6 Tips on How to Buy a Tape Back Up System

By: Arthur Raise

Tape back ups are infallible according to tech gurus. A tape back up system ensures that valuable data is always stored safely and that no loss of data will occur in case of disasters. Tape back up systems are in use by several small and large corporations and are known to be reliable.

Of all back up systems for computer data tape backups are the cheapest, they are a secure way to store data and can be transported with ease. In terms of cost a tape backup system is cheaper than most other back up systems and the equipment and expertise needed is minimal. A tape back up system can range from a few hundred dollars to thousands of dollars depending on configuration.

When buying a tape back up system you need to consider:

1.Your need. Study your systems to determine how much data needs backing up and how often. Find out how much new data is generated each day or week. This will help you decide whether you need daily back up, weekly back up or fortnightly back ups.

2.Don't just go out and buy the first tape back up system you see. Find out all about hardware, software, and tapes. Get advice on how to buy a simple user friendly configuration.

3.Choose a tape drive based on your needs. Find out how many megabytes of data you will need to store. There are many reliable systems like Mountain Network solutions, Colorado Memory Systems, Hewlett Packard, and so on.

4.When considering a tape back up software decide whether you will need server only back up or server and desktop back ups. Great software for tape back up systems is available from Cheyyenne, Maynard, Palindrome, and Filesafe. Know what software will suit your needs. Read reviews , case studies, and trade publications.

5.Select tapes that have a proven reliability. Most people recommend 3M, Exabyte, or Sony tapes.

6.Once you have all your needs figured out create a note and then get quotes form different dealers. Comparison shop to get the best deal.

Before you sign a check ask about guarantees and service. Many vendors offer training too. Look for honesty, reliability, and transparency. Most people who have these qualities will talk openly about successes as well as failures.

Insist on testing back ups. And store the tape back ups off site so that they are not destroyed in case of floods or fire.

Put a team in place that creates for your company an infallible back up system that runs like clock work. Don't forget to take care of clean ups and maintenance too.

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