StarWind Virtual Tape Library Appliance

Value Proposition

For organizations looking to leave costly tape backup process behind without disrupting the established data archival and retention processes, StarWind offers Virtual Tape Library Appliance. Ensure ransomware resiliency for your data by keeping it online, yet air gapped from the primary IT infrastructure . Maximize storage cost efficiency by tiering on-premises cold data to AWS, Azure, or any other public cloud of your choice. Flexibly scale your on-premises storage by using any industry-standard object storage array. And finally, StarWind VTL Appliance takes less than 10 minutes to setup and seamlessly integrates into any backup infrastructure.

Differentiation
STARWIND VTL APPLIANCE STARWIND VTL STARWIND VTL Free
Cloud Storage Support + + +
Object Storage Support + + +
Monitoring through Web UI/Thick Client + + +
Management through Web UI/Thick Client + + -
RDP/Phone/Email Support with 1 or 4 hour SLA + + -
Single point of support for backup and storage stack +* - -

* Single point of support is provided for all hardware and software components included in the Appliance

So how does StarWind Cloud and Object Storage Support differ from other solutions on the market, including those integrated into AWS and Veeam? The difference lies in the approach StarWind takes to store data and move it between the local, object, and cloud storage. The table below compares the functionality of StarWind VTL, Veeam Availability Suite, and AWS Storage Gateway.

STARWIND VTL VEEAM AVAILABILITY SUITE AWS STORAGE GATEWAY
Cloud Storage Support + + +
Native Object Storage Support Ceph, Cloudian, Fujitsu HGST, Hitachi, Scality, any S3-compatible storage No AWS only
Object Storage Support + - -
Ability to store backups locally + + -
Flexible retention policies between on-premises, object, and different cloud tiers + - -
Cloud Support AWS, Azure, Backblaze, Wasabi AWS AWS
Features

Cloud Storage Support

StarWind VTL transparently extends existing on-premises backup storage pools to Azure, AWS or other public cloud storage services. This serves two purposes. First, organizations can transparently scale up storage capacity without purchasing any extra hardware. Second, public cloud storage offers the most appealing $/GB rate for long-term data archival.

Object Storage Support

StarWind VTL dramatically simplifies storage management for organizations by interconnecting isolated storage silos. It allows using any industry-standard object storage arrays to expand the local storage pools. This way VTL unifies storage management and automates organization’s data flow between primary backup storage, on-premises object storage, and public cloud storage.

StarWind Web-based Management

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

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Deduplication and Compression

StarWind VTL implements both deduplication and compression space reduction technologies. This results in increased usable storage capacity and improved performance as more data fits on primary storage. Also, it speeds up offsite replication and recovery by reducing the amount of data transferred.

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Scale-Up and Scale-Out

StarWind VTL allows both scale-up and scale-out architectures. Capacity is transparently increased by local object storage and public cloud storage. Adding more VTL instances scales the performance and shrinks the backup window by running multiple parallel backup operations.

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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. StarWind Virtual SAN for Hyper-V release notes are available here.

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