Virtual Tape Library Appliance: Datasheet

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Updated: August 27th, 2021

StarWind Virtual Tape Library Appliance (VTLA)
is ransomware-resilient archival storage for your business-critical data that complements your on-premises environment with public and object storage tiers. Step away from costly tape-centric backup infrastructures in favor of “air-gapped” virtual tapes to ensure that your data archival and retention requirements are always met.

Automatically replicate and tier your data offsite to AWS, Microsoft Azure, Backblaze B2, or any other public cloud storage for maximum storage infrastructure cost-efficiency and data security. Simplify on-premises storage scaling and management with a range of certified industry-standard object storage solutions.

Simplicity

  • Storage is presented as LTO for easy integration into existing tape-centric backup environments
  • Meet regulatory requirements easily with secure automated data management policies
  • Unmanned DR shipping: automatic tiering and replication to the cloud per user-set policies

Features

  • Shrink backup time and improve RPO using fast disk storage combined with 10/25 GbE connectivity
  • Get RTO close to zero with instant restores from disk-backed virtual tapes
  • Protect your data from ransomware and disasters by air-gapping it with VTLA and an offsite copy

Savings

  • Save on space and resources by replacing physical tape infrastructure with just one appliance
  • Save money on media storage and shipping by leveraging secure and scalable cloud storage
  • Save time on implementation: little to no changes required to the existing infrastructure

Partner Certified Solutions








Double Fine Productions achieved higher applications performance without compromising infrastructure management simplicity

Price + Simplicity. StarWind VSAN offers great pricing and allows us to get work done without expensive custom hardware. It also makes getting back online quick and easy after an outage or hardware failure

Aaron Hayes, IT Manager

Models

StarWind VTL Appliance comes in 3 models to fulfill various capacity requirements. Appliance range delivers up to 0.64 PB of effective local capacity with the ability to expand it using cloud and object storage as a cold data tier. VTL appliance also supports connecting physical tape drives and libraries through SAS/SCSI/FC in order to offload the virtual tape images to physical tapes if required. All appliances support data deduplication and compression.

Model3

VTL-160 VTL-320


VTL-640

Usable Capacity, TB 16 32 64
Usable Capacity, TB* 160 320 640
RAID

5 (default); 6; 50, 60, 10;

Operating Protocols

VTL over iSCSI (Optional block and file services: SMB3, NFSv4.1, iSCSI), VTL over FC

Public Cloud Connectivity Amazon: S3, Glacier; Azure blob: Premium, hot, cool, archive; Backblaze B2; Wasabi
Physical Tape Connectivity

Optional: SAS/SCSI/FC
Please check with your StarWind representative for available options

Networking

2x 1 GbE + 2x 10 GbE, Optional 25 GbE

PSU

750W, Redundant

Form Factor

2U Rackmount

*After Deduplication and Compression.  Data optimization ratio may vary depending on data nature and deduplication/compression processes happening within the backup software.

StarWind VTL Appliance supports the following backup software:

(Please check with your account manager if the software or version you’re using is not listed below)

Backup Solution

Versions

Acronis Backup 10 – 12.5
ArcServe Backup 11.5 – 17
ArcServe UDP 5.x – 7.0
Bacula 9.2.0 – 9.6.6
Commvault 9.0 – 11.20
EMC AVAMAR (via ADMe) 6.1 – 7.5
EMC NetWorker 7.6 – 19.2
IBM TSM & Spectrum Protect 6.2.2 – 8.1.11
HP DataProtector 7.x – 9.0
Microsoft DPM* 2012 – 2019
Unitrends 9.1 – 10
Veeam Backup & Replication 9.0 – 11.0
Veritas/Symantec BackupExec 12.x – 20.6
Veritas/Symantec NetBackup 6.x – 8.3
Quest NetVault Backup 12.x – 13.x

*Microsoft DPM 2016 may require additional tweaks due known connection stability issues with LTO Tape Libraries.

Management and Security: StarWind Web Management, PowerShell, StarWind Command Center
StarWind VTL StarWind VTL allows to stop using legacy physical tapes and move to modern on-premises Virtual Tape Libraries with unrestricted cloud and object storage tiering. The solution enables abiding by the 3-2-1 backup rule as well as other industry-standard data archival and retention requirements. Legacy LTOs become a thing of the past as StarWind VTL automates the replication and tiering of data off-site and “air-gapping” it from ransomware.
Eliminate human error, enhance performance, increase security, and drastically reduce your hardware footprint while also decreasing TCO and increasing ROI thanks to Virtual Tape Library from StarWind. Virtual Tape Library StarWind VTL White Paper