Veeam Backup & Replication Community Edition: Easy to use and easy on your wallet
February 17, 2020

Veeam Backup & Replication Community Edition: Easy to use and easy on your wallet

Cameron Mottus | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Software Version

Community Edition

Overall Satisfaction with Veeam Backup & Replication

Veeam Backup & Replication is being used to back up our company's VMware ESXi host. It is currently backing up eight servers. The business problems it solves are:
  • Simple backup job creation and management.
  • Backup of the virtual environment.
  • Backup to NAS.
  • Backup a heterogeneous Windows/Linux ecosystem.
Veeam Backup & Replication backs up the entire server environment nightly.

Pros

  • As a former Backup Exec consultant, I love Veeam Backup & Replication's simplicity.
  • The status of backup jobs is easy to find.

Cons

  • I have not run into any areas requiring improvement.
  • ROI is immediate as the cost is $0.
We are currently backing up six servers on a VMware ESXi host. The servers protected:
  • 2 x Windows servers
  • 4 x Linux
This is about what we expected when we acquired Veeam Backup & Replication. Where we may increase the number of servers quite quickly is in dev servers. New servers can easily be included or excluded from backup jobs as required. The Community Edition can protect up to 10 servers for free. For now, we are going to stay under the 10 server threshold. However, as we grow, we will purchase the full version.
We are not currently using cloud platforms.
We currently do not use this functionality.
In the past, I have been a Backup Exec consultant. It had been interesting seeing Backup Exec being displaced by Veeam. At the time the managers I worked with noted Veeams ease of use and successful backups of virtual environments. At the time(2011 to 2015), I continually ran into unresolvable issues backing up some virtual environments. In contrast, Veeam Backup & Replication has successfully backed up all of our virtual servers with no issues. Additionally, Veeam Backup & Replication was easy to set up. It just made sense.
Aside from ease of use, I chose Veeam Backup & Replication because it is free. The result is a significant cost saving which I have used to reinvest into my business. From the research that I had done, there were no other backup solutions for an SMB that could match the value of Veeam Backup & Replication.

Veeam Data Platform Feature Ratings

Universal recovery
Not Rated
Instant recovery
Not Rated
Recovery verification
Not Rated
Business application protection
Not Rated
Multiple backup destinations
Not Rated
Incremental backup identification
Not Rated
Backup to the cloud
Not Rated
Deduplication and file compression
Not Rated
Snapshots
Not Rated
Flexible deployment
Not Rated
Platform support
Not Rated
Retention options
Not Rated
Encryption
Not Rated

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