SOURCE: Peripheral Concepts, Inc.

December 06, 2006 08:00 ET

VTL Gaining Ground in the SMB Backup Market

SANTA BARBARA, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- December 6, 2006 -- A recent end-user survey conducted by Peripheral Concepts, Inc. reveals that while Disk-to-Disk (D2D) installations are still predominant at Small and Medium Businesses (SMB), managers are increasingly turning to a Virtual Tape Library (VTL) solution. Forty percent of those sites have implemented VTL today, and 33% will either upgrade their installation or acquire VTL for the first time in the next 12 months, bringing VTL on par with D2D. D2D will continue to prevail at sites with disk capacity over 200 TB and under 1 TB.

The percent of managers wishing they can get rid of tapes, has risen from 57% last year to 60%. 55% estimate the timeframe for a tape-less operation to be less than 4 years, and 15% believe it will never happen.

Faster data retrieval, reliability and ease of management are the major reasons for implementing VTL. Half of the respondents estimate their backup window and restore time need improvement, seeking seconds for RTO (Recovery Time Objective) for part of their data. Some experience three times less unsuccessful backups with disks.

Disk-based backup is mostly used for databases. VTL is also widely used for web applications and Microsoft Exchange. Data compression and Data de-duplication are features considered very important in a VTL offering.

The survey addressed a random population of 30,000 sites. 3,000 respondents managing over 300 petabytes (PB) of disk participated. Their input forms the basis of preliminary findings covering system configurations and implementation plans. For a selected population of over 100 SMB sites primarily, this report provides statistics on backup practices and budgets, ranks issues and needs, and analyzes applications and plans. Data collected allows segmentation by company revenue, number of employees, disk or tape capacity, industry, and number of servers or workstations.

"Backup, D2D and VTL" is the third in a series of reports to be issued within the next two months. Other reports cover:

--  Information Lifecycle Management (ILM) and Data Classification
--  Data protection and CDP
--  Archiving and Content Addressed Storage (CAS)
--  iSCSI and SAN
--  NAS and NAS virtualization
Peripheral Concepts, Inc. is a leading consulting firm specializing in storage and storage management. For more information, visit under REPORTS.

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