The Data Protection Services (DPS) business sector is the management of data back-up services. Tape back-up is not dead, but it’s changing. Not long ago tape back-up was part of a primary disaster recovery program for backing up large volume data. As the price for disk storage dropped dramatically, tape storage changed. Today tape is a second or third level tiered back-up of back-ups such as cloud and/or disk back up. This change is also apparent by business size. Small to medium sized businesses have almost all migrated to the cloud. Big companies are using more tape than ever, however mostly as archival or duplicate tape back-up. Tape back-up remains an inexpensive ‘insurance’ against data disasters.
In developed markets, the industry is experiencing changes. Tape is still an excellent vehicle to store video and audio archives or any data-intensive archive application which requires an inexpensive archiving solution. As an archival solution, tape remains easily readable for many years and is almost legacy proof.
In emerging markets such as Brazil, China, Columbia, India, the Middle East, etc., the picture is different. Tape back-up is a smaller niche-like business. Many of the new system technologies purchased in emerging markets leap-frogged tape back-up as disaster recovery and went directly to the cloud.
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