Pretty much the perfect backup solution for us!
September 17, 2020

Pretty much the perfect backup solution for us!

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Veeam Backup & Replication

Overall Satisfaction with Veeam Backup & Replication

We use Veeam to backup our Hyper-V hosting environment with 200+ VMs. We back up the VMs, use log shipping on the SQL servers, and copy the backups over to a DR site. The repositories are over 80TB total and cover 45 days on-site and using GFS to keep 6 weeks, 12 months, 6 quarters, and 6 years of restore points. We use it to enable VM restores, file, AD, Exchange, and SQL object restore. We've recovered from user error, bad updates, ransomware attacks, etc. We also have some replicas running for high availability.
  • Virtualized workloads
  • Endpoints and physical servers running Windows & Linux
  • In addition to back up, we also replicate some of these workloads
  • Application-centric recovery using Veeam Explorers (for Exchange, SQL, Sharepoint, etc)
  • License portability as your environment needs change
  • Failover or recovery scripts/plans for orchestrated recovery
  • Application-centric recovery using Veeam Explorers (for Exchange, SQL, Sharepoint, etc)
  • The restore is always there. I never failed to recover anything because of Veeam.
  • Backups are fast and reliable, and if there is an issue, it is visible and usually easy to fix.
  • Application awareness and the SQL, AD, and Exchange restore are extremely powerful and easy to use.
  • With log shipping, I can restore to the second a DB or extract it for troubleshooting, be it into production, with a different name, or to another server without needing to log in to the VM.
  • The compression Veeam does + REFS saves a lot on repository space.
  • Replication is there too! Works very well.
  • Hyper-V is missing some features that VMWare users have.
  • It's not cheap. Understandable in most cases, but I think the NAS backup per TB prices are too much.
  • When using File Restore you choose a restore point then you choose the files. An alternate way that would let you find a specific version over several restore points would be nice.
200+ VMs and the Hyper-V Hosts. We cover all of our VMs with it and it always finishes in the backup window, with the DR copies all offsite before the day is out. It covers exactly what we need.
  • We never lost a client to ransomware. Even when a SQL server when 1TB+ of DBs got attacked on a Friday night we got it all back online by Sunday with almost no lost data.
  • We can offer DR and Replication with great margins and little extra investment on our side.
  • Consistently restoring any file or DB for a client brings peace of mind and brings more business.
We used DPM for a while, but it didn't work consistently. It also had some limitations and wasn't targeted to our approach (keep the backup infrastructure isolated as much as possible from the clients). Veeam did everything we needed, the way we wanted it to, and reduced the backup window considerably.
As a hosting provider, we don't want to hand our margins off to cloud players, but the new tools are useful for smaller clients with local infrastructure.
The per-TB pricing on it made it a non-starter in most scenarios we looked at.
In all scenarios with virtualization, Veeam Backup & Replication is great. With physical machines, it's also very good, but for NAS backup on SMB, it's hard to recommend at current prices, especially considering most NAS have pretty good backup solutions and especially if you get a second unit. The new pricing also makes it hard to sell for businesses with just 1 or 2 servers.