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

StarWind Tape Redirector gives VM direct access to tape library



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.