“10 out of 10!” LaserVault ViTL Meets All Frederick County, VA’s Backup Needs


Frederick County
Winchester, VA

Local Government Agency

  • Slow backups caused by using physical tape
  • Need for a reliable solution to better manage weekly and monthly backups
  • Solution must integrate with a Power 9 server

iSeries Power 9 V7R4

LaserVault ViTL Virtual Tape Solution

  • Overall ease of use
  • Reliability
  • Rapid backup speeds
  • Budget-friendly
  • Speed and ease of file restores


Frederick County, VA has all of the standard business needs for back up technology, plus one more – accountability to the general public.

It became important that they upgrade from their tape backup system, and do it in a way that not only saved them time, but money. They also needed a reliable system that would save man hours and safeguard important county records.

According to Charles Tyson, Frederick County’s MIS Director, they back up their entire system five days a week and keep it two weeks. They also back up monthly and keep them for twelve months.

Backing up their data each day with tape meant they faced all of the challenges and drawbacks of space and time that using physical tape presents.


After looking at several solutions, The Bank of Utah selected the ViTL virtual tape solution from LaserVault. ViTL is a replacement for using physical tape for backup and recovery of IBM Power Systems.

“Cost was a deciding factor, and the reviews were great!”

Charles says about his selection of LaserVault ViTL. With daily and monthly backups a must, ViTL’s speed and reliability made it the best possible answer for his agency.

LaserVault ViTL is a virtual tape backup and recovery emulation solution that has seamless integration with IBM Power Systems. Because ViTL uses standard IBM i backup commands, it is easy for a company used to using manual tape to improve their backup operations by making the switch to virtual tape.


“LaserVault ViTL is fantastic to use,” Charles states. “ViTL backs up the system in half the time of tape and the speed and ease that you can restore a file is great.”

“The ease of use and the reliability of ViTL make it a good choice for others in county and other government agencies,“ recommends Charles.

By choosing ViTL and cutting backup times by 50%, Charles has improved the efficiencies of their backup and recovery operations, ultimately benefitting the County’s service to the public.


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