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Small and medium sized businesses remain committed to tape

The results of an Iron Mountain survey of IT professionals at small- and mid-sized businesses (SMBs) show that almost all use or plan to use magnetic tape cartridges as part of their strategy to backup data.

Entitled ‘Perception Versus Reality: The Role of Tape Backup in SMB,’ the survey asked more than 400 North American IT professionals in March 2013 to assess the role of tape backup. With 91 percent of the survey respondents coming from organizations with fewer than 250 employees, the results offer a unique glimpse into the IT landscape of today’s small and medium-sized business. The survey was conducted by Spiceworks.

Key findings from the survey included:

- 94 percent of survey respondents using or planning to use tape are using it as part of a hybrid solution. The majority of those (67 percent) are using tape backup in conjunction with shared storage, while 44 percent are using it in conjunction with direct-attached storage or external hard drives. A quarter of respondents are currently using or plan to use cloud-based or online backup services.

- When asked why IT professionals use or plan to use tape as a backup and recovery solution, 43 percent of respondents cited the cost-effectiveness of the solution, 24 percent noted the longevity of the technology and 20 percent commended tape’s superior storage capabilities.

- IT professionals using tape backup feel it is either ‘very effective’ or ‘extremely effective’ at addressing organizational challenges in data retention policies (61 percent), data archiving (60 percent), data recovery (58 percent) and disaster recovery (54 percent).

To download the full study, visit http://www.ironmountain.com/roleoftape

•Date: 5th September 2013 • US •Type: Article • Topic: ICT continuity

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