Tape drive is a data storage device that reads & writes data on a magnetic tape. Magnetic tape data storage is typically used for offline, archival data storage. Tape media generally has a favorable unit cost and long archival stability.
The traditional backup approach included the use of tape for everyday backup needs.
According to a handful of sources (ehow, Wikipedia, and Searchdatabackup.com), manufacturers claim that tape can last up to thirty years. This can make it a useful medium for archiving. The problem with that number is that magnetic tapes will only last that long under absolutely optimum environmental conditions.
It required changing tape media at regular intervals and off shipping it to an alternate location. Due to the COVID situation, it was impossible to change tape media, causing no backup or to implement a new solution immediately, which needed a higher cost as one cannot negotiate.
Traditional Backup Approach
On one hand, where most of the activities in IT space kept on going without much impact, backup requirements caused savior disruptions. Organizations that transformed timely to disk-based or cloud backup solutions need not had to worry anything for backup.
All the backup or restore activities kept on managed remotely. This will be learning to have a technology which should have little to no impact of not only fire, flood or earthquake but also in a situation like COVID where the physical presence of human resource may not be possible.
An article by Yogendra Tripathi