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IBM Tape Library Guide for Open Systems by Michael Engelbrecht, Simon Browne, Larry Coyne

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Tape technology introduction
Tape systems traditionally were associated with the mainframe computer market. They represented an essential element in mainframe systems architectures since the early 1950s as a cost-effective way to store large amounts of data. By contrast, the midrange and client/server computer market made limited use of tape technology until recently.
Over the past few years, growth in the demand for data storage and reliable backup and archiving solutions greatly increased the need to provide manageable and cost-effective tape ...

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