Veeam Backup & Replication Review

We can now leverage in-box Windows deduplication, giving us longer retention times and spaces to spare on our backup targets.​

What is most valuable?

  • Ease of use
  • Robustness
  • Scalability

How has it helped my organization?

Saves IT operations a lot of time and frustration.

Also, the ROI for our CFO is tremendous whereas we did not have data deduplication on our previous backup product, unless licensed at a cost higher/GB than buying storage. We can now leverage in-box Windows deduplication with excellent results. We have longer retention times and spaces to spare on our backup targets.

What needs improvement?

For now we’re pretty happy, but we’d like the ability to schedule.

Also, the configuration and fine tuning of the Fibre Channel based off host proxy where we leverage the SAN hardware VSS provider took some work and effort.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've used it for around 12 months.

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

None, we did an extensive POC to get to know the product which helped us roll it out smoothly.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Once due to a Windows update. Veeam fixed this extremely rapidly.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

For now we have not. As long as you make sure to take care of any hardware bottle necks in the solution (source, target, network) we have been very happy with the results.

How are customer service and technical support?

Customer Service:

It's excellent.

Technical Support:

Veeam’s technical support is very good, and their responsiveness in fixing issues like the one we had once after a Windows update sets an industry standard.

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

We did, but I cannot disclose names. We left them because they were too expensive, not focused on customer needs, and in regards to virtualization they dropped the ball big time.

How was the initial setup?

It was straightforward initially, but see above re: configuration and fine-tuning.

What about the implementation team?

We did all the work in-house.

What was our ROI?

The ROI lies in the fact that we spend a lot less time dealing with failed and problematic backups.

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

We spent time setting up a live POC to make sure Veeam B&R could deliver in our real world environment. After deciding to purchase it, we got it up and running with minimal effort. We’d done most of our testing & validation of the configuration in the POC.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We did, but I cannot disclose names.

What other advice do I have?

Ask for a trial license, get hands on experience with the product, ask for help when you need it and you’ll be pleasantly surprised by what it delivers.

Which version of this solution are you currently using?

7 & 8
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