We are looking at transitioning our tape backups from physical tapes to AWS VTL however running into some design problems.
As an MSP we have customer's who pay for different tiers of tape backups, therefore I've created Silver, Gold & Platinum GFS media pools with different retention.
I've set the jobs to immediately archive the tapes when the jobs complete so as to keep our costs to a minimum.
What I'm struggling with is how to manage tape expiry, in a traditional tape backup rotation the tapes are automatically expired and made available in the pool again to be reused.
I assume when using VTL Veeam will expire the tape but the tape stays in archive in AWS, I'm sure this is by design because there is a cost associated with retrieving a VTL archived tape.
So to keep costs low I'm guessing we would need to then login to AWS locate the expired tapes and delete them. Then create new tapes and add them back into Veeam.
In order to keep our costs to a minimum this would be a manual weekly task? There is also added risk of user error in deleting the wrong tapes in AWS.
Appreciate any advice or assistance with this, interested to see how others who are using VTL are managing this particular situation.
Or is there likely to be further integration coming in new Veeam releases to help automate and simplify this?