Native Tape Backup Software

NAKIVO’s backup to tape solution enables you to organize long-term data archiving and simplify backup management. Use enterprise-grade backup to tape software to minimize data loss in any failure scenario, save storage space and improve cost-efficiency.

✔ Full and incremental backup to tape
✔ Standalone drives and tape libraries (LTO, AWS VTL)
✔ Anti-ransomware protection
✔ Backup automation and scheduling


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NAKIVO’s Tape Backup Solution at a Glance


Easy Backup Copy

Save production resources with backup copy functionality


Enhanced management

A single pane of glass for your tape backups, cartridges and drives


Ransomware resilience

Offline storage that can’t be accessed from outside


High flexibility

Support for LTO tape libraries and standalone drives, as well as AWS VTL


Automation and scheduling

Automation features and easy scheduling without overlaps


Multi-platform support

All-in-solution for your disk, cloud and tape backups

NAKIVO’s Backup to Tape Software Features

Full and Incremental Tape Backup Solution

Choose whether to store full or incremental backup copies depending on your company’s data protection policy. Incremental backups contain data of only those blocks that have changed, so they are smaller in size and help you save tape cartridge space.

Ransomware Resilience

Removable tape media is physically disconnected from your LAN/WAN, thus, it can’t be hacked or attacked by ransomware. AWS VTL emulates tape media and locks your archive to protect backup data from getting overwritten.


Policy-Based Backups

Automate your backups by configuring custom policy rules. NAKIVO Backup & Replication will automatically scan your infrastructure and send backups that match your criteria to tape.

Flexible Retention

Optimize your tape backups and reduce the number of used tapes with the Grandfather-Father-Son (GFS) rotation scheme. Effortlessly write and rotate your backups on a daily, weekly and yearly basis.

Virtual Library Support

Take advantage of tape backups even if you don’t use tape media in your company. NAKIVO Backup & Replication supports AWS Virtual Tape Library (VTL), which emulates physical tape libraries and protects your data from deletion or editing.

Enhanced Tape Backup Management

You can easily manage your backups, cartridges and drives on one screen. Search and filter tape backups and cartridges by content, location, status, etc. You can view the status of all your tape drives and libraries and check their loaded cartridges.

Advanced Bandwidth Throttling

Optimize your bandwidth use and avoid the slowdown of your infrastructure when sending backup copies to tape. You can limit data transfer speed during business hours or configure custom rules for your backup workflows.

Global Media Pools

Organize your tape cartridges into groups to improve management and automate recurring tasks. A media pool can be a target of your backups, including those that are policy-based.

Convenient Scheduling

Easily schedule your backup activities and avoid overlaps with the Calendar dashboard. The dashboard allows you to gain complete visibility into your ongoing, future and past data protection activities, as well as to edit or remove them.

Advantages of Native Backup Tape Solution from NAKIVO

Secure Backup Data Archiving

Tape is a secure and reliable long-term storage option. Tape media kept offline has low storage requirements and can’t be accessed from outside. Additionally, tapes have a high capacity and native data transfer rate (300 MB/s for LTO7).

Fast Scalability

Easily scale your tape storage by adding more tapes. Unlike disk-based storage, adding a tape takes seconds and doesn’t require any particular configuration, such as the extension of the RAID volumes. The solution supports up to 10,000 tapes and 500 devices.

Anti-Ransomware Protection

Tape can be kept offline, meaning that it can’t be accessed and compromised by ransomware and, thus, can be used to recover your data when ransomware hits your production environment.

Multi-Platform Data Protection

NAKIVO Backup & Replication is a comprehensive solution. Along with tape backups, you can manage your disk and cloud backups, as well as protect your physical, virtual, cloud and SaaS environments from a single pane of glass.

Cost Savings

Tape backups allow savings on archival costs. Cartridges are inexpensive and operational costs are low due to minimal storage requirements and simple maintenance.

Reliable Data Compliance

Enable long-term data archival with the tape library backup software to comply with data security regulations like the GDPR, PCI DSS and HIPAA. You can store your critical data on air-gapped tapes or AWS VTLs with the WORM (write once, read many) functionality, enable recovery point rotation and quickly restore backups to your backup repository when needed.

Automated Data Protection

Manage all your data protection activities from a single pane of glass. Schedule your backup jobs and automate backup tiering to ensure regular backups of all your workloads and the distribution of backup copies across multiple repositories, including tape.

Simple Web Administration

The tape backup solution from NAKIVO provides a web-based interface and allows you to manage all your data protection activities remotely via a user-friendly console.

NAKIVO Tape Backup Solution Licensing

The Native Backup to Tape functionality is available in Enterprise/Enterprise Essentials and Enterprise Plus editions of the NAKIVO solution, starting at $3.50 per workload/month with subscription licensing.

A perpetual license is charged per CPU socket, server or workstation depending on whether you manage virtual or physical environments. This license includes one year of free technical support via phone, chat and email during business hours.

A subscription license is charged per workload and is best suited for companies with mixed environments. This license includes 24/7 support.

For more details, see Pricing and Editions.


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  • Comprehensive solution for physical, virtual, cloud, NAS, Oracle Database and SaaS
  • Fast deployment on Windows/Linux, NAS, and as a VA or AWS AMI
  • Effortless backups in minutes with an intuitive web interface
  • Backup copy to up to five destinations
  • Instant verification of VM backups and replicas
  • Application-aware mode for consistent backups of your Microsoft apps, file servers, and databases
  • Site recovery for fast and automated disaster recovery

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the available solution deployment options?

You can install the NAKIVO solution on Windows, Linux and NAS and as a pre-configured VMware virtual appliance (VA) or Amazon Machine Image (AMI). Book a FREE deployment session with our engineer to get the solution up and running in less than 30 minutes.

How can AWS VTL replace physical backup tape libraries?

AWS Tape Gateway encrypts backup data both in transit and when data reaches the cloud storage. The service also supports Tape Retention Lock, WORM (write once, read many) and other security features to protect your data from deletion or modification. To lower archival costs, Amazon compresses your backups and retains them in the lowest-cost storage (Amazon S3 Glacier and Glacier Deep Archive).

How can I ensure that tape backups are consistent and recoverable?

The NAKIVO enterprise tape backup software uses aware-mode for consistency of the backed-up application and database data. The solution also uses Instant Verification to check the recoverability of VMware and Hyper-V backups and replicas. Run Instant Verification before sending your backup copy to tape to ensure that your VM backups are usable and can be recovered when needed.

What is included in the solution Free Trial?

NAKIVO Backup & Replication Free Trial offers 15 days of unlimited data protection with full software functionality. You don’t need a credit card to download the trial. Install and start your first backup in a few minutes.

What tape environments are supported?

NAKIVO Backup & Replication supports:

Robotic Tape Libraries (RTL)
Standalone tape devices (LTO of the 3d generation and later)
Virtual Tape Library (AWS Tape Gateway).

Can NAKIVO’s solution discover tape cartridges in devices?

Yes. NAKIVO Backup & Replication discovers tape cartridges in your tape devices (cartridges discovered within RTLs should have barcodes). The NAKIVO backup tape software solution allows you to read backups from the discovered cartridges and send backups to them.

Can I implement the Disk Staging strategy?

Absolutely. You can implement the Disk-to-Disk-to-Tape (D2D2T) backup strategy effortlessly with NAKIVO’s tape backup solution. Easily create backup copies and send them to local disks for temporary storage with better data transfer rates and then to a tape for archiving.

“With NAKIVO Backup & Replication, the university saved time and money, while gaining peace of mind. I now spend the majority of my time not on backup administration, but on other IT-related tasks.”.
Edwardson A. Pedragosa Jr., Network Administrator at the Asia-Pacific International University
Boise Cascade
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Noel Peden, Applications Development Supervisor at Boise Cascade
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Samuel Riley, IT Manager at MyoKardia
One World Direct
“In NAKIVO Backup & Replication, we found a stable VM backup solution that lets us back up VMs faster and recover VMs in minutes, which is extremely helpful in order to keep our business operations available at all times.”
Steven Schmidt, System Administrator at One World Direct