Running a business without a backup and disaster recovery (BDR) strategy in place would be like jumping out of a plane without a parachute. It’s unheard of. You run the risk of losing more than just your business’ data. A data loss event has the potential to create a situation that would make it nearly impossible for your company to recover from. For the longest time, a tape backup was the most prominent data backup solution. Today we look at the tape backup and why they are a less than ideal solution to your backup needs.
When Tape Was King
Today, we are accustomed to clicking a button or dragging files to upload to the cloud. A simple procedure that we don’t think too much about. But before the cloud, there were tape backups. For years, tape backups were the backup solution for businesses. The day’s work would be copied onto magnetic tape. It would then be stored either on or off-site in the event of data loss. With no other options, tape backups were the way to go.
Problems with a Tape Backup
As you could imagine, tape backups come with a lot of disadvantages. Looking at them through today’s technology, tape backups almost look primitive. There are a few reasons why having a physical backup in the age of the cloud is still a good idea, but by no means should it be your only backup. Here’s why.
So many of our technological processes are automated. There was a time when a person had to do a task themselves. For a tape backup, an employee would have to set the backup, or it wouldn’t be done. There was no room for error. If the person responsible for the backup didn’t do it, an entire day’s worth of work and data could be in jeopardy.
A tape backup takes up more than just an employee’s time. Tape backups are very resource-intensive. Because of this, tape backups would have to be done after-hours, so there wasn’t too much strain on the network. This meant one backup per day. That left a lot of data at risk of being lost.
The most glaring disadvantage of a physical tape backup is that it can be destroyed. Much like your office building, a physical backup can be lost in a flood, fire, or other natural disasters. To minimize the risk, a tape backup would be stored off-site. This just made the backup harder to access if it would need to be recovered.
Cloud Backup and Recovery
By now you might realize that a backup and disaster recovery strategy utilizing the cloud solves all these issues. A cloud backup can be automated to take place as often as every 15 minutes, ensuring as little data as possible is subject to potentially being lost. Automatic updates also require fewer business resources. Finally, cloud backups are stored off-site and across multiple locations, making them secure and easily accessible when they are needed.