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From disaster recovery to capacity optimization and dedupe, the next phase of VTLs promises major change.
Disk-based backup continues to evolve as adoption increases and new requirements are uncovered. Here's a snapshot of user adoption from Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG): Among organizations employing backup to disk, 32% use VTL technology. VTL adoption is greatest among enterprise-class organizations with more than 1,000 employees. Specifically, 45% of enterprise-class organizations surveyed have implemented VTL solutions and another 33% plan to implement the technology within 24 months vs. 21%
| of small- and medium-sized businesses that have implemented VTLs and 31% that plan to.
As VTLs have moved from early adopters to mainstream users, the stakes have changed. Ease of deployment and use, improved backup performance and reduced physical tape media management issues are basic requirements today. VTL vendors now need to accommodate the more advanced needs of mainstream users and adapt to the changing climate.
This was first published in September 2008