Overall Satisfaction with Veeam Data Platform
We use Veeam Backup & Replication Community Edition for testing purposes. We have VMware and Hyper-V servers and create tasks for backing up virtual machines hosted on those servers. We are doing this for 5 VMs and monitor the time it takes to backup, then we restore them and check them to see if the software works as expected; and it does.
- Backing up VMs hosted on VMware and Hyper-V
- Restore VM to original host and alternate host
- Using VeeamZip to obtain an image of a VM for archival purposes
- Allow the creation of schedule task for VeeamZip
- Faster start-up
- Allow backup of older VMware versions, like 5.5
We have 6 VMs that are currently protected with Veeam Backup & Replication. Because we installed the Community Edition and the limit is 10 VMs, we are protected. Our environment is small and, in the future, we are planning to add more local servers so, we have to plan for a purchase of the product. Right now, we are in the test phase.
- We are testing the platform, but it has performed well. We think it will have a positive impact.
At some time, we needed to move one VM to another host with the same OS, shut down the VM, then performed a backup of the VM and restored on another host and started up. All was fine and working, checked the Operating System, configuration, and data on the VM and it was all there.
We have tested backup and restore with Veeam and everything worked as expected. Have moved a VM from host to host and worked fine. The storage used was less than 50% of the original VM so the compression is good.
- NAKIVO Backup & Replication
Comparing the consoles, Veeam Backup & Replication, we feel, has a better UI--more logical. The creation of jobs is "select and click next" on both tools but Veeam has more options regarding the backup job. They are visually different but we feel that Veeam is more logical than Nakivo. The placement of menu items is better in Veeam than Nakivo, but Nakivo uses a browser for presentation while Veeam is a Windows app, so the UI is different for both tools. Both products do the job and do it right. On the storage side, the directories and names used by Veeam have more meaning in contrast to Nakivo, which uses names like serial numbers.
We have tested Veeam Backup & Replication in a LAN and the performance was good. In our environment, the servers work 24x7 and there was no noticeable drop in performance so, in scenarios where the infrastructure is up and running 24x7, this is well suited. We have not tested doing a backup from another site so can't tell if it is well suited across the WAN.