Veeam Backup & Replication Review

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What is our primary use case?

We use Veeam Backup & Replication to backup, restore and replicate data across our storage locations.

How has it helped my organization?

I know it's not exactly a feature, but I accept it works and it's easy to use. With Veeam Backup & Replication, we have no problems in managing restore. Obviously, the most important thing about backup software. I used to say that every backup software can make backups, but only good ones can make a restore.

What is most valuable?

The features that we use most of Veeam Backup & Replication are SQL backup and tape backup. For us, tape backup is really important because we have to keep all our data on the site. We cannot use it for our sites in terms of policies or a cloud backup. We are using tape backup as a secondary repository. We use the tapes regularly. We also make a regular list of tests for tapes and are quite happy with how we are managing the process.

What needs improvement?

It's hard to answer because managing cloud storage in our version could be better, but now that they have improved it in the recent version, I cannot say it's a better point because I know it should be already fixed.

My point of view is not general but in particular because I can only tell you about the things that we need. For the things that we need, I mostly SQL backup, we have no issues with Veeam Backup & Replication. It's difficult to answer because I am waiting to try new features in the next version that we plan to install next month. So, I can't answer before I try these additional features that I will find in the next version.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using Veeam Backup & Replication for the past four years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

For our space, we are using not only Veeam Backup & Replication but also Veeam ONE for monitoring, not only backups but for the environment. We have alerts if we have any problems with the backups. The only problem we are facing sometimes with Windows backup is that it is not large enough for periodic full backups, but this is not the problem of Veeam Backup & Replication, it is a problem of our environment. Veeam Backup & Replication end synthetic backups the following day without requiring a configuration plan and full backup.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

When we had Windows problems, Veeam Backup & Replication had no problem at all. It also manages other problems with no intervention.

How are customer service and technical support?

We used the service of the Veeam technical support once on the fifth day after installation, and it was a good experience. But that was a few years ago, so I can't tell you how their support works now. Fortunately, we didn't need to consult for the rest of the year.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We have used IBM Cloud Backup before, and one of the reasons that pushed us to change the Veeam Backup & Replication was that IBM Cloud Backup was really difficult to use. We have been using it for almost 10 years only to visualize the environment. When we started with IBM Cloud Backup, we also had physical servers. We currently don't have any physical servers. This is another reason we moved to a new generation backup solution.

How was the initial setup?

Veeam Backup & Replication is absolutely straightforward. We had some issues with the initial setup, but it is normal. The initial hardware configuration of the tape library was unclear because we are using a fibre genetic library, so we needed to configure our storage as a network, to have a Windows Server point, exact point contact to the library. However, once the Windows Server manages the tape library, Veeam Backup & Replication has no problems at all. We are using Windows drivers and not native Veeam drivers to manage the library.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

It's a proper price, as it isn't an issue for what Veeam Backup & Replication is giving us. Obviously, we are paying licensing for our physical VMware environment. It also depends on how the VMware environment is on the side. We have a few very big nodes. So, we need a few licenses and maybe if people had more nodes and sockets and each node was managing less information, machine supplies could be different.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

Hybrid Cloud

If public cloud, private cloud, or hybrid cloud, which cloud provider do you use?

**Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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