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We are looking to add a fiber channel tape drive to our network. We want to do disk-to-tape,  writing the data to a Synology NAS, then to an LTO tape drive that uses 8GB fiber channel. The backup software is Veeam running on a VM. Anyone know the best place to attach the drive? Attaching to the virtual host doesn't seem like a good idea, due to the resources it would take. The Synology doesn't have an FC HBA so attaching the drive to it is not an option. And I want to avoid shoe-shining on the drive due to slow data transfer across the network. Any input appreciated!
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But you need to connect FC to some FC converter and in the context use network to get data out of NAS.
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Hi,
You must connect your FC drive to a host with a FC hba.
This could be a physical windows host, then you add it as a veeam proxy.... or something like that.
Also I know Veeam, and also it is possible since v7, I never used it with a tape.
So I don't know if a Veeam proxy can be targeted for backup to tape.
But the simpliest method could be that one : a physicall veeam proxy with the fc tape attached. Once you've done your backup on your Nas you put the data on the tape with Veeam server, but no data will be transfer to the Veeam vm server, all data transfer will be between synology and physical host set as veeam proxy.
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This is really helpful, thanks!
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