Ask a sysadmin nowadays about tape backup, and you’ll get a lot of answers, most of them negative. Here are some choice quotes from a question (is tape backup viable nowadays?) floated to some friends and a few IRC channels: Tape? Who uses that anymore? Nah, way too expensive and hard to deal with. We backup to spinning disks. In 2015? lol Ouch, huh? It’s no wonder people have such a negative opinion - tape is widely seen as an outmoded, unusable relic of a bygone era.