StarWind Virtual Tape Library

StarWind VTL helps businesses to eliminate their costly tape backup processes while meeting regulatory data archival and retention requirements using on-premises Virtual Tape Libraries with cloud and object storage tier. Protect your backup data from ransomware by keeping it on ransomware-resilient virtual tapes. Replicate and tier your backups to AWS, Azure, or any other public cloud to maximize storage cost-efficiency and security. Finally, use any industry-standard object storage array for flexibly scaling the local storage.

Archival and vaulting, another company’s pain, became faster and not that tedious and expensive thanks to StarWind. Double Fine automated their media asset backups while keeping them within their grasp in B2 cloud storage. This approach turned out to be far more cost efficient than shipping LTO offsite.

Aaron Hayes, IT Manager

SMBs are covered with our Standard license, that is aimed at organizations looking to leverage cloud storage to automate their backup and archival processes. It works with one backup server, offers unlimited storage capacity, and supports cloud storage replication & tiering. StarWind can also help with migrating the data to the cloud using a data migration solution from your cloud provider of choice.

Enterprise license is aimed at organizations looking to leverage object storage and cloud storage to automate their backup, archival, and media asset management. It works with up to two backup servers simultaneously, offers unlimited storage capacity, and supports both object and cloud storage replication & tiering. StarWind can also help with migrating the data to the cloud using a data migration solution from your cloud provider of choice.

License for Service Providers will best suit the organizations who are looking to provide tape backup as a service (TaaS) for their customers. This license offers a convenient per-user payment options. Both object and cloud storage replication & tiering are supported. In addition, data migration services are provided free of charge.

License Comparison
Standard Enterprise Service provider
Storage Capacity Unlim Unlim Unlim
LTO gen. Supported LTO5, LTO8 LTO5, LTO8 LTO5, LTO8
AWS S3, AWS Glacier Yes Yes Yes
Azure Yes Yes Yes
Backblaze B2 Yes Yes Yes
Wasabi Yes Yes Yes
Data transport service $ $ Free
Object Storage Support No Yes Yes
Backup servers per license 1 2 n/a
Licensing model One-time payment + ASM One-time payment + ASM Per-user, per year payment

For system administrators who can maintain the backup infrastructure on their own, we offer a Free version of StarWind Virtual Tape Library.
StarWind VTL Free delivers the unrestricted set of features and a GUI that works only in monitoring mode. Also, the free version is supported only in the open public community forum.
If you care about the data you store and want to receive useful regular updates and fixes, we recommend choosing the commercial version.

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VTL integrates seamlessly and requires zero changes to the established backup and archival process. Support for data migration solutions like Amazon Snowball, Azure Data Box, Backblaze Fireball, and others makes the process streamlined.


VTL automates and secures offsite backup and archival by eliminating human process and the need to ship physical tapes offsite. Data storage reliability is also higher with the ability to select geo-redundant storage with individual FTT levels.

Return of Investment

VTL is up to 10 times faster than LTO. It's also less expensive to operate and maintain than LTO. With added cloud and object storage support you get a storage system that scales to your needs and becomes more and more cost efficient over time.


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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