Fresh Attacks in Nigeria

There have been fresh attacks by Boko Haram Islamists on Nigerian city of Maiduguri, according to eye witnesses. There was gunfire on the streets of Maiduguri which is said to have began in the early morning of Sunday. These attacks have been launched just a week after the group tried to capture the capital of Borno but they were kept away by the Nigerian army where many lost their lives.

Boko Haram has the intention of creating an Islamic state, a guerrilla operation which they began in 2009. So far they have taken charge of many villages and towns in North- Eastern Nigeria in the year 2014. In this same year over 2000 lives were lost and at about 1.5 million people were left homeless after they were displaced.

According to the residents of Maiduguri, the attack started at 02:00GMT, and there has been heavy fighting going on the Southern side of the city between rebels and troops through the support of vigilantes who are said to have recently taken keen interest in fighting and keeping away the militants.

In the last six years of handling and dealing with Boko Haram the security forces continue to be criticized and if they lose Maiduguri, they will have suffered another key impediment. Because of this, residents of Maiduguri is said to be living in fear. They are especially afraid that the security forces can be defeated by Boko Haram.

According to reports in one of the local newspapers, there have been heavy armaments heard in the city of Maiduguri as Boko Haram militants attacked the city. They further said that the group is conducting their attacks from four directions.

Last week the group tried to take over Maiduguri but were stopped by military, but they went ahead and captured Monguo, a town that is about 125km away from the city and they went ahead to take over the military base.

There are many people who have so far fled the city of Maiduguri as a result of the attack. It is feared that if they take over that city, there would be a humanitarian disaster. It is said that the group are increasingly improving on their attacks ahead of the elections which is expected to take place in two weeks time, on February 14.

The Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan vowed that they will defeat the militants when he declared a state of emergency in Borno and other two nearby states in the year 2013. This announcement has since seen the Boko Haram group step up their attacks. It is feared that many people will not be able to vote during voting day as a result of the ongoing conflicts.

Neighboring countries which include Niger, Cameroon, Chad and Benin have agreed to contribute troops. West African task force agreed that there should be 7500 troops top fight Boko Haram; a plan that was this week supported by the African Union.

Boko Haram was founded in 2002 with the intention of opposing Western-style education thus the name Boko Haram which means ‘Western education is forbidden’ in their local language of Hausa. They then launched their military operations in 2009 with an intention to create Islamic State. So far the group has abducted many women and even school girls. It controls North-Eastern towns where they have killed thousands of people and also attacked police and UN headquarters in the capital of Abuja.

Why to Use Tape Media as Backup Solution

The usage of tape media continues to gather momentum despite the fact that there are many other Medias that one can use as backup solution.

Ten Reasons to use Tape Media

  • Affordable – As compared to other media, tape is said to be much more affordable. According to Enterprise Strategy Group, tape can cost up to five times less a VTL media which comes with duplication for backup.
  • Capacity – Tape has larger storage capacity than disks since it has the ability to hold five terabytes while disks can store up to 4 terabytes. There is a plan to make the tape storage even higher than it is currently.
  • Recovering lost Data – With tape, many people thing that once the information is lost, it cannot be recovered. This is however not the truth since there is a technology that can be used to get back lost data.
  • Familiarity – Tape was used for a long time before other storage media was introduced. This therefore means that the traditional tape will continue to be preferred by many. They are also easy to operate. According to research conducted by Gartner group, 78 percent use tape for back up. Because of this, tape being shipped is ten percent more than disk.
  • Density – the density of tape continues to increase to about 50% annually as compared to 20 percent for disk storage device.
  • Trails – most media continue to use tape for archiving. The tape leaves behind its history and can be used whenever there is need.
  • Growth – There is reportedly tape growth which is expected to go up to 45 percent increase this year. This is despite the fact that many continue to say that the use of tapes is slowly going down. Those who understand how consistent the tape is, revert from disk to the use of tapes when it comes to storing information.
  • Large Data – when it comes to storing large data, tapes continue to get bigger radically. According to research and study done by technology deployments for big data, it was found that 35 percent of respondent prefer to use tape as part of their storage infrastructure for big data
  • Reliability – The use of disk has always resulted to many users losing their data. On the other hand, National Energy Research Scientific Computing Centre says that tape media are four orders of magnitude and more reliable than disks. In addition it has been used for decades as a backup archive format and lends itself well for discovery collection requests for any Tape E-Discovery process and is usually defensible.
  • Innovation – Despite being in existence for many years, tape continues to go through innovation. The recent innovation is the use of tape as an active archive. This therefore means that it contains data that is continually used. Tape continues to evolve with the times and therefore remaining relevant in the field of data storage.

All these advantages are enough reasons to throw out your disk and get tape and start storing your important information using tapes. There are many people who think that tapes are fast fading out, but this is only propaganda that cannot be taken seriously.

It is important to way your options before your decide to completely throw out your tapes. There are different sizes of tapes and can hold different sizes of information. It is therefore important to decide which tape to use depending on the amount of information you would like to store.