Whoever said tape is dead does not live in the channel. Forty-three percent of solution providers say that tape is very much alive and is one of the storage products they sell to customers, according to the survey.
However, how customers use tape is changing. Instead of being the primary backup media, it is more and more getting relegated to use for long-term archiving of data. For regular backups and restores, the medium of choice is becoming hard disk because of its speed and the ability to move data quickly in case of a disaster.