The town of Blacksburg, Va., replaced its legacy tape system with a disk-based solution to improve backup processes in its data center. The equipment - the Sentio Pro 2000 6TB Disk2Disk2Disk data-protection appliance from Revinetix - saved Blacksburg time and money, and spared IT workers headaches from worrying about losing crucial data.

"Not only were we chasing a hardware problem with replacing an out-of-warranty and failing tape backup drive, we had tape backup software that was out of warranty and would require a significant investment to get that up to a current version," said Steve Jones, Blacksburg's director of technology. Revinetix issued a press release in October 2008 about the deployment.

Jones said Blacksburg paid about $25,000 for the disk-based solution, which was much less than it would've paid for new tape-drive hardware and the requisite software licenses. The town's Technology Department used several tape drives, but not all of them were the same type.

The Technology Department was planning to replace its nearly four-year-old tape system with another tape system when it acquired its new budget in July 2008, but a critical data loss in January 2008 forced Jones and his staff to speed things up and change plans.

"The tape backups were not completing on some jobs, and then on other jobs, the tapes got corrupted," he said. Even newer tapes were causing the same types of problems.

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Hilton Collins is a former staff writer for Government Technology and Emergency Management magazines.