Gartner Research

Is Cloud Storage the New Tape?

Published: 21 March 2016

ID: G00301202

Analyst(s): Pushan Rinnen


Infrastructure and operations leaders need to compare cost scenarios for public cloud storage versus tape for disaster recovery and long-term retention. I&O leaders should use this research to analyze their tape infrastructures and determine whether cloud storage is a feasible replacement for tape.

Table Of Contents


  • Is Cloud Storage Less Expensive Than Tape for Enterprise Backup Use Cases?
    • Using Cloud Storage for DR of On-Premises Disk Backup
    • Using Cloud Storage for Long-Term Data Retention
    • Using Gartner Best Practices to Drastically Reduce Cost
  • TCO Considerations
  • Recommendations

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