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StarWind Tape Redirector Overview

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Published: February 9, 2016

Value Proposition

For virtualization administrators, who look to simplify their work with physical tape drives, libraries and auto-loaders, our solution is StarWind Tape Redirector. It is free software that eliminates tape interface distance restrictions and allows to connect virtual machines to physical tape infrastructure.

In case there’s a promising virtualization project without any initial investments, the functionality of StarWind Virtual SAN Free would come in handy. Along with Tape Redirector, it will make the virtualization admin’s life much easier, creating “shared nothing” fault-tolerant SAN or NAS on a couple of commodity servers.

StarWind Tape Redirector is also a convenient tool for StarWind HyperConverged Appliance users, making physical tape backup configuration a very easy task indeed.

StarWind Tape Redirector Overview

StarWind Tape Redirector allows the use of LAN or WAN
to eliminate distance limitation of tape backup hardware

StarWind Tape Redirector Overview

StarWind Tape Redirector gives VM direct access to tape library


StarWind Tape Redirector Overview

Free of charge

StarWind Tape Redirector is part of StarWind Virtual SAN Free functionality. It is distributed without any hidden payments, additional required licenses or time bombs, no strings attached. Tape Redirector is good for immediate download and use.

StarWind Tape Redirector Overview

Tape Convenience

StarWind Tape Redirector turns bulky tape infrastructure into the virtualization-aware backup system. It allows connection to the drives and libraries from anywhere in the world and makes it easy to manage tape backup in virtualized environment.

StarWind Tape Redirector Overview

Backup Infrastructure Intact

StarWind Tape Redirector preserves the existing logical backup infrastructure when performing P2V migration and building virtualized backup system. It seamlessly integrates into the system and makes physical tape backup more virtualization-aware.


iSCSI “Gateway”

StarWind Tape Redirector uses iSCSI uplink protocol to establish connection between backup server and tape drive, transferring backup data over any IP network. There is no more need to have tape drives and libraries in every office.

Direct Access

StarWind Tape Redirector gives VMs direct access to the tape library via iSCSI as if it had been locally attached, and interacting with tape drives and loaders. It brings physical tape as close to virtualization as possible before virtualizing it completely.