Post by Christian Toon (thank you)
Magnetic tape was first used to store computer data in 1951. By the mid 1970s pretty much everyone relied on tape cassettes and cartridges. Then, with the arrival of data storage discs and the cloud, tape’s popularity began to plummet. The shiny new alternatives positioned tape as a dated, costly, inflexible, unreliable technology that few forward-thinking organisations would dream of using as part of their data storage and protection infrastructure. Consequently, its image bruised and tarnished, tape was expected to quietly disappear into IT oblivion. Only it didn’t.
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