Long-term archiving and compliance are listed as primary reasons for using tape that appears to be one of the most widely used media for off-site backup. Veeam Backup & Replication offers support for tape devices allowing you to archive your data to tape and restore it from tape whenever needed.
Veeam Backup & Replication allows working with tape devices directly attached to the Veeam backup server (for example, connected over Fibre Channel (FC), Serial Attached SCSI (SAS), SCSI) or remote devices connected to the Veeam backup server via iSCSI (you can use Microsoft iSCSI initiator to establish the connection).
Both physical and virtual tape libraries and standalone drives are supported.
●Only OEM (original equipment manufacturer) drivers are supported; make sure you have the latest driver version available.
●If multiple driver installation modes are supported for your storage device, make sure the driver is installed in the mode that allows for multiple open handles from a host to a drive to exist at the same time.
●Consider that as per the VMware vSphere Release Notes, VMware does not support tape drives connected directly to ESX(i) 4.x and later.
For more details and recommendations on configuring vendor-supported tape drives and media changers on ESX/ESXi, please refer to VMware documentation at http://kb.vmware.com/kb/1016407.
Archiving to Tape
With Veeam Backup & Replication, you can archive to tape both backup files stored in backup repositories and regular files you might want to write to tape, such as Windows and Linux files. Veeam Backup & Replication supports file backup from any server which has been added as a managed server to the Veeam Backup console (that is, Windows or Linux server, including physical boxes). You can also archive files residing on NAS devices.
The archiving options include the following ones:
●Backup to tape jobs. This option allows you to archive to tape media backups created by Veeam Backup & Replication. Using backup to tape jobs, you can implement the ‘3-2-1’ backup approach (3 copies, 2 types of media, 1 off-site location) considered as a best practice for data protection and disaster recovery. Veeam Backup & Replication provides flexible retention and scheduling settings that help automate backup archiving.
●Files to tape jobs. This option allows you to archive to tape media files from Windows and Linux servers connected to Veeam backup server. You can create both full and incremental backups of files on tape.
Veeam Backup & Replication uses the MTF (Microsoft Tape Format) industry format to write data to tape.
Restoring from Tape
Veeam Backup & Replication offers multiple options for restoring data from tape:
●Restoring backup files from tape to disk. You can also restore full backups or even backup chains to a repository or any location of your choice. The restored backup is registered in the Veeam Backup & Replication console so that you can work with it and use it for any restore scenario later on. To learn more, see Restoring Backups from Tape.
●Restoring VMs from tape into the virtual infrastructure. You can restore an entire VM from backup archive on tape. Veeam Backup & Replication supports all options available for regular full VM recovery, including selecting a restore point, choosing target location, changing VM configuration settings and so on. To learn more, see Restoring VMs from Tape to Virtual Infrastructure.
●Restoring files and folders from tape to the original location or to another directory. Flexible recovery options allow you to recover files or folders back to the original location or another server, preserving ownership and access permissions. To learn more, see Restoring Files from Tape.