Value Proposition
VTL Use Cases

Enterprise Data Protection Solution
with StarWind and Cloudian

For organizations who want to unlock the true potential of data archives right in the cloud turning them into an easy-to-reach working data copy, StarWind and Cloudian deliver an end-to-end secure secondary backup & archive storage solution for replacing physical tape backup with zero changes to the established tape-centric backup process. Enterprise Data Protection Storage with StarWind and Cloudian provides a virtualized tape library which combines all the benefits of tape and Cloudian HyperStore: performance, security, non-disruptive limitless scaling with tiering to the public cloud, and native integration into any backup infrastructure.

Explore Starwind VTL —
?Why is Data Protection Important to the Enterprise

Scale your capacity easily using Cloudian HyperStore, the most fully compatible, full-featured, S3 object storage array. Maximize storage cost-efficiency and security by replicating and tiering your backups to Amazon AWS, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform or any other public cloud provider. Minimize integration time, since tape devices seamlessly integrate into any legacy or new backup infrastructure. Finally, have peace of mind with your backups as data in the virtual tape is stored offline. This makes the VTL solution inherently ransomware-resilient.

Pains and Gains
  • Pain

  • High CapEx and low ROI of the existing tape backup systems due to low performance, manual labor, and logistical issues

  • Limited or missing Object Storage support in the existing backup solution for longer-term archives and intelligent search capabilities

  • Exposure of online data backups (in the cloud, on the disk, etc.) to ransomware attacks

  • Gain

  • Higher Performance

    Compared to bolt-on file/block APIs on top of S3, the solution offers considerably higher performance. No Read-Modify-Write access patterns. No sub-object changes: one tape = one object. Virtual Tapes are used in WORM (Write Once Read Many) mode. Enterprise Data Protection Storage with StarWind and Cloudian seamlessly replaces or augments your existing tape backup infrastructure with storage that’s more efficient and scalable, that lowers the CapEx and OpEx, decreases the RTO and RPO and keeps company data compliant with regulations.

  • Zero-change integration

    The solution integrates into any existing backup infrastructure. It achieves that because 99.9% of backup applications use tape as a backup target or as primary archive storage. The VTL interface allows any legacy or modern system to work with object storage, with zero backup policy changes or upgrades.

  • Ransomware resiliency

    Virtual Tape is an offline media. Once ejected, there’s no access without proprietary APIs. This is a massive security advantage over file/block/S3 access. Also, note that infected data cannot get outside the virtual tape container.

Key Benefits

High ROI

Fast data recovery, even from offsite copies. Minimized cost and time for DR site data shipping and retrieval. Per-bucket, policy-based data protection with centralized management.


Capacity and performance scale together in a transparent and predictable way.


Improved over the tape with naturally ransomware resilient media and eliminated manual media handling, multi-tenancy for secure isolation between organizations or units.


Eliminates manual labor for day-to-day tasks, physical media handling, and offsite media shipping efforts. No hidden scaling costs with limitless storage scalability.

What The World Says About Us

StarWind included as Niche Player for the third consecutive time in 2020 Magic Quadrant for HCI

Success Stories

We were able to build 2-node storage clusters based on virtualization in 19 hypermarkets without any problems and with high cost-efficiency.

Vass Sandor, IT Infrastructure Leader

By being able to virtualize our environment with StarWind, we were able to retire some old hardware, get our services highly available, reduce power consumption and heat in our server closet.

David Gardner, Information Systems Manager

We are satisfied with StarWind. The support is really fantastic. Whenever any issue arises, the response is very prompt, and solution is immediate.

Srinivas Kouda, Company’s Representative

StarWind got us off the clustered environment, which was a big help. So, I could regain control of my storage and reclaim and redistribute the space we desperately needed.

Ryan Fulton, Company’s Representative

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

We chose StarWind Mainly because of the cost compared to other vendors. Simplicity of setup was also a major factor and I like the fact that you don’t need a vendor certified engineer to perform the installation.

John Harris, Windows System Administrator,
Department of Physics, University of Oxford

Because of recommendations of older colleagues, with StarWind, we got a reliable storage with no additional hardware. There was a need to increase IT infrastructure performance and we saw StarWind as the most cost-effective solution.

Željko Medić, Director of IT Department

StarWind is the best storage product I have ever used! It satisfies and exceeds requirements.

Joe Gursky, Director of IT
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