Veeam Backup & Replication Review

We can offer disaster recovery services for managed services customers.

How has it helped my organization?

This product has improved the entire RTO and allows us to restore applications and services to customers within a few minutes.

What is most valuable?

  • The object level restore from the Active Directory
  • Microsoft Exchange
  • Microsoft SQL
  • Backup and restore of vCloud Director Objects
  • Direct SAN integration with 3PAR

I like these features because they are helpful in offering additional and detailed disaster recovery services for managed services customers. The direct SAN backup feature perfectly integrates with our 3PAR storage infrastructure. It has significantly reduced the time it takes to backup virtual machines.

What needs improvement?

The direct SAN backup integration can be perfected by improving the snapshot removal mechanism and process from the storage volumes. This will prevent stale snapshots from accumulating on the data stores, which in turn consumes precious space.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

There were no stability issues that I can think of. When the best practices for deploying Veeam Backup and Replication are strictly followed, the system can be stable without any issues.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We didn’t have any problems with scalability at all. It all comes down to how to deploy the Veeam infrastructure. If it is well designed, scaling is no problem.

How are customer service and technical support?

The technical support is fairly good.

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

I have used other solutions in the past, but I switched because Veeam just works. It is pretty easy to set up, use, and it has fewer limitations.

How was the initial setup?

The setup is straightforward, depending on how you want to deploy it. The installer can configure everything for you on the same server with all the relevant databases. It will also automatically install any required external software needed for Veeam to operate.

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

The licensing is based on the number of cores you have in your ESX or Hyper-V environment. That should be taken into consideration when purchasing the Veeam Backup and Replication solution.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I have used TSM, Backup Exec, and Retrospect.

What other advice do I have?

I would recommend IT professionals who run their infrastructure in a predominantly virtual environment to go for the Veeam Backup and Replication solution. It does the job and it is relatively easy to set up.

**Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: We are a Veeam partner.
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author avatarChris Childerhose
ExpertTop 5Real User

Not sure if you are on vSphere 6.5 but the improvements to snapshot removal with Veeam and Direct SAN integration is greatly improved. We always had a VM that threw alerts during backup and those disappeared when moving to 6.5. We now use Nimble Integration which is even better.

author avatarit_user165330 (Senior Storage & Virtualisation Engineer (Managed Services) at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees)

I am still on 6.0U2 i plan moving to 6.5 by the end of summer. We are using 3par integration