Virtual tape system squeezes more in

A new version of a virtual tape software storage system could reduce an organisation's physical storage requirements by 25 times and offer faster back-up and recovery, according to its manufacturer.

A new version of a virtual tape software storage system could reduce an organisation's physical storage requirements by 25 times and offer faster back-up and recovery, according to its manufacturer.

Hitachi Data Systems' Virtual Tape Library (VTL) can virtualise and pool existing tape storage resources so that they can be used more efficiently.

The product emulates a tape library, and tells existing back-up applications to use disc drives, rather than tape, as their main back-up medium. As a result, IT managers do not have to change their existing back-up environment, policies, or procedures, said the supplier.

The product line has been around for a year, but this version features Diligent's Protectier VT with Hyperfactor software, which is termed "data de-duplication technology". This basically eliminates redundant data so that storage space is used more efficiently.

Two versions are available, Virtual Tape Library Solutions with VTF Open and Protectier VT for Open Systems environments, and VTF Mainframe for mainframe environments.

The Virtual Tape Library works with Unix, Microsoft Windows, and mainframe systems.

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