Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Backup Tapes: When do we say good bye

An article this morning emailed to me from a friend, highlights the danger of tape based backup systems.

A computer technician at the Alaska Department of Revenue deleted applicant information for an oil-funded sales account — one of state residents' biggest perks.

While reformatting the disk drive during a routine maintenance check, the technician mistakenly reformatted the backup drive as well and, suddenly, all the data disappeared.

A third line of defense — backup tapes that are updated nightly — were unreadable.

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