Download | March 29, 2012

Warning: Rumors Of Tape's Demise Greatly Exaggerated

Earlier this year, I would have predicted that 2012 would have been the year tape media made the same transition that film-based picture cameras made a few years ago. At a couple of trade shows I attended, storage vendors offered up analyst stats that further confirmed this hunch, with some claiming "42% of data restores from tape fail" and others claiming that number to be as high as 71%. Further adding to the tape demise theory is the fact that disk-based backup is growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of nearly 17% per year, according to a recent report from IDC.

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