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From Punch Cards to Uninterrupted Access – The Evolution of Computer Systems Backup


Business technology has evolved into the dynamic, web-based, data-driven systems we take for granted today. With digital transformation comes the need for speed, performance and an expectation of no downtime, no data loss and no interruption. In this fast-paced environment, backup capabilities have often struggled to keep up.

We all know that history can be cyclical, so to ensure we don’t repeat the mistakes of the past and to fully appreciate where backup technologies are today and where they’re headed, it’s important to understand how they’ve evolved (or not) over the years. For decades, data backup technologies were more or less static. Backup applications copied files to punch cards, tape, CDs or disks according to a predetermined schedule, and there really wasn't much more to it. Below is a brief timeline of these static backup methods.

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