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Do I still need tape backup

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Hi there,

I you were designing a new system using SAN technologies and had decent bandwidth between your prod and DR environment, would you

a) use tape and replication
b) just use replication

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Unless you have hotplug drives to take off site to a bank or Iron Mountain, then tapes are still an excellent offsite media.

By Dr environment are you referring to an Internet backup site?  If so that would be sufficient to ensure that you are covered in the case of a disaster at your site.
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Just to be safe, I would maintain the tape backups, mostly for recovering accidentily deleted files.  I have gone to using 1TB usb 3.0 portable drives as my backup device.  They are not a lot more than a tape costs these days, plus they are faster and just as portable.
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Although its harder and harder to justify tape for backup with all the advantages that D2D systems give, it can be seen from this report that the only solution for archiving is still tape Tape delivers

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Think of the worst possible scenario:
The building(s) where the majority of your servers and/or information are completely destroyed by fire, water, acts of God, etc.
If you have an offiste place to keep your tapes you are protected.
If you don't, yes this might be a low priority, but eventually if the company resumes they will want their data restored on a server.
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Kelly W.

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Thanks...sorry about the delay.
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Thanks! Glad I could help.
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