Why physical LTO7 tapes? We use two VTL's which replicate from one DC to the other. I easily take a backup performed on a system at one DC and restore it on the system at the other DC.
We use BRMS and it does a dandy job.
We used to use BRMS with physical tapes and that did a fine job of tracking where the tapes were, preparing the case to send to Iron Mountain, receiving tapes back in, etc. But, really, only using VTL saved a LOT of manpower. There was one time, (pre VTL) we needed a rush tape back from Iron Mountain. They buggered up the job and delivered it to the wrong building in our complex. The building was owned by a totally different company. Took awhile to straighten out that mess. Strong argument for tape encryption though.

About the only argument for retaining physical media I've heard is the case of ransomeware hitting your VTL's. Then again, if you're encrypting your tapes you'd better make sure your keystore is ransomware proof.

We have no physical tapes, and no physical tape drives left. None.
I've done bare metal restores to new systems using the VTL's.

For system to system replication we were using Mimix but switched to Quick-EDD.

Rob Berendt

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