Veeam Backup & Replication, still the best after 10+ years
December 19, 2020

Veeam Backup & Replication, still the best after 10+ years

Jeremy Lyzenga | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Veeam Backup & Replication

Overall Satisfaction with Veeam Backup & Replication

Veeam B&R is being used to back up all virtual machines across all global offices and replicate the data offsite. It's also being used to back up physical workloads. Combined with HPE Storeonce appliances we achieve high levels of deduplication and can have lengthy retention policies without the needs of lots of disk. It's simple to set up and maintain and has all the granular recovery features that we need.
  • Virtualized workloads
  • Endpoints and physical servers running Windows & Linux
  • In addition to back up, we also replicate some of these workloads
  • Cloud-hosted VMs within AWS or Azure
  • Application-centric recovery using Veeam Explorers (for Exchange, SQL, Sharepoint, etc)
  • License portability as your environment needs change
  • “Instant” recovery or portability between platforms (physical > virtual > cloud-hosted)
  • Application-centric recovery using Veeam Explorers (for Exchange, SQL, Sharepoint, etc)
  • Consistant fast backups.
  • Robust backup files that are portable and don't need the original backup server to restore.
  • Simplicity of setup and restoring files.
  • Versatility of working with different types and tiers of storage.
  • When using HPE catalyst the displayed values of backed up data and transferred data is erroneous.
  • Quick restore of changed blocks only doesn't work well on application servers.
We are backing up 100+ virtual servers in 6 locations on three continents with backup data stored locally and being replicated to a secondary location. We are also using it to back up 12 workstations that are critical for daily operation of the company. We began with just backing up the servers but as Veeam adds more features to the existing products we find ourselves utilizing them at little or no extra cost.
  • Veeam has yearly costs but is consistently updating the platform with new included features.
  • The labor cost of Veeam is the lowest of any other backup solution.
  • Veeam has never left us without the ability to restore data.
Veeam was in use at the company when I started but not implemented properly. I was quickly able to learn the software and rectify the issues. When we shifted from VMware to Hyper-V we were easily able to convert our licenses and we we expanded our datacenter increasing our Veeam license count was the easy choice. We compared Veeam to HPE backup dataprotector and couldn't even get a working demo in 10x the time it took to setup Veeam and have it working.
We have been able to augment our storage with Azure blobstorage within Veeam but do not currently utilize much in the way of cloud workloads. We do however use Veeam to back up our Office 365 data back to on premise. As we continue our cloud journey we will be utilizing Veeam to back up our cloud applications.
We have utilized QNAPS, Windows file shares, and HPE storeonce appliances all together with Veeam to protect our different types of data. The flexibility to use different types of storage as been a invaluable feature. We find the deduplication in windows server 2016 and HPE storeonce to work really well with Veeam to increase the storage potential of our repositories.
Veeam B&R is the simplest and most effective backup solution I have ever worked with. Previous experience with Avamar, netbackup and Windows backup, moving to Veeam was easy and saves countless hours on maintenance. Its hardware agnostics make it great for using legacy storage that would otherwise be retired or the flexibility to use low cost storage up to enterprise storage arrays in tandem. It works great in a datacenter and in remote sites.