based backups will probably complement a backup solution additionally to tape.

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@regnor , no, I think for offline - or even offsite - backups we will have tape for a long time… You cannot carry your disk based backups offsite - at least not easy and without problems…

And it is cheap - after you have bought the library and some tape, then addng tapes costs not much...

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For us tape is still the number one solution for archiving and offline backups.

I'm wondering if that will change in the near future with the rise of immutable and hardened disk-based backup solutions.

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Tape is a super solution for long retentions.

Some of my clients want to keep yearly backups for several years, so tape is a easy solution to achieve this.

I hope VEEAM keeps up its efforts to improve tape support in their products. And yes, I have seen that there are several improvements in V11 :grin:

Yes, there are a lot of new tape-features in v11, other enterprise-backup solutions had for years. Gap is getting smaller and smaller! :thumbsup_tone4:

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Tape is a super solution for long retentions.

Some of my clients want to keep yearly backups for several years, so tape is a easy solution to achieve this.

I hope VEEAM keeps up its efforts to improve tape support in their products. And yes, I have seen that there are several improvements in V11 :grin:

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backup tapes are widely used to make a sort of airgap backup and to fulfill the 3-2-1 backup offsite for the win rules.

Fully agree! Therefore I used the quotes (“) to show the irony of the sentence. Tapes are still extreme widely used and this report shows that this will even increase in the future! A lot of my customers use and will use tapes. Most of them prefer investing in tapes than in cloud-backup.

true story friend, imho let's say the best setup for data protection is:

- primary storage backup 7 -10 days

- storage tier cloud medium term backup with data immutability enabled

- Tape for long long retention alternatively

I had designed but I have to test it, storage snapshot primary backup and storage sync volume on a secondary storage (similar to an airgap backup) and subsequent vaulting on tape

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backup tapes are widely used to make a sort of airgap backup and to fulfill the 3-2-1 backup offsite for the win rules.

Fully agree! Therefore I used the quotes (“) to show the irony of the sentence. Tapes are still extreme widely used and this report shows that this will even increase in the future! A lot of my customers use and will use tapes. Most of them prefer investing in tapes than in cloud-backup.

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backup tapes are widely used to make a sort of airgap backup and to fulfill the 3-2-1 backup offsite for the win rules.

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