StarWind Virtual Tape Library Reviews

StarWind Virtual Tape Library is the #8 ranked solution of our top Software Defined Storage (SDS) tools. It's rated 5.0 out of 5 stars, and is most commonly compared to Red Hat Ceph Storage - StarWind Virtual Tape Library vs Red Hat Ceph Storage

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User at a computer software company with 11-50 employees
Oct 28 2019

What is most valuable?

StarWind VTL allowed us to back up to virtual tape that was created within Veeam and upload the tape to the cloud. This solution is easy to set up without having to have a… more »

How has it helped my organization?

We are a very small company and cannot afford the pricey storage solutions for the amount of information we needed to backup from various sources. StarWind VTL allowed us… more »

What needs improvement?

The initial installation can be complex and should be simplified.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

If you currently have Veeam there is no other solution that is as easy and affordable as StarWind.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I have used different solutions in the past but when I researched StarWind, wanting to integrate with our current backup solution, it was an easy decision.

What other advice do I have?

The product works great, and I am not sure what features could be added or improved. All the features I expected work great, and support is always available to answer any… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I did evaluate other cloud solutions and backup software, but to keep from having to change how we do the backup, StarWind was an easy and affordable solution for us.
Kevin Sipma
Chief Technology Officer, Founder | We Help SMB Businesses Leverage Technology & Reduce Risk at Neuron Computer Services, LLC
Jan 24 2019

What is most valuable?

The ability to continue to use Veeam was of the highest importance — but we needed something to replicate data easily to a cloud storage provider like Backblaze. StarWind's VTL to B2 fit the bill nicely on paper. In practice, it is somewhat technical to deploy and manage, but overall it gets the job done.

How has it helped my organization?

We were finally able to get rid of our Pelican cased sneakernet hard drive transport system for good. We simply replicate our backups from Veeam to the virtual tape library that StarWind implements, while magically transporting those to B2 for our offsite backup requirements.

What needs improvement?

It's a very technical product so some more user-friendliness and UX would go a long way. It sort of has to be very technical though because it is trying to marry old school tape library technology with new school cloud storage technology and act as a bridge between backup software that uses VTL for offloading. An easier way obviously would be to do away with the need for VTL and just go straight… more »

What is StarWind Virtual Tape Library?

For SMB and Enterprises, who either look to get rid of backup tapes completely, or are willing to accelerate backup process and add an extra level of protection, our solution is StarWind Virtual Tape Library (VTL). It is an appliance that eliminates the need in physical tape and “pretends” to be a supported tape drive or autoloader, keeping all data on inexpensive, fast and high-capacity spinning disks.

Even with explosive data growth, StarWind VTL fits the backup into backup window by accelerating it, so the process does not overlap with production time. Optionally, it creates additional copy of backup data for better safety. It is also available in a software-only form, as part of StarWind VSAN functionality. 

StarWind VTL targets those, who need to replace existing tape backup infrastructure or accelerate it if regulatory requirements prohibit replacement. In case the goal is just virtualizing tape backup or creating a stretched backup infrastructure, StarWind Tape Redirector will come in handy. 

StarWind Virtual Tape Library customers

Volvo, Sony, Samsung, Hitachi

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