StarWind Virtual Tape Library Overview

StarWind Virtual Tape Library is the #10 ranked solution in our list of top Software Defined Storage (SDS) tools. It is most often compared to Red Hat Ceph Storage: StarWind Virtual Tape Library vs Red Hat Ceph Storage

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. 

Buyer's Guide

Download the Software Defined Storage (SDS) Buyer's Guide including reviews and more. Updated: July 2021

StarWind Virtual Tape Library Customers

Volvo, Sony, Samsung, Hitachi

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Pricing Advice

What users are saying about StarWind Virtual Tape Library pricing:
  • "The initial setup and deployment are also covered in the purchase at no additional cost."
  • "If you currently have Veeam there is no other solution that is as easy and affordable as StarWind."

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reviewer1455984
Senior Systems Administrator at Maple Reinders Constructors Ltd.
Real User
Top 10
Cost-effective, reliable, and the initial setup and deployment are included in the price

What is our primary use case?

We were looking for physical tape backups to protect against DR situations but were concerned about the fact that it would require manual intervention, with respect to the changing of tapes and sending them offsite. This is something that we could easily forget. Luckily, I came across Starwind VTL. This product 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. It's been six months and it has been working well without… more »

Pros and Cons

  • "I like the fact that we can simultaneously upload the virtual tapes to different cloud providers, and the settings can be adjusted to speed up the upload times even further."
  • "The main thing that I felt could be improved was having an estimated time of completion for the virtual tape uploads to the cloud."
reviewer1217457
User at a computer software company with 11-50 employees
Real User
High-performance, cost-effective, and integrated well with our existing backup solution

What is our primary use case?

We currently use Veeam as our backup solution and wanted to save some backups to Backblaze. StarWind VTL allowed us to keep using Veeam and Backblaze for an easy and affordable solution to our backups. The software has excellent performance, and it is straightforward to set up given the extensive tutorials hosted on their website, online help, and remote assistance from the beginning, all for free with no initial costs involved.

Pros and Cons

  • "StarWind VTL allowed us to back up to virtual tape that was created within Veeam and upload the tape to the cloud."
  • "The initial installation can be complex and should be simplified."

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 questions. It is a fix it and forget it solution, and you do not have to monitor the backups all the time to ensure they run.