VM data recovery
Virtual Tape Libraries
Virtualisation refers to the different techniques, methods or approaches of creating a virtual version of a hardware platform, operating system (OS) or network resources. In addition to this, you can also have virtualised applications and SAN storage pools. In line with these virtualisation concepts, presenting storage components like hard disk drives as tape hardware is known as a virtual tape library, also known as VTL.
In a nutshell, VTL utilises hardware and software solutions for redirecting the backup data that would have been sent to the tape library to a large RAID array. This is possible due to the backup software recognising the RAID array as a tape drive. Traditional backup options, such as Full, Differential, Incremental, and Snapshot schemes still function in the same way in a VTL.
Products are available that can create multiple virtual libraries or tape machines. The advantage is that multiple backups can run from a variety of servers all into the same storage pool. The storage performs a less rigorous backup to tape, or another VTL. This second level VTL can be slower disk storage and function as an ongoing backup of the first level backup. Easy availability of products to facilitate creation of VTL environments along with affordable technology has made the dual backup process with different schedules possible.
Data Recovery Specialists can rebuild and extract lost data from storage arrays that are used in VTL systems, focusing on the data contained within the tape archive files post-extraction. Regardless of the method or media used to store the data, DRS will be able to assist you and your organisation should the worst happen.
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Our free data recovery evaluation service will tell you whether your data can be recovered, exactly how much it will cost and how long the data recovery will take.   

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"Thank you so much for all your help - Data Recovery Specialists are a real life saver!  I do not know what I would have done without the data you recovered.  We would have probably had to re-record all the location shots, which would have been time consuming and very expensive"  BBC Wales

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"Thank you for solving our stiction issues so promptly from our reel to reel tapes.  We were expecting to lose some of the data, so we were extremely happy when you recovered the full survey.  The data has proved invaluable"  Regal Petroleum
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"Thank you for processing the 3590 tapes from our marine survey and copying to HDD.  Your unique NavMerge service combining the navigation information with our 3D seismic data saved us a huge amount of time"  Portugese Ministry of Defence
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"I thought we would never get our CT scans converted into DICOM and imported onto PACS, but you came to our rescue" NHS