Three key benefits of tape storage include high capacity, air-gapped security, and low cost. This makes it ideal for archival and backup needs. Tape has been a backup medium for IBM i for decades and is integrated into many popular backup solutions like Veeam, making it easy to add to your existing backup system.
Integrating tape into your backup solution for X86-based systems ensures a fully air-gapped and cost-effective backup repository. This allows for longer-term storage as the local backup repository is overwritten according to your retention policy. Periodically copying full copies of the repository to tape, air-gapped and stored in a different location, adds protection against data loss due to corruption, cyber-attacks, or physical disasters.
IBM LTO tape technology features impressive compression processed on the drive itself, without additional processing overhead on your system. LTO9 offers a native capacity of 18 TB and up to 45 TB compressed, with each generation increasing significantly. This ongoing capacity improvement in tape technology ensures its relevance and effectiveness for data storage needs.