Tape or virtual tape backup/restore for periodic backups is prudent (after all, it is easy to sometimes purge the ‘wrong’ file). However, when used for disaster recovery, in the always-on, never-stop world we live in, it often doesn’t make sense. Unfortunately, some businesses are using this technique for mission-critical applications. This article discusses why tape backup/restore for business continuity is a risky approach for many businesses, and how they should shed these risks by beginning the move to continuous availability. Data replication is an ideal solution for ensuring business continuity, as it eliminates many risks and costs associated with tape backup/restore, significantly reducing outage times and amounts of lost data in the event of a failure.