Gmail mystery solved: Google went to Sun for backup
Oracle tape and IBM LTO drives saved the day, says insider
Google's lost emails were apparently restored from Oracle StreamLine 8500 tape libraries using LTO drives.
Up until now the tape infrastructure Google used to restore its lost emails has been unknown. Our understanding from informed industry sources is that Google has 16 StorageTek StreamLine 8500 tape libraries with both StorageTek proprietary tape drives and IBM LTO drives.
The lost Google emails were retrieved from LTO format tapes via the IBM drives.
This is one of the greatest tape library customer reference stories ever and it's not public. Amazing. ®
In defense of your IT department
That'll be the backup software, not their intellectual prowess. Depending on the size of your organization versus the size of the IT budget, replacing the backup software (servers & clients) won't happen until the CEO can't restore his Fiona Apple CD.
Apparently, tape is dead
Funny how it refuses to lie down, isn't it?
We use the tape drive from an old Commodore 64
Very reliable but it takes about 36 months to access the backed up files.