Still best of breed - but licensing is a concern going forward
July 31, 2022

Still best of breed - but licensing is a concern going forward

Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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Veeam Backup & Replication

Overall Satisfaction with Veeam Backup & Replication

Our primary vSphere/ESXi VM backup solution. Used to take daily snapshots of on-premises virtual machines via a dedicated server offsite. Backups are then copied to a service provider in another city. It covers our daily core system backup requirements and is configured in such a way that it can meet requirements for physical separation of the primary production infrastructure to the main backup repository, while still being performant. It's integration with 3rd parties via Cloud Connect also meets requirements for an additional tier of backups that is geographically separated from our home area. A new upcoming requirement is to cover virtual machines hosted in the Nutanix AHV hypervisor, which Veeam also supports.
  • 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
  • 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)
  • Virtual machine backup
  • Application-specific item recovery
  • Integration with MSPs
  • Broad support for different backup targets
  • AHV backup functionality is not equivalent to ESXi. It uses a different distinct console and is not compatible with some advanced features such as SureBackup.
  • License renewal experience in the conversion between the legacy model and the new universal license has been very poor. We were forced to pay a significant fee to allow backups of AHV targets, but other than the change in hypervisor there was no improvement in functionality. In fact we have less since SureBackup is not supported with AHV workloads.
  • Added tools to assist in hardening the server and isolating it from inside threats would be nice to have. Most of this needs to be manually worked through to ensure an internal compromise does not also impact your backups.

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Around 80 on-premises virtual machines + around 16 other physical endpoints. There has been a slight increase since we acquired it, though we anticipate a decrease in future as we move some workload to SaaS platforms. Much attention is focused on license portability and being able to scale up and down easily - but for some organizations like ourselves we've had a very stable, consistent workload and growth rate over the years.
  • Nothing too exciting here - it has met our objectives and relatively modest RTO/RPO requirements.
  • Licensing changes have negatively impacted our budget.
This was some years ago now - but the main driver was the incumbent solution was slow, unreliable and expensive. Recovery success was always an uncertain prospect. Veeam Backup & Replication solved all these issues and exceeded them in some respects. Veeam Backup & Replication gave us peace of mind and reduced our backup management workload.
We don't utilize this functionality at the moment, but may in future.
We've had limited use of this feature - it worked well but was only for a temporary workload.
Veeam Backup & Replication is still best of breed when it comes to on-premises VMWare workloads. Particularly when tied into VeeamOne reporting and with integration to 3rd parties, it can provide a full scope backup solution. The endpoint solution is also quite capable and integrates with the main console, however the licensing costs are too high for most of our use cases. The AHV solution still feels tacked on, and it's difficult to stomach the license change to accommodate it when you actually receive less functionality. Support is generally good, though there's been subpar experiences in the past (not uncommon with most vendors these days). There's also an abundance of support material out there.