What is a tape drive library?


What is a tape drive library?

A tape library is a storage system that contains multiple tape drives, some bays or slots to hold tapes, a scanner of some kind such as a barcode reader or an RF scanner, and a robotic system that automates the loading and changing of tapes.

How do I add a tape library to Veeam?

Add Tape Server Veeam 1- Login Veeam Backup and configuration console, click on the tape infrastructure and click on ADD TAPE SERVER option. 3- Add Tape Server, review the Network traffic rules and click on next button. 4- Review the Tape Server setting and click on apply Button.

How does tape library connect to server?

You can connect the Library directly to the server with a host bus adapter (HBA) or through a storage area network (SAN) with a switch. You must provide a Fibre Channel cable for each tape drive in the Library. The tape drive has an LC-style connector.

Are tape libraries still used?

Even though most organizations have since switched to disks or cloud storage devices for their primary storage, tape is still widely used for backup and recovery purposes. A tape drive allows for sequential access storage, while a hard disk drive provides direct access storage.

What is the difference between autoloader and tape library?

Tape libraries and autoloaders automate backups and archives with multiple tapes. Tape libraries offer more capabilities than autoloaders, but are often far more expensive, as well as more complex because they have more tape drives. A tape autoloader is a step up from a single tape drive for backup and archiving.

How do you set up backup tape?

Creating Backup to Tape Jobs

  1. Launch the New Backup To Tape Job wizard.
  2. Specify job name and description.
  3. Choose backups to archive.
  4. Choose media pools.
  5. Specify archiving options.
  6. Specify advanced job settings.
  7. Define the job schedule.
  8. Finish working with the wizard.

What is a GFS media pool?

The GFS media pools are special media pools that store data to tape according to the GFS, or Grandfather-Father-Son rotation scheme. The GFS media pools are targets for GFS tape jobs. For more information, see GFS Backup to Tape.

Why is tape storage still used?

Longevity. Longevity of tapes is the main reason why tape backups are still widely used by large enterprises. If maintained properly, tape drives can store required data for 30 years or even more. As a result, tape backups can offer long-term retention of critical data and ensure high archival stability.

What is the point of a virtual tape library?

A virtual tape library (VTL) is a data storage virtualization technology used typically for backup and recovery purposes. A VTL presents a storage component (usually hard disk storage) as tape libraries or tape drives for use with existing backup software.

What are advantages of DD over tape library?

Scalable: Eliminates tape-related failures by emulating up to 64 virtual tape libraries with up to 540 virtual tape drives over a Fibre Channel interface. Easy Integration: Qualified with leading open systems and IBM i enterprise backup applications; easily integrates into existing Fibre Channel SAN environments.

What is IBM tape storage?

IBM TS4300 Tape Library. This is a high-density, highly scalable, easy-to-manage solution designed to keep data securely stored long-term while helping to reduce the costs associated with data center space and utilities. Its modular design enables you to increase cartridge and drive capacity as needed.

How do I add a cassette library to backup Exec?


  1. Click on the Devices tab.
  2. Right-click the tape drive that is displayed under either Stand-alone Drives or Robotic Libraries.
  3. Select Properties.
  4. Click on the Configuration tab (Figure 1)