Dear Ms. Meade:
I can’t believe you are still pushing tape. It’s so old school. Disk is totally the only way to go.
Dear Disk-O Dude:
It does appear that you have accepted some of the hype around disk, which itself is, as you put it, old-school. Why, did you know that disk and tape are essentially classmates, both matriculating from laboratories between 1951 and 1956 for use in storing computer-based data?
I absolutely concur that disk is useful—it has such an important role to play in tiered storage. In fact, in some cases, it is “totally the way to go.” But then, tape is useful, too. So you may want to totally consider it for appropriate use in your data protection strategy. After all, it turns out that 68% of disk-only data centers have seen the error of their ways and are bringing tape BACK into the data center. The reasons are simple: tape is affordable, has a proven shelf life, and uses much less in terms of space and power.