Our favorite storage pundit Henry Newman writes that while tape is the best technology for long term data storage, you still need to be mindful of its life span:
Let me repeat: Tape does not have a standard framework to known information that is collected and analyzed. There are vendors that provide third-party products, and some tape library vendors support collection, but it is not a standard. This, in my opinion, is a big mistake for the tape drive vendors, as you cannot track the media or drive issues without specialize software.
Read the Full Story.