- One solution doesn’t fit all – Ninety-four percent of survey respondents using or planning to use tape are using it as part of a hybrid solution. The majority of those (67 percent) are using tape backup in conjunction with shared storage, while 44 percent are using it in conjunction with direct-attached storage or external hard drives. A quarter of respondents are currently using or plan to use cloud-based or online backup services.
- Tape is a valuable asset – When asked why IT professionals use or plan to use tape as a backup and recovery solution, 43 percent of respondents cited the cost-effectiveness of the solution, 24 percent noted the longevity of the technology and 20 percent commended tape’s superior storage capabilities.
- Tape is a multi-purpose solution – IT professionals using tape backup feel it is either “very effective” or “extremely effective” at addressing organizational challenges in data retention policies (61 percent), data archiving (60 percent), data recovery (58 percent) and disaster recovery (54 percent).
“Tape backup continues to be a cornerstone of any organization’s data management practices – regardless of industry, geography or size,” said Jay Livens, director of product and solution marketing, Iron Mountain. “These survey results further illustrate that tape is invaluable to many SMB IT professionals and reinforces that tape can be effectively combined with several other storage solutions to meet every organization’s unique data backup and recovery needs.”To successfully leverage tape in your organization, Iron Mountain recommends adhering to the following guidelines:
- Determine priorities – Do you need a cost-effective solution? Do you need to frequently access records? Do you need a scalable solution? By prioritizing your organization’s needs, you’ll better be able to determine the appropriate solution, or combination of solutions.
- You can have it all – IT professionals should feel empowered to combine several storage solutions to solve their organization’s challenges, and should be prepared to adjust their storage strategy over time.
- Keep an open mind – Tape technology is constantly evolving. For instance, Linear Tape File System (LTFS) offers a wide range of advanced features, including proactive diagnostic capabilities, data integrity checking, native hardware encryption and more.
- Turn to experts for help – Don’t try to do it all yourself. Third-party vendors can serve as a valuable resource for data storage and management – particularly if security is a priority for your organization.