THIS JUST IN!!! It’s finally official! TAPE IS DEAD! When I meet with customers they ask me the same question. How do I get rid of tape? They don’t want to manage the day-to-day life with tape. Worrying about cleaning the tape drives and keeping track of the labels and where the tapes go. But they do like the cost of tape. It’s very budget friendly. So once again… How do I get rid of tape?

Rapid Recovery has a feature called archiving. Archiving allows backup data to be sent to a secondary storage for long-term retention for compliance and non-compliance related backups. The archiving feature takes advantage of public cloud providers that offer cold storage at an affordable price. Today Rapid Recovery connects with Amazon, Microsoft, Rackspace and OpenStack. This is an ideal and cost effective environment to dump large amounts of data that will be rarely used. Below is a diagram of a Rapid Recovery core that is replicating to another core as a replication target. Now either core can archive and send data up to a public cloud. You can have disparate retentions from core to core and cloud. This will allow you to keep the appropriate retention locally on a local core and long retention off of production storage and into a cost effective option like the cloud.

When archiving backups to the cloud you have two options. Doing a manual one-time archive or scheduling an archive. A one-time archive is an archive created on-demand for a specified machine. A scheduled archive is an archive that automatically recurs on the date and time you specify in the wizard. Having the ability to schedule a recurring archive accommodates situations where you would want frequent archives of a machine to be saved, without the inconvenience of needing to manually create the archives each time.

So if you are looking for a cost effective way to remove the headache of tape take a look at Quest Rapid Recovery. Where wizard driven archiving to the cloud only takes minutes to setup and get going.