Veeam Backup & Replication Review

​Performance of the replica when booting during an emergency could be better. Veeam is an excellent option.


What is most valuable?

The instant recovery and quick boot of the replicas. Ability to boot replicas from a de-duplication storage device (degraded performance).

How has it helped my organization?

During a "zero day" virus outbreak that caused several critical systems to fail, the ability to boot and run a "replica" that hadn't been infected yet kept the business running and productive.

What needs improvement?

Performance of the replica when booting during an emergency. Only a few critical systems can be booted this way due to the loads on secondary storage appliances. This isn't really a problem, more of a limitation of the hardware devices we used for implementation.

For how long have I used the solution?

I used this product for Virtual Machine replication to a D/R site and also as a secondary backup and recovery over two years.

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

Deployment went smoothly and without and major sticking points or issues.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Occasionally, we would experience slowness on our network that would cause Veeam to get "out-of-sync" with the replicas. This was easily corrected, but seemed to be overly sensitive to bandwidth and connection speed.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

No issues.

How are customer service and technical support?

Customer Service:

Excellent. Very responsive, patient and professional when needed.

Technical Support:

Excellent.

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

No, this was a new build-out where no previous solution had existed.

How was the initial setup?

Very straightforward and intuitive.

What about the implementation team?

We collaborated with a vendor but did 70% of the implementation with internal personal.

What was our ROI?

Excellent. The savings to lost work time during the virus outbreak alone saved the company work loss time for 150+ employees for two days.

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

Initial setup was under $3,000.00 including consultants and employee time. Day to day costs are very minimal with simply adding a new VM to one of the replication folders after deployment.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Yes. Backup Exec and Zerto were considered, but Veeam was chosen for better recoveries and easier administration.

What other advice do I have?

Do your research and comparison studies that are specific for your business. Not all products are best for every business, no matter how good they are. Veeam is an excellent option and was ultimately the best choice for our environment.

**Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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author avatarChris Childerhose
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Definitely when using a Dedupe appliance performance is lacking as we have this issue with a Data Domain prior to upgrading it. It is still slow but manageable. As noted always research options.