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Published: 22 Oct 2012

Most virtual tape libraries will accelerate backups, but there are key differences among them when it comes to scaling, interoperability and management. For a growing number of organizations, a virtual tape library (VTL) provides a cost-effective addition to their disk-based backup. By storing data to disk rather than tape, the VTL speeds data backup and retrieval without requiring users to change their existing backup processes. This is because, to the backup server and backup application, the VTL looks like a traditional tape library. Benefits include squeezing ever-larger data sets into tight backup windows, retrieving data quickly when required for legal or regulatory reasons, and reducing the operational and reliability risks related to tape. However, not all VTLs are created equal. The larger and more complex the storage environment, the more attention users should pay to how the VTL provides scalability, performance, manageability and deduplication which, by storing only unique bits of data, can reduce disk capacity and bandwidth needs by as much as ... Access >>>

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