Tape is not dead and never will be. There are few reasons that keep it alive: cheap capacity, even comparing to modern high capacity SATA spindles, long-term vaulting capabilities that can last for decades, and regulatory requirements that a lot of companies or organizations are forced to adhere to. Also, cloud storage providers utilize tapes for their cheapest cloud tiers like Amazon S3, Glacier and Azure Blob storage, designed for the least frequently accessed data, competing with local tape setups rather than tape technology itself.
StarWind VTL seamlessly integrates into existing infrastructure and allows the backup process to fit the backup window. As the result, it creates an additional snapshot copy, meets regulatory requirements, significantly decreases backup cost and keeps the performance of the system stable by increasing the speed of the backup process. Additionally, StarWind Virtual Tape Library supports cloud deployment scenario, foregoing the expensive local storage in favor of cost-efficient cloud service. In comparison with local HDD-based storage, keeping data on inexpensive cloud tiers like Azure Glacier and AWS S3 is much less costly. These cloud storages are designed for infrequently accessed data like backups and archives and are typically stored on physical tapes by the providers, which makes StarWind Virtual Tape Library a perfect tool for them, as it uses virtual tape format.
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