NAKIVO Backup & Replication for VMware
Built for virtualization, NAKIVO Backup & Replication is an all-in-one solution for VMware VM backup, replication, and recovery. The product has been certified by VMware and is used by over 13,000 customers across the globe.
NAKIVO Backup & Replication for VMware has been designed to be both simple and flexible to fit your needs. You can install the product on Windows, Linux, or deploy it as a pre-configured Virtual Appliance. You can also install NAKIVO Backup & Replication for VMware directly on a Synology NAS or Western Digital NAS and create your own, high-performance VM backup appliance! To learn more, refer to the Synology Backup Appliance and WD Backup Appliance topics.
NAKIVO Backup & Replication for VMware automatically installs all required components, the installation process takes less than 5 minutes, and all features work out of the box. You can easily manage backup and recovery via an intuitive Web interface.
With NAKIVO Backup & Replication for VMware, you can protect your VMs the way you want it: you can back up locally, offsite, and to public clouds:
NAKIVO Backup & Replication for VMware supports Exchange, Active Directory, MS SQL, SharePoint, Oracle, and other applications and databases, ensuring that all backups are consistent and can be recovered. In addition, the product can truncate Exchange log files to reduce required storage.
All VM backup jobs are forever-incremental and transfer only changed data to the backup repository. This significantly speeds up VM backup and reduces the network load. On top of that, NAKIVO Backup & Replication uses VMware’s Changed Blocks Tracking technology to quickly identify what data has changed since the last job run.
For each VM backup, you can save up to 1,000 recovery points and – using the Grandfather-Father-Son retention policy – rotate them on a daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly basis. To learn more, refer to the VM backup topic.
Backups can be lost due to a number of reasons: accidental backup deletion, backup file corruption, disk failure, lost or stolen hardware, malicious attack, or due to some other undesired and unpredicted event. Thus, having more than one copy of your business-critical backups is vital for ensuring that your data can be recovered in case of a disaster. Backup Copy jobs provide a simple yet powerful way to create and maintain copies of your backups. Backup Copy jobs copy backups from one Backup Repository to another, without touching the source ESXi hosts or source VMs. This way your source VMs are read only once, while backups can be copied to one or multiple locations.
NAKIVO Backup & Replication for VMware automatically deduplicates VM backups at the block level and ensures that only unique data is saved in the backup repository. All VM backups are deduplicated across entire backup repository – regardless of how many jobs you have. To further reduce data size, NAKIVO Backup & Replication for VMware automatically compresses each block of data so it occupies even less storage space in a backup repository.
To learn more, refer to the data deduplication topic.
Sending your data offsite over the Internet without a VPN connection can present a threat to the data security. NAKIVO Backup & Replication for VMware can encrypt your data in flight and at rest using AES 256 encryption standard.
NAKIVO Backup & Replication for VMware can near-instantly verify your VM backups. After a backup is completed, the product instantly recovers the VM directly from the compressed and deduplciated backup repository, makes a screenshot of the booted OS, discards the test-recovered VM, and sends a report with the screenshot via email.
This way you can not only trust the product that you have a good VM backup, but also see (and show to your management) that VM backups are good and recoverable. To learn more, refer to the Screenshot Verification topic.
With NAKIVO Backup & Replication for VMware, you can instantly recover entire VMs, Microsoft Exchange objects (such as emails), Microsoft Active Directory objects (such as users and groups), and files of Windows-based and Linux-based VMs. Recovery is performed directly from the compressed and deduplicated backup repository, and you don’t need to install agents, run a special VM backup type, pre-recover a VM or a database.
VMware VM replication creates and maintains an identical copy of a source VM on a target ESXi host. The copy of the source VM - called a VM replica - is a regular VM that is available in VMware vSphere. VM replicas remain in the powered off state and do not consume any resources, yet you can simply power them on, in case of a disaster.
With NAKIVO Backup & Replication for VMware, you can create up to 30 recovery points for a VM replica. Each recovery point is a regular VMware VM snapshot, so if a source VM has been damaged, you can easily return the VM replica back to a previous good state even without NAKIVO Backup & Replication for VMware. To learn more, refer to the Replication topic.
NAKIVO Backup & Replication for VMware has been designed to deliver the highest levels of performance for VM backup, replication, and recovery. Multi-Threading enables NAKIVO Backup & Replication for VMware to run multiple VM backup, replication, and recovery jobs simultaneously, which speeds up data processing and shortens the time windows allocated to VM data protection. Direct SAN Support enables using fiber-channel and iSCSI SANs to offload networks while significantly increasing data transfer speeds. Network Acceleration uses compression and traffic reduction techniques to speed up data transfer. On average, this results in a network load reduction of 50% and a data transfer acceleration of 2X. Installing NAKIVO Backup & Replication for VMware on Synology or Western Digital (WD) NAS can also improve performance by 1.7X by eliminating the overhead of CIFS or NFS storage protocols.
NAKIVO Backup & Replication for VMware offers some of the best licensing and maintenance price points in the market, and delivers the best value for the money. On top of that, NAKIVO Backup & Replication for VMware also helps reduce VM backup costs with cost saving features: