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Virtual tape library users today

Brien Posey discusses the variety of organizations using virtual tape libraries today in this Expert Answer.

Who is using virtual tape libraries today?

Today, many different types of organizations use virtual tape libraries. Virtual tape libraries are a good fit for any organization that wants to modernize an existing tape-based backup infrastructure without engaging in a full-blown rip and replace. As such, virtual tape libraries tend to be used in all but the smallest organizations.

A virtual tape library probably isn't the best solution for enterprise-class organizations with vast amounts of data. The trend in larger organizations is to move away from VTLs and adopt deduplication arrays. Even so, VTLs can handle enterprise-class workloads. One of the benefits to VTLs is that they offer high performance Fibre Channel connectivity.

This was first published in October 2013

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