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Posted By: IT Wiser
17 Per Cent of UK Organisations Still Rely On Tape Backups – Are You One of Them?
The rise of cloud computing and the subsequent availability of Cloud Online Backup has greatly improved disaster recovery for small-to-medium-sized businesses (SMEs), both in efficiency and security. However, despite its vast benefits, a significant number of UK organisations are still to embrace the cloud, instead favouring old-fashioned tape when storing backup’s offsite.
According to Databarracks’ annual Data Health Check, which questioned 400 UK-based IT ‘decision makers’, 17 per cent said that their companies still use tape as the preferred method of backup, while around a quarter use a combination of tape and cloud.
The popularity of Cloud Online Backup has grown immensely in the past few years, something that is largely due to the benefits it offers over tape, through data encryption, cross-platform compatibility, and reliable restoration.
While using tape is certainly better than having no disaster recovery solution in place at all, the drawbacks are such that it can no longer be relied upon as a primary method of backup.
The Disadvantages of Tape
Fragility – tape is physically delicate and easily compromised by heat and humidity. The strain these environmental factors place on the hardware can easily corrupt files and cause tapes to snap during restoration.
High Rate of Failure – Experts estimate that as many as 71 per cent of tape restores fail. This is mostly due to the fragility and sensitivity of the hardware.
Vulnerable to Theft and Natural Disaster – Tape is physical hardware that is typically accessible to anyone. This leaves it open to theft and at risk of damage due to fire or natural disaster.
Frequent Replacements Required – It is recommended that tape cartridges be replaced every 6-12 months.
Limited Storage – Tape can typically only store around 5GB of data. By comparison, Cloud Online Backup can offer unlimited storage, scaling according to data requirements.
Time-Consuming – While backup speeds benefit from the lack of reliance of bandwidth that cloud backup has, the fact that tapes must be wound and rewound along with lengthy restores makes using them an overall sluggish and sometimes frustrating process.
No Data Encryption – Tapes are rarely, if ever, encrypted, which puts sensitive data at risk.
Recent security threats such as CryptoLocker ransomware and the OpenSLL Heartbleed bug have highlighted the need to put a disaster recovery plan in place and file backups must be at the heart of these plans. If your business is one of the 17 per cent still relying on tape, contact ITWiser today and let us set you up with Cloud Online Backup – a future-proof solution designed to secure your business.