June 14, 2005 Alex Woodie
GST entered the booming market for virtual tape libraries last week when it launched its new line of disk-to-disk-to-tape (D2D2T) appliances. Dubbed the VirtualDR line, this device combines an array of inexpensive disk with a high-performance tape autoloader, and is aimed at small to medium size businesses that need to backup between 2TB to 130TB of data residing across OS/400, Unix, Linux, and Windows servers.
Evidence suggests that IT shops are embracing virtual tape libraries, D2D2T appliances, and the concept of hierarchical storage management (HSM) to satisfy their need for faster backups, quicker recoveries, and reliable archiving. Because even the