Tape drives have been used in the computer industry from the beginning. Tape drive storage has been so prevalent in the industry that the
tar command (the most commonly used command for archiving) is derived from the words tape archive. Capacities and durability of tapes vary from type to type and range from a few gigabytes to hundreds of gigabytes with commensurate increases in cost for the equipment and media. Autoloading tape-drive systems can accommodate archives that exceed the capacity of the file systems.
Older tape equipment is often available in the used equipment market and might be useful for smaller operations that have outgrown more limited backup device options.
Tape equipment is well supported in Linux ...