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Real User
Top 20
Reduced our overall backup windows while reducing our dedicated backup infrastructure

Pros and Cons

  • "Before Veeam, we had backup infrastructure sprawl. Veeam was able to reduce our overall backup windows while reducing our dedicated backup infrastructure."
  • "Vendor integration for many of the enterprise features have allowed for us to have greater performance from our storage vendors further improving on our commitments to protect our clients' data."
  • "Multithreading of health check process: This can take too much time to process on large jobs and/or large VMs."
  • "Additional executive summary reports for the entire infrastructure would be a nice to have."
  • "One challenge that we have encountered was on the long-term retention of data. Be sure to look into a dedicated deduplication appliance."

What is our primary use case?

Primary backup and long-term retention to protect our client data across our datacenters. Allows for incremental RPOs for VM and file-level recovery across multiple datacenters to our IT staff of more than 200 technicians. Enable fast restores and long term archival.

How has it helped my organization?

As our datacenters continue to grow, we had a challenge of reducing backup windows while being able to scale our total protected VMs. Before Veeam, we had backup infrastructure sprawl. Veeam was able to reduce our overall backup windows while reducing our dedicated backup infrastructure.

What is most valuable?

Granular permissions through Veeam Enterprise Manager have allowed for us to pass control down to our support staff instead of having it with senior datacenter resources.

Vendor integration for many of the enterprise features have allowed for us to have greater performance from our storage vendors further improving on our commitments to protect our clients' data. 

What needs improvement?

Multithreading of health check process: This can take too much time to process on large jobs and/or large VMs. Better to have built-in deduplication for long-term retention. Storage efficiency is a weakness.

Additional executive summary reports for the entire infrastructure would be a nice to have.

For how long have I used the solution?

Three to five years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

No, we have not experienced any stability issues.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

One challenge that we have encountered was on the long-term retention of data. Be sure to look into a dedicated deduplication appliance. 

Also, know where the bottleneck is within your environment. If you are repurposing older equipment, it likely won't be up to the task. Storage performance is crucial to your backup times.

How are customer service and technical support?

Support has been great; no complaints.

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

We used PHD Virtual and what is now Unitrends UVB. Backup infrastructure was becoming a significant cost and scaling this solution meant more sprawl. Backup windows were increasing outside our comfort levels. At the time, we as acquired a company with additional datacenter services. Consolidating to one solution with a single interface was key. This, in turn, ensured that we had complete visibility of our backup environments across multiple datacenters.

Veeam helped us solve all of these areas of concern.

How was the initial setup?

It was pretty straightforward.

What about the implementation team?

In-house.

What was our ROI?

We have increased our scalability while being able to free up senior resources from recovery activities. I estimate our overall savings to about $20,000 per year.

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

Plan your long-term backup strategy for growth and size the solution appropriately. Veeam has a number of setup options to choose from so make sure you understand them to make the right decision.

I would always suggest a multi-year agreement as this will allow for the best possible ROI of licensing.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We looked at vRanger, Unitrends, and Datto.

What other advice do I have?

Since everyone's data is different, I would recommend a proof of concept project to understand how your data will be used within this solution. If you are intending to keep data for long-term retention, look at a dedicated deduplication appliance.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

Private Cloud

If public cloud, private cloud, or hybrid cloud, which cloud provider do you use?

Other
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TT
Group Product Specialist at a wholesaler/distributor with 201-500 employees
Reseller
Top 20
A well-organized interface that is simple to use and can verify backup integrity

Pros and Cons

  • "The most valuable feature is the ability to verify that backups are valid."
  • "We would like to see support for some additional storage systems."

What is our primary use case?

We use and promote Veeam for protecting server farms. We also work with system integrators, providing them with this solution and helping them to size deals.

How has it helped my organization?

Provided much more, best to say, time, and less worry about backup. It automated backup to the point of almost no involvement needed and our backups can be checked, tested and verified at any time in accordance with our policies.

What is most valuable?

Veeam is much more flexible than other products, such as Commvault.

The interface is well-arranged and it is simple to use.

This solution is very easy for us and our partners to deploy.

The most valuable feature is the ability to verify that backups are valid.

What needs improvement?

We would like to see support for some additional storage systems. They do have a range available but more should be available.

The cost of this solution could be reduced.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been working with Veeam Backup and Replication for two years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

I am extremely satisfied with stability. You can make sure that every backup is 100% recoverable, which is a feature that I and my team are very grateful for. It is something that is not available in most solutions, as far as I have seen.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Veeam is easily scalable. I had a couple of cases where I had to scale from small to medium to enterprise-level organizations. There were thousands of nodes and it was easy to do. It took between a couple of hours and a day or two, depending on the size of the deployment.

How are customer service and technical support?

The technical support is good, although there are very few complaints. Issues are normally resolved within 24 to 72 hours.

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

I have used similar solutions by vendors such as Commvault.

Veeam is much more flexible and easier to use. With Commvault, you need an additional technician to launch or deploy anything. It requires a lot of time just to set it up. Also, Commvault is more expensive.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is simple and straightforward without the need for more complex preparations.

What about the implementation team?

In-house and vendor team - expertise was on a level and did not require extensive amounts of time. 

What was our ROI?

We estimate our ROI within 1,9 - 2,3 years. 

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

Veeam is more reasonably priced than some competing products.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Each solution has its own points that are good but in cost-optimization, Veeam is a good price and it is very easy to deploy for both us and our partners.

What other advice do I have?

My advice for anybody who is implementing this solution is to make sure that the sizing is correct. Having good or perfect sizing is the best thing that somebody can do for their company, and, if possible, to put more funds into analytics reporting so that they can provide intelligent sizing in advance. In fact, the biggest lesson that I have learned from using this solution is that you never want to have the wrong sizing.

Overall, I am quite satisfied with this product.

I would rate this solution a nine out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
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JJG124536
Product Manager Storage, Database and Backup & Replication at a tech company with 1,001-5,000 employees
MSP
Top 20
Easy to install with good incremental backup capabilities and works for companies of various sizes

Pros and Cons

  • "The solution can work for companies no matter the size or scope."
  • "There needs to be more integration with VMware and the virtual machine."

What is our primary use case?

I primarily use the solution for replication, backup, and disaster recovery.

It's basically BaaS, Backup as a Service in in physical and virtual environments, 

and DRaaS, Disaster Recovery as a Service. It allows for backups on-premise. 

What is most valuable?

The solution allows for incremental backup and incremental reverse. It's very helpful. 

Overall, it's a good product. The tool is very important to our organization. 

They've gone ahead and improved 90% of the tool. They have the software that we need and we've really enjoyed using them overall.

The solution is easy to install and the programming is pretty basic.

The solution can work for companies no matter the size or scope.

What needs improvement?

In the future, I would like to see the product offer a full backup, virtual machines, and point systems as well as database and application power in the Veeam Backup. There needs to be more integration with VMware and the virtual machine.

For my client, bandwidth is a problem. We do not know the sizing of the environment and it's a problem in every RPO in the time of sizing. This is a big problem.

If the solution could offer a backup for SAN as part of its functionality, that would be a major advantage in comparison to other software companies. It is made for VMware. This is a specialty tool for VMware virtual machines. It would be ideal if it could also be for Veeam and you didn't have to leverage it via VMware. 

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using the solution for about three years at this point.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We handle all sizes of company. It doesn't matter if it is medium, large, or small - including government organizations and banks, which can be quite sizable.

How are customer service and technical support?

I don't have too many tickets with Veeam, however, I do find it hard to communicate with them. They could be better in that sense. I do use them rarely, although I do have an open ticket right now.

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

I'm also using CloudConnect, as well.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is not overly complex. It's pretty easy to install. For us, the implementation is straightforward, as it is what we do. We handle implementations for a variety of clients.

What about the implementation team?

We handle the implementation ourselves for our clients. We don't need an implementor or consultant to help us.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We have looked at other solutions in the past - for example, VMware.

The difference is in licensing. Veeam is licensed via a virtual machine or a physical machine. Other companies have a different setup.

However, VMware is very easy to use in terms of functionality, and the console makes it easier to create jobs from a backup.

What other advice do I have?

We are partners with Veeam.

We have the solution on-premise in our data center. I have platforms in VMware and Hyper-V.

I'd recommend the solution to other organizations. I'd rate the solution at a nine out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Partner
Alexey Parakhnevich
IT Engineer at Softline
MSP
Top 20
User-friendly and quite stable with a straightforward setup

Pros and Cons

  • "The initial setup is pretty straightforward."
  • "Although the solution offers documentation, it has it only in English, which doesn't help us much in Belarus."

What is our primary use case?

We use Veeam in our company for demo purposes to present to our clients and our customers. We have some keys in production implementation in the production environment, in our clients' infrastructure.

What is most valuable?

The solution is a very convenient instant crypto machine. It's great for virtual machine recovery, mass storage, data immigration, restoring backups of physical service to mutual environments, et cetera.

Some features of Veeam will work in cloud environments, such as Azure. 

The solution is extremely user-friendly.

Overall, the product has proven to be quite stable.

The solution has extensive documentation.

The initial setup is pretty straightforward.

What needs improvement?

I just started working with version 11 in January and I am still looking at the changes. I haven't come across areas of the solution that are lacking just yet. I still need to explore it more.

Although the solution offers documentation, it has it only in English, which doesn't help us much in Belarus. It would be much more helpful if they provided their documentation in multiple languages.

The backup jobs and the scheduled tuning are not as convenient as compared to a solution such as Data Protector. They should work on these aspects to make them more convenient.

Veeam can not do some backup jobs. yOu can only arrange it on a daily basis and no more than that. You can't, for example, do a backup twice in one day, even if you need to.  

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been working with the solution for a while. I just started using the latest version in January.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The stability of the solution is good. There are no bugs or glitches. It doesn't crash or freeze. It's excellent.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The solution is scalable. If a company needs to expand it, it can do so.

How are customer service and technical support?

We've never had to open a ticket for Veeam. I've never dealt with technical support directly. I can't speak to how knowledgable or responsive they are.

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

Up until two years ago, I worked with Micro Focus Data Protector, version 9.5. It's more for enterprises and has more capabilities for working with tape libraries, replication between the sites, data trends, or working with virtual tape libraries, and so on. It is more expensive, however, in comparison to Veeam.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is not overly complex. It's rather straightforward. Specifically, when it comes to small environments, deployment is very easy. You don't have to be overly skilled to do an implementation.

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

I don't know the exact pricing of the software. I can't speak to its direct costs.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I haven't properly evaluated Commvault, however, I've attended webinars on the solution and have a bit of familiarity with it.

What other advice do I have?

I'm an integrator. Our organization is a Gold Partner with Veeam.

Overall, I would rate the solution at an eight out of ten. It's pretty good.

Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: partner
HK
Enterprise Chief Infrastructure Hosting & Cloud Architect with 5,001-10,000 employees
Real User
Top 20
Good support, easy to set up, stable, and the on-premises version is doing a good job

Pros and Cons

  • "They provide good technical support and we are satisfied with the support we have received."
  • "The Cloud version is not ready, they need maturity and ease of deployment in terms of management."

What is our primary use case?

We are using this solution to back up all of the critical VMs and the critical server. It's applied on the server.

What is most valuable?

It's doing a good job.

What needs improvement?

Azure Cloud version support requires improvement. The on-premises is doing well.

I don't think that it is really ready. 

Ideally, the cloud version and the on-premises version can be managed through the same interface, but that is not the case with their cloud-native implementation. The cloud-native solution is completely disconnected from the on-premise solution. This is an area that needs to improve.

When we started to talk to them about the cloud, we were under the impression that it's was going to be the same console, and everything would be the same, but that is not the case.

The cloud offering as a SaaS and the integration with the cloud providers. We work with Azure, and I think they need better integration with Azure. 

Also, the consolidation between the on-premises solution and those going to the cloud should have the same user experience. That will allow them to manage two environments in the same place. That would be a very good feature to offer, and it would be helpful. 

If they could offer that feature it would probably put them ahead of their competitors.

The Cloud version is not ready, they need maturity and ease of deployment in terms of management.

For how long have I used the solution?

We have been using Veeam Backup & Replication in our organization for approximately six years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It is very stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It's scalable.

We have a maximum of five users who system administrators. They are managing this solution and operating it.

How are customer service and technical support?

They provide good technical support and we are satisfied with the support we have received.

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

I am not aware of what the organization had in place before I arrive. Veeam Backup & Replication was already in place before I arrived.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was straightforward.

I was not a part of the on-premises deployment, so I am not sure how long it took. I don't have an answer for that.

We don't require any staff to maintain this solution.

What about the implementation team?

We had the help of a reseller and the experience was good.

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

I don't know what the costs are for sure, but I think that it's on a yearly basis.

I don't think there are any costs in addition to the standard licensing fee.

What other advice do I have?

In the near future, we will deploy the cloud version.

I would rate the Veeam Backup Replication on-premises version a ten out of ten, and for the Cloud version specifically with Azure, I would rate them a four out of ten.

I don't know how it performs with other Cloud providers.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
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Vivath  Chan
Head Data Center and Cloud Infrastructure Unit at a financial services firm with 5,001-10,000 employees
Real User
Reliable but could use enhancements

Pros and Cons

  • "The most valuable feature is how reliable Veeam Backup is. It has the normal expected features that allow you to ensure that everything is backed up completely."
  • "Veeam Backup is not enhanced. There aren't any enhancements yet and they are still using traditional methods for snapshots and to perform the backup, like many other vendors. Another improvement would be simplifying and integrating their software."

What is our primary use case?

My primary use case is for VM backups. We have more than 500 VMs to backup completely every day, which is quite a big backup, and we run it incrementally. This solution is deployed on-premises. 

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is how reliable Veeam Backup is. It has the normal expected features that allow you to ensure that everything is backed up completely. 

What needs improvement?

Veeam Backup is not enhanced. There aren't any enhancements yet and they are still using traditional methods for snapshots and to perform the backup, like many other vendors. I've noticed this has an impact on the performance. We run hundreds or thousands of VM backups in the same night. Most software don't have a SMAC algorithm to schedule the backup and improve performance for the production environment. They just randomly create. In order to perform big backups at one time, we have to invest in storage. 

Another improvement would be simplifying and integrating their software. I have one app for VM backups, another for file backups, and another for implications, so I have to implement three platforms in one organization. This is quite difficult. The implementation process could be simplified, in regard to VM files and replication. 

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using this solution for more than four years. 

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

This is a stable product. It rarely requires maintenance and I rarely deal with backup files that are gone or cannot be restored because of software bugs. 

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

This solution is easy to scale. 

How are customer service and support?

The response time is quite slow and I have complained many times. But their technical skill is quite good. For most customers, the technical support should depend on the SLA that they have, but support doesn't always respect that. Sometimes they respond to us within the SLA, but after we reply, we have to wait around one day for another email. 

What about the implementation team?

We implemented through an in-house team. There are two administrators for maintenance. 

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

Overall, I'm not happy with the pricing. The price could be improved. Every year, most vendors try to increase the price. It says it's being upgraded, but there's no improvement. The product stays the same, but the licensing costs are increasing. 

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I have also used Zerto for POC. I found that Veeam is good for backups, but it has a limitation. It's good for VM backups, but can be quite challenging for file backups and replication. Zerto is different, in that it's good for replication and it's simpler to use. The license is quite expensive though. 

What other advice do I have?

If you are looking into implementing this solution, I advise you to make a POC, understand your requirements, and make sure the solution you choose can provide what you want. 

I rate Veeam Backup an eight out of ten. 

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
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Brian Lippold
Network Administrator at BROCKPORT CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
An intuitive interface that provides successful backups without needing to tweak or do any adjusting

Pros and Cons

  • "It has an intuitive interface, and it provides us with successful backups without needing to tweak or do any adjusting. We just set it up and like their ad says, "It Just Works.""
  • "The one downside to Veeam is that they don't have a cloud product of their own."

What is our primary use case?

We're using Veeam for our on-prem backup of VMware vSphere environment and a couple of physical Microsoft servers. We're using version 10 of Backup & Replication.

What is most valuable?

It has an intuitive interface, and it provides us with successful backups without needing to tweak or do any adjusting. We just set it up and like their ad says, "It Just Works."

What needs improvement?

The one downside to Veeam is that they don't have a cloud product of their own. They partner with people and they support vSphere 7 and our cloud backup doesn't, and neither do many of the cloud backups that they partner with. I've looked at a couple of them. We partner with iland and they don't support version 7. They only support version 6.7.

Iland is our cloud backup and it utilizes Veeam. Veeam supports version 7 of vSphere, so they stay pretty up to date. They lag behind, but everyone lags behind a little bit. Once vSphere VMware does an upgrade, it takes a little while for places to support that upgrade. Of course, we always wait until our backup product supports it. But Veeam does a pretty decent job of keeping a short window, and they're able to support a fairly current version of VMware.

For how long have I used the solution?

We've been using this solution for two years.

How are customer service and support?

They don't have a dedicated support person for you, like ExaGrid, but their support is decent.

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

We've used Symantec, Veritas, and Arcserve years ago, and those interfaces were awful. Veeam is hands down the best interface that I've dealt with for a backup solution.

How was the initial setup?

The setup was very straightforward.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I wish Veeam had their own cloud product. We are looking at a company called Infrascale, and I've seen that they have a lot of benefits over the other solutions we've looked at. I also want to look at Unitrends again because it was a pretty good solution when we were using it, but it had some drive failures. Plus, their GUI was all over the place.

With Infrascale, you can boot up your VM in their DR site, just like I can in vSphere, and log into it and look at it. A majority of our VMs are Microsoft Server products, so we could log into it and test that the data is there. That would make it great for testing our backups, which is something we need to do because our New York state auditors require that. It would make it so easy to test the environment, and it's not so easy with Veeam. You need a VMware and a vSphere environment in place to bring those VMs up, but here you don't.

What other advice do I have?

I would rate them a 10 out of 10. They probably have the best product I've ever dealt with.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
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RM
IT manager at a financial services firm with 11-50 employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Stable, easy to install and user-friendly

Pros and Cons

  • "I'm satisfied with tech support, because the solution is so stable that I haven't had the need to engage any of the engineers yet."
  • "The ability to do more backups should be addressed."

What is our primary use case?

I am using the latest version of the solution. 

We use the solution for backing up data to disk. 

What is most valuable?

The solution is very user-friendly. 

There are no surprises when it comes to the licensing, as we are not on the front-end TV licensing model. 

What needs improvement?

The ability to do more backups should be addressed. This process would require us to increase the storage or do concurrent backups on tapes, necessitating changing the number of drives that can be used to write on tapes. 

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using Veeam Backup & Replication for the past four or five years. 

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It's a very good solution. I would recommend it. It's stable and I have not had any issues with it. An issue which we might encounter would involve us running out of space on the tapes. To me, the solution is perfect for use. 

How are customer service and support?

I'm satisfied with tech support, because the solution is so stable that I haven't had the need to engage any of the engineers yet. That's the best thing about it.

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

Prior to going with the solution, I used NetBackup.

How was the initial setup?

Installation is easy and even the management of features is. I rate installation as an eight-point-five or nine out of ten for its ease of use. 

What about the implementation team?

The installation was through a third party. It was handled by one of our partners. 

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

There are no surprises when it comes to the licensing, as we are not on the front-end TV licensing model.

When I did a tech refresh, we took out a subscription for the coming five years. 

What other advice do I have?

The regulations require that we hold onto the data for several months, so we do the feedback that's on Sands and then move it on tapes. This is why we need to move feedback from the disks to the tapes. 

I was pretty surprised by the compression rate, because it does a pretty good job. I would say the only disadvantage that I have on my end is the fact that we are limited in the number of backups that can be run concurrently, in respect of backup tapes, because this is limited by the number of clouds. This is not a commentary on the solution itself, as it has more to do with infrastructure.

The number of backups that can be done concurrently is dependent on our attached hardware. Solution-wise, I would rank the solution as being up there with the best.

As we are responsible for our Veeam backups and service, I would say that the solution is being used by the whole company, around 40 people.

I would definitely recommend this product to others.

I rate Veeam Backup & Replication as a nine out of ten. 

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
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