Data backup tapes are built with magnetic media. Magnetic media is extremely susceptible to corruption and exposure. Most systems that rely on magnetic media are designed to detect these corrupted areas, mark them as “bad,” and not use them in the future. But with backup tapes, the data is usually saved to the magnetic media and then exposure, a fingerprint, getting too close to a magnetized area, or any of several other things occur and the data on the tape becomes unusable, and you don’t ever know it, or at least not until you try to restore and find it isn’t there. There is a significant failure rate on magnetic media and yet people largely don’t realize it because they just assume the data that is stored on their tapes is safe and sound.
Data backup is a fundamental part of nearly every organization’s disaster recovery and business continuity plans. But long gone are the days when you had a simple tape backup drive connected to a computer with a single tape that would back up days and weeks worth of data to a single tape.
The volume of data organizations back up is enormous and growing larger all the time. Different strategies have been used by companies to back up their data. Larger, more sophisticated tape backup systems are often used. More progressive organizations have employed remote data backup services where data is backed up over the Internet to a secure facility. Regardless of which method companies use, Perimeter CTO Kevin Prince says there seem to be some common pitfalls that can severely affect a company’s processes and bottom line.
Using an up-to-date remote data backup solution with such features as file de-duplication, in-file de-duplication and compression will not only solve the problems of traditional tape backup and older remote data backup solutions, it will save you thousands of dollars in what is ultimately a far superior solution. If you got burnt when trying a previous iteration of remote data backup or still use a tape backup system, now is the time to evaluate a better solution in order to avoid these common pitfalls.
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