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Real User
Senior System Engineer at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Oct 20 2017

What is most valuable?

Being agentless minimized the install process for new servers. If you are using folder on your backup configuration, all the new servers has been backuped without any… more»

How has it helped my organization?

It provides more efficiency to restore lost files that were deleted by users. It provides a restoring process for a complete server and replications on another site for… more»

What needs improvement?

Client/agent for non-virtualized servers: This can be improved by integrating them in the same way as the virtual servers and integrating them into the same backup jobs… more»

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

The pricing and licensing are reasonable.

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

We were using Symantec Backup Exec. We switched for the simplicity of management with Veeam.

What other advice do I have?

No special advice, other than just follow the wizard and you can start faster than another solution.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We looked at Acronis, NetBackup, and Backup Exec.
Vendor
Technical Marketing Manager at a tech vendor with 51-200 employees
Jul 30 2017

What do you think of Veeam Backup & Replication?

What is most valuable?

Veeam's virtual lab is very useful for making use of existing backups for other purposes.

How has it helped my organization?

We use Veeam to protect our production environment without the need to install clients on every VM for every different MSFT applications that we have in production.

What needs improvement?

Veeam's been doing a good job in terms of delivering new features.

For how long have I used the solution?

We have used this solution for more than 5 years.

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

The deployment was easy as pie.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

There were no stability issues.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Our production environment is small but growing.…
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Consultant
President & CEO at a tech services company
Oct 21 2016

What is most valuable?

One of the most important features of Veeam is the excellent self-restart feature. We use Veeam to provide remote backups for us as well as our customers. Many times a… more»

How has it helped my organization?

It has greatly reduced the man power required to monitor the backup process. Coupled with the email notification feature, the BDR services that we offer can be managed by… more»

What needs improvement?

We would like to see a product that supports Linux, however, we believe that this support is already in the works.

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

Pricing of Veeam is excellent and is an excellent value proposition for both partners and customers.

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

We have tried several other products and none were as good as Veeam. One competing product caught fire. Another product was not reliable on local or remote backups, and… more»

What other advice do I have?

Veeam has been the best BDR product that we have ever used. Although it does require some expertise to set it up correctly, once it is set up it runs perfectly. Use an… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I have used and evaluated many backup and recovery solutions. Veeam came out on top for ease of use, reliability of job execution, backup validation, and speed of recovery… more»
Consultant
Professional Service/Solution Team at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Oct 15 2016

What is most valuable?

For most clients I look after, the most often used feature is a simple restore. Once the backup is on disk, most restores can kick in within 15 minutes and be restored… more»

How has it helped my organization?

Veeam B&R saved many files that had accidentally been deleted. By using file level recovery, all of them got restored easily and in a timely manner. From a business point… more»

What needs improvement?

Cross job deduplication and dedupe across full backups would be interesting. This would help the backup footprint for long term backups. Saying that, Server 2016 dedup… more»

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

It wasn’t too long ago that one paid a high price for something that would cover DR and was usually out of the reach for most small customers. Veeam fills that gap with… more»

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

I’ve worked with agent based backup solution and other virtual backup solutions over the years. PHDVirtual for XenServer has very good dedup but wasn’t compatible with… more»

What other advice do I have?

Try it out, Veeam B@R give a free 30 day trial key. Seek professional advice. Take a look at the new Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Over the years we have seen more Hyper-Visor backup products hitting the market, and those I have tested still fall behind Veeam, but to be honest I don’t bother testing… more»
Matt Baltz
Real User
Data Center Engineer at Strategic Solutions of Virginia
Oct 06 2016

What is most valuable?

All of the explorers, bitlooker, scale out backup repository, and backup appliance integration.

How has it helped my organization?

Veeam drastically lowered the strain on our hosted environment during backup windows all while decreasing the amount of time the backups require for completion. Upgrades to the backup environment take… more»

What needs improvement?

The endpoint(agent) backup to be fully included/supported as part of the licensed product. Update: this functionality should be included sometime between Q4 2016 - Q1 2017

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

Go for the availability suite which includes Veeam One. It can be had for an incremental cost and it provides very actionable alerts.

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

Yes, we used EMC Avamar before and switched primarily due to cost however the Veeam/DataDomain offering is more robust. Update: We are now looking to move off of DataDomain due to restore speeds.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Arcserve, Symantec, Unitrends, and VMware.
Consultant
System Architect - Cloud Services at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Jun 07 2016

What is most valuable?

Instant Recovery – Instantly recover a virtual machine from the backup file on backup storage, then migrate it back into production. RTO’s can be measured in minutes. Virtual Lab – Spin up an… more»

How has it helped my organization?

Ability to attract customers with a simple product to protect their data and lead them into conversations about how to enable business outcomes that are positive as opposed to catastrophic. With the… more»

What needs improvement?

The product is really awesome for the virtualized environment – hands down. It really lives up to its motto – it just works. One caveat – those physical servers that are still outliers. We are… more»

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

Regarding pricing, most of our customer who have been used to buying, supporting and maintaining other well know products are shocked at how economical Veeam is and sometime question “how good can it… more»

What other advice do I have?

Start simple. Get it up and running. Then start investigating the many, many “cool” features that are available. Definitely take a look at future proofing technologies such as Virtual Lab, Cloud… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We have evaluated and currently offer other products to meet specific needs. But as a general offering for our customers who have mostly virtualized environments, and want an economical way to protect… more»
Vendor
Technical Lead with 51-200 employees
Feb 04 2016

What is most valuable?

The functionality available with Veeam enterprise licenses, allow a VMware vSphere snapshot to be integrated and transferred to HP 3PAR storage snapshots; this effectively off-loads all backup traffic to the storage network. The Original VMware snapshot is then released (this process takes less then… more»

How has it helped my organization?

By using Veeam, backups times for the entire virtual environment have been reduced, and backup windows now have no impact on production VMs. Instant recovery has revolutionised client DR plans, reducing recovery time objectives (RTO) and improving available recovery point objectives (RPO). Also as… more»

What needs improvement?

The amount of disk space required for the long term storage of backups (archiving Weekly / Monthly / yearly backups) can be higher then expected if you have a large daily change rate in your VM. This needs to be planned for when considereing long term arciving of backup files.

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

Backups of VMs were previously taken using i365 data vault this added additional load to ESXi hosts and VMs during backup windows, switching to Veeam removed this load and enhanced recovery options for all VMs; i365 also provides block level incremental forever backups and replicates to our DR site… more»
Vendor
Senior System Engineer with 1,001-5,000 employees
Aug 24 2015

What is most valuable?

This is actually quite a hard choice to make when dealing with Veeam Backup & Replication. There are a number of great features such as WAN acceleration, deduplication &amp… more»

How has it helped my organization?

I used to work for a company that provided Backup/DR as a service to its clients we had to look at various backup and recovery tools to quickly and easily bring back… more»

What needs improvement?

Backup of physical servers. I know Veeam has vehemently said they will never go down that route but it's a feature I need, and badly. Having the ability to use Veeam… more»

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

The original setup costs were in the region of $45k for a 24 host VMware environment. That was for the full Veeam Availability Suite which Backup and Replication is a part… more»

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

Yes. I used to use products such as Symantec Backup Exec and Falconstor but switched to Veeam as it's designed for virtual environments, it's easy to use and lowers the… more»

What other advice do I have?

I would recommend getting your hands on trial version or even just use the free editions from Veeam to become comfortable with the console and see for yourself just how… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Before using Veeam I reviewed a number of backup solutions. These included Symantec Backup Exec, NetBackup, Falconstor, Acronis, Commvault and ArcServe.
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Real User
Sr. security/system engineer at a media company with 501-1,000 employees
Jul 09 2015

What is most valuable?

Its backup capabilities and also day to day replication.

How has it helped my organization?

We wanted to replicate a very old database which is running on VM. We were looking for solution long time and finally using this product we are able to do it.

What needs improvement?

I think it's fantastic, so none.

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

No, this was our first.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Yes, we evaluated SRM. Like I previously mentioned, we are using a very old database and even that database company didn't provide support. I tried to replicate it over WAN, and now by using Veeam, it works great. It was running on my… more»
Vendor
Director of Information Technology at a religious institution with 51-200 employees
Jul 09 2015

What is most valuable?

Ease of use, ease of setup, and ease of recovery.

How has it helped my organization?

* As long as you are good with your grouping of servers, the dedupe process is wonderful. * Once installed and configured, it just works. The management dashboard is… more»

What needs improvement?

This product is for virtual environments only. Which means it cannot backup physical servers. Most, but not all, software support VMWare and VMWare environments but on the… more»

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

Management of Veeam is easy. It notifies me everyday of the progress of the backups. The setup costs were normal. Cost of OS, Veeam Software, and shared hardware (virtual… more»

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

Yes. I used the Symantec suite of products. I switched because it became bloated with different items and it tried to manage more things than what I wanted it for.

What other advice do I have?

I cannot speak highly enough of this product. It has made backup and recovery so much easier. Veeam’s motto of “it just works”, is 100% accurate. It is quite literally a… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Yes. We also evaluated Barracuda’s cloud product.
Consultant
Senior Systems Engineer at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Jun 21 2015

What is most valuable?

-Reliable consistent Backups/Restores -Ease of use despite doing complex work -Replication

How has it helped my organization?

a. Other than it has saved us from hours of work not having to rebuild servers and the many times it has helped us recover data that was valuable, I don't know how to… more»

What needs improvement?

Tape support is there, but needs improvement. Netvault beats in that area. But most of our backups are to disk then to tape; but also copy to disk DR (in development)… more»

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

It is priced per Socket. We have licensed 24 servers, 2 Sockets per server. Enterprise Edition.

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

Yes. We used Netvault (still use it in limited way). Veeam is far more flexible.

What other advice do I have?

Do a test. Have good hardware to run on and to backup to. Best to have SAN aware backups which require you give access to the storage cards to LUNS that you are backing… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Yes. Netvault, Vranger, commvault, and some others. I chose Veeam Backup after evaluating others because of it's reliability, ease of use and features.
Vendor
CEO with 51-200 employees
Jun 18 2015

What is most valuable?

The backup and blocklevel incremental backup, where daily full backups are done. Also the hotcopy feature is valuable.

How has it helped my organization?

It's been an overall improvement many places at our client sites where almost everyone runs vm's or Hyper-V.

What needs improvement?

Nothing in particular, Veeam launches like a rocket and delves into the featurelist of VMware, for example, and tie their development close together with the devs coming… more»

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

Setup cost is a variable, but take the number of cpu´s and multiply that with the license cost as well as a target for backup storage and you have the price.

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

Yes used many different solutions, but no one were as great as Veeam when talking virtual backups.

What other advice do I have?

Nothing beats Veeam when it comes to Backup in a virtual environment. Just go for it, Veeam won’t let you down.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Yes evaluated vRanger and PHP backup and also Symantec. No one met the requirements. We decided on Veeam because we were much more integrated into VMware core and you… more»
Consultant
Systems Engineer / System Administrator at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Jun 14 2015

What do you think of Veeam Backup & Replication?

What is most valuable?

Efficiency Objectivity Reliability Features

How has it helped my organization?

Restores are easier to do.

What needs improvement?

It would be nice to be able to copy VMs directly to tape drives.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using it for three years.

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

No issues encountered.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

No issues encountered.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

No issues encountered.

How are customer service and technical support?

Customer Service: 10/10. Technical Support: 10/10.

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

We previously used Backup Exec, but Veeam rules.

How was the initial setup?

Consultant
Freelance IT Consultant at a tech consulting company with 51-200 employees
Jun 10 2015

What is most valuable?

The product is really easy to use.

How has it helped my organization?

It has made the VM infrastructure easier to manage, as well as simplifying the backup and restore process.

What needs improvement?

The tape management is not really efficient and some other products are better. I know that backup on tape is not the the main target of Veeam but, it's important.

What other advice do I have?

Evaluate your needs before choosing a product. If tape management is required only, then Veeam is not the choice.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I also looked at Avamar, Symanted and TSM which are better for tape management and data retention management, but expensive. Veeam however, is the easiest way to manage virtual infrastructure backup, and the cost is better, when compared… more»
Real User
User at a comms service provider with 501-1,000 employees
Nov 23 2014

What is most valuable?

* File level recovery * Point in time backup

How has it helped my organization?

* Veeam Backup has given us the power to protect the critical VM's that are core to our business. For example we protect our VMware vCenter Server, vCenter MS Sql Server. * Active Directory Domain… more»

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

This is per-CPU, initially we ordered 40 CPU.

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

VMware VDP it was missing file level restore on version 5.0 which Veeam offers.

What other advice do I have?

We have two types of licenses with Veeam, one is for in-house and the other is for the service provider or your customers. Make sure you have a clear understanding of which license you need in your… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Before choosing Veeam we have tested two products Unitrends backup, VMware VDP
Vendor
Systems Analyst at a hospitality company with 10,001+ employees
Nov 17 2014

What is most valuable?

The replication features and data recovery technology.

How has it helped my organization?

We were able to turn the data recovery process over to technicians instead of allowing only engineers to recover customer data. Another big bonus, is that the data recovery process was fairly simple… more»

What needs improvement?

Cost. At the time this was one of the most expensive backup software available. Compared to StorageCraft that was more than half the cost for a virtual machine agent.

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

Varied by client and their infrastructure needs.

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

Previously my customers were using tapes and Backup Exec. Tapes are just a disaster waiting to happen, and backup exec did not provide an image based backup solution.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Yes. Storage Craft, Datto, UniTrends
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Real User
Systems Specialist at KESA
Oct 30 2014

What is most valuable?

There are quite a few features for Veeam which are helpful, but in my mind the ability to take a backup from a week ago and spin up a temporary VM to retrieve files is the feature I use the most. The… more»

How has it helped my organization?

Veeam has saved us many hours retrieving deleted files as well as testing backups. Our old backup solution was getting to the point where we could not go more than a couple of days without backups… more»

What needs improvement?

The performance is slow when making changes. I am unable to determine if the cause is slow disk that we use for our storage, of if Veeam is slow. When I delete a VM in Veeam it takes about 20 minutes… more»

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

We used HP Storageworks. We were no longer getting consistent good backups. Every day we had to baby the backup to make it work. As part of the Veeam backup we also we able to get away from the tape… more»

What other advice do I have?

Veeam is a great fit for a seasoned IT pro, of someone who is green. Get a trial of the software and try it. My other advice is to do the math and get a large enough SAN. We currently keep 180days of… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We did not evaluate any other backup systems, we were on a tight timeline due to too many failing backups. We went with Veeam due to our consultants great experience with Veeam from other clients.
Real User
System Administrator-L2 at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Oct 21 2014

What is most valuable?

Seamless Replication/ Switch ON of the VM from Backup/ Faster Response on cancellation of a Job/ Fast Backup and Replication Result time/ Reverse Incremental Backup Provisioning/ SureBackup is the kickass feature. Zero failure on… more»

What needs improvement?

Licensing cost model/ Faster data transfer rates from SSD Drive Datastores and Faster cancellation of a Job if done, sometimes you need to reboot your veeam server because the job is stuck upon cancelling, this is all I can think of. There… more»

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

I have used VMware VDP, the earlier version and there were multiple issues with the indexing and backups failed multiple times with random issues. This was not experienced inly by me, but with all other System Administrators as well. VMware… more»

What other advice do I have?

When used with VMware, have good Backup infrastructure and add Cluster in the backup job and all your VMs will be backed up, even if you have DRS enabled on the Cluster and VMs migrate to different hosts.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

VMware VDP was evaluated and the product was not stable, unreliable, came with multiple limitations in terms of space and physical/virtual infrastructure size and not fit for scalability. There were issues while restoration.

What is Veeam Backup & Replication?

Veeam® Availability Suite™ delivers something fundamentally different — Availability for the Always-On Enterprise™ — leveraging IT investments in server virtualization, modern storage and the cloud to help organizations meet today’s service-level objectives, enabling recovery of any IT service and related applications and data within seconds and minutes.

https://www.veeam.com/vm-backup-recovery-replication-software.html
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Veeam Backup and Replication, Veeam Availability Suite
Veeam Backup & Replication customers

Vodafone, American Standard Brands, Welch’s, University of Florida, Tata Global Beverages Limited, National Bank of Abu Dhabi, Hirslanden Private Hospital Group, MacLean-Fogg Company

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