Individual LTO-3 tapes for instance don't cost anywhere near £100.......don't just pluck figures out of the air.
Originally Posted by rpycroft
Plus as a school you wouldn't pay VAT on that, so that's less than £30.
Compare that to an average usb drive such as the WD on the same site, with 160GB capacity;
So as I said, tape media on the whole is cheaper per gigabyte. As for the replacing of tapes 'regularly' well let's define what 'regularly' means. I would say you replace backup tapes periodically not regularly. It's not a monthly or even a quartely cycle to replace tapes. I think you're biggest problem is the cost of multiple internal tape drives or a single expensive(ish) tape loader....not the cost of the media and replacement tapes.
Originally Posted by torledo
Wish that were the case - rules aren't the same for Private Schools - we have to pay VAT and can't reclaim it :( I had a long discussion with our Bursar about this a couple of weeks ago