A new study released shows that Virtual Tape Library (VTL) technology is now at the forefront of corporate IT strategy planning.
VTL has long been considered a leading technology in the race to replace tape as the dominant storage format. Utilising a large percentage of the tape storage infrastructure, it represents an opportunity for companies to retain their initial hardware investment whilst moving to a new technology.
The future of VTL as a storage format is somewhat dependent on the legacy of existing tape technology. If businesses favour new disk hardware, which is becoming increasingly affordable, then the business case for VTL implementation in the future will be significantly less sturdy.
The survey shows that 76% of respondents continue to see a future for tape with almost half (45%) placing it at the heart of their future back-up and restore infrastructure. 33% of respondents stated that ‘existing technology' was their main consideration when purchasing storage solutions, only three per cent less than those that selected ‘cost' as their main consideration . This illustrates the importance to businesses of securing long-term value from their IT investment, a major business-case for VTL.
Chris James, Overland Storage Marketing Director - "The survey results suggest a very bright future for VTL technology…However, without the strength in the tape market, VTL might not achieve such a large share of the storage market. Predictions of the demise of tape have been proven to be unfounded by this survey and it is particularly gratifying to see businesses placing tape at the core of their storage strategy both now and for the future. Many people haven't yet fully grasped the benefits of VTL for writing to tape - you can stream multiple servers to a REO and then write to tape as a single stream - it also massively reduced fragmentation compared to non-VTL disk products, so it's performance is far faster."
The research, undertaken by eMedia in conjunction with Overland Storage, surveyed one hundred and ten UK-based IT directors with responsibility for data storage. Organisations ranged in size from small (50-499 employees), to medium (500-2,499 employees) and large enterprise companies (2,500+ employees).