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HP Virtual Tape Library (VTL) Appliance

Powered by IPStor

Ross Parker – Sales Director, Northern Europe


  • HP & FalconStor announcement

  • Background

  • What is the HP VTL appliance?

  • What benefits does it deliver?

  • Who are the target customers?

  • Who can I contact with an opportunity?

  • Questions

HP & FalconStor Announcement

  • June 2004 – HP & FalconStor announced the Enterprise Backup Solution (EBS) Certification of VirtualTape Library (VTL) Software 

  • The HP StorageWorks EBS certification;

    • defines best practices and solutions for addressing backup and recovery issues facing storage administrators.

    • includes FalconStor’s VirtualTape Library (VTL) software with HP OpenView Storage Data Protector, HP ProLiant DL580 server, HP StorageWorks MSA1000 disk array and HP StorageWorks ESL E-series tape libraries

    • designed to deliver a complete, enterprise-class data protection solution. 

Disk Storage Used for Data Protection

Source: Strategic Research, April 2002

$ Billion

  • The move to disk-based backup and recovery is occurring rapidly, growing to $5B in 2005

  • “Time to Recovery” is the real business driver

Paradigm Shift

















Disk and Tape Pricing Trend



ATA Disk


$ Per GB





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What is the HP VTL solution?

  • VTL - allows 3rd party backup software to perform backup/restore to a disk-based ‘virtual tape/library’ over high-speed FC or IP SANs.

  • Emulates a large number of industry standard tape libraries and tapes drives from varying major vendors

  • The base system has the ability to support up to:

    • 10 concurrent backup hosts

    • 50 concurrent backup or restore sessions

    • 50 virtual tape drives or 20 virtual tape libraries

    • 100 virtual tape cartridges

  • The VTL can import / export to physical tape libraries

  • The VTL solution can replicate data over IP to an independent site

The HP VTL Solution Overview

Customer Pain: Time Allocation

Customers increasingly say they spend too much time doing storage operations per week:

(in order of consumption)

  • Backup operations

  • Provisioning storage

  • Managing tape libraries

  • Managing storage networks

  • Volume and file management

  • Archiving/HSM

  • Capacity planning

  • Disaster recovery management/testing

  • Monitor storage array failures

Customer IT Challenges

  • Reliability Issues

    • Experiencing backup/restore failures due to robotic failure or media error

  • Performance Issues

    • Backup window is shrinking

      • the fastest tape drive (LTO) can perform backup @ 30 MB/s (with optimal compression)

    • Restore is MUCH too slow (less than half the speed of backup)

  • Manageability/Staffing Issues

    • Difficult to partition and share large tape libraries

    • Can not centrally manage backup resources (Tape Drives/Libraries)

    • Need to provision virtualised tape drive/library to Backup Server over FC or IP SAN

  • Availability Issues

    • Need to maximize operating efficiency without compromising the investment in existing backup software and policy

VTL ApplianceCustomer/Business Benefits

  • Reliability

    • Eliminates robotic failure or media error

    • Active-Active cluster/disk mirroring delivers highest levels of fault tolerance

  • Performance

    • Achieves backup/restore speeds in excess of 100 MB/s

  • Manageability

    • Java-based Management Console provides centralized management

    • Provisions Virtual Tape Drive/Library over FC or IP SAN

  • Availability

    • Re-use/leverage existing backup device

    • Eliminates need to reconfigure the existing backup software/policy

    • Virtual Tape Drive/Library can be accessed over any IP network

Example of Target Customers

  • Problems meeting the backup window

  • Looking for faster restore’s for file & applications

  • Experienced excessive tape media, drive and robotic failures

  • Need to add tape drives as required

  • Want off-site tape vaulting

  • Require a solution that fits with the existing infrastructure

  • Interested in the overall benefits of D2D2T backup

Who to contact?

  • InTechnology HP Account Manager

  • FalconStor Account Managers (Ross Parker / Patrick Adams)

  • HP Account Manager

  • HP Whitepaper on VTL

  • Information on websites

    • http://hp.com/go/ebs

    • http://www.falconstor.com/HPEBSCertification.asp

Thank you.

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