My Veeam Backup & Replication Review
September 10, 2020

My Veeam Backup & Replication Review

Shawn Karr | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Software Version

Veeam Backup & Replication

Overall Satisfaction with Veeam Backup & Replication

Veeam Backup & Replication is our company's primary backup application. The organization uses it to backup to ExaGrid backup appliances and replicate the data offsite. Having a local copy of backups as well as offsite copies allows us to quickly restore critical data. The majority of the data recoveries are accidental file deletions.
  • Endpoints and physical servers running Windows & Linux
  • Virtualized workloads
  • Application-centric recovery using Veeam Explorers (for Exchange, SQL, Sharepoint, etc)
  • “Instant” recovery or portability between platforms (physical > virtual > cloud-hosted)
  • Application-centric recovery using Veeam Explorers (for Exchange, SQL, Sharepoint, etc)
  • It does file-level restores very well.
  • It does backups using storage snapshots well.
  • It does whole VM backups and recovery very well.
  • Easily connects to storage arrays and vCenter
  • I find their virtual labs to still be a little cumbersome.
  • They have a migration tool, but if you aren't aware of it and install a new vCenter instance, Veeam will not recognize the VMs on the new instance because they have new object IDs.
  • While their upgrade process is pretty refined, I still feel it can use a little improvement.
We have two vCenter instances hosting about 15 VMware hosts across two locations. When we first started, we were a smaller organization. The growth came as the result of an acquisition where are company was purchased by a larger pharmaceutical organization. The growth has been steady and what I would expect with this type of acquisition/merger.
  • The positive impact has been the ability to recover entire HR/Payroll shares accidentally deleted by a user.
  • A positive impact has also been seen due to a ransomware attack. We were able to restore the files to normal soon after finding the attack.
  • Negative impact is the cost to license the product.
The driving force was the previous product and the limitations it had due to the licensing purchased by the company. The older product was very cumbersome and required "babysitting." Veeam has been a game-changer for us and has streamlined our backup process, especially with the implementation of storage snapshots for backups. This saves time and resources and prevents VMware stun.
As of this review, our company has not leverage Veeam for cloud compute/recovery. I do not feel we will leverage this technology as we are preparing to move our infrastructure into an MSP.
Our company has not used this offering. We use a Veeam-friendly appliance known as ExaGrid.
Veeam Backup & Replication is very well suited for file-level recovery as well as full VM recovery. It is also great at being able to recover from a malware/ransomware attack. I guess I cannot come up with any scenarios where Veeam Backup & Replication is less suitable. It has always come through for us.