Backups are fast and easy
September 10, 2020
Backups are fast and easy
Score 8 out of 10
Veeam Backup & Replication
Overall Satisfaction with Veeam Backup & Replication
When you move all your servers over to VMs, everyone thinks all that data is automatically safe. Until they try to restore from their old backup tool and find corrupted backups. Veeam is the tool that fixes that problem. It makes you a lot more comfortable saying your system is ready for a DR situation when you've got Veeam on your side.
- Virtualized workloads
- In addition to back up, we also replicate some of these workloads
- In addition to back up, we also snapshot some of these workloads
- Enterprise UNIX servers running Solaris & IBM AIX
- Enterprise applications such as Oracle or SAP HANA
- Cloud-hosted VMs within AWS or Azure
- Application-centric recovery using Veeam Explorers (for Exchange, SQL, Sharepoint, etc)
- Capacity Tier to store data within object storage for longer term retention
- Utilizing backup copies for secondary purposes via DataLabs
- Failover or recovery scripts/plans for orchestrated recovery
All our workloads are covered. Local backups, replication, and restores are simple and straightforward. Cloud has been a little tougher than anticipated but Azure is part of that problem so I can't be too hard on Veeam. I think it's a testament to how well Veeam Backup & Replication works when I say we literally use it for everything.
- It's made admins' lives easier for sure.
- Non-complicated features and functions reduce overhead.
- We love giving the managers good reports on restore tests.
Going through many backup vendors over the years makes you want to look for the best after a while, regardless of the cost. It's too bad we had to go through all that to begin with, but then you at least know when you've found the one. Veeam is that one for us.
Cloud usage is really nice, but it's also a lot to configure and get right. Some cloud providers only support certain functions so getting on the same page can be a pain at first. Once you have it configured and working on a daily basis then everything starts to fall into place.
We have not used this for company-wide file shares yet, but the small tests we've done with IT file shares have been successful. It's very easy to get files restored after a loss or deletion. Also, it seems the NAS backup is somehow faster than the built-in backups that the SAN does itself.
Besides a couple of glitches early on, we've had pretty smooth sailing in the implementation and daily usage of the Veeam suite. Mostly small issues come up with the cloud backups, but we've ironed most out. With that in mind, I would highly recommend Veeam Backup & Replication to colleagues and other entities alike.