Tape storage has a very long history in the computer and IT world, and it has never disappeared since its inception. Now it is attracting new interest as an inexpensive, reliable storage medium for the big data and Web 2.0 era.
Organizations, including midsize firms, are seeing a fast-growing demand for storage capacity, and much of the data being stored does not require instant access, which means that relatively costly server-based memory is not necessary. Because many firms are hesitant about storing all of their data in the cloud, the low cost and durability of tape is getting a second look. Vendors are responding by offering new tools that allow IT professionals to integrate tape into storage strategies with a minimum of difficulty and complexity.