Everyone loves a good comeback. Whether it's the inspirational experience of living through the triumph and ultimate sensation of success for a sports team achieving the impossible (Think USA's Miracle on Ice!) or the revival of a legacy technology tape-based backup solution. People want to be along for the ride, be part of the narrative and share in some of the triumph without actually participating.
There's another comeback that's in progress and it's in hardware. You and your clients get a chance to be part of this comeback and be part of the narrative. At one time tape technology was generally considered quite simply a legacy product at best, but surprisingly it's mounting a comeback.
Why is tape becoming relevant again? Well, it provides some of the best keywords commonly used in the storage industry: secure and cost-efficient.
"The latest tape drives provide a secure and cost-efficient storage infrastructure for a backup or archive platform," said Mark Hill, program director of tape development at IBM.
"With malware concerns on the rise, tape provides a great air-gap solution, which means you can easily pull a tape cartridge offline and simply store it on a shelf, creating a physical barrier or 'air gap' between hackers and your data," Hill said.
IBM tape-based data storage solutions offer many data protection features. Besides data encryption and key management, you can configure tape as write once, read many (WORM) technology to ensure your data once written cannot be tampered or modified at all.