Should Virtual Tape Library have a place in your backup strategy?

Thursday 12 March 2015 @ 9:02 am

I still remember the days (almost 10 years ago) when SATA drives hit the storage market by a storm and it became a much cheaper replacement to Fiber Channel drives which were the defacto choice for enterprise storage at that time.  In short few years, SATA drive has became a very desirable option in enterprise storage when capacity rather than performance is the focus.

I remember having the discussion over the years with many IT Admins about when Tape will be obsolete as result of storage prices going cheaper by day. Larger and larger SATA drives with lower price tags have been hitting the market over the year, which has  only spurred more of these discussions. Nonetheless 10 years later Tape Drives are still the main backup medium today at large enterprises.

Symantec Backup Exec StarWind Virtual Tape Library Integration

Sunday 8 March 2015 @ 7:35 pm

If you have decided to use StarWind Virtual Tape Library in an environment where you have Symantec Backup Exec and looking to find out how to integrate both products together then you have came to the right place. In fact if you have used or setup Symantec Backup Exec with ADIC Scalar 100 or HP MSL 2024 Tape library previously then you have went through the complete process before.

In this post, I will show you how to integrate your Symantec Backup Exec with StarWind Virtual Tape Library that is emulating HP MSL 2024. This post, assume you have already setup the StarWind Virtual Tape Library & drives. If you have not yet done so, then please start by going through my previous post: StarWind Virtual Tape Library. Now that you have got the StarWind Virtual Tape Library ready, let’s the integration with Symantec Backup Exec begin.