Larry,

I wholeheartedly agree with you. The company I work for has relied on
physical tape backups for decades. Tapes are duplicated, and copies are
sent off site for storage by a local company in a vault that offers quite a
bit of fire/storm protection. Our on site copies are stored in a fire proof
safe in another part of the building away from our data center. The safe is
under a stairwell, completely surrounded by concrete, aside from the steel
entry door. We won't move away from physical tape backups without an
offsite storage option in place for our virtual backups.

On Wed, Jan 15, 2020 at 08:29:32PM -0500, DrFranken wrote:
Backup must always be looked at as insurance is.

You CAN own a home without purchasing insurance against theft, or fire,
or weather. But do you?

If your home burns or is flattened by a tornado or hurricane ore
*reallybigtree how can you afford to rebuild your home. NOW I don't kow
you so perhaps it's possibly that you are wealthy and can rebuilt with
money from your bank account or from selling another asset. But most
people cannot so they pay insurance because the risk is too high.

So it is with backup. You can say OK I will risk the fact that I do not
have off-site backups. Hopefully it will never happen that will need it
and if I do need it because my building burned down I will simply close
my business. Or I can stand the time it takes to rebuild my computer
from various pieces.

But most companies cannot afford to lose their computer system. And if
you cannot then you must, for the continuance of the business, have a
set of data off-site, readily accessible, to recover the computer and
thus continue the business.

So the decision to spend the money is exactly the decision to purchase
insurance.

- Larry "DrFranken" Bolhuis

www.Frankeni.com
www.iDevCloud.com - Personal Development IBM i timeshare service.
www.iInTheCloud.com - Commercial IBM i Cloud Hosting.

On 1/15/2020 8:17 PM, Kevin Monceaux wrote:
On Thu, Jan 16, 2020 at 01:48:24AM +0100, Holger Scherer wrote:

That's the reason to go with VTL.

VTL is definitely sounding like the way to go.

And - if you can live with some little restrictions compared to the big
ones, you get this for free but still with support...

Free is good. Getting approval to actually spend money is challenging at
best.



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