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Combining Tape and Disk for Data Recovery Best Practices

Written by  MOLLY RECTOR & BETH WALKER January 9, 2012

One of the keys to any data recovery planning and implementation is selecting the right tools to recover the data. Once the key people, data, and plan have been identified, the right combination of hardware equipment is required. In virtually every situation, it makes sense to include tape as part of your equipment selection. This may not be consistent with conventional wisdom for data recovery, but it’s true nonetheless. The disk industry took the lead in data protection following poor tape performance in the 1990s. The old perceptions about tape have lingered, but the fact is that tape reliability has improved more than 700 percent over the last 10 years and is now quantifiably more reliable and faster than the SATA disks that are typically paired with tape. This speaks to a significant point: just as disk has a

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