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Tapelibrary/drives connected on proxy?

Veeam Logoby Peejay62 » Mon Sep 09, 2013 1:31 pm 2 people like this post

Is it to be expected that a tapelibrary/tapedrives can be connected to a server other than the B&R server itself? It would make more sense to me that a server owning the disk-repository also would have the access to the tape environment. In my distributed setup I choose the B&R server to be virtual, the backup proxies and repository server to be physical. Now the B&R server also turns into a kind of media-server/backup proxy if using tapes. I have no experience with it, but connecting and dedicating tapedrives/library to a VM seems to me a rather complicated thing. IMO it's the strenght of Veeam B&R being able to make a distributed setup, easily managing resources and distributing workload. In my logic the tape drives don't belong to the B&R server but somewhere on a proxy. At the moment I don't have an alternative to integrate our ( i might say very big) tape-environment into the Veeam infrastructure other than choosing to have physical B&R servers, and that's a pity.
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Re: Tapelibrary/drives connected on proxy?

Veeam Logoby v.Eremin » Mon Sep 09, 2013 2:05 pm 2 people like this post

Thanks, Peter, for the heads up; much appreciated. Also, there are already plans to allow proxy servers to handle tape activities in one of the future releases.

For now you should either use physical backup server or expose physically connected tape appliance via ISCSI protocol, using free 3rd party software. Thanks.
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Re: Tapelibrary/drives connected on proxy?

Veeam Logoby Peejay62 » Tue Sep 10, 2013 9:38 am 4 people like this post

Ok, tape support on proxy servers is exact what I need (probably other customers too...) Hope to see it appear in the near future. Thanx for the response.
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Re: Tapelibrary/drives connected on proxy?

Veeam Logoby paulhardy » Tue Oct 01, 2013 7:30 pm

Just wondered if anyone from Veeam could hint at a very rough time scale for support of tape via proxy servers? ie. 1 month, 2 months or a year? It will just help with a few decisions I need to make. Thanks
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Re: Tapelibrary/drives connected on proxy?

Veeam Logoby Gostev » Tue Oct 01, 2013 9:25 pm

Let's say 6 months, unless plans change, which they often do :)
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Re: Tapelibrary/drives connected on proxy?

Veeam Logoby paulhardy » Wed Oct 02, 2013 10:50 am

Thanks Gostev that's all I need : )
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Re: Tapelibrary/drives connected on proxy?

Veeam Logoby jcmachadouga » Fri Oct 04, 2013 7:01 pm

Gostev wrote:Let's say 6 months, unless plans change, which they often do :)

Thanks Gostvev. It will be nice to use our farm of tape libraries.

By they way, add the QUALSTAR RLS tape libraries to the list of supported libraries... It works like a charm!
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Re: Tapelibrary/drives connected on proxy?

Veeam Logoby Gostev » Fri Oct 04, 2013 9:35 pm

Done, thanks!
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Re: Tapelibrary/drives connected on proxy?

Veeam Logoby cljos » Thu Oct 24, 2013 6:08 pm

Hi Guys
Like Peejay62 i have a couple of customers that would LOVE tape support on proxy´s and still be able run Veeam B&R as a VM
Keep up the good work Veeam :)
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[MERGED] : Tape and multiple proxies

Veeam Logoby cookiejc » Wed Nov 06, 2013 3:35 pm

Hi,

Does anyone know if using V7 with tape and multiple proxies is supported and is there any guidance on configuring this?

If we are using a central management server with separate servers for proxies and repositories I am unsure where the tapes libraries would need to be presented and whether V7 will support central mangement.

Thansk in advance
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Re: Tapelibrary/drives connected on proxy?

Veeam Logoby v.Eremin » Wed Nov 06, 2013 3:41 pm

Currently, tape drives/libraries connected to proxy servers aren’t supported, as them have to be connected directly to management server.

However, we do consider adding this functionality in the next releases.

Thanks.
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Re: Tapelibrary/drives connected on proxy?

Veeam Logoby cookiejc » Wed Nov 06, 2013 4:32 pm

Thanks for the quick reply. If there are any updates on timescales we'd be very interested.
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Re: Tapelibrary/drives connected on proxy?

Veeam Logoby v.Eremin » Thu Nov 07, 2013 7:49 am

You're welcome. As to the timeframe, the one described above is still valid. Thanks.
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[MERGED] : TapeLibrary attached on Repository Server

Veeam Logoby Keyser » Thu Feb 13, 2014 10:19 am

Hi Veeam

Will it ever be possible to have the TapeLibrary attached to the Repository Server Role so that data movement when doing tapebackup can be done locally on the Repository Server?
Right now the Tapelibrary needs to be attached to the Backup & Replikation Server itself which in turn requires you to either also host your repository on the same server or live with the performance impact of moving data across the network. Also - scalability with several tapelibraries would be much better if they could be located on a repository server.

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Re: Tapelibrary/drives connected on proxy?

Veeam Logoby v.Eremin » Thu Feb 13, 2014 10:30 am

As mentioned above, we do consider adding such a functionality in one of the next product releases. For, you can use third party tool in order to expose via ISCSI protocol tape appliance that is physically connected to the repository.

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