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The Backup Technology Revolution

b2ap3_thumbnail_backup400It’s crazy how much technology has advanced within our lifetime. From Pong, to Pac-Man, to Mario, to the mind-blowing video game graphics of today, it feels like technology is pushing the boundaries of what’s possible! Technology has also become commonplace. No longer is technology regulated to just nerds. These days everybody is enjoying its benefits, including businesses.

One of the most obvious examples of how far and fast technology has advanced can be seen with personal computers. The story of how a computer went from taking up a full room when it was first invented, to now having smartphones that are much more powerful, and having this entire development take place within one generation, is truly a testimony to human ingenuity.

One of the first mass produced personal computers available and affordable for the average consumer was the TRS-80. It had some pretty impressive specs with 4KB of RAM and a Zilog Z80 CPU. It had a keyboard, a screen, and even had the ability to have its data backed up with tape. It carried a price tag of $600, which equates to roughly 2,200 by today’s standards. Because the TRS-80 was so expense, you can understand why it only appealed to users who were hardcore programmers–the kind of nerds that got their kicks writing code late into the night from their parent’s basement.

Even the computers that NASA used in the 1960’s to launch astronauts to the moon can’t stack up to an iPhone. One limitation that older computers from the 60’s had is that they used tape rolls to store and backup data. This is a technology that today’s average consumer hasn’t seen since the compact disc replaced cassette tapes and the digital video disk antiquated VHS tapes. Modern computers use disk drives, flash drives, and solid state drives; these hard drives store information for devices that can fit into our pockets.

Switching from tape data storage to disk hard drives helped revolutionize computers. With tape, the roles needed to be replaced often, sometimes daily, and they also carried the risk of data degradation. In today’s digital age, you can understand why it’s so surprising for us to come across businesses that still backup their modern networks with tape; especially when a great and modern tool like a Backup and Disaster Recovery (BDR) solution is significantly more efficient and affordable.

Using tape technology from the 1960’s to backup your modern network makes as much sense as using an Xbox 360 to play the classic Atari game Pong. One big difference with these two technologies can be seen with time usage. Tape backup requires daily maintenance and finding physical places to store your old tapes full of the previous day’s data. Using a BDR is as easy as having TMS set it up, we then monitor the BDR from our end, which frees up your day. With BDR, you get all the modern advances of cloud data storage while not having to do any extra work.

With a BDR, you can backup your company’s data in a way that will save your business money, increase productivity and dependability, and reduce the risks of costly downtime caused by disasters. Join the modern technology movement and give TMS a call at 1 (626) 737-2960 to learn more about the most revolutionary way to protect your data!