Veeam: A fit for both simple and complex backup needs.
February 07, 2021

Veeam: A fit for both simple and complex backup needs.

Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 7 out of 10
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Veeam Backup & Replication

Overall Satisfaction with Veeam Backup & Replication

Veeam is used as the primary backup solution for our server environment. It helps us with traditional backup protection and off-site retention needs.
  • Virtualized workloads
  • Endpoints and physical servers running Windows & Linux
  • In addition to back up, we also replicate some of these workloads
  • In addition to back up, we also snapshot some of these workloads
  • Application-centric recovery using Veeam Explorers (for Exchange, SQL, Sharepoint, etc)
  • Utilizing backup copies for secondary purposes via DataLabs
  • Automating test restores to validate recoverability
  • Immutable storage to protect against ransomware
  • Immutable storage to protect against ransomware
  • Easy to setup backup jobs.
  • Easily definable retention schedules to meet business or compliance requirements.
  • Backup recoverability testing saves time and effort for an essential task.
  • Backup copy settings don't allow blocking an update to a target that might serve more than one organization.
  • Somewhat difficult navigation if not used frequently.
  • Managing the scope of alerts and criteria are limited.
We have about 50 workloads currently protected by Veeam, which is consistent with what we anticipated.
  • Based on the business retention goals our originally scoped capacity needed to be expanded. This is not uncommon with any backup solution where data size is not easily calculated.
  • The ability to backup copy to another site for redundancy purposes has alleviated a compliance burden previously achieved through more manual efforts.
  • We've been able to standardize most of ours virtualization backups around Veeam leading to uniformity and consistency in support and usability.
While there are still some visibility features desired in Veeam it is a night and day difference from our previous solution. We have much better visibility to backup jobs, their execution times, what part of the backup process might be causing bottlenecks, the ability to see backup growth reported easily, and easy management of application-aware backups alongside traditional server backups. Not to mention the ability to leverage backup copy to running storage at a geographically diverse location without the purchase of special hardware. These were all items we lacked previously.
We have not yet invested in the cloud capabilities of Veeam. We are very interested in this as the next step for our business continuity/disaster recovery needs but need to better understand the storage and egress costs associated.
Veeam's ability to recover individual files or more complete folder structures has been helpful in instances of accidental deletion. I don't see this as a real differentiator for us other than the consistency of the interface used.
Veeam is a great backup engine to replace more legacy backup solutions. While it does have an agent for physical hosts, its real strengths are around virtualized workloads. Depending on specific data sets to be backed up, the capacities of them, and a companies' interest in managing both the software side of things (Veeam) while maintaining flexibility in what's used as a backup target, Veeam is a great option to consider.