Veeam + QUADStor: A perfect option for Linux-based Virtual Tape Library (VTL), free and very easy to deploy

Greetings friends, today I bring you a very interesting entry, it is about how to create a Virtual Tape Library or VTL, so we can use it virtually with for example Veeam. And thus be able to emulate a real tape library. The objectives of installing a VTL in these modern days can be: or simply to learn how to manage, perform tests and so on in our labs, could also be considered a safer way to save Veeam files (.vbk) flat on a disk, because with the VTL, creates that tape emulation that is more difficult to access and break, and finally could be used to re-use for example those old servers that we have and we want to give a last use as an archive repository using this safer VTL methodology. For this lab I am going to use QUADStor, which is a product that I think is brilliant, besides being free and available for CentOS and Debian, among its functionalities I would like to highlight:
  • Emulate tape libraries such as ADIC, HP, IBM and many more
  • Emulate tapes from HP, IBM, Quantum and many more
  • Access Fibre Channel, iSCSI, Infinibandy of course local SCSI
  • Data deduplication
  • VTL Replication
  • Import/Export physical tapes
  • Tape Encryption
  • Linear Tape File System (LTFS) Support