StarWind VTL Appliance

Value Proposition

For organizations who are looking for cost efficient backup storage which can accelerate their backups and restores and add an extra level of data protection, our solution is StarWind Virtual Tape Library (VTL). It is a specialized high density storage array for infrequently accessed data engineered to deliver high performance for fast backups and restores as well as advance the Disaster Recovery (DR) scenario by replicating and tiering data to public cloud to fulfill the 3-2-1 backup rule.

VTL appliance seamlessly integrates into any existing backup environment by presenting itself as a standard tape library supported by all industry-standard backup solutions. It reduces backup times thanks to high performance disk back-end and ability to run multiple backup jobs to several tapes in parallel, while also deduplicating the data globally. This allows organizations to improve their Recovery Point Objectives (RPO), as quicker backups mean they can be done more frequently with less impact on the production environment. It also improves Recovery Time Objectives (RTO) by being able to restore significant amounts of company data and VMs almost instantly compared to physical tapes. StarWind VTL fulfills the 3-2-1 backup rule by maintaining and managing both onsite and offsite data copies by intelligently replicating and tiering backup data offsite per user-set policies, and offloading it to physical tape drives or libraries connected directly to the appliance.


Unlike similar virtual tape backup solutions, StarWind VTL brings several major advantages:

  • Performance: VTL appliance brings fast backups and restores using a combination of high capacity spinning disks and StarWind proprietary technology.
  • Features: VTL appliance not only emulates an industry-standard tape library, but also protects the backup data by replicating it to both physical tapes and offsite DR locations. It also significantly improves storage efficiency thanks to the global deduplication feature.
  • Flexibility: The core functionality of StarWind VTL is software-defined, which means VTL can be implemented as a turnkey appliance or as a software product. This allows organizations to re-use their existing server and storage assets and leverage their disaster recovery plan without investing in high cost proprietary hardware.

Ease of Use

StarWind Virtual Tape Library delivers streamline data protection experience without the hassle of physical tape management and LTO Cleaning Cartridges. It integrates into any tape backup infrastructure without having to replace the backup software or even reconfigure it for a new backup media type.

Cost Efficiency

StarWind VTL maximizes the storage cost efficiency with the help of global deduplication and compression. This way the data gets optimized not only within a tape, but also across the entire virtual library. In addition, the appliance seamlessly scales up and leverages the cloud storage economics for on-premises backup storage by offloading and replicating data to the public cloud.


StarWind VTL appliance significantly minimizes both RTO and RPO thanks to its performance. Backup job speeds outperform physical tapes and even NAS backup storage owing to the specially designed storage configuration. This also allows bringing the RTO close to zero by instantly launching the recovered VMs and applications directly from the appliance storage without having to wait till the data is copied back to the hypervisor hosts.


Tape Library (VTL)

Virtual Tape Library seamlessly integrates into any tape-centric backup infrastructure with no changes to the existing backup policies by presenting backup storage as an industry-standard tape library.

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Snapshots and Automated Storage Tiering

StarWind VTL Appliance maximizes backup infrastructure resilience and capacity by employing automatic storage tiering to Amazon S3 and Glacier, replacing legacy tape infrastructure with cost-efficient cloud storage and ensuring compliance with the 3-2-1 backup rule.

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StarWind Web-based ManagementNEW

StarWind Web-based Management provides system administrators with the ability to access and manage their StarWind infrastructure via HTML5 web console from any remote location. This functionality delivers the full control over the storage-related operations from a PC or Android, iOS or Windows mobile device.

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StarWind VTL Appliance easily scales up along with your business needs with the help of elastic Amazon S3 and Glacier cloud storage tiering.

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Starwind Swordfish Provider NEW

Swordfish API support allows easy centralized storage management by providing a unified management language for different storage solutions. Swordfish API support is included with the appliances by default making StarWind deployment and management processes extra simple in multi-vendor storage environments.

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To download the software products please make your choice below. An installer link and the license key will be sent to the e-mail address you specify. Please check the Free vs. Paid document if you are uncertain of the StarWind Virtual SAN version. A totally unrestricted NFR (Not For Resale) version of StarWind Virtual SAN is available for certain use cases. Learn more here. The Release Notes can be found here.

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