Tapes... tapes... tapes... GAH
Have decided that backing up to tape is so last year... Is busy putting together a Linux server to house our archives, and do a backup to tape once a month to save on tape drive wear and tear.
It is a schlepp though - but if hard drives start to get cheaper than tapes, then surely why not archive it to hard drive instead of tape? Quicker response time... but the drawback of hard drives is growing defects.
So tape, as long storage medium, still have its advantages.
Can still remember the dinky 40Mb tape drives you used to connect to the floppy drive controller back in the days.
What we need is a HDD that will never fail or lose its data - that can keep the data safe for 20 years. By that time you won't be needing that data anyway. But wait... hard drive interfaces do change, by that time you won't be able to read from the hard drive(s) at all - look at the older type of HDD's once found in IBM XT's...
Same can be said of tape - by the time you want to read from tape, no suitable tape streamer can be found (or one that's still in working condition...)
And in the meantime the amount of data you'll need to backup doubles in size. Subset to Moore's law anybody?
Makes one want to ESC the rat (backup) race...