Measuring the Difference Between Physical and Digital
As much as the cloud provides the attractive benefit of an online backup, it remains vulnerable to cyberattacks. “With ransomware in particular, anything that’s connected to your network can be attacked,” says Robert Renzoni, technical sales director at Quantum. “And the attackers are becoming more sophisticated, so they can even penetrate the backup applications and get to your online backups.”
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Renzoni says taking tape storage into that ecosystem as a protection against digital attacks works because tape doesn’t require a constant network connection.
“You can write to LTO media, and you can take that and lock it in a safe, or you can send it to Iron Mountain,” Renzoni says. “You can do pretty much anything you want with it where no bad guy can get to it, no matter how good they are.”
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Renzoni says having a backup copy on tape media that’s been preserved, protected and can be put back in a machine and brought back online quickly makes tape “a strong insurance policy.”
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This is where Active Vault comes into play. According to Renzoni, the backup application writes to the tape library and backs up like a traditional backup environment.
“Then we take that tape that’s within the tape library and move it to what we call the Active Vault,” Renzoni says. “So, it’s still contained within the tape library, but it’s in an inactive, ultrasecure offline vault or bin within the library.”