Veeam Availability Suite Reviews

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Score 9 out of 10
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Veeam Availability Suite is used in our daily DR practice. We are currently protecting over 150TB of data per night at 4 major data centers and 2 remote offices. Veeam revolutionized our backup and DR strategies through ever expanding services in the core product that we continuously leverage. Combined with Veeam Availability Orchestrator, we are able to efficiently replicate, and more importantly, orchestrate recovery of our virtual infrastructure with ease.
  • The scalability of the product allows for use in large and small environments with performance to match the needs of the location.
  • Simple to use web-based tools can be leveraged by various role based groups within the organization for the all too common requests for data restores and missing files.
  • Excellent reporting capabilities on what occurred during the backup windows in any given period of time; mostly used for daily backup and replication job status reports that results in less time being spent figuring out if backups worked last night, or not.
  • The VeeamONE component has a serious set of features that allow you to monitor and report on infrastructure health and performance.
  • Makes GFS retention policies easy to manage and automate, so that you stay within policy for backup retention.
  • Legal discovery can be very difficult if you tier off your older, archived backup files to a lower performance storage platform. The more backup data restore points you need for policy requirements, the worse this becomes during a legal discovery because there is no constant log being generated. Even with full indexing turned on, legal discovery is not any less painful.
  • Improvement could be made to allow for continuous replication of servers, which is supposedly coming in a future release, but has not officially been announced for a release date, yet.
  • Veeam's MS Azure feature set, while constant improvement are being made, is still mediocre at the current time.
If you have a legacy backup infrastructure that simply is not working due to complexity or amount of data that needs to be backed up not being able to be processed within backup windows, then the right setup with Veeam can help. We reduced our nightly backup windows from 16+ hours for just a handful of server, to a nightly footprint of over 70TB being backed up AND replicated off site within half the time. I don't know of any situation where Veeam might not be appropriate, unless you are 100% in the cloud, where there might be other products better suited to protecting your data.
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Score 9 out of 10
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We use Veeam Availability Suite for backups and replication. We set up a separate disaster recovery location that we replicate and backup all our data. Veeam Availability Suite is a great tool that allows us flexibility in setting up multiple jobs with various retention policies so that we can meet company regulatory requirements. We also have turned to SureBackup to automatically test our backup and replication jobs to ensure that they work.
  • Backup
  • Replication
  • Automated backup testing
  • Automated replication testing
  • Primary to DR
  • Local back
  • Data retention policies
  • SureBackup can be challenging to setup.
  • Setting retention policies isn't clear.
  • Can be challenging to set up and work out the errors and warnings.
If you are doing backups and replication to a local or remote location I recommend Veeam Availability Suite. It isn't the easiest to use but is very reliable once you get it working properly. The SureBackup was a game changer, allowing us to not have to worry about testing backups manually. It runs in the background and sends an email once it is down letting us know if it was successful.

I wouldn't recommend Veeam to a small business as it can be costly and difficult to set up.
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Score 10 out of 10
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Veeam software is the best software for backup applications, we are using it for backup Virtual Machine from VMware Environment. When we are using it, all persons in charge of IT in infrastructure have to know how to use it. With this Tool, we can save a lot of time for backup and manage the backup for the company. This software is useful for an on-premises environment, we have some solutions but this is the best one for a backup solution
  • Backs up all Virtual Machines in a VMware Environment
  • Allows us to apply rules 3-2-1 (Disk to disk to Cloud)
  • Restores the system with 1 click
  • Replication to another site
  • Manage every thing with 1 portal
  • Should have training for all functions
  • Admin only knows some functions on a Veeam product
  • Case study for customers should have more detail
Suited:
- Enterprise version for Enterprise group, and standard for SMB company. It works better with a VMWare environment.
- You should have at least one IT delegate who can control and provide full support this Application.
Less Appropriate:
- It is not VMware environment, so it is recommended for a group using VMWare.
- If you have more than 3 hosts and 10 Virtual Machines, then you should have it.
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Score 10 out of 10
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We use Veeam internally, as well as work with our customers so they have the best solution possible. Veeam Availability Suite offers that and allows our customers to have the added feature-sets that the Availability Suite provides. Our customers turn to us to provide a turnkey solution and Veeam Availability Suite allows us to do just that.
  • You can restore entire VMs in minutes with Instant VM Recovery - This allows our customers to spin up a VM when needed.
  • You can also recover individual files easily with Instant File-level Recovery - If an employee accidentally deletes a file or a file becomes corrupt, you can easily get it back for them.
  • It easily integrates into other software - Active Directory, Exchange, Office 365
  • The Veeam Availability Suite was a great enhancement to the Veeam offerings and is perfect for many users.
When you have specific Recovery Point Objectives (RPOs), Veeam Availability Suite is the best solution. With streamlined disaster recovery and simple, secure off-site backups, the Availability Suite helps our customers accomplish those needs. Working with customers that have legacy backup systems and moving them to the Veeam Availability Suite offers features that they have never had before, allowing them to exceed management's expectations.
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Score 10 out of 10
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Veeam Availability Suite is being used at all of our departments/sites that have VMware deployed. I believe that Veeam Backup & Replication is the best solution available for the backup and recovery of vSphere and Horizon View environments. Veeam Backup and Replication is easy to use, performs flawlessly, and support is excellent. The interface is intuitive to use. I have not needed to use support too many times with this product because of the ease of use and how well the product performs. Response from support is fast and questions are answered quickly. They do their best to assist you whenever it is needed. The ability to get real time alerts makes monitoring easy and allows me to respond to issues outside of the normal business day and try to resolve them before the employees arrive for the business day. Recovery of entire VM's is easy and fast. The granular recovery using Veeam Explorer is one of the best features. I can recover specific deleted user files, corrupted files and even user exchange mailboxes or mail messages. More recently we have added the use of the agent to backup physical Windows servers. This agent has been a great addition to us and now we also backup our physical servers with Veeam. Having one product for backup is really great. Veeam pairs well with the use of a deduplicating backup device like EMC Data Domains.
  • Backup and recovery of entire VMware VM's and granular recovery of files using Veeam Explorer make this an ideal product. Backup of physical Windows servers using the agent allows the use of a single product for backup.
  • Software installation and setup I found was relatively easy as was setting up backups. I find the interface is intuitive and easy to use once you are familiar with it.
  • Email alerts are important and allow you to verify backup status without having to remote in to check on things. When an issue is reported, it allows me to respond to resolve the issues before the production day starts. Usually the alert points out an issue that is a VMware related and not a Veeam issue.
  • Once Veeam is setup and configured properly, it requires little intervention. Pretty much a set it and forget it solution. Highly reliable.
  • Veeam is an important part of our DR recovery strategy. We can spin up entire VM's at our backup site whenever needed very easily and quickly to resume critical business operations.
  • Veeam works well for backing up encrypted volumes on Windows servers using the backup agent.
  • Pricing of this product and ongoing support is a little expensive, but well worth the cost. It is reliable and solid, which is very important with backup and recovery. You cannot afford a product of this type to fail. You do get what you pay for!
  • Once in a great while, backup snapshots are not removed. It would be nice if Veeam could alert you that snapshots exist, whether they were created by Veeam backup or in vSphere. This would prompt you to go into vSphere and remove/resolve the snapshot issue and free up storage resources.
Veeam Availability Suite is well suited for virtual environments. We specifically use it in our VMware environments for vSphere and Horizon View. If you also have some existing physical servers, you'll appreciate using the agent so that you can use one product to backup everything. If your environment is made up of only physical servers, I would recommend using another product.
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Score 10 out of 10
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We are using the Veeam Availability Suite to act as a disaster recovery step with Veeam Backup and Recovery. We back up all of our virtual machines ,and some physical machines, daily to cut down the risk of losing important critical systems. This goes hand in hand with the VeeamOne which monitors our virtual network for any inconsistencies that may occur during the day.
  • Backup and Recovery is very quick and painless to set up.
  • The GUI for all the different parts are very user friendly.
  • Sandbox mode for different projects is handy when trying to see how a particular variable will change without impacting production.
  • The Web side of Veeam does need some tune up with more features.
  • The support site of Veeam does seem to be good but there is a lot of old, outdated material.
Critical items that never go down are perfect examples of Veeam B/R. If one of these critical items were to go down, you can spin up a backup in Veeam and get everything back up and going again while you work on getting the failed one fixed/repaired. This makes constant downtime lower.
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Score 10 out of 10
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Veeam is used both for a total backup solution for our company, but also as a resold product to provide total backup solutions for all of our clients. This also gives us the ability to replicate our clients' data back to our own data center.
  • Veeam provides highly configurable total backups that integrate into VMware seamlessly.
  • Veeam also provides the ability to replicate whole VMs back to our central data center.
  • Veeam has both web based and Windows desktop clients.
  • There's very little to complain about with Veeam. The only point of contention is that the web UI could benefit from a better feature set.
  • Veeam's web UI can also be a bit slow.
Veeam is typically useful for environments where all servers have been virtualized by either Hyper-V or VMware. In other scenarios Veeam would prove far less useful.
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April 10, 2017

Veeam is a life saver

Score 10 out of 10
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My team manages hundreds of virtual machines for all of development and tests through vSphere and we use this to backup a dozen or so of those VMs for tools and a gold test image.
  • Our Veeam Backup job works nightly to address the all-inclusive package for products including the operating system, application files, settings, and user data. We have other solutions for data backups, but this gives us the whole package.
  • Setting up the backups through the wizard was a breeze.
  • I get an email after the job runs that is simple and easy to ensure the backups are working.
  • Occasionally a snapshot isn't removed after the backups have finished. I'd like to know about it.
Veeam backup works great for existing vsphere users.
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Score 8 out of 10
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We utilize Veeam for both internal and hosted customer deployments to backup virtual infrastructure. Simple setup and configuration, plus additional features, like replication to alternate datacenters and integration with 3rd party providers make Veeam a great choice.
  • Backup of virtualized infrastructure (Hyper-V and VMware). Does not require VM level agents for application backups.
  • Pre-Canned reporting with Veeam One can provide basic backup and infrastructure reporting.
  • Granular application level recovery. Exchange mailboxes, SQL, Sharepoint, etc.
  • Backup of physical infrastructure is not up to par with other offerings.
  • Backup job failures could use more explanation. Multiple instances of jobs "waiting for backup infrastructure" but there are no other jobs running.
[Veeam Availability Suite is well suited to] backup and recovery of virtual infrastructure and granular recovery of individual application items. Not well suited for scenarios that include non-virtualized infrastructure.
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Score 9 out of 10
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On the infrastructure team, we use it quite a bit to monitor our Veeam solution. It's great to be able to have one program to control and set up our backups and ensure that everything went correctly. We get emails every day on how the nightly backups did and whether or not there is anything to look at.
  • Great insight into the network backups.
  • Alerts that are very helpful.
  • Quick way to check health of backups and adjust schedules as needed.
  • I have yet to see a downside with this product.
[Veeam Availability Suite is well suited for] insight into the network and storage/backup infrastructure, as well as instant alerts when something isn't right. Great single pane of glass and making sure redundancy exists.
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Score 8 out of 10
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We are currently using Veeam in our Development area. Veeam has helped us with all of our backup and recovery needs, specially after the 9.x version came out, it allows cmdlets to be accessible via PS. This feature allows us to automate our process and is very light weight when it comes to installation.
  • Automation
  • Back up and recovery
  • Plays very well with VMWare
  • Pricing
  • More training, live WebEx
  • Possibly have its own lightweight appliance
if you are a VMWare shop Veeam will definitely help you achieve various tasks, in my case I'm able to back up my important VM's from vCenter and store them on a SAN. Even if you get the free version, it does so much for you that you will be amazed. Even if you are not using replication in your company you will benefit from the free version.
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Veeam Availability Suite Scorecard Summary

Feature Scorecard Summary

Universal recovery (9)
9.4
Live recovery (10)
9.2
Recovery verification (10)
9.4
Business application protection (9)
9.4
Multiple backup destinations (10)
9.6
Incremental backup identification (11)
9.4
Backup to the cloud (6)
9.3
Deduplication and file compression (9)
8.9
Snapshots (11)
9.6
Flexible deployment (5)
9.6
Management dashboard (5)
8.9
Platform support (5)
9.4
Retention options (5)
9.2
Encryption (5)
9.1

About Veeam Availability Suite

Veeam Availability Suite is a data management service that utilizes the data protection capabilities of Veeam Backup & Replication paired with the advanced monitoring and reporting of Veeam ONE for comprehensive coverage of all workloads.

Key Features

Backup & Replication

  • Proprietary Scale-out Backup Repository™ service
  • Create backups from any storage, as well as backups from the leading storage providers with storage snapshot integration
  • Replicate VMs on site or off site for disaster recovery; advanced replication

Recovery

  • Instant VM Recovery®
  • Instant File-Level Recovery, for recovery of individual files
  • Application-level recovery with Veeam Explorers™ for Microsoft Exchange, Active Directory, SharePoint, SQL Server and Oracle

Cloud Mobility

  • Recovery of on-premises or cloud-based workloads to AWS, Azure and Azure Stack in just 2 steps with Veeam Cloud Mobility
  • Unlimited capacity for long-term data retention via native object storage integrations
  • Fully-integrated cloud-based DR and cloud backup with Veeam Cloud Connect

Monitoring & Analytics

  • Veeam Intelligent Diagnostics, for identifying and resolving common backup configuration issues
  • Self-healing automated remediation
  • Centralized deployment and management of Veeam Agents for Microsoft Windows and Linux

Orchestration & Automation

  • Recovery orchestration, testing automation, and documentation for virtual environments
  • Task automation with CLI and RESTful API commands
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