Leveraging FalconStor Virtual Tape Library (VTL) to Eliminate Physical Tape Rotation

Apr 03, 2020 | Abdul Hashmi, Sr. Director, Global Support and Services

Many organizations, due to prior investments, are dependent on and still leveraging physical tape libraries to backup and archive business-critical data and applications. However, the challenges many organizations face, with decades-old tape technologies, are performance challenges to meet the ever-growing backup data volume, increasing capital requirements, and the lack of flexibility and scalability of tape systems. A new emerging problem is the acceleration of data growth with the increased remote working trends and the necessity to change tape cartridges manually. With FalconStor VTL, backups and archives can be executed and monitored remotely by IT teams.

FalconStor’s Virtual Tape Library (VTL) solution has been used by enterprises across the globe for many years to modernize their backup and archive environments, and daily operations. However, despite their modernization projects, following implementation of our VTL, many customers elected to simply preserve data archives that were previously stored on tape, while using our VTL for future archive operations. In addition, many of our customers have taken advantage of our “tape out” functionality, which allows an enterprise to export a copy of their archive data from our VTL to tape for safekeeping. As a result, it is not uncommon for tape use to remain as at least part of an enterprises archive plan.

What has been interesting about the challenging times we are now experiencing, is that our customers, and even partners, are beginning to use our VTL’s “tape in” feature to migrate data off of legacy tape once and for all. In addition, given the new normal of working from home, several of the managed service providers (MSPs) that utilize our VTL to provide outsourced backup and archive services, are experiencing a significant increase in prospects that want to migrate off tape and move their backup and archive operations to an outsourced service provider.

Even better, once data has been migrated off tape into our VTL, archive copies can now be stored in the Wasabi data storage cloud for 1/5th the price of Amazon S3 and faster than the competition, with no fees for egress or API requests

FalconStor VTL eliminates these physical tape processes:

  • Manual tape rotation & management processes
  • Data longevity & integrity anxieties
  • Costly Tape Media
  • Inability to access offline data
  • Ponderous tape data retrieval
  • Expensive CapEx hardware replacements

Why leverage FalconStor VTL for accelerated backup and archive:

  • Heterogeneous, non-disruptive, backup and archive to Virtual Disk
  • Leverage existing backup infrastructure and architecture
  • Access archives on-demand with predictable retrieval times
  • Streamlined backup process, reduced manual interventions, and reduced cost
  • Export to Tape when needed or second copy to secondary data center

How FalconStor VTL works:

FalconStor VTL is a disk-based solution that emulates physical tape drives and libraries and seamlessly drops into your existing environment.

If you are a current VTL user and would like to begin taking advantage of this tape import feature, the detailed process can be found in our VTL – Tape Import Guide. In addition, feel free to contact me directly at abdul.hashmi@falconstor.com.

If you aren’t a current VTL user and would like to learn more, feel free to contact us at sales@falconstor.com.

Detailed or step by step instruction on how to import tapes from physical library

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