As organizations continue to generate big data volumes at exponential rates, information management has become important. Keeping data secured is mounting pressure on the companies as IT budgets to efficiently manage data are quite high. Data backup is spread across every handheld device, laptop, desktop, and server within an organization.

Industry experts are increasingly debating on the importance of tape as a data back-up and storage device.

Tapes are widely used for transporting data and keeping it safe and secured from any failures. The storage device is generally used for archiving the offline data. It has an extended archival stability and a propitious unit cost.

Tape drives provide sequential storage access and can stream information very quickly. It has a large storage capacity and is a very economical option as compared to the hard disk storage devices. One of the major shortcomings of tape drives is that the end-user needs to keep rolling the tape from the beginning until the required data is located. On the other hand, cloud is considered as an ideal solution for restoring and backing-up the specific files, its capabilities are restricted by the bandwidth limitations.

As the necessity to backup data and information taxes an organization, it is important to complement this with a hybrid strategy of partnering with a cloud service provider. The cloud computing providers are gradually moving to the hybrid cloud solutions to proficiently address this issue. The service vendors offering cloud computing services use de-duplication and compression to minimize the data sent through the Internet. Other benefits include:

Network Security: The hybrid option provides access controls, network security and encryption to protect the mission critical data and files of the businesses. For information that requires greater security, controls and audits; tape drive is a more risky option for various enterprise environments.

Data Recovery: By using a cloud storage solution, companies can easily retrieve their critical data instantaneously. For this, they need to request their cloud storage provider to offer a detailed SLA agreement. It is also important for the businesses to ensure that their onsite tape back-up continuously meets their regular data recovery needs.

Data back-up for Big Files: According to the Radicati Group, corporate e-mails only accounts for about 36% of the total data. It is for this reason, it is highly important for the businesses to regularly retain the archives of their emails, so they never lose their critical information.