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Tape backup remains in widespread use despite the competitive advances in disk and cloud based backup solutions. A Storage Media Group survey states that 83 percent of companies are still using tape for at least some of their backups and roughly the same amount depend on it in some measure for data archival purposes. 

As a result, tape remains a steady workhorse with a lot going for it. According to an article on Infostor.com, 10 Reasons Tape Storage Is Better Than Disk, tape is cheaper, more reliable and has greater capacity than SATA disk based backups. The article points out tapes can hold up to five terabytes (Tb) of data. Tapes have a life span of decades these days, compared to disks which may only last a quarter or less of that timeframe even in ideal conditions.

Virtualization strategies and cloud-based data protection are also considerations, as well as the obvious difference between comparing the speed of network bandwidth to tape drive speeds.


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