Veeam® hasn't ignored the fact that tape backup systems remain a necessity for many organizations due to significant investments in both hardware and media. In many cases, it is also the only viable option for long-term archival and off-site storage for large data sets. This is why Veeam offers reliable tape backup solutions to help you meet your tape backup needs.
Veeam provides native tape support for both automated tape libraries (including VTL) and standalone tape drives. Veeam includes advanced tape functionality for enterprises, including parallel processing, Native GFS Retention, a Global Media Pool and more, to provide added flexibility, easier management and advanced archiving options to meet your data retention needs:
Efficiently archive multiple backup files to tape at once using the same media pool
Reduce tape consumption but maintain long retention policies with a dedicated media pool for archiving full backups with “grandfather-father-son” retention policy
Automatically copy backup files produced by Veeam backup jobs, or regular files from servers and shares using Backup to Tape and File to Tape jobs with easy-to-use scheduling
Select multiple files or folders simultaneously to get your data to tape even faster with less effortNEW
Track VMs and restore points across tapes and media vaults, making restores simple
Direct restore from tapeNEW
Normally, if you need to restore files from tape, you first need to restore the VM backup from tape to the Veeam repository for staging. Now VM restores move directly from tape to the primary VM environment, saving time and reducing the need for intermediary storage.
With new parallel processing functionality, you can improve data archiving performance and reduce complexity. Parallel processing allows you to archive multiple backup files to tape simultaneously by spreading them between multiple drives, even when Backup to Tape jobs are targeting the same media pool.
Global Media Pool
Global Media Pool is a quick and easy way to organize all tape libraries in one logical group, allowing for highly concurrent tape archiving and automatic failover from non-operation libraries. It also provides the flexibility to assign as many tape libraries as needed to a single media pool spanning multiple devices. Now, it's possible to:
Keep tapes loaded in separate libraries in one media pool
Automatically and transparently failover tape jobs to another library when some libraries run out of free media or available tape drives, or become non-operational
Native GFS retention – Tape management made easy!
With Veeam, you can eliminate the manual work associated with long-term tape retention, making it easier to meet all of your data retention needs with a single dedicated “Grandfather – Father – Son” (GFS) media pool for full backups. This new pool type includes weekly, monthly, quarterly and yearly media sets, thus dramatically reducing tape consumption on long-term retention policies. For example, now, a typical GFS retention scheme and five-year long retention only requires 20 tapes, storing four weekly, 12 monthly and four yearly full backups.
Media vaults help you virtually organize, track, group and view information about your offline tape repositories. With media vaults you can:
Easily track the physical location of each offline tape
Group off-line tapes by certain criteria, such as retention periods
Manually or automatically move tapes to a predefined vault once they go offline
Veeam Backup & Replication meets all the requirements for our customers and our system engineers in the team. With native tape support, a big need was covered. Thanks to high stability and SureBackup, we can implement and verify the backup & disaster recovery process much easier. From a system engineer’s view: ‘An awesome product!’
Patrice Singy System Engineer Nexpert AG
Virtual full backup tape out
Forever-incremental backup modes provided by Veeam Backup & Replication™ are not well-suited for tape out, because they do not have periodic full backups. Veeam helps you streamline the backup process and shrink the number of tapes required to perform tape out from such source backup file chains by scheduling a periodic virtual full backup that automatically compiles the individual parts of the incremental backup chain into a virtual full backup file for tape out. And because the virtual full backup file is compiled on the fly by a Backup to Tape job, you do not need extra disk space in your backup repository as a staging area! Schedule a virtual full backup, and Veeam Backup & Replication will synthesize the full backup file on the fly and write it to tape.
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With Veeam, you can copy both backup files produced by specific jobs, as well as the entire backup repositories to tape. And to dramatically simplify D2D2T backup architecture, Backup to Tape job scheduling can be integrated with the source backup jobs, so that when a VM backup job completes – the produced backup files are automatically and immediately copied to tape.
The tape support in other backup solutions is typically licensed by the number of tape drives in your library, agents, and more. Veeam saves us a lot of money.
René Rasmussen IT Specialist with Møbeltransport Danmark