Tape Drives Vs Hard Drives
My boss has always been bias when it comes to tape drive backup solutions. We cover many primary/first schools in our local LA and in every school that needs a new server, they end up buying a "built for purpose" Server with a LTO 4 Itanium Tape Drive.
We buy our servers through Dell and those tape drives alone are £1300+ without the tapes. So if we quoted a server for £3500, i know that £1300 of that is for a tape drive which I need to rely on someone in the school to change over on a daily basis, as i'm only here once a week, (sometimes once every two weeks) depending on what the school have paid for.
Thing is, teachers are difficult to teach and money is so tight these days, its probably best, imo, to get them to spend that £1300 on something else, maybe upgrade their 100Mbit switch to a Gig, or perhaps add more memory, a better processor etc.
I'm trying to argue that tape drives in schools might not be the best solution and we should start thinking of alternatives, my favourite and the most popular being hard disk drives.
My bosses main argument was that tape drives are many, so there are many backups so if one goes wrong then we have others to choose from, but with the cost of hard drives being so low these days (<£100 for a TB) if we got 5 HDD for £500 thats still a saving of £800.
I'm trying to be diplomatic and need a convincing argument to put forward to try and convince my boss that this should be the way to go.
Of course however, I am bias towards HDD backup solutions, so I might not be in the wrong, but after a lot of Googling, Its difficult to ignore that all "advantages" of tape drives are now being outnumbered by all the disadvantages and the fact that HDD are also stealing the show and are demonstrating better reliability over Tape drives.
What are your opinions? Am I wrong or should HDD be the way forward?