We are working to integrate our UBD appliance with Veeam in several ways.
One of these is to have two volumes, one that is a normal Windows volume for Veeam Backup Repositories, and a second volume that has Windows Deduplication enabled for tape images.
So the user does their Veeam backups as usual to the normal volume. Then they use Veeam to create a backup tape, which actually goes to our tape images volume with dedupe and replication. This splits each backup into 8 subfiles, which gets around the 1TB per file Windows Deduplication limit. We then dedupe these files and replicate them top another remote UBD appliance. On that appliance we not only store all the tape images, but give the user the ability to write the backup to a real old fashioned tape cartridge for whatever reason.
The problem comes when one tape cartridge can't hold the entire backup. If we need to write multiple cartridges, does Veeam use Ansi 74 tape labels, or something else?
And in general, is there useful information on the tape that we can read to present to the user so that they know what is on the tape? We are thinking this is particularly helpful for longterm file storage, like 7 years or forever.
I have gotten the impression that what Veeam writes to the tape is a synthetic full backup. Is that so, or is it an option?
There are two connection to the UBD appliance from the Veeam backup host. One is 1 GB (or faster ) ethernet for access to the repositories. The other would be a FC HBA to server as tapeout, which would connect to our HBA in the UBD.