Disaster recovery: it’s importance is irrefutable, but many are unprepared when disaster strikes. Disaster recovery ensures that data can be restored after any corruption or loss. Disasters that cause data loss range from accidental deletion of a file or program to natural disasters that completely destroy large areas of commercial real estate.

Disaster recovery will only become more important as the amount of data created and stored is increasing at unprecedented rates. Here are our top 8 reasons why tape is an essential to an effective disaster recovery strategy.

  1. Ransomware Can Encrypt Cloud Backup
    Valuable data can be irrecoverably lost to a hacker’s efforts, unless you have a secure solution in place to back it up and get it back. Tape is one of the only backups you can keep offsite and offline which protects it from ransomware encryption.
  2. Capacity
    Tapes have always been known for having a high capacity for data storage. But IBM recently increased that 20-fold. The current state of the art commercial tape drives can record up to 330 terabytes of uncompressed data on one cartridge; that’s roughly 330 million books stored on a tape no bigger than the palm of your hand.
  3. Reliability
    Automated tape systems have a proven reliability rate of more than 99.999%. Whereas the annualized failure rate for all drive models in this 2017 study was above 2.07%. What happens when the files that failed to backup are the specific ones requested in an audit?
  4. Keeps you Compliant
    Auditors want proof you’re complying with regulatory requirements for data accessibility. Studies show that 80%-90% of data is never accessed again but because of stringent compliance policies it’s required to keep. Without a long-term backup solution, such as tape, you’re at risk for a hefty fine or lawsuit.
  5. Cost Effective
    Tapes are very low cost per GB and studies repeatedly show that tape drives use less power and generate less heat than disk drives, lowering energy costs nearly 1/15th that of a disk.
  6. Portability
    Tape is one of the only mediums on which you can reliably store data and move it offsite for disaster recovery purposes, which is essential to an effective disaster recovery plan.
  7. Long Shelf Life
    Tape has a shelf life of 30 years when properly stored, which far surpasses the typical 7-10-year period for disk.
  8. Mitigates Risk
    Storing tapes in a secure location ensures sensitive information doesn’t violate privacy regulations and fall into the wrong hands. Tapes stored offsite with a trusted vendor is the most efficient choice for secure storage.

Finding a reliable vendor who understands the value of tape backup and storage should be a high priority when considering disaster recovery. ARKIVE’s state-of-the-art storage vaults, innovative radio frequency identification (RFID) technology, and local account management ensure proper care and storage of your tapes with easy, on-demand retrieval. Consider learning more about ARKIVE’s data protection services. You can also get more information or a free quote by contacting us at (844)-927-5483, option 1.