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Enterprise datacenters have built up extensive investments in large-scale tape infrastructures. Valuable corporate information resides there, and policies and processes have been developed to manage this infrastructure and its data. In largescale datacenters, it is impractical to envision physical tape infrastructures being eliminated. However, they are being augmented with other storage components such as Virtual Tape Libraries (VTLs). Firms with large-scale tape silos and thousands of tapes must ensure the VTL they select offers the right level of performance, tape integration, and management features necessary to meet corporate service-level requirements for data protection. This paper outlines the key requirements these firms should use in assessing an enterprise VTL and evaluates the NetApp VTL against these requirements.
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