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StarWind Cloud VTL for AWS and Veeam

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Published: September 20, 2017


Today, all major cloud storage providers and long-term data vaulting services utilize physical tape
libraries to provide enormous amounts of cost-effective “cold” storage for their customers. Such
services also present different “flavors” of VTL solutions to simplify the storage and backup management
for end users. Virtual Tape Library as a technology has already proved itself as a reliable solution which
helps to enhance the 3-2-1 backup rule with several significant benefits.


Leading cloud storage providers offer cost-efficient object storage to accumulate the “cold” data:
Amazon S3 and Amazon Glacier, Azure Blob Storage, Google Nearline and Google Coldline.

Many backup vendors offer different solutions to manage backups and configure cloud synchronization.
However, it is often a complex and challenging task for the IT staff to properly select and deploy the
required software or hardware, and configure separate components to operate in conjunction with
each other.

Also, most backup solutions do not offer a “smart” data de-staging where backups are first offloaded to
faster and more expensive storage tier and then are de-staged to slower and more cost efficient one.


StarWind VTL is well-recognized among IT professionals as a unique solution which can seamlessly
integrate into any backup environment. StarWind VTL helps to significantly enhance the backup process
increasing the tape backup speed while adding additional ransomware protection since it can not
access the virtual tape device.

What is more, with the development of cloud storage technologies and price reduction of “cold” storage,
we decided to improve our VTL solution, adding functionality that will help our users to fully integrate
the cost efficient “cloud tier” into their backup infrastructure and avoid being puzzled searching for
third-party software.

StarWind Cloud VTL conjoins with all major cloud storage providers, ultimately adding the “cold” tier to
the backup infrastructure ensuring compliance with the “3-2-1” backup rule. StarWind VTL to Cloud
supports both performance and capacity optimized object storage like Amazon S3 and Glacier
delivering significant benefits:

  • It allows implementing Disk-to-Disk-to-Cloud (D2D2C) backup strategy. Essentially, this is a variation
    of D2D2T approach that gives higher flexibility and cost-efficiency by replacing local tape drives with
    inexpensive “tape in cloud” storage. The expensive physical tape library infrastructures and
    corresponding service costs are no longer an issue.
  • StarWind Cloud VTL is a Veeam Ready solution. Each software component has repeatedly been
    tested and checked for compatibility. It just works!
  • Ability to “tier” backups between cloud storage with different performance and efficiency features
    for maintaining low cost per GB without compromising RTO.

StarWind Cloud VTL for AWS and Veeam


Object cloud storage was designed for infrequently accessed data like backups and archives. Thus,
backups performed via StarWind VTL become perfect candidates for offloading to the cloud. StarWind
Cloud VTL grants effortless integration into existing backup infrastructure being a “fire and forget”
solution. Once the VTL device settings and retention policies are configured, the backups will be stored
and automatically de-staged to cloud storage, saving the time of the IT staff.

StarWind VTL creates an additional backup copy, allows meeting the regulatory requirements for having
tape backups and significantly decreases backup costs. It also keeps the performance of the system
stable increasing the speed of the backup process, avoiding the overlapping of backup jobs with the
production environment. Additionally, StarWind Virtual Tape Library supports cloud deployment
scenario, changing the expensive local storage to cost-efficient cloud vault. In comparison to local
spindle-based storage, keeping data on inexpensive cloud storage like Amazon S3 and Glacier requires
considerably smaller investment.