What Happens When Your Tape Backup Software Fails?

by | Feb 13, 2015 | Business Continuity, Cloud & Hosting

What are the risks of tape backup software and systems?

When running a business, you understand the importance of your computer systems.  They hold all the vital information your company possesses.  This information holds records for all the transactions of your company. It maintains important tax information, client information, as well as employee records. You understand that incidents happen.  Computers crash and often, information is lost.  This is why you implemented tape backup software.

This helps to maintain a hard copy of all the information your company needs. It can be very practical to keep a backup of all your business information on a tape backup system.  In cases of natural disaster, your computer systems can be destroyed.  The tape backup software will have made copies of all the information your business needs.  However, in the event of a fire or other such incident, these tapes can become damaged, as well.  This can completely wipe all the information you had backed up.  Without this information, your business cannot restore its systems.  This can completely ruin your business.

There are other disadvantages to using tape backup software.  The tape is very fragile and must be replaced at regular intervals.  Otherwise, the materials can degrade and damage the information saved to them.  Many times, this damage is not discovered until restoration.  Since they are magnetic tape storage devices, the information stored can only be read from start to finish.  This can make for a lengthy restoration of your company data.

In addition to their unreliability, tape backup devices can be a risk to your company.  The tapes are vulnerable to loss or theft.  Often, they are stored with an employee or vendor that may not keep them in a secure location.  It is also difficult to encrypt the information stored with tape backup software.  This makes it easier for confidential business and employee information to be retrieved by unauthorized people.

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It may be more prudent to keep other forms of backup for your important information.  Keeping your information off-site can be a benefit to your company.  There are solutions that are more secure than standard tape backup software.  Saving your storage to a cloud system can be a better option.  A cloud system works by remotely storing your data for these instances.  This can allow you to restore your systems quickly in the event of any type of data destroying disaster.  For more information about cloud services and other methods for data storage, you can contact us.

Dale Shulmistra is a Business Continuity Specialist at Invenio IT, responsible for shaping the company’s technology initiatives -- selecting, designing, implementing & supporting business continuity solutions to bolster client operational efficiencies and eliminate downtime.