Tape Library

Written by Jessica Duquette
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A tape library may not be what you initially imagined. Instead of a bunch of backup tapes lining a shelf labeled with dates or times, it is a working piece of a network that helps keep down time to a minimum. The library can be called upon if the network fails or shuts down and can provide archived data in relatively no time.

A Working Tape Library

While it may be necessary to keep daily backups, the amount of tapes generated by this could exceed space limitations. Having a way to store tapes and easily find specific information is a vital part of any backup strategy and one that can be accomplished with the products available today. Libraries may be able to hold up to 6,000 tapes in a limited area and use a tape manager that will enable data to be pulled up quickly and accurately.

Where to Store

There is a long running argument about where backup tapes should be stored and maintained. Keeping them at an office location provides easy access but can also cause problems if the reason a backup is needed is because of a fire or other office damage. Keeping tapes at an off site location protects against fire or water damage but it may take much longer to find the backup tapes and restore the system.

Each situation is different and both scenarios should be researched and followed up on. The best solution may be to keep a tape library in a company's physical location but also ship copies off to a third party. That way there will always be a tape available should an emergency occur but the library can also be maintained on the premises.

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