Veeam is a disk based backup solution, so we expect users to backup to disk first and foremost - and use tape for long term retention and archival.
Contrary to what end users keep telling us, disk is NOT cheap (when dealing with enterprise grade MSA's) Our File Server is large and we had to make a decision when it came to planning the route for that VM's backup. We decided on replicating to a remote site. Spin up time is really fast if the primary site were to go down and we still could recover an individual file. Having it offsite was another win since we have adequate bandwidth. Backup to local disk would be redundant and unnecessary since we are using BE for data file to tape backups. Full backup once a week with differentials to follow. This means we only need 2 tapes to be offsite to be semi-current. (the Full and the last differential).
In our scenario, we actually DO "backup" to disk via replication. However, Backup to Tape is not an option since there is no actual backup (VBK). If we were to drop BE (which we really want to happen), we would be forced to use File to Tape backup which can only do Full and Incremental backups. The consequence of moving from Differential to Incremental means we then need to get a larger tape safe to hold the full chain of tapes
Short Term: Please include a Differential option for File to Tape. I believe it's just a matter of not flipping the file's archive bit until a full backup is done.
Long Term: Being able to pull a file from the VBK on tape would be greatly appreciated.