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Enterprise Computing: Six Reasons Why Tape is Still Alive and Kicking!

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In homage to Calvin’s post of today, extolling the virtues of tape, I couldn’t help but create my own tongue-in-cheek version of his post.  So here are my reasons tape still exists in the enterprise.

  • Because we just spent $5million on huge automated tape libraries (that mount each tape on average once a year) on a 5 year depreciation cycle and historically libraries stay forever.
  • Because someone manually changed the tape retention on hundreds of backups to “forever” and we have no idea why they are needed.  If we delete them, chances are the authorities will sue our asses.
  • Because it would be too freaking expensive to move all our old historical backups to tape (and chances are we can’t read them anyway).
  • Because our current backup cycle takes far too many copies and we can’t be bothered to do the real work to understand what’s required (and tape is cheap).
  • Because rewriting the application to write data as archive and true backup would require employing some decent (and expensive) application developers.
  • Because using tape is just too easy.

Sorry Calvin, couldn’t pass up the opportunity!

About Chris M Evans

Chris M Evans has worked in the technology industry since 1987, starting as a systems programmer on the IBM mainframe platform, while retaining an interest in storage. After working abroad, he co-founded an Internet-based music distribution company during the .com era, returning to consultancy in the new millennium. In 2009 Chris co-founded Langton Blue Ltd (www.langtonblue.com), a boutique consultancy firm focused on delivering business benefit through efficient technology deployments. Chris writes a popular blog at http://blog.architecting.it, attends many conferences and invitation-only events and can be found providing regular industry contributions through Twitter (@chrismevans) and other social media outlets.
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