My fellow coders. I am back! After a super duper delay in posting, TriForceCode is back to blogging. I just wanted to take a moment and explain my absence. I recently moved from South America back to the US and have been busy, busy, busy. Home hunting, job hunting, interviews, exam prep, exams, and starting my Master’s Degree, I have barely had a moment to myself.
After more than too many moons away, I finally have a solid, set schedule and am ready to crank out my two cents on today’s technology.
Given the amount of time I have been away, I am sure my Hosting service was getting ready to move my blog to Offsite Storage, and that brings me to today’s topic.
Yo! You got that mixtape backup?
I was recently talking to a coworker about co-location of tape drive storage, and my first thought was “Tape Backups are still a thing”? Whoa (insert shocked Keanu meme here)
Apparently, Tape Backups and off-site or co-location storage is still very much a thing, and here is why:
Compliance or Service Level Agreements.
Cloud Provides love to brag about how much storage they have and your data is 99.99999999999% safe with us, but your data, depending on the type it is, is not always immediately available, and the reason for that, even the big dogs like AWS are using TAPE backups.
Robinson, D. (2017) of Data Center Dynamics wrote: Amazon does not say what technology its Glacier service uses, but it is widely believed that it is based on tape storage, simply because the retrieval times quoted to customers are as much as several hours.
A lot of organizations are required by law to maintain records for an X amount of time, but the cost of keeping them accessible, especially when using networked or cloud storage can become expensive, especially when records start to get in the terabytes or petabytes. The Cloud motto is “you pay for what you use.”
Therefore a much more cost-effective solution is tape backups, and copies of those backups in an offsite location.
StorageCraft.com is quoted as saying: “According to a handful of sources (how, Wikipedia, and Searchdatabackup.com), manufacturers claim that tape can last up to thirty years. This can make it a useful medium for archiving. The problem with that number is that magnetic tapes will only last that long under absolutely optimum environmental conditions.”
30 Years! What! Insanity, our data will most likely outlive our care. It’s so old; I don’t care anymore. Haha
Okay, fellow Coders. It feels good to be back, and I hope you enjoyed the read.