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StarWind Virtual Tape Library is #10 ranked solution in top Software Defined Storage (SDS) tools and #14 ranked solution in HCI Software. IT Central Station users give StarWind Virtual Tape Library an average rating of 10 out of 10. StarWind Virtual Tape Library is most commonly compared to Red Hat Ceph Storage:StarWind Virtual Tape Library vs Red Hat Ceph Storage. The top industry researching this solution are professionals from a computer software company, accounting for 37% of all views.
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. 

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High-performance, cost-effective, and integrated well with our existing backup solution

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 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. 

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 to move backups to the cloud without having having to purchase additional hardware.

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 lot of storage on-premises or change the backup solution that we already had in place, which saved us time and money.

What needs improvement?

The initial installation can be complex and should be simplified.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using this solution for two years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

I have been using this for two years and have not had any issues. It is very stable and reliable.

How are customer service and technical support?

I have had great experiences with customer service and technical support.

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.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was a little complex but the technical support walked me through every step until it was up and running.

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 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.

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.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Kevin Sipma
Chief Technology Officer, Founder | We Help SMB Businesses Leverage Technology & Reduce Risk at Neuron Computer Services, LLC
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. 

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 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.

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 to B2 out of Veeam — like a plugin maybe. Not sure if that's possible with how Veeam works.

For how long have I used the solution?

Less than one year.
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.