94% of SMBs Use or
Plan to Use Tape as Part of Hybrid Solution for Backup
The results of an Iron Mountain survey of IT professionals at SMBs show
almost all use or plan to use magnetic tape cartridges as part of their strategy
to backup data.
As SMBs face growing data management challenges, tape
remains a foundational tool for these organizations due to its cost
effectiveness, longevity and ease of use.
Key findings from survey point to continued bright
future for tape backup in SMBs:
Versus Reality: The Role of Tape Backup in SMB, the survey asked more than
400 North American IT professionals in March
2013 to assess the role tape backup. With
91% of the survey respondents coming from organizations with fewer than 250
employees, the results offer a glimpse into the IT landscape of today's SMBs.
The survey was conducted by Spiceworks, Inc., the network for more than 2.5
million IT professionals.
- One solution doesn't fit all
- 94% of survey respondents using or planning to use tape are using it as
part of a hybrid solution. The majority of those (67%) are using tape backup
in conjunction with shared storage, while 44% are using it in conjunction
with DAS or external HDDs. A quarter of
respondents are currently using or plan to use cloud-based or online backup
- Tape is a valuable asset
- When asked why IT professionals use or plan to use tape as a backup and
recovery solution, 43% of respondents cited the cost-effectiveness of the
solution, 24% noted the longevity of the technology and 20% commended tape's
superior storage capabilities.
- Tape is a multi-purpose
solution - IT professionals using tape
backup feel it is either "very effective" or "extremely effective" at
addressing organizational challenges in data retention policies (61%), data
archiving (60%), data ecovery (58%) and DR (54%).
Additionally, the survey confirms that as the complexity
of tape backup and hybrid systems increases, the role of third-party storage
vendors becomes increasingly important. Third-party vendors can help
organizations manage their overall backup and recovery strategy by providing
optimal storage facilities, expertise and sophisticated managed services.
Over one-third of
respondents who use tape are either currently using or planning to use a
third-party vendor to store and secure their tape backups. The majority of these
respondents (70%) state that security is the top concern. This is followed by
ease of retrieving backups (54%). Cost comes in as the third most important
Tape backup continues to be a cornerstone of any
organization's data management practices - regardless of industry, geography or
size. These survey results further illustrate that tape is invaluable to
many SMB IT professionals and reinforces that tape can be effectively combined
with several other storage solutions to meet every organization's unique backup
and recovery needs.