ESG's Christophe Bertrand highlights findings from his 2018 Data Protection Landscape Survey related to the use of tape technology.
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Hello, my name is Christophe Bertrand, and I am a senior analyst at ESG focused on Data Protection. We recently conducted our 2018 Data Protection Landscape Survey, and uncovered some very interesting trends. In this series of video blogs we will cover several facets of the ever-changing landscape of data protection. Today, I would like to spend a few minutes to discuss tape technology.
This may not be the sexiest topic in the world where everyone is talking Cloud and artificial intelligence, but there is some interesting news about tape-based backup on our research. Tape, is not dead. We asked organizations what their forward-looking strategy is when it comes to tape investments. 28% told us that they will continue to invest in tape and actually increase that current footprint.
Another 35% said that they would maintain their current investment. On the flip side of the coin, 28% will start phasing out their investments. Tape is still used by 57% of respondents for backup. Tape is not only sticky, but it seems still to be okay as a medium for many organizations. We all know that from an RPO and RTO perspective, it's not the ideal medium anymore.
For longer term retention, or offline good in copy, or air gapping strategies it actually still has a place. We do see something very interesting in the market. Traditional disk backup that replaced tape as a medium in the past few years, is losing steam to Cloud, while tape is holding steady with 21% of usage as a storage medium. This data is to be taken in the context of enterprises leveraging the medium as a destination for backup data, versus hyper scalars using it as one of their storage layers for their services.
By the way, does this mean that when your backup data goes to Cloud it could end up on tape? Thank you for watching.