Backup Tape Rotation & Vaulting [Video]

Backup tape, tape vaulting, and tape rotation practices are covered in this week’s video guide. Outlined are the benefits of backup tape along with methods of storage and increased longevity.

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Getting Started: Why Go for Tape Rotation & Vaulting?

One of the greatest struggles with document storage is finding the space for it, which is why many businesses turn to digital storage strategies.

Backup tape rotation is a cost-effective way to store and manage data by the terabyte, and in terms of protecting sensitive information, a secure and climate-controlled offsite vaulting facility shields tapes from both physical and cyber threats.

What Is Tape Rotation and How Does It Work?

Tape storage is a system used for backing up and storing digital data on magnetic tape and is often used in cartridges and cassettes.

With a backup tape rotation scheme, tape retention periods are set and the tapes are cycled and reused once their periods expire to minimize the overall number of tapes used for backups.

Backup Tape Types: Explore Your Backup Tape Options

      • LTO (Linear Tape-Open): LTO-7 (released 2015)—300 MB/s transfer speed, 6.0 TB storage capacity
      • DLT (Digital Linear Tape): DLT:S4A (released 2007)—80 MB/s transfer speed, 800 GB storage capacity
      • DDS (Digital Data Storage): DAT-320 (released 2009)—12 MB/s transfer speed, 320 GB storage capacity

The Benefits of Backup Tape Rotation Schemes

It might be an older format for backing up data and documents, but backup tape rotation is a time-tested and still common storage strategy. From storing huge amounts of data in compact format to protection from cyber threats, the benefits of magnetic backup tape storage range widely.

A Lot for a Little

Backup tapes may be tiny, but their benefits and storage capacity are large:

Cost Efficiency

Backup tape rotation is one of the easiest ways to store large amounts of data in a small space. Not only are tapes long lasting and unable to crash—they can also hold several terabytes of data.


When stored securely, backup tapes are easier to protect and keep secure than digital files. Unlike a DMS, the tapes can’t be hacked ensuring your data can’t put you at risk of a breach.


Vaulting: Offsite Backup Tape Storage

There’s a lot of space saved with tiny tapes that can hold terabytes of data, but even then, the tapes still need to be kept somewhere.

What Is Vaulting and How Does It Work?

Offsite vaulting services provide the safe and secure environments needed to maximize the lifespan of backup tapes, including climate controls and armed security. With the amount of a data tapes store, the disaster recovery offered by offsite tape vaulting offers security for the backups themselves.

Vaulting’s Benefits: Offsite Vaulting Keeps Tapes Secure

Above all, offsite tape vaulting’s greatest benefit is its added security. On top of 24/7 security monitoring, humidity and temperature controls also help to protect from environmental damage to tapes.

Besides security though, tape vaulting can provide other advantages, including emergency retrieval, tape indexing and tracking, and pick-up and drop off services.


Are You Right for Rotation & Vaulting?

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