Just got done reading the funniest white paper ever, from our friends at Iron Mountain. It asks the question, “…what happens when the devastation is so fierce that it hits the backups too? Don’t panic.”
Don’t panic? Really? I think you damn well better panic – about your career. You stashed your backup tapes so close to your primary data center that they got clobbered by the same natural disaster? C’mon man! Better update that resume.
And while we’re at it, why on earth are you still using tape? Iron Mountain, whose business is storing tape, points out just how fragile tape is:
“…if tapes suffer major temperature fluctuations every night, they will weaken and become more likely to snap. When your staff fails to maintain drive heads’ cleanliness, or cleans equipment incorrectly, tapes may be more prone to breaking. To avoid such problems, know the cleaning cycle and storage conditions recommended by your vendor.”