StarWind Cloud VTL can be integrated in the Veeam’s Tape Infrastructure adding cloud storage tier to the corporate backup ensuring the compliance with 3-2-1 backup rule.
Cloud VTL is a Veeam Ready solution and each software component has been pre-tested and checked for compatibility.
StarWind Cloud VTL deployment – pt.1
StarWind Cloud VTL setup AWS and replication – pt.2
StarWind Cloud VTL configure Tape Job in Veeam – pt.3
Configure Tape Infrastructure
Replacing the physical tapes, StarWind Cloud CTL eliminates costly tape backup processes and provides an effortless integration of the cost-efficient Amazon S3 and Glacier object storage requiring no third-party software components to be installed.
Open Veeam Backup & Replication and go to Tape Infrastructure tab. Click Add Tape Server to add the StarWind VTL device.
Click Add New to specify the StarWind Server.
Type the DNS name or IP address of the StarWind Server then click Next.
Specify the credentials to access the Server and click Next.
Click Apply to complete the Server configuration.
Veeam Transport component is being installed in the StarWind Server.
When the installation has completed, click Finish to exit the wizard.
Once the Server has been selected, click Next to continue.
Click Apply to install missing components on StarWind Server.
Missing components are being installed.
When the installation has been completed successfully, click Finish to exit the wizard. Enable Start tape Library inventory when I click Finish option in order to discover available tape library devices.
When the Tape Inventory is finished, the newly added tape library device is displayed with one tape drive already loaded.
Configure a Backup to Tape Job
From Backup & Replication > Home click Tape Job and select Backups option.
Enter a Name and click Next.
Click Add and specify the backup job to process then click Next.
Click Add New to add a new Media Pool.
Select Simple media pool option.
Type a Name and click Next.
Click Add and select the existing tape to add to Media Pool. Click OK to confirm.
When the tape has been added, click Next to continue.
Specify the Media set name and click Next. Optionally you can specify the settings for the automatic creation of new media set.
Specify the Data Retention Policy and click Next.
If requested, specify the parallel processing and encryption options then click Next.
Click Finish to create the new Media Pool.
When the Media pool for full backups has been specified, click Next to continue the Backup to Tape Job configuration.
Enable the Archive incremental backups to tape option then click Next.
Enable both Media automation options. Export current media set upon job completion allows the automatic tape offload to Amazon S3 after backup job is completed. Click Next to continue.
Specify the job Schedule and click Apply.
Click Finish to save the configuration.
To start the job immediately, right click the job name just created and select Start.
The Backup to Tape job is being processed.
When the backup has been completed, click OK to close the details window.
Under Backups, select Tape to check the processed VMs.
When the job is finished, the tape is automatically ejected, exported and marked as Offline according to Media automation settings previously configured.
Access the AWS portal and go to the S3 Bucket used for VTL. Here you can see the just processed backup.
The Tape Backup job is now configured making the backup infrastructure compliant with the rule 3-2-1.