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Toolkit: Calculating tape backup needs

Originally Published:
Sep 2013

Backup tapes might be down, but they’re not out by a long shot. If your company is one of the 83 percent still relying on them, use Tech Pro Research's Tape Backup Calculator to determine your annual tape needs.

Tape remains a steady workhorse with a lot going for it. For instance, tape is cheaper, more reliable and has greater capacity than SATA disk based backups. Also, 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.

Download Tech Pro Research's toolkit on how to calculate tape backup needs, for access to the Excel spreadsheet to calculate your own tape backup needs and a printable pdf article with details on the calculator and how to use it.

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