How often do you recycle LTO1 tapes?

How often do you recycle LTO1 tapes?

Post by Alexander » Sat, 10 Feb 2007 01:38:09


Hello!

One of the responsibilites in my new job is, to take care of
the backup of our Solaris servers. We're using LTO 1 tapes to
hold the backup.

When I now had a look at the Netbackup software, I saw that
some of our tapes are quite old (from 2003) and have been
mounted up to 500 times.

I'm just curious - how often do you guys "retire" tapes? Do
you base that on the age of the tape or on the number of mounts?

Best regards,

Alexander Skwar
 
 
 

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