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Cove Data Protection
Formerly N-able Backup


What is Cove Data Protection?

Cove Data Protection (formerly N-Able Backup) is designed to cover servers, datacenters, applications, and workstations, and is provided to ensure business continuity and at-a-glance assessment and fast issue resolution via customizable dashboard.

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  • Management dashboard (16)
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What is Cove Data Protection?

Cove Data Protection (formerly N-Able Backup) is designed to cover servers, datacenters, applications, and workstations, and is provided to ensure business continuity and at-a-glance assessment and fast issue resolution via customizable dashboard.

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What is Cove Data Protection?

Cove Data Protection (formerly N-able™ Backup) is a cloud-first data protection service for servers, workstations, critical business documents, and Microsoft 365™, all managed from a centralized web-based dashboard. Backup was created for the cloud, so it is optimized for fast, efficient data transfers that minimize network bandwidth usage. Storage in the vendor's private cloud is included, with 17 data centers worldwide.

Of course, backup is really about recovery. Cove offers a variety of recovery options from a single backup, including bare-metal restore, physical-to-virtual recovery, continuous recovery, and recovery to the user's own alternate location or to Azure®.

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Cove Data Protection Technical Details

Deployment TypesSoftware as a Service (SaaS), Cloud, or Web-Based
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Frequently Asked Questions

Cove Data Protection (formerly N-Able Backup) is designed to cover servers, datacenters, applications, and workstations, and is provided to ensure business continuity and at-a-glance assessment and fast issue resolution via customizable dashboard.

Veeam Data Platform, Acronis Advanced Backup, and Backupify are common alternatives for Cove Data Protection.

Reviewers rate Backup to the cloud highest, with a score of 9.9.

The most common users of Cove Data Protection are from Small Businesses (1-50 employees).
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TrustRadius Insights are summaries of user sentiment data from TrustRadius reviews and, when necessary, 3rd-party data sources. Have feedback on this content? Let us know!

SolarWinds Backup is a versatile and highly regarded solution that addresses various data backup needs. It serves as a reliable disaster recovery solution for main servers such as Active Directory, Exchange Server, and ERP Server. MSPs and their clients benefit from its safe and secure backup option. The software is user-friendly and easy to deploy, enabling users to monitor and back up all devices for a client through SolarWinds NCentral. This feature significantly reduces the need for technical support, making it a preferred choice among salespeople and value-added resellers. With its dependable security measures and straightforward installation process, SolarWinds Backup ensures data safety while providing a seamless user experience.

Another use case for data protection is Cove, which offers backup solutions for contract customers. It safeguards against ransomware attacks and facilitates data recovery from accidental deletions or hardware failures. MSPs rely on Cove to back up servers and workstations for managed clients, including disaster recovery and server migration scenarios. The software's versatility is evident in its ability to handle image backups, file and folder backups, as well as specific database backups in various companies. Additionally, N-able Backup is widely used by organizations and customers as their primary backup solution for servers, workstations, and Microsoft 365. This comprehensive software not only ensures secure data backup but also provides quick backups with intelligent increments. It simplifies backup management through a single dashboard, saving users from the threat of cryptolockers and streamlining their backup workflows.

In summary, SolarWinds Backup and its associated solutions like Cove and N-able Backup are trusted tools that address critical data loss issues while offering reliable cloud backup services. Their user-friendly interfaces, robust security features, and seamless installation processes make them indispensable assets to businesses seeking efficient backup solutions.

Easy to use and navigate: Many users have praised the backup solution for its intuitive and user-friendly interface, making it easy to set up, monitor backups, and perform various tasks such as creating daily backups or performing SQL backups with just a few clicks.

Effective system recovery: The system state backups provided by the solution have been highly regarded by reviewers for their effectiveness in recovering systems and data from dead machines. This feature has proven valuable in ensuring business continuity and minimizing downtime.

Flexible restore options: Users have commended the backup solution for its flexibility in restoring files, full virtual machines, and virtual machines to different hardware. This functionality allows for seamless restoration of data while providing the necessary flexibility to adapt to changing infrastructure requirements.

Confusing Profile Management: Some users have found the profile management in Solarwinds to be confusing in certain spots, making it difficult to navigate and adjust settings. For example, they may struggle with locating specific options or understanding the purpose of certain features. Improving the organization and clarity of the profile management interface would enhance user experience.

Lack of Centralized Log Reader: Several reviewers have mentioned the lack of a centralized log reader in Solarwinds, which hinders their ability to easily locate and address issues or errors. Instead of having to search through multiple logs scattered across different sections, users would benefit from a centralized log reader that provides a comprehensive view of system logs for efficient troubleshooting.

Limited Webinars for Software Understanding: Users have expressed a desire for more webinars from Solarwinds to enhance their understanding of the software. By offering additional webinars covering various topics and functionalities, users can gain better insights into how to effectively utilize the software's features and maximize its potential benefits.

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Lucas Burnett | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We use Cove to handle all of our Office 365 backups, along with some workstation and server related backups. This provides both ourselves and customers piece of mind that their critical data is being backed up and is safe.

Cove offers multiple backups per day with a long 7 year retention timeframe
  • Office 365 Backups
  • Restoration Options
  • Simple to setup
  • The UI could do with some work
If you require backups for your Office 365 clients, including OneDrive, Exchange Online, SharePoint Online and Teams. Cove is the best product on the market in teams of features and price
Scott Beukelman | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
We use Cove data protection as an MSP for over 200 servers and over 100 workstations for our managed clients. Cove helps us greatly to make sure customer machines are backed up a regular basis. Also disaster recovery is well taken care of with this product and we have no worries about doing a file restore or a full disaster image restore. We even use this product to migrate servers to other locations at times.
  • Disaster Recover
  • Test restores
  • quick backups
  • Errors with system state backups
Well suited for all server backups, on premise and cloud hosted.
Aaron Highsmith | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We offer Cove as a backup solution to our contract customers for both servers and workstations. We are currently utilizing it to protect and backup over 200 devices across multiple organizations. In our line of work, this has been one of the best defenses against ransomware attacks but has also helped us to recover documents that have been accidentally deleted or lost as well as recover from unexpected hardware crashes.
  • Individual file recovery
  • Full system backup/recovery
  • Backup archiving
  • Reporting
  • Troubleshooting information/tools
  • Notifications
Recovering specific files back to their original or to a new location. Full recovery of a system after a ransomware attack or hardware failure. Has decent integration with N-able RMM. Checking and troubleshooting backup health can be problematic as the error codes do not clearly indicate the cause of the issue. Providing customers with data and reporting is sometimes lacking.
Score 6 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We are an MSP, and we use Solarwinds Backup for our clients. It provides an easy solution for server and workstation backups. We mostly use and deploy it through Solarwinds NCentral. Through there we can monitor and backup all devices for a client. We do have some clients that use a stand-alone backup management system.
  • It's easy to use.
  • Offers an easy to read dashboard.
  • Profile management is confusing in some spots.
  • No centralized log reader to easily find issues.
We have used Solarwinds Backup manager for multiple clients. We backup workstations, and servers. We have used it for file recovery, disaster recovery, or movement from one device to another. With one client we performed a PC refresh. We simply applied the user's backups from their old machine to the new.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
N-able Backup (formerly Solarwinds Backup) is being used in my organization and a lot of our customers.
it backups all the data in a secure server farm, and we can have all the certifications of it.
It backups the data quickly, doing intelligent increments and using the right amount of internet connection.
the number of copies maintained is high. Is a very good option
  • Backup database sql
  • Backup windows state
  • Backup all sort of data
  • compression of the data
  • immediate restore from remote dashboard
  • cheaper small business solution
  • translations
  • renewing the dashboard for more appeal, maybe some customers like a graphical renew. Is simptom of a even growing solution. Attention that it managers don't like but end users like!
I use this backup solution in a very large and different customer park,
I backup sql databases , Batch the backup session and control it with scripts.
I backup archives of adobe reader's pdf files. I backup dozens of xls excel or word doc files and also pst's of Microsoft outlook.
Is very easy to sell this cloud service as a plus of the selling of a pc or a server. Even the software can be sold with this service bundled!
Score 7 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We are using N-able Backup across our entire organization. It is a safe and secure option for backup.
  • Frequent backup
  • High level of customer service
  • Protecting user's data
  • Cost
  • Monitoring aspects
  • recovery failure
The integration with N-Central works pretty well. Their system for immutable backups works well. Allowing you to choose your own storage helps meet each client's budget and recovery time objectives. Jobs are managed and scheduled only by the server, not in groups. Each one must be set up, scheduled, etc. one server at a time. This can get cumbersome in a larger environment.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
This is used as our primary backup solution. It is a great, safe, and fast cloud backup at a reasonable cost.
  • Office 365 Backups. Easy to setup and backs up everything.
  • Server backup. Easy setup and reliable performance.
  • Workstation/file backup. Again reliable performance and reasonable cost.
  • Nothing comes to mind.
It's suited well for any business backup needs. It wouldn't be great for a home user that has a bunch of pictures/videos they want to backup.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
N-able Backup (formerly Solarwinds Backup) is our main product to provide our customers a backup solution. It's being used as a server, workstation, and Microsoft 365 backup solution.
  • Ease of use
  • Always working as expected
  • Quick
  • Stable
  • The ability to launch a backup set directly form the cloud as a VM
  • Office 365 backup should have the ability to select an independent folder from OneDrive and Sharepoint/Teams
  • VMware vSphere/vCenter integration
  • Virtual environment replication feature
Any simple backup operation, workstation, and server. Good recovery option for file and folder. Need improvement on backup of virtualized VMware vSphere, vCenter.
Russ Taylor | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
We are currently using Solarwinds Backup for our own company-wide usage as well as for most of our clients. Internally, we are currently backing up two Windows Hypervisors with Windows 10, Windows Server, and Linux VMs in the backup job. We are using it in a similar fashion across all of our clients. If there is a Hypervisor at a client site we install it there, but we also have it deployed purely as a file-based backup solution as well.
  • Backup Reporting: Email alerts, and a great, easy to read Dashboard with detailed error logs and an easy to search Solarwinds FAQ for a lot of them.
  • Restores: So far I have restored files, full VMs, and VMs to other hardware, and so far it has not only been flawless, but so flexible that I can't imagine going back to any other software.
  • My only major complaint is that we migrated some clients from the standalone Solarwinds Backup portal to our N-central Server. That part was great, but we have some backup only clients that we could not import. We wanted to move our N-central clients back to the standalone portal but that is apparently not something that can be done. We were told we would have to blow them out and start fresh. So the ability to migrate them back would be nice. But not necessary. Essentially we have a page in N-central right now where we can see all our MSP clients, and then a portal for some backup only clients. If we could do it again, we would not have moved them out of the standalone portal.
Use it for:
Hypervisor backups.
Systems in need of bare metal recovery.

The only situation I've come across where it feels redundant is when the customer has a NAS with built-in Cloud/Local backup options.
Marc Shaffer | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Solarwinds has been our lead product for at least 9 years and is carried by all of our salespeople and VAR's. We have also deployed Solarwinds Backup within our enterprise and have been more than happy. Security, reliability, and ease of install and use set it apart from many others. Since adding it to our line we have reduced tech support to under 1/2 of 1% annualized. It just goes in as it is supposed to and works as intended. They continuously strive to keep it current and a leader.
  • Daily backups are easy to create and activate and run on schedule as desired by the client.
  • Easy SQL backups no matter your SQL favor, it's just a few clicks to back them up.
  • Very good system state backups that several of our older clients have used (out of necessity) to recover systems and data from dead machines.
  • More webinars.
  • An override to gain access to a client system when it is turned off or make it a preinstall setting we can make.
  • A report or popup denoting which version of Solarwinds they are using.
  • A means to see (easily) just exactly where the client's data resides.
  • Access backups via cell phone.
It's great for any business from a small mom & pops to large enterprises. We have clients that run from a few hundred GB all the way to 22PB, and it all flows smoothly. We find it is most easily adopted by accounting, IT, then management. Some sales are driven by fear, but most are driven by compliance and security issues.

Given what is going on in the medical establishment, there is a somewhat harder and longer sales cycle for security software. If Solwarwinds had software that would interface, that would make it a better sell.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We use Solarwinds Backup for everything. The whole organization uses it. Solarwinds backup addresses our data loss issue. With Solarwinds Backup we have everything saved on the cloud and ready to be used at any time. I love how easy it is to use and how reliable it is. I totally recommend Solarwinds Backup.
  • Protect data - Data is protected and encrypted.
  • Easy cloud access - Easy to navigate dashboard.
  • Archiving - Can archive multiple histories.
  • The recovery console is not good for when crypto happens.
  • Sometimes jobs fail even if everything is okay.
  • Sometimes remote commands don't go through to start a backup.
Solarwinds Backup is well suited for files, folder, and system state backup. Once you have a backup you can basically make a new computer with the same information. It is also well suited for archiving data for a long time. The only issue I would say most affects us is not been able to have a recovery console that has multiple restore points ready to turn on a virtual machine.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
It made a whole difference as you can manage - all your backups from a single dashboard: create, manage and monitor all your clients within a few minutes with a single person when it took hours with our previous solutions. It saved our lives several times with cryptolockers and our accounting department went quickly back on track after having been infected.
  • Monitoring of the backups : you know exactly the status of every backup and the reason (if anything) went wrong
  • Restore: several options from bare metal to continuous restore from one VM to another one (even with different hypervisors)
  • Tech support: we had some restore issues and the techs did a really great job, spending some time to find the root of the issue (which was on our client's side)
  • Sales: the economic model is fine but could be improved, mostly regarding VMs
  • User rights could be more granular
For an MSP with lots of small clients it's a blessing as you can see all of them within a single dashboard and connect to the device from it. The pricing per device is also an great bonus as everything is included in it, no surprise when you need to restore.

The only issue would be the pricing if you are managing a lot of VMs as the price per device and the fair use policy could be an issue.
August 23, 2019

Happy to have it

Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Solarwinds is being used to backup the configuration for the networking devices. It makes it easy to retrieve past configs to go back to "when it was working before" and troubleshoot what could have caused changes and issues. We use it for a few server backups as well, but primarily we use it for networking.
  • Easy to retrieve past backups for troubleshooting purposes.
  • Easy to test backups are working when adding/editing nodes.
  • Sends failed backup report for nodes that did not successfully backup.
  • Unless a large number of pollers is deployed, Solarwinds as a whole can be slow.
  • Nodes can occasionally stop backing up for unknown reasons.
  • Large numbers of nodes can cause long backup times.
Solarwinds Backup is ideal for individuals looking to keep a consistent backup of devices in their environment. We used it primarily for networking equipment. It is easy to set up, as it is one of the steps available when adding a new device to solarwinds. It is probably not an ideal product to use for long-term (1 month+) backups.
August 14, 2019

Value in Reliability

Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Solarwinds Backup is currently set up as a DR solution for 3 main servers. Active Directory and Domain Controller with VM as a DHCP server, Exchange Server, and ERP Server. DR System is set up with continuous recovery at a secondary location in case the main location fails. This secondary location is tested on a monthly basis in order to ensure availability in case of disaster.
  • Unlimited revisions
  • Unlimited deletion policies
  • Secondary location recovery for testing as well as DR
  • Bare metal restore
  • Restore complete settings: IP settings, the setting of CPU/Memory for VMs, etc. would decrease management during a restore.
  • Individual file backup: more granular settings for backup.
  • Change of device name after setup: at times, computer names change after restore so it would be great to rename the device name.
  • Option to recovery security key.
Solarwinds Backup would be suited for any setup where recovery time objective is not in the minutes but an hour or more. The overall system would require procedures that could take an hour or two to get a larger location recovered and running again. In my opinion, having a reliable system that can be tested at a secondary site without disrupting the main location and ensure procedures are continuously updated in order to minimize recovery time is a great benefit.
Score 7 out of 10
Vetted Review
We provide Solarwinds Backup as a service to our customers, most of them in the hospitality market. Having a requirement for PCI compliance, we use Solarwinds as a second solution for cloud backups, and we use a different solution for local backups, as a way to offer redundancy to our customers. Because it is a versatile tool that could perform image backups, files and folders backups or specific database backups, it is suitable to implement in many different companies.
  • The management portal and client interfaces are web-based, which makes it convenient to set up and monitor the backups and modify configurations.
  • The solution can perform different type of backups, that could suit all customers depending on their needs: Image backups (system state) which allows customers to have an option for business continuity, Files and Folders, to select the specific data to go to the cloud, or application-specific backups for SQL, MySql, Oracle, VMWare, SharePoint, Exchange, HyperV.
  • It does have great deduplication capabilities, which does a good job compressing the data and transferring offsite.
  • The management of the device properties provides useful information like the history of the backups, audit of actions performed in the client, errors and statistics.
  • The files and folders restore in each client is simple and user friendly.
  • To perform restores on a different location, there's a need to install a standalone application call the Recovery Console, which makes it too much trouble. Instead, this should have been performed over the same backup management portal, where you should have been able to select in which location you want to restore.
  • The business continuity features, available for the system state backups, like restoring a backup as a virtual machine or performing a bare-metal restore, also require to install different standalone applications for each. And in disaster scenarios, both tasks take too much time to get everything running.
  • The retention of the backups (the archiving feature) needs to be set up individually for each server at a time, when this is something that should be more easily managed by the service provider (not expecting to be set up by the customer in each device) as a general setting within the Backups Profiles or Product Management.
  • There should be a better reporting tool, that would allow to export backup and restore events, as well as user activities.
  • The configurations for Backup Profiles and Product Management could be redundant and confusing.
For companies that have a low budget, Solarwinds Backup is a convenient tool because it provides simple cloud backup features and it can be priced based on the number of devices to backup. However, if companies expect to have business continuity for disaster scenarios, it might not be the best option.
February 02, 2019

Great backup solutions

Adrian Takacs | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We use SolarWinds Backup to back up some of our customer servers. It helps ensure their data is safe.
  • Easy to setup
  • One place to monitor the backups
  • Good reports and knowledge base
  • system state backup fails a bit more often than expected
  • VSS needs changes are needs to avoid timeouts
SolarWinds Backup is well suited for MSPs as a solution for backing up their customer servers. This is ideal if you are already a SolarWinds customer and are using some of their other products such as the RMM. We have not yet deployed it in scenarios that require having a standby server or continuous backups, as we prefer and consider other products more suitable.
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