Veeam Backup & Replication Review

Best product on the market for Backing up and replicating Virtual infrastructure. Perfect with VMware.

What is most valuable?

I use both features Backup and the replication for my 2nd Datacentre - Is my DR Solution.

How has it helped my organization?

Easy to use product, If you have a virtual environment and also are worried about putting in a DR solution - This is an easy product to get to grips with, Plugs into Vcentre and has the same feel as Vcentre. the replication feature is great - Seamless on enterprise version that I use for my DR solutions.

What needs improvement?

Standard version is poor - As you need to power Off/On virtual machines when backing up/Restoring where Enterprise edition you don't - If you have a big estate to manage stay away from Standard.

For how long have I used the solution?

Over 7 years now - Since ver 6.

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

No - You can have this up and ready in less than half a day.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Veeam is dependant on Microsoft SQL and VMware or Microsoft Hypervisor so no.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Limitations in VMware is 10000 and Citrix is 6600 VDI's, Veeam is charged at physical CPU so very scalable.

How are customer service and technical support?

Customer Service:

I've not really had to deal with Customer service.

Technical Support:

Again not really had to deal with technical support.

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

Veeam Backup and Replication is in its own world - Nothing out there that is even close to this product that I could recommend.

How was the initial setup?

Very simple to install. If you follow VMware Best practice and install a Vcentre on 1 physical and one Virtual, Same again with Microsoft SQL. Remember if you have a virtual farm failure your need to have it installed in a physical to bring back your virtual platforms - I have seen many of big company's also make this school boy error.

What about the implementation team?

I have implemented many times with an in house team.

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

I have this installed on a 150k user base - My total spend is 3 Mil Us Dollars.

What other advice do I have?

It's the only solution for an enterprise Virtual environment.

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