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: June 2021

StarWind Virtual Tape Library Customers

Volvo, Sony, Samsung, Hitachi

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Kevin Sipma
Chief Technology Officer, Founder | We Help SMB Businesses Leverage Technology & Reduce Risk at Neuron Computer Services, LLC
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Enabled us to finally get rid of our Pelican cased sneakernet hard drive transport system for good

What is our primary use case?

Our objective for using StarWind's VTL to Backblaze B2 was to get away from sneakernet backups of Veeam data for offsite storage and archiving. We have approximately 20TB of data that needs to be backed up on a GFS schedule. We're able to do this with StarWind's VTL to Backblaze B2 app very easily.