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Fact Check: Backup with Tapes

Can Air Gap in backup really only be achieved with tapes? And is offline media as backup storage really as „cheap, secure in the long term, with a clear roadmap“ as we read? Time for a fact check.

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Since 2016 the good old tape has been experiencing an unexpected revival as a mass storage device. The reason for this is primarily the ransomware theme, which also took off in 2016 with Locky. Due to ever new versions, some of which specifically infect online backups, one term is moving to the center of attention: Air Gap. But can Air Gap in backup really only be achieved with tapes (spoiler: no), and is offline media as backup storage really as „cheap, secure in the long term, with a clear roadmap“ as we read? Time for a fact check.

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