#1 VMware Backup

With NAKIVO Backup & Replication, you can improve VMware backup performance, reliability, and recovery time while saving time as well as money

“Best of VMworld 2018” Gold Award Winner


  • Deploy in 1 minute as a VMware Virtual Appliance, or install on Windows or Linux
  • Create a 4-in-1 backup appliance by installing on a QNAP, Synology, ASUSTOR, or WD NAS device
  • Save time with a simple and intuitive Web interface
  • Protect live VMware VMs including applications and databases
  • Save storage space with swap data exclusion, global data deduplication, and built-in compression
  • Boost backups with LAN-free data transfer mode and Network Acceleration
  • Copy VM backups offsite or to Amazon/Azure clouds
  • Test backups instantly and automatically
  • Truncate application transaction logs for Microsoft Exchange and SQL
  • Instantly recover entire VMs, individual files, or application objects (Microsoft Exchange, SQL Server, and Active Directory)

Protect VMware VMs

Image-Based Backup

NAKIVO Backup & Replication performs image-based backup of VMware VMs. This means that the entire VM is captured during backup, including all disks and configuration files. Everything is available and ready for recovery.

Forever-Incremental Backup

All VM backup jobs use VMware Changed Block Tracking (CBT) to quickly identify changed data. Only those changes (increments) are copied to the backup repository, which results in fast backups.

Application-Aware Backup

By default, VMware backup is performed using the application-aware mode. This ensures that data in applications such as Microsoft Exchange, Active Directory, SQL, and SharePoint, is transactionally consistent.

Container Backup

You can protect entire VMware containers, such as VM folders, resource pools, ESXi hosts, and VMware ESXi clusters. This way, all new VMs added to a protected container are automatically included in your backup jobs.

Increase VMware Backup Speed

NAKIVO Backup & Replication is designed to deliver the fastest performance possible.

By default, NAKIVO Backup & Replication uses a LAN-free backup mode, which can leverage your fiber-channel and iSCSI SANs. With the Hot Add mode, you can offload management and production networks while significantly increasing data transfer speeds.

You can also enable the Network Acceleration feature, which uses compression and traffic reduction techniques to speed up data transfer. On average, this results in a network load reduction of 50% and a 2X data transfer speed boost.

Save Storage Space

NAKIVO Backup & Replication automatically skips swap files and partitions in VMware VMs. This speeds up data transfer and saves storage space in the backup repository. To further reduce backup size, NAKIVO Backup & Replication automatically deduplicates all VM backups across the entire backup repository. Data deduplication works at the block level and ensures that only unique data blocks are saved. On top of that, deduplicated blocks are compressed to further optimize your storage space.

Test Your VMware Backups

The fact that you have VMware backups doesn’t necessarily mean that you can recover your VMs from them. Even if a backup has completed successfully, recovery can fail for a number of reasons: the backup consistency could be compromised by a virus, third-party software, a disk error or a change in file permissions. Your VM could have already been damaged before the backup was performed, and might not even be bootable.

The only reliable way to ensure that you can recover from your backups is performing test recoveries. After each backup job run, NAKIVO Backup & Replication can automatically and near-instantly verify all backups created. You receive a report with OS screenshots of the test-recovered VMs. This way, you can be certain that your VMware backups are functional.

Copy VMware Backups Offsite and to Cloud

If you keep backups in the same location as production VMs, any disaster could wipe out both your VMs and their backups. Even barring any major disasters, a backup could be damaged, get accidentally deleted, or become unavailable if your storage goes down. Any of these scenarios leaves you with no data and a ton of headache. With NAKIVO Backup & Replication’s Backup Copy jobs, your VMware backups can be easily sent offsite and to Amazon or Azure clouds. The data is copied directly from your backup repository; production VMs are not affected. Backup Copy jobs can be set up in a few minutes and can be customized to suit your needs. You can choose to simply maintain a mirrored copy of your backup repository, or fine-tune which VMware VMs get copied, when, where, and how. Learn more about Backup Copy Jobs.

Instantly Recover VMs, Files, and Application Objects

You can instantly recover VMware VMs, files, Microsoft Exchange objects (such as emails), Microsoft SQL Server objects (such as databases or tables), and Microsoft Active Directory objects (such as users) directly from the compressed VM backups. Recovery is performed directly from the backup repository, and does not require you to run a full restore from the VMware backup.

Use VMware Replication for Instant Disaster Recovery

VM replication creates and maintains identical copies of your VMs on target ESXi hosts. These copies, called VM replicas, are regular VMs that are available in VMware vSphere. This means that recovering from a disaster is as simple as powering on the replicated VMs. You can save up to 30 recovery points for each replica. Thus, if a source VM was damaged and then replicated, you can simply roll back to a previous recovery point.

Scale Out Backup with Your Environment

NAKIVO Backup & Replication can grow along with your environment to support higher workloads. Our customers range from small shops with a few VMs to large ISPs that protect thousands of VMs across multiple datacenters.

You can scale out NAKIVO Backup & Replication both vertically, by providing more resources to the product, and horizontally, by distributing product components within the same location or across multiple locations.

Automate VMware Backup

NAKIVO Backup & Replication provides HTTP APIs that enable you to automate VMware backup, replication, and recovery. With the APIs, you can integrate NAKIVO Backup & Replication with monitoring, automation, and orchestration solutions. This helps reduce time spent on data protection management and decreases data protection costs.

VMware Backup

Provide BaaS and DRaaS with Multi-Tenancy

NAKIVO Backup & Replication allows you to create multiple isolated tenants within a single product deployment and manage them from a single pane of glass. This way, you can introduce backup-as-a-service to your clients more easily and cost-effectively.

In the Multi-Tenant mode, tenants can access the self-service portal to offload backup, replication, and recovery tasks from the service provider.

Deploy Easily

Deploy as a VMware VA

Simply download a pre-configured VMware Virtual Appliance to import in your VMware vSphere.

Install on NAS

Create your own high-performance VM backup appliance by installing NAKIVO Backup & Replication directly onto a NAS device.

Deploy as AWS AMI

Instantly deploy NAKIVO Backup & Replication in the Amazon cloud from a pre-configured Amazon Machine Image.

Install on Linux

Install NAKIVO Backup & Replication on a Linux OS by running a single command.

Install on Windows

Run the installer for Windows and deploy NAKIVO Backup & Replication with a single click.