A good flexible solution for the Small to Medium IT department.
March 11, 2021

A good flexible solution for the Small to Medium IT department.

Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
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Veeam Backup & Replication

Overall Satisfaction with Veeam Backup & Replication

We are using Veeam Backup and Replication to backup all shared resources in the environment. All our servers and file shares are currently being backed up by Veeam. We also use Veeam to manage shipping backups to storage outside our physical environment. Veeam's product line makes backups easy to create and change, as well as fast and easy to restore. Restores using Veeam takes a fraction of the time our previous backup solution did.
  • Virtualized workloads
  • Endpoints and physical servers running Windows & Linux
  • NAS filers
  • In addition to back up, we also replicate some of these workloads
  • In addition to back up, we also snapshot some of these workloads
  • 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
  • “Instant” recovery or portability between platforms (physical > virtual > cloud-hosted)
  • “Instant” recovery or portability between platforms (physical > virtual > cloud-hosted)
  • Veeam's user interface is easily understood and navigated.
  • Veeam's restore process is fast and efficient to browse through.
  • Veeam has many restore options to fit the current situation and data corrupted.
  • Veeam's restore pane takes a little time to load. While this is counted in single digit minutes, it could be improved and can leave the user wondering what is going on.
  • The first time a restore is done, Veeam's first restore point selection screen leaves some question if you are about the restore the full machine, or select data from within that restore. Making that choice a little more understood would make it easier for the first time or occasional user.
We have about 25 virtual and physical workloads protected by Veeam Backup and Replication. This is exactly the number we had anticipated using when we went through our adoption process. The sales representatives I worked with were very clear about what systems could be protected, and what license models would best support our organization. Even though I am a technical resources, the Veeam sales staff ensured I did have the knowledge and skills to properly engineer and deploy Veeam into a successful backup solution. Their focus was not on their product alone, but rather focused on making sure my organization would be protected in the event of catastrophic data or computer loss.
  • Veeam has saved us thousands a year, both on licensing and being able to utilize more cost-effective storage options.
  • By speeding up recovery and management processes Veeam has saved us in productivity loss in the event a recovery is required.
We changed our backup solution as part of a regular review of our technical resources. The primary reasons for changing systems was cost savings, expanded flexibility in resources that could be used by our backup process, and speed/ease in restoring services.

Veeam made our restore process take a fraction of the time it did before while also costing us less overall.
We are currently using Veeam to ensure our backups are replicated outside our physical infrastructure for added safety. The software allowed us to chose a provider that fit our cost/size needs far better.

While we do not have cloud workloads to backup, and we do not leverage cloud capabilities for recovery, the option to have both of these capabilities are offerings that we enjoy having for future planning.
Veeam is currently used to backup our File sharing data. These assets are the most frequent item in our organization to need restoring. Most restore requests are user related errors, and of course are of the utmost urgency. Being able to turn these requests around quickly, while also knowing a more extensive and comprehensive backup is still available helps me sleep at night. Veeam excels at granular recoveries.
For the small to medium sized IT infrastructure Veeam excels at capabilities, ease of use and price. During my first renewal a sales representative even reached out to see if there were ways to reduce our annual renewal. While we don't use Veeam to backup individual users machines, the option being available gives my C level executives the confidence in this solution to be flexible into any future needs we might face.

I am not sure the deployed feature set I am using would fit well in to a backup strategy involving hundreds of machines across a multitude of sites. That being said there could be deployment options available outside the scope of the medium sized environment I studied for.