"We found NAKIVO and are deeply impressed by the intuitive interface, the disk space saving with deduplication and compression, and a good performance, especially over the WAN. Reporting and alerting via email are working well, too. In addition, Nakivo is continuously developing and improving the product with patches and new features. Just after release of vSphere 6 it was supported. Therefore we strongly recommend Nakivo for small to medium environments: It is simple, all the required features are there - and it just works." Jürgen
"Have been using Nakivo for a couple of months now and just simply blown away by its ease of use and rich functionality. Nakivo administration can even be assigned to non-IT people, that's how easy the interface is to understand. Note that this is a web-based GUI, allowing administration tasks to be performed from diverse platforms. We have used other software in the past and find Nakivo to be a superior product especially in terms of achievable dedupe ratios. Instant recovery/restore functionality is a huge selling point to our clients and NAKIVO does this seamlessly. Backup recovery also allows one to choose different options. So far, everyone we have demoed this to is really impressed. NAKIVO does this at a price that is very competitive." Valentine
"NAKIVO is very easy to setup, doesn't need any separate Windows management server since it can run purely as a pre-built virtual appliance and has many of the competitor features at a much more attractive price point. They have recently moved several of the features from the Enterprise version to the Pro version which now suits our current needs just fine. It has been running well for the trial and into the licensed version after we entered the purchased keys and has been smoothly running since. We have multiple offices running backups and replication jobs which are fast, globally deduped and working well. NAKIVO is continuously developing the product with patches and new features and was quick to support VSphere 6 not long after release. Anton from Nakivo was very attentive to getting us an aggressive competitive upgrade price lower than our renewal and support answered all question in a timely manner. So far we are happy with the switch and are not looking back." Kisinger
"We have been working with NAKIVO solution since June 2013 when we got the first email from Nakivo to test their software. After few months we resell our first NAKIVO solution and the rest is history. Now as official partner of NAKIVO we have implemented Nakivo to different types of customers - mostly quite small environments - and yes, in Finland lots of companies trust only to their own cloud... some funny reason they want to keep their data at their own premises... NAKIVO has always worked fine and most of the problems has been storage based problems. We mainly use NAS device for storage. With NAKIVO the maintenance of many different sites is easy - one implementation is that customer has NAKIVO directory at their main office and smaller local sites has their own local VMware server(s) with NAKIVO transporter and local storage. So easy to maintain all those from a single point and so easy to make cross-over backups at weekends (remote sites has limited connectivity and some of them are located somewhere else in Europe. And one thing which is so important is the NAKIVO support. Whenever needed they has always answered very fast to solve some problems with the product - including a custom build of the software in one case. So I just wonder why use something else when you can use NAKIVO to backup or replicate your VMware." Juhani
"We recommend NAKIVO for small to medium environments. All the required features are there, even immediate recovery from backup to production, reducing your downtime to minutes in case of a system failure. Seamless integration with vCenter, also when the vCenter is in a remote location. Nice reporting on problems, like a backup target unavailable. Alerting also via email. We were impressed by the intuitive interface. Support is good, but we have used it only once." Rob
"In my search for an affordable (preferably free...) solution for backing up our VMWare servers, I came across NAKIVO. A test version with full functionality is availlable - and recommended. The functionality matrix (Product vs Function vs VMware Version(Free /Non-Free)) could be better. Questions raised to the sales contact were always answered correctly and within very reasonable time. During the test phase, we got some issues with the configuration of our setup. The possibility to create a support package makes it easy to gather all the required information. Again, the issues were escalated to the support division and resolved in a very reasonable time. I preferred to use the Virtual Appliance. You are up-and-running within minutes and no extra PC is required. The user interface is straightforward and easy to use. In the meantime, some backup jobs run periodically. The software was used for migrating VM's from one VMWare server to another using the Backup and Restore function and this job was done without any issue, with a minimum of downtime for the users. I feel confident that when necessary in case of failure, the restore will work. A nice option in the scheduler would be the "scheduled run once option". This would allow you the schedule the initial backup (which takes a lot of time and resources) overnight and afterwards schedule incremental backups. Now I can only run it manually. Some remaining issues that would be resolved in the next version: Possibility to re-run restore tasks Possibility to modify restore tasks Overall I am very pleased with the product and the service provided by NAKIVO. The required functionality was not available in the free version, but still, I think we got the best price/performance ratio for our configuration." Luc
"NAKIVO is the only Focused Backup / Replication product for VMware. It has some excellent features at a very low price point. There is also a continuous efforts from Nakivo to keep adding features and ensure it is the leading software for VMware backup / replication. Highly recommend to try and see for yourself." Asad
"So easy to use, but in the same way such a powerful tool ... what else to say, that the Nakivo is just simply the best!" Matic
"We use NAKIVO to backup our customers infrastructures. We have installations with between 1 and 15 ESX hosts and it works like a charm. Installation and configuration is pretty straight forward too. The recovery process is super easy, and the scheduler and rules for keeping old backups are very flexible." Julian
"I have been using NAKIVO Backup & Replication for a little over 3 years now. Having used different backup and replication software, I can tell you that NAKIVO is the easiest and most reliable of all three of the other solutions. Their support is quick to respond, and willing to fix any problems with the software. The backups are very fast, and I have had to restore files, and entire VM's with NAKIVO with no problems. It is quick to install and setup, and with every release they are adding more functionality to an already robust backup solution. It is a great product and I would recommend it to anyone needing to have reliable backups of their VMware infrastructure." Jamie
"I have been using NAKIVO for about a month now. Setup was extremely simple and fast. I started my first backup less than an hour after beginning the NAKIVO installation on a fresh Linux server, no need to purchase a Windows Server license. I am saving backups to a local NAS server as well as a NAS server at my offsite data center. I also have a replication job that replicates a local server to an ESXi host at the offsite data center. I have successfully run several test restore jobs. So far, NAKIVO has performed flawlessly. Pros: Low cost, simple setup and management, reliable backup and restore, detailed reports sent via email, runs on Linux Cons: I'll update this post if I find any." Brett
"We are using NAKIVO for over a year now and are very pleased with their product. Pros: First of all they provide great support and had with the few issues we had they always went out of their way to provide satisfactory solutions. It is very easy to setup and use. Also the multi-tenancy is great for hosted solutions. The low price is definitely also worth to mention, so you definitely will get your money's worth. Also they do provide regular updates and tend to add new features every few month. For small installations it is great that there is no need to setup a vCenter Server, it simply connects directly to an ESXi. Cons: There is no option to use external authentication or signed certificates. Support for NFS stores is only possible if you manually mount the NFS store on the appliance." Harald
"The NAKIVO application provided a great alternative, easy to use, at more than half the cost of the competitor. Their support has been fast and great to work with for the minor backup issues that we encountered during the installation. Thank you!" IT Admin
"We use NAKIVO for backing up the 10 school districts that we serve, plus our own servers. I wanted to find backup software that had the features we needed at a good price point. After buying the full version at a great price and using this software for a few months, I'm very pleased. The multi-tenancy option is nice for allowing our schools to log in and have access to their own offsite backups. I look forward to using this product more as this company grows and expands on this great software." Ryan
"We are using NAKIVO for more than one year now. It was the first product that solved the backup of our virtual machines with no problems. And for our questions the NAKIVO support responded timely and with accurate answers." Marco
"NAKIVO Backup & Replication is a good usable software to back up and restore virtual machines. It is very easy to back up and restore machines and also single files. You can choose all configurations about a clear web interface." Nathalie
"I am in sales and I have sold this product to a lot of my customers in small and large enterprises. Nakivo literally sells itself because potential customers can just go online and download the trial version to better understand what it does and how it works then make the decision to buy it afterwards. NAKIVO is a reliable product that's very easy to install and configure, customers do the installation on their own without any assistance from our technical guys. This is just a good stand out product, I've not had any complaints from my customers about it." Zanele
"I am a home-lab user and I have been using this product for a little bit now and I must say it is really great! It was so simple to setup and there were several options to choose from when downloading the server software such as using it on a Linux host Windows host or you can download a virtual appliance. I chose to go with the Linux setup and I was up and running in no time. I would definitely give this product a try." Daniel
"We've been using NAKIVO for a couple of years now and I have to say, I'd struggle to find fault with any of its features. It's incredibly easy to use and setup, and the support is great the very odd time we have a hiccup. We have it running on a server2008r2 VM on top of a VMWare 5 - 2 server cluster to manage all our VM backups. I have to say the setup works seamlessly. Some of the features which I've used to date which are worth a mention:
Interface - clean, simple, quick and intuitive, but with all the functionality you would expect. I don't think I've had to turn to a manual or support to work out how to do anything. It's straightforward to use and very well laid out.
Simple scheduling - We run a mix of daily and weekly incremental backups to both disk and RDX for off-site. All jobs are quick and easy to setup and maintain.
Restores - We're backing up a mix of centOS and Win2008r2 servers and to date have had great success in restoring both files/folders and full VM level backups from the win servers and full VM restores on the Linux ones. The restore functionality is a breeze and quick! We've spun up a 170gb production SQL server from a 7-day old backup (under pressure I should add!) and I was impressed at how easy it was. A few clicks, pointed to a data store with enough storage and you can set the VM to be powered on after recovery - change virtual hardware config on restore - generate new nic mac addresses etc and off it goes - it just worked!
Dedupe and compression - a quick example is our RDX cartridges we have for offsite. We use 500gb carts and on average with fast compression and dedupe set - we save around 70%, so get 1TB of data on a 300gb backup set with room to spare - not bad!
Support - I've only had a few dealings to date (a good thing) and the email communication has been fast and very helpful. Submitting support bundles directly from the web interface is a nice feature. To be honest most problems I've had to date have ended up being down to media or problems on the Windows OS side of things. Either way, the support guys were able to check out windows event logs in combination with their own support bundle logs and offer help to pinpoint the issue.
I can't mention much in the way of WAN/Cloud replication etc as we don't use any of this.
Apologies for the waffle - but its a really good product and doesn't get enough said about it online - so it gets my thumbs up!" Mark
"We are currently using NAKIVO to backup our VMware vSphere infrastructure (and some free ESX servers).
We choose NAKIVO because of its price (compare with other competitors!) and mainly as it offers several functionalities that we did not find on other tools:
- Back up Free ESX servers
- Run on Linux and Windows and full web UI.
- Multi-tenant. We ca give access to the backup with our customers
What we also really appreciate is the NAKIVO support reactivity and competence. We test Nakivo deeply during 2months and we had 1 issue link to our specific environment. We send our details to the support directly from the UI. We get an answer in minutes and a fix in hours. We now use it for 2 months in production with very good performance and stability. If you are looking for a professional tool to backup your VM, test it! You have a free version on Nakivo website for 1 month." Bertrand
"We were looking for a suitable backup solution for VMware. Here, not only the functionality but also the price was a very important factor. With NAKIVO backup we have a solution that does justice both factors. The publishing of NAKIVO was done in a few minutes and we were immediately able to back up our virtual machines. But above all, made me the Funktion "Flash VM Boot" and "Screenshot Verification" confident. With these functions, I can test my backed up VM's without much effort. Thus I can ensure, that the backed up VM's works properly. This aspect is particularly important for my domain controllers and my Exchange Server. Here, I can ensure that the backups are consistent of these Servers. Another big advantage is the support of NAKIVO. No matter what type of questions I had, they were always ready to advise them quickly and competently. I can recommend NAKIVO for everyone who is searching for a backup software with good and stable functions for VMware." Jetski
"We are providing a Backup As A Service solution for many customers. It is really easy to install and configure. Customers appreciate receiving a regular report, very easy to understand. They are also confident because they have a direct access in their tenant to restore files by themselves. The scalability of Cloud approach is a good money for value. The possibility to have a local and a remote backup is also a very good point." IT Admin
"f you have hundreds of VM or you only have a couple of them, NAKIVO is the easiest tool to build a rock-solid backup infrastructure in a simple way. The VM appliance deploys in a breeze as all-in-one solutions or you can set up a separate transporter for data processing, even directly on Linux storages. The web interface is clean, fast and very easy to use. Multitenancy option of Enterprise edition is perfect to let the user download the files or folders to restore without any helpdesk intervention. I can only spend good words for this software that costs less than it's direct competitors but it has at least the same features with a high-quality result." Roberto
"Competitive prices in relation to other backup solutions for VMWare environments, the software has a pleasant and light user interface and produces fast backups and restores. The OVA appliance is easy and fast to deploy and use." Domenico
"I am a product manager for software in my company, for customers in Germany and Austria. NAKIVO Backup & Replication I could test inside free of charge. My division IT was inspired by the software. All orders were fulfilled fast and to 100% according to the demands and expectations. The servicing missions ran through quickly and without mistakes. As a result, I take up Nakivo with pleasure in my assortment and would like to transmit the Benefit with pleasure my customers." Alexander