StarWind VTL

StarWind VTL

Score 8.7 out of 10
StarWind Virtual Tape Library

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What is StarWind VTL?

StarWind Virtual Tape Library (VTL) resolves the issue of Enterprise ROBO being stuck with expensive tapes for data backup, while allowing users to stick to regulatory archival requirements. One can’t be sure that data stored on the tapes in archives...

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StarWind works great with Veeam

10 out of 10
November 02, 2019
We are using Starwind's VTL to Backblaze cloud solution which works with Veeam's ability to offload existing backups to a tape library. …
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What is StarWind VTL?

StarWind Virtual Tape Library (VTL) resolves the issue of Enterprise ROBO being stuck with expensive tapes for data backup, while allowing users to stick to regulatory archival requirements. One can’t be sure that data stored on the tapes in archives will always be retrievable. StarWind VTL takes…

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What is StarWind VTL?

StarWind Virtual Tape Library (VTL) resolves the issue of Enterprise ROBO being stuck with expensive tapes for data backup, while allowing users to stick to regulatory archival requirements. One can’t be sure that data stored on the tapes in archives will always be retrievable. StarWind VTL takes advantage of the already existing tape backup infrastructure and virtualizes the data for easy access and storage.

Using on-prem VTLs with cloud and object storage tiering, the solution allows customers to use StarWind VTL to protect their data from ransomware or other threats. Users can also replicate and tier backups in the public cloud and scale with any necessary standard storage arrays. StarWind helps with VTL configuration and integration, and the product is designed to be easily managed.

StarWind VTL:

  • Enables users to use your disk/cloud storage as virtual tapes
  • Integrates into an existing backup and archival processes without disruption
  • Allows customizing data management policies as per necessary regulations
  • Switches users from disk-to-tape to disk-to-disk-to-tape/cloud backup strategies
  • Ensures versatile scalability, maximum performance and secure automated migration

StarWind Virtual Tape Library provides the ability to offload existing data stored on tapes to cloud storage and forget about investing in physical tapes anymore while keeping that data “airlocked” and secure as the respective official regulations call for it.

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June 16, 2022

StarWind VTL Review

Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We were looking for physical tape backups to protect against DR situations but were concerned about the fact that it would require the manual intervention of changing the tapes and sending them offsite as we could easily forget. Luckily, I came across Starwind VTL, which is the same as having a physical tape library without the hassle of changing tapes. The whole process is automated and we have the option of choosing between multiple cloud storage providers such as Amazon, Wasabi, Azure, etc.
  • We can leverage our existing Veeam Infrastructure.
  • We can upload to multiple different cloud providers simultaneously.
  • Works the same as physical tapes at as lower cost.
  • There needs to be an estimated time of completion to determine how long the upload will take.
  • Needs to have an option to backup to the same cloud provider simultaneously.
Starwind VTL is a great solution for customers that want the benefits of a physical tape library without the hefty price tag and the manual intervention required when changing tapes as it is automated. In addition, Starwind VTL virtual tapes are "air-gapped" as they are in LTO format.
  • Replication to the Cloud
  • Secure Air Gap offline storage
  • We saved a few thousands dollars by not going with physical tape drives.
We've looked at physical tape backups, however, the infrastructure is too costly compared to Starwind VTL and it also requires manual changing of tapes that users will not want to do or forget to do. With VTL, it works exactly like a physical tape library with the same benefits and full automation.
Veeam Backup & Replication, IDrive
  • Cloud Replication
  • Backup Retention
Their support is great and the interface is not as user friendly
No
  • Price
  • Product Features
  • Product Usability
The Technical team was very helpful in answering all of my questions, including how I wanted to setup the tape backup jobs in our existing infrastructure to configure simultaneous uploads to the cloud from two different cloud storage providers.
I purchased premium support and the reason is because the process is somewhat complicated however their support makes it easy.
No
I had noticed that the virtual tapes taking up large amount of storage to a point where I had only a few GB's of storage left. I had called Starwind support and they spent the time with me clearing up space rather than just telling me what to do.
The initial setup took some time, however, with the help of the Starwind technical team, we were able to set it up from start to finish including seamlessly adding it to our existing backup solution. After that, there was no need for any additional setup or troubleshooting.
  • Setting up Cloud Replication
  • Can't search by tape barcode
  • there is no visibility for creation/modification of tapes at the moment
No
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We are using Starwind's VTL to Backblaze cloud solution which works with Veeam's ability to offload existing backups to a tape library. This allows for easy de-duplication and compression of backups to a virtual tape library. It's very effective and easy to use. We were able to avoid the costly headache of storing our backups on tape to be taken offsite.
  • Works great with Veeam and Backblaze.
  • Affordable and reliable.
  • Support is quick to respond.
  • Set-up is confusing.
StarWind is most appropriate for environments that needs a new solution to keeping backups offsite. Great for small or large businesses.
  • Great ROI for small organizations.
  • Affordable for any size business.
  • Met the requirements of the companies backup requirements.
Great and reliable product with little need for support.
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