NAKIVO Backup & Replication

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NAKIVO Backup & Replication offers a complete data protection feature set, including local and offsite VM backup and replication, support for live applications & databases, instant VM, file, and application objects recovery, backup copy jobs, screenshot verification for backups and replicas, global data deduplication and compression, Web interface, AES-256 encryption, advanced reporting, and other features.

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NAKIVO review by <span>Ryan M.</span>
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Works great for Hyper-V - Fast & Efficient

What do you like best?

Nakivo works cleanly and efficiently when backing up Hyper-V VMs. The software does well with a mixed environment of Linux and Windows VMs, and deduplication and compression make off-site backups viable. Restoring VMs from off-site or on-site storage was painless and easy.

Initially I was concerned that the several TB of VM data we had would be too much for off-site backups, but deduplication coupled with heavy compression brought this down to only a few hundred GB when uploading to Azure File Storage.

The software is quite flexible in that you can either use an SMB file store, or configure a light-weight VM in Azure with Nakivo's transporter installed for better security / more efficient transport when doing off-site backups. Using Backup Copy jobs allows you to keep nice and consistent backups.

What do you dislike?

There's not much to dislike. I have found the Linux transporter implementation to be a bit more robust than the Windows transporter in some scenarios, so I would recommend just setting up a Linux VM or using Nakivo's virtual appliance if you're running VMWare. It's very light on resources.

One thing I found is that if you trigger another job after successfully completing a job, the second job inherits the schedule of the first one (thus, if the first job executes every day of the week, so will the triggered job that follows it). You can't select that they only occur on certain days, so if you need to distribute off-site backups throughout a week, for example, this is a bit difficult. It may be possible to achieve this with Pre and Post job scripts, however I haven't looked into this. (You can execute scripts that run before and after a job).

Lastly, if I'm going to struggle to find other issues, I'd only suggest that they replace the background image in their web UI. Usually you'd just access it on a local browser, but if you view the window in Remote Desktop (for whatever reason - you really should just connect with your browser) the image doesn't compress well and it's not a great experience. Switching the image out to a solid color solves this.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

On-site and off-site backups. The data compression, deduplication and low resource usage is very nice.

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NAKIVO review by <span>Tamara J.</span>
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Fast backups & reliable restores

What do you like best?

1) Runs as a Linux VM, so does not consume a Windows license. Nakivo can run on Windows if you are in a Windows-only shop, but if you have a mixed Windows / Linux environment, Linux can understand both NTFS and EXT4, so you can do individual file restores for both platforms.

2) Relatively low resource requirements. My Nakivo VM is backing up around 40 VMware guests, but only needs 2 vCPU and 4GB RAM.

3) Simple and intuitive web interface. I've even run it on my phone.

4) The dedupe functionality does not consume much CPU / RAM.

I can't say that Nakivo has the best dedupe I've ever seen (EMC Avamar holds that crown), but the low CPU/RAM resource consumption makes up for that.

5) The Backup Copy Job makes it easy to have an offsite backup for DR purposes.

I use this feature to provide cross-site offsite backups between two data centers.

6) The VMware replication feature is great for test labs. I've used it to rapidly deploy multiple VM's for testing, so it saves me a bunch of time.

7) Flash VM Boot makes it really quick to recover from hardware failures. I had an old VMware server die on me last year, and the dozen or so VM's on that machine were up and running on an alternate host 5 minutes later.

What do you dislike?

The individual file restore process is a bit clunky.

I'm not a big fan of the whole strategy of downloading individual files from the web interface, and then using a separate procedure to copy the files to the machine that needs the files.

In a perfect world, I would like to be able to kick off individual file restores directly on the client machine, but I realize that is not really feasible in an agentless environment.

I've been working around this by exporting the mounted backup image from the Transporter directly to the client machine, and then using the client machine to copy from the NFS or SMB export, as described at https://helpcenter.nakivo.com/display/KB/Direct+Recovery+of+Files+to+a+VM

NOTE: Apparently, in-guest file restore is on the roadmap for Q2 2018, so this might not be an issue for much longer.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you are still using legacy in-guest backup solutions (Netbackup, Commvault, TSM, etc), look at Nakivo for backing up your VMware/Hyper-V environments.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Easy to make both onsite and offsite backups, with simple and reliable restores.

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NAKIVO review by <span>Sylvain  F.</span>
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Amazing backup solution

What do you like best?

I like the simplicity of managing all the aspects of backup, restore and replications. Many amazing features such as Flash boot (booting a backup in 12 seconds) and individual file access. Backup to the cloud works like a charm and was setup without effort, as everything is handled within Nakivo. Incremental backup and use of VmWare CBT reduces backup time a LOT! Deduplication reduces storage space a LOT! Support is fantastic, prompt replies and relevant answers.

What do you dislike?

So far, not much. Maybe the fact that Transporters running on Synology cannot be used directly to Recover files individually. But work around exists.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I found no pitfalls, so not recommandations at the moment....

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Getting rid of tape backups infrastructure that is getting old. Having a backup solution that supports 3-2-1 backup startegy, where I have my backups locally, and a copy out in the cloud.

NAKIVO review by <span>David J.</span>
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Great Product!

What do you like best?

Nakivo is very easy to use, and has great tech support! The price point is very attractive to smaller businesses but scales effectively to larger installations as well. Nakivo technical support are great to work with and have resolved all of the questions I have had very quickly and completely.

What do you dislike?

Not much. I would really like a pause button on backups, that could be resumed later from that point. I wish the calendar view was available under my Essentials Pro license since it quickly shows when my next backup or copy jobs are scheduled to run.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Use Nakivo, you will love it!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We have a small VMware installation in a medical facility and needed an affordable but effective backup solution that would support both local and cloud backups of the virtual machines. Nakivo handles that with ease.

NAKIVO review by <span>James R.</span>
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NAKIVO Small Business Implementation

What do you like best?

Intuitive interface that runs within the web browser of your QNAP or on-premise storage solution. A calendar displays the backup schedule so that you can prioritize backups effectively. NAKIVO was fast and easy to install and deploy on both our QNAP and Synology storage devices.

What do you dislike?

It takes a bit of research to understand the transporters required for different applications. However, the default installation comes with a generic transporter for basic functionality.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Excellent product if you're looking for fast implementation.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

On premises backup and restoration of internal VM's. Restoration of VM's is very fast and can be managed within the GUI. There are multiple restoration points (depending on the quantity of backups you store) that can be used to restore a VM to a safe timestamp. Implementation was much faster for us than other product offerings like Veeam.

NAKIVO review by <span>Tony M.</span>
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Nakivo Backup and Replication - Works Great!

What do you like best?

Simplicity, Speed, Dedupe and compression without addon cost. Untethered capacity

What do you dislike?

The only negative is not really a negative but Nakivo does not backup physical servers.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Do your homework and compare feature and function - cost per socket and the simplicity it offers over top choices like VEEAM - it literally cant be beat for how simple it is. It has worked without issue since inception and when we have run into an issue - support fixed it or provided a solution within 24 hours

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Nakivo B&R has simplified our backup process, to include the actual backups and retention period of that data by way of dedupe and compression. Previous backup vendors charged a premium addon for those functions. The Nakivo product also untethers capacity that we were once capped at on a competing product - no more purchasing 100% of an application but are limited to only consuming 80% of the licensed capacity.

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