[TriLUG] OT: long term storage
Fri, 23 Aug 2002 11:58:52 -0400 (EDT)
On Fri, 23 Aug 2002, Ryan Wheaton wrote:
> And, in the back of my head I've thought about magnetic tape. My
> only concern with the tape is access times... Exactly how fast are the
> new tape drives? (i saw a LVD one for sale on CDW. It seems that, if
> the read/write times on tapes is decent, then it would be the best
> solution. Tapes are cheap, the media is durable, and they can hold a
> buttload of data.
I use a networked DDS-4 tape drive to back up my servers. It's reasonably
fast; probably not as fast as burning a CD, but you can set-and-forget.
Since DDS-4 holds 20GB, you don't have to change tapes very much at all.
Why are you concerned with access speed for long-term storage? Except for
the issue of changing tapes, you can just start the backup process, and
come back when it's done!