Solid, reliable and fast product
October 16, 2020

Solid, reliable and fast product

Scott Reese | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Veeam Backup & Replication

Overall Satisfaction with Veeam Backup & Replication

We implemented Veeam B&R to replace several disparate backup solutions. Veeam is able to back up virtual servers (image level), files, and application-level (SQL, Exchange, SharePoint, Oracle) plus perform DR replication to a secondary site with a single product and is saving us $40,000 per year on software maintenance.
  • Virtualized workloads
  • Cloud-hosted VMs within AWS or Azure
  • In addition to back up, we also replicate some of these workloads
  • Application-centric recovery using Veeam Explorers (for Exchange, SQL, Sharepoint, etc)
  • Capacity Tier to store data within object storage for longer term retention
  • Integration with cyber-security tools for SecureRestore
  • Application-centric recovery using Veeam Explorers (for Exchange, SQL, Sharepoint, etc)
  • User interface is very good. Coming from Tivoli Storage Manager, this is a huge upgrade.
  • Scalability (proxy servers) and integration with deduplication appliances. Adding proxy servers for performance is a snap and requires no additional licensing.
  • Ease of restores of application data (SQL, SharePoint and Exchange). Very intuitive (except SharePoint, which is not intuitive anyway...).
  • It would be awesome if B&R could combine with the O365 product for a single management point.
We have about 300 on-premise virtual machines in VMWare, 4 VMs in Azure, and 500 seats of O365. Together with Veeam Backup for O365 we are protecting all these workloads. Workload scale has not changed since we designed the solution. Veeam B&R is licensed by core on the VMWare hosts, so VM count can scale up and down withing the limits of the licensed hardware without license changes.
  • We saved enough on maintenance the first year (compared to Tivoli and DocAve) to cover the purchase price and installation consulting. After the first year we save $40k/year on maintenance.
  • We improved our DR plan by leaps and bounds after being stalled for years.
My personal frustration with managing five different backup products and trying to determine job success every day was the primary trigger. We also had throughput issues with the O365 backup product we had and did not have confidence in it. Once we went shopping and saw teh costs it was a no-brainer to switch.
We have a preference for retaining on-premise backups and primarily have on-premise workloads. With a well-developed and robust infrastructure it made sense to continue to use what we already own. While some workloads have moved to the cloud it is still less expensive to use the storage we already paid for for backups.
I think we could, but our license is insufficient. We toyed with it but couldn't get all our file servers covered. We may explore this again in a future budget year.
We have one very busy special-use SQL application that doesn't like Veeam touching its databases. Other than that, we replaced TSM, DocAve, native SQL and Oracle backups and vFoglight all with one product that cost much less.