Tape storage doesn’t make the pages of The Wall Street Journal very often, but this past
year the most notable business journal in the U.S. took time to highlight
the increase in use of tape for
data protection. Here are some key takeaways:
Increased sophistication from hackers (ransomware) is driving
the shift toward tape. Unlike the cloud, hackers have no way to access physical
Finance, insurance, government, health insurers and other
regulated industries have always used tape to keep a digital copy of records.
Recently, other companies are starting to adopt similar strategies.
Advantages of tape include longer lifespan (30 years), higher
reliability and the ability to archive at third-party locations.
It’s still not as convenient as the cloud or disk.
Sometimes convenient isn’t secure—and when millions of dollars
are at stake, what’s convenient doesn’t always matter.
As Marc Langer, founder of Recovery Point, says in the article,
“Tape isn’t inefficient or ineffective, but it can be inconvenient. Good
security is almost always inconvenient.”