If you've been listening to music or watching movies over the last couple of decades, you've obviously noticed an undeniable trend – no one uses tapes anymore. When you want to enjoy your old favorites, you don't whip out a VHS or audio cassette. You have new high-tech solutions like your iTunes and Netflix accounts that work far better.
So why should your business' data backup be any different?
"Disaster recovery as a service is the new way of doing things, and it's time to embrace that."
Much like your music and movie collections, your data doesn't need to be on tapes anymore. If you're interested in backing up your organization's files to protect against a potential disaster, you can do that simply by moving it to the cloud. This strategy has, time and time again, proven faster and more effective than relying on tapes.
Cloud backup systems are the clear direction of the present and future. Why remain in the past?
Tape's role is fading away
Tapes have historically played a significant role in helping companies with their data backup needs, but that role is now beginning to disappear, according to TechTarget. Bob Laliberte, storage management analyst with the Enterprise Strategy Group, told the news source that tape was big six or eight years ago, but not so much anymore.
"Everything was backed up to tape and sent off-site, and then if a disaster occurred, the tape backups were brought back on site," Laliberte explained. "The problem that tape is running into today is the length of time it takes to not only get the data to tape, but also getting that data off the tape, to recover the data, is a very lengthy process."
Tape was the primary method for doing disaster recovery in the last decade, but that was before the arrival of the cloud.
The cloud is taking over
Now, cloud backup is near-universally accepted as the best way to handle data backup. According to Computer Weekly, there are numerous reasons for this. Chris Evans, an independent consultant focused on virtualization and cloud technologies, told the news source that the benefits to relying on cloud backup include portability, access and easier compliance.
"It is likely that most cloud archive providers are already using tape to deliver their services today," Evans noted. "But, what these services add is a framework in which data can be stored and retrieved with all the additional features of security and compliance. For many organizations, the shift will be to use cloud archiving services."
Portable data backup is of the essence these days. If your data is lost, you want to get it back immediately, not wait hours or even days for tapes to be shipped to you. The cloud offers this capability in a way that tapes can't.
Don't be stuck in 2011
Tapes were popular back in the day, but that was before we had other options available to us. Just because something worked years ago doesn't mean it's the way to go now.
In short, your business shouldn't get itself stuck back in 2011. Disaster recovery as a service is the new way of doing things, and it's time to embrace that.