Veeam Backup & Replication Essentials - A great alternative to more expensive backup solutions
Updated August 05, 2022

Veeam Backup & Replication Essentials - A great alternative to more expensive backup solutions

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Veeam Backup & Replication

Overall Satisfaction with Veeam Backup & Replication

We migrated to Veeam Backup & Replication v11a from using a third-party backup solution that wasn't really working for us due to cost, system control, and the third-party administrators.

Veeam allowed us to easily configure both on-site and cloud backups for both our server and desktop systems with a minimal amount of research and training. This addresses our need for granular restores and full system restores from local and cloud repositories and integrates easily with our use of virtual machines.
  • Virtualized workloads
  • Endpoints and physical servers running Windows & Linux
  • 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
  • License portability as your environment needs change
  • Automating test restores to validate recoverability
  • Immutable storage to protect against ransomware
  • “Instant” recovery or portability between platforms (physical > virtual > cloud-hosted)
  • Failover or recovery scripts/plans for orchestrated recovery
  • “Instant” recovery or portability between platforms (physical > virtual > cloud-hosted)
  • Ease of configuration.
  • Works well with Hyper-V and VMware ESXi VMs.
  • Simple restore methods allow for easy restore verification or VM replication.
  • Very affordable pricing compared to other similar products.
  • Sales and technical support are knowledgeable about their product, are not located overseas, and are quite responsive.
  • Roadmap for future OS support is not terribly clear.
  • Backups require local storage and direct-to-cloud is not supported.
  • Bandwidth speed limits are not precise and were somewhat difficult to tune to our specific needs.

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We're currently backing up four virtual and two physical workloads. This is about what we expected to be our usage for our organization.

Our IT infrastructure is relatively simple, but as with most businesses, our data is critical to us.

What we wanted out of Veeam Backup & Replication was something that would allow us to reliably back up all of our servers and workstations without needing to involve a third party.
  • Our yearly estimated costs for backup and storage have dropped by from around $5000 to around $600.
  • We now will not have someone outside the organization to go to if we need to have a restore performed.
  • We will not have to deal with unresponsive and unreasonable third-party administrators when we need to perform a restore.
Prior to switching to Veeam Backup & Replication, the company we had hired on to configure, maintain, and store our backups had gone from being a reasonable local business to a company that didn't hesitate to overcharge for the smallest of things.

Backups were being performed, but we had no access to these backups without involving this company who, as a result, had full control over all of our systems and data.

It became a priority to find and implement an alternative backup solution and Veeam came strongly recommended by some other associates.

Once we installed the software and determined how easily we could manage our own backup infrastructure, we cut our ties with the other company and are quite satisfied with how it's been performing.
Veeam Backup & Replication gives us peace of mind by allowing us to store encrypted and immutable copies of our backups in cloud storage so that for any reasonable loss scenario, we'll still be able to recover our servers, workstations, and data and return to business without a significant amount of hassle.
One of our servers performs our file sharing, so we don't actually utilize the NAS / file sharing backup solution that Veeam Backup & Replication offers.
Veeam Backup & Replication should work great for performing data backups for almost any user or company that wishes to have a reliable backup plan in place for any or all of their systems. No workload is too big or too small, you'll just need to get the correct amount of infrastructure to support your own unique needs.

In our case, we installed the software on a server in our domain, then used a domain login to easily install the agent on all of our Windows systems transparent to end users who were utilizing the systems at that time. Linux systems required a bit more effort, but once we determined the proper method to install the agent, the control software on our server was able to handle the rest without needing to perform any other actions on each individual machine.

Veeam may be a bit overkill for typical household usage. For those situations, there are simpler options that would likely be a better fit.