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