Okay Folks:\n\n\n\nHere is one for all of you who thought that people could not get any dumber.\n\n\n\nYes, I am cross posting here but the recommendations for such are only in\nthe case where the subject matter concerns a bunch of groups. I think this\nqualifies as such.\n\n\n\nI work for a mid-sized company (600 employees) whose "Technology Director"\nhas openly said that "Tape backups are not reliable". This director had a\n"consultant" come in to back up his assertion, a consultant who asked to\ncheck his email via his "AOL" account (indeed, his email address is\nsomething like [email][/email]).\n\n\n\nEnough jokes aside - its going to get serious and this group seems to be\nspreading the rumor that "Tape Backups are Always Unreliable".\n\n\n\nSo we now we have a huge, Raid 5 server that has a pretty decent amount of\ncapacity and are using a company's software to that backups are quick and\nslick. Cool, my life is so much easier. But thats it. . . we do NOT have\nan offsite backup, we do NOT have another inhouse SDLT tape backup drive and\nthe entire compliment of our backup resides ONLY on this single Network\nAttached Raid 5 server. Sure, its housed in a closet somewhere, but what if\nwe had a catastrophic failure, how about a huge fire, or a plane hitting us.\n\n\n\nSee, this "consultant" has "clients" in Manhattan who have their offices on\nthe 89th floor, but their Tapeless Backup servers in the basement. Errr, is\nit me or do basements and the safes that may be contained therein get buried\nunder rubble, or are there some group of IT specialists out there who\nspecialize in nothing but digging out backup servers from the rubble.\n\n\n\nAs stupid as this question is, I need to basically find credible, reliable\nsources of published information that basically say its really, really,\nreally dumb to not archive stuff onto some type of medium tape or otherwise.\nThis Raid 5 server that we have at our company is not a bottomless pit, but\nthe higher ups do not listen to me, only to the "director" who, along with\ntheir "consultant" has them believing that the system we currently have in\nplace is relable.\n\n\n\nNormally I would just shut my face since my life is a lot easier in terms of\nbackup, hell, set it and forget it is the name of the game. However, I know\nfull well that if we ever got hit with a major disaster the "director" would\nbe off on his vacation while the rest of us poor slobs had to restore data\nfrom God knows where. Oh, and if we were to get hit by a brand new,\nspanking virus because the "director's" kid came in and did so, well, our\nNetwork Attached Storage pig would also suffer.\n\n\n\nIn short, I need some type of recommendation, in writing, in some type of\nwhite paper, from some type of credible sources, that SDLT tape backup\ndrives, at least for the purpose of long term archiving are not "unreliable"\n, they are only as "unreliable" as the poor work habits of the person who is\nresponsible for them.\n\n\n\nOh, and for the record, dear friends of mine swear by SDLT tape drives and\nthe like, but I cannot bring an IT manager from CitiCorp into this\ndiscussion because, since he is a friend of mine, his opinion is not\n"neutral".\n\n\n\nPlease help\n\n\n\nRoger.