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Vol. 6 No. 6 August 2007

VTL gets a boost from backup apps

Storage managers like virtual tape libraries (VTLs) because they can be slipped into a storage environment with minimal fuss. But better integration with backup applications, particularly when tracking data that moves off the VTL to tape, has always been on many users' wish lists. Backup app vendors have responded by providing better catalog integration and management of some of the more advanced features, such as deduplication, that VTLs now offer. "We're just seeing the evolution of these devices," says Mary Ward, Symantec's director of product marketing for Veritas NetBackup. "What I think started out as virtual tape libraries will ultimately be better known as intelligent backup appliances ... because VTL will ultimately just be one feature of these devices." Symantec has added new VTL support in Veritas NetBackup (NBU) 6.5, expected to be available by the end of this month. With its new Virtual Tape Option, users will be able to automatically migrate data from VTL to tape while tracking the migration in its catalog. ...

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