Tape is more cost effective for Small Business users? erm no.
weirdly i have been looking at backup solutions today for a friends start up company of around 15 users 1mail 1 file and 1SQL server. they would like to remove the backup and take off site and also recover deleted files quickly.
They can achieve their requirements for around £1500 New system total but it will actualy only cost them around £600 as they only need for symantec backup exec they have the rest lying around as spares.
Server or PC
Windows Server OS
2x icybox removable storage drives
2x 1TB HDD or 2TB HDD as they grow
Backup with remote agents from the other servers to removable HDD's
1 of them for offsite backup that they can take out everyday. the other for incremental archiving.
This offers fast and reliable backup solution
as they arnt a big company they wont use more than 1TB of data for the foreseeable future and no staff are waiting to long for someone to restore data for them.
yes its not as cheap as a tape drives but time is money right? if you can save time you earn more money! i can see bigger company's will still use tape drives for archiving huge amounts of data but small business's... really?