Survey: 94 percent of Small Businesses Use or Plan to Use Tape Cartridges as
Part of a Hybrid Solution for Data Backup
SMBs select tape for its cost-effectiveness, longevity and ease of use
BOSTON -- September 4, 2013
The results of an Iron Mountain® Incorporated (NYSE: IRM) survey of IT
professionals at small- and mid-sized businesses (SMBs) show almost all use or
plan to use magnetic tape cartridges as part of their strategy to backup data.
As SMBs face growing data management challenges, tape remains a foundational
tool for these organizations due to its cost effectiveness, longevity and ease
Titled “Perception Versus Reality: The Role of Tape Backup in SMB,” the survey
asked more than 400 North American IT professionals in March 2013 to assess
the role tape backup. With 91 percent of the survey respondents coming from
organizations with fewer than 250 employees, the results offer a unique
glimpse into the IT landscape of today’s small and mid-size business. The
survey was conducted by Spiceworks, the network for more than 2.5 million IT
Key findings from the survey point to a continued bright future for tape
backup in the SMB market:
*One solution doesn’t fit all – Ninety-four percent of survey respondents
using or planning to use tape are using it as part of a hybrid solution.
The majority of those (67 percent) are using tape backup in conjunction
with shared storage, while 44 percent are using it in conjunction with
direct-attached storage or external hard drives. A quarter of respondents
are currently using or plan to use cloud-based or online backup services.
*Tape is a valuable asset – When asked why IT professionals use or plan to
use tape as a backup and recovery solution, 43 percent of respondents
cited the cost-effectiveness of the solution, 24 percent noted the
longevity of the technology and 20 percent commended tape’s superior
*Tape is a multi-purpose solution – IT professionals using tape backup feel
it is either “very effective” or “extremely effective” at addressing
organizational challenges in data retention policies (61 percent), data
archiving (60 percent), data recovery (58 percent) and disaster recovery
Additionally, the survey confirms that as the complexity of tape backup and
hybrid systems increases, the role of third-party storage vendors becomes
increasingly important. Third-party vendors can help organizations manage
their overall backup and recovery strategy by providing optimal storage
facilities, expertise and sophisticated managed services. Over one-third of
respondents who use tape are either currently using or planning to use a
third-party vendor to store and secure their tape backups. The majority of
these respondents (70 percent) state that security is the top concern. This is
followed by ease of retrieving backups (54 percent). Cost comes in as the
third most important criteria (51 percent).
“Tape backup continues to be a cornerstone of any organization’s data
management practices – regardless of industry, geography or size,” said Jay
Livens, director of product and solution marketing, Iron Mountain. “These
survey results further illustrate that tape is invaluable to many SMB IT
professionals and reinforces that tape can be effectively combined with
several other storage solutions to meet every organization’s unique data
backup and recovery needs.”
To successfully leverage tape in your organization, Iron Mountain recommends
adhering to the following guidelines:
*Determine priorities – Do you need a cost-effective solution? Do you need
to frequently access records? Do you need a scalable solution? By
prioritizing your organization’s needs, you’ll better be able to determine
the appropriate solution, or combination of solutions.
*You can have it all – IT professionals should feel empowered to combine
several storage solutions to solve their organization’s challenges, and
should be prepared to adjust their storage strategy over time.
*Keep an open mind – Tape technology is constantly evolving. For instance,
Linear Tape File System (LTFS) offers a wide range of advanced features,
including proactive diagnostic capabilities, data integrity checking,
native hardware encryption and more.
*Turn to experts for help – Don’t try to do it all yourself. Third-party
vendors can serve as a valuable resource for data storage and management –
particularly if security is a priority for your organization.
To download the full study, visit http://www.ironmountain.com/roleoftape.
For more information on Iron Mountain’s data backup and recovery solutions,
About Iron Mountain Incorporated
Iron Mountain Incorporated (NYSE: IRM) is a leading provider of storage and
information management services. The company’s real estate network of over 64
million square feet across more than 1,000 facilities in 35 countries allows
it to serve customers around the world. And its solutions forrecords
management,data backup and recovery,document management, and secure
shreddinghelp organizations to lower storage costs, comply with regulations,
recover from disaster, and better use their information . Founded in 1951,
Iron Mountain stores and protects billions of information assets, including
business documents, backup tapes, electronic files and medical data.
Visitwww.ironmountain.comfor more information.
Laura Sudnik, 617-256-3826
Katie Carbone, 617-520-7135
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