Five Things about Veeam Backup and Replication

These days, data is more valuable than gold. Your IT team needs to ensure that data backed up in multiple locations and protected from ransomware and other malicious attacks. Not all software backup solutions can help you do that. When looking for a software backup and replication solution, it’s important that it be a complete solution.

Here a five things you should know about Veeam Backup and Replication.

1. Veeam is a leader in backup and recovery solutions

Veeam delivers industry-leading backup, recovery, and replication software. It delivers availability for all your cloud, virtual, and physical workloads. Through a simple-by-design management console, you can easily achieve fast, flexible and reliable backup, recovery, and replication for all your applications and data.

In its Magic Quadrant for Data Center Backup and Recovery Solutions (October 2019), Gartner touts Veeam as a leader, citing its hybrid cloud backup and cloud-native backup capabilities, a large and reliable ecosystem of partners and system integrators, and its ease of use and simplified deployment and configuration experience.

2. Veeam Backup and Replication offers a complete backup solution

Along with providing simplified high availability for on-premises, cloud, virtual and physical workloads, Veeam gives you the ability to prepare, test, and orchestrate your DR strategy. If the cloud is part of your data center strategy, you can back up and recover to, from, and within the cloud for portability and savings. You can also manage your backups from virtual testing to ensure that your copies of your data are recoverable, secure, and compliant to your SLAs.

If a primary VM fails, Veeam Backup and Replication lets you make VM backup images and spin one up immediately with little to no down time. It also accelerates disaster recovery with mass instant restores. Veeam also helps you implement a best practices backup strategy and allows you to air-gap your backup repositories with separate Active Directories to prevent ransomware attacks. And in the latest release, it offers a feature to create cloud air gaps.

Veeam also offers a Veeam Explorers Suite, which extends the functionality of Veeam Backup & Replication. Explorers make it possible to restore single files, e-mail and database transactions in Microsoft applications without having to spin up a VM or dig through a backup snapshot. There are Veeam Explorers for Microsoft Active Directory, Microsoft Exchange, SharePoint, SQL Server, Storage Snapshots and Oracle.

3. Veeam is flexible and supports nearly every platform

Through a single management console (Veeam Backup Manager), you can manage backup, recovery and replication of all your applications and data. Veeam provides support for virtual, cloud and physical workloads, including managed cloud, private cloud (on-premises), public cloud, and software as a service (SaaS). These include offerings from Veeam Cloud and Service Provider partners, VMware, Hyper-V, Azure Stack HCI, Nutanix, Windows, Linux, Oracle, Azure, IBM Cloud, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Office 365 and more.

Veeam’s multi-platform support is optimal in mixed environments when one cluster might be on Azure Stack HCI, while another cluster is on VMware or Azure Cloud.

4.  Veeam is affordable and licensing options provide cost-saving benefits

Because Veeam Backup and Replication is vendor agnostic, you’re not locked into an overpriced, OEM backup solution. Veeam licensing is streamlined to provide cost saving options and is available in per-instance and per-socket options.

Per-instance licensing can help reduce costs if you only plan to use Veeam to protect select workloads, VM templates, and VMs processed by snapshot-only jobs.

Per-socket is licensed by the number of CPU sockets. This is a cost-effective solution in smaller data centers and only applies to source hosts, meaning you don’t have to pay additional costs for your target media. This saves money, especially when your backup is a converged or scale-out storage solution.

Moreover, licensing can be purchased as a subscription, rental (full license with an expiration date), or perpetual (one permanent license). There is also a community free edition that provides protection for up to 10 workloads.

5. Veeam continues to innovate and add powerful, new features

Veeam has a consistent track record for first-to-market platform and application support, as well as being a visionary and industry leader. In the latest Veeam Backup and Replication release, there are 150 new features and improvements, In the past, Veeam didn’t provide support for customers with mixed environments who were also using NAS. Now, NAS backup capabilities with built-in CRC are supported. Veeam also delivers a new next generation Instant Recovery Engine that accelerates DR with mass instant restores. And for Microsoft SQL Server users, Veeam now provides intelligent backup copy with offsite SQL log processing so you no longer need to make manual copies of the SQL logs.

If you’re looking to create a backup and disaster recovery infrastructure for your company or organization, DataON and Veeam can help you.

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