There are broadly speaking two methods of creating a backup, one is synchronisation and the other is a true backup. The two methods are subtly different and have potential consequences for users and so the choice of the appropriate method is essential.
BackupMaster is much faster and more reliable than tape backup as it will backup to a flash drive or external hard disk drive, thus speeding up the backup process.
Traditional backup is generally performed using a tape based backup system with software providing the control. Whilst there have been significant advancements in tape technology over the years it is still a relatively slow process and has particular weaknesses when it comes to useful life of the tapes, time taken to backup and restore and the integrity of the data.