Veeam Backup & Replication Review

Transparent and easy to use, which improves usability and manageability for the daily operations a backup/system administrator performs.


What is most valuable?

It is important that a backup product delivers what it promises. As backup features are important, so are restore features. The ability of Veeam Backup & Replication suite to restore various items in a granular and fast way (RPO & RTO importance) is key for our customers.

How has it helped my organization?

Veeam B&R software is transparent and easy to use, which improves usability and manageability for the daily operations a backup/system administrator performs. Setting up a backup application/infrastructure is one thing, but to keep it operational without having to deal with big issues is another. I barely encounter situations where Veeam B&R setup disappoints our customers.

What needs improvement?

Two months ago, I would have said the integration of Veeam Endpoint Backup with Veeam B&R, but this is covered by now with Veeam 8 U2. The feature that a few customers are waiting is SharePoint item restores via redirected SQL, instead of having to install a staging SQL instance on the Veeam B&R backup server.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been installing and configuring it for three and a half years.

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

Every IT environment has it's specific needs and caveats. Of course I encountered some minor issues when deploying Veeam, but this is mostly related to the IT environment itself. Rare issues are logged with, and solved by Veeam support.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

No issues encountered.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

No, Veeam B&R provides a flexible way of working and scaling with the breakdown of different functionalities (proxies, repositories etc.).

How are customer service and technical support?

Customer Service:

In all the cases where I had to contact Veeam customer service, a solution was delivered within a short timeframe.

Technical Support:

In all the cases where I had to contact Veeam Technical support, a solution was delivered within a short timeframe.

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

I have experience with Backup Exec. The backup/restore capabilities are far away from the Veeam Suite.

How was the initial setup?

It's straightforward.

What about the implementation team?

We are installing/configuring Veeam in customer environments.

What was our ROI?

As system integrator we offer various backup/replication products. I have no personal hands-on experience with other products except Backup Exec, and Veeam.

What other advice do I have?

It's important to make a correct design which maps on your IT environment needs. A simple Veeam POC can be setup to validate the product.

Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: We are Premium Partners
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2 Comments
author avatarChris Childerhose
ExpertTOP 5Real User

Great point about scalability and you need to ensure you do separate components. Especially for using say SAN based backups Proxy servers play a big role. Nice article.

author avatarSystems Engineer with 1,001-5,000 employees
Vendor

Your one comment about the SQL staging server has now been resolved with the addition of the guest interaction proxy in Version 9

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