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I hate tapes. They're messy, time-wasting, and nowadays, surprisingly expensive. Don't forget unreliable and inconvenient.
In my experience, if somebody has to be made to swap tapes routinely, then backups generally just aren't done routinely.
I've been using rsync for some time to mirror my primary webserver to a backup server on an independent network, to cover things in a worst-case scenario.
After trying a few other options, and not finding anything truly "good enough" for real backups, I wrote Backup Buddy. BackupBuddy (rsync & ssh) has since scaled smoothly and without complaint.
I hope you find it useful! Send feedback to "bens AT effortlessis.com".