P2V: Physical-to-Virtual Recovery

With P2V Recovery in NAKIVO Backup & Replication, you can restore your Windows and Linux physical servers and workstations from backups to VMware VMs. Use Instant P2V to run your physical workloads in a VMware environment without any downtime or to test updates before applying them to your production environment. Use Full P2V Recovery to virtualize your infrastructure and perform safe and seamless physical-to-virtual migrations.

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Key Features at a glance

Rapid Recovery

Rapid Recovery

Boot physical machines as VMware VMs directly from backups to avoid downtime

P2V Migration

P2V Migration

Convert physical machines to VMware VMs for safe server and workstation virtualization

Testing Environments

Testing Environments

Quickly create safe environments for testing and development


Unaltered Backups

Changes to booted VMware VMs do not affect the original physical machine backup

Linux and Windows

Linux and Windows

Recover Linux and Windows physical servers and workstations to VMware VMs

Lightweight Backups

Lightweight Backups

Boot directly from compressed and deduplicated backups to save storage space

Why Choose NAKIVO Backup & Replication for P2V Migration and Recovery

Rapid Recovery to a Virtual Environment

When you use NAKIVO Backup & Replication to create backups of your Windows or Linux physical machines, you can immediately boot VMware VMs directly from your physical machine backups if your server or workstation goes down. By using Instant P2V, you can resume your operations immediately with no downtime. Running your physical machine from a backup takes mere minutes as the system configuration, data and applications of the machine are all captured without the need to reinstall the OS. With Instant P2V, your operations are not disrupted as your physical server or workstation is made operational again.

Virtual “Sandbox” Environments for Testing

With a physical machine backup converted into a VMware VM, you create a safe sandbox environment for testing software updates and application patches, stress testing and troubleshooting. Whatever you do on a virtual machine, your live environment remains safe. If something goes wrong during testing or development, simply remove the VM and boot a new version from the unaffected physical machine backup. With the ability to create and maintain multiple isolated VMware VMs concurrently, you get multiple testing environments on the same physical hardware.

Easy to Use, Quick to Run P2V Conversions

With P2V Recovery, you can perform complex processes, such as physical server recovery and migrations, from a centralized intuitive dashboard. With the web UI of NAKIVO Backup & Replication, you gain greater visibility and flexibility in planning, running and monitoring data protection activities from any device and at any time. Run incremental, application-aware backups to save time and storage resources while ensuring the consistency of apps and databases such as Microsoft Exchange, Active Directory, SQL, among others. Rely on P2V conversions with NAKIVO Backup & Replication to shorten RTOs and simplify virtualization.

Reliable Physical-to-Virtual Migrations

The simplest and safest way to virtualize servers and workstations is to restore physical machines from backups to virtual environments. Perform a Full P2V Recovery to easily virtualize your physical servers then consolidate them on a single ESXi Server for greater efficiency and flexibility and centralized administration. With multiple VMs running on a single ESXi Server, you not only lower your hardware footprint and reduce costs but also simplify the management of your entire IT infrastructure and data protection activities in NAKIVO Backup & Replication.

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Advanced Backup Management

Leveraging physical-to-virtual conversion to increase RTOs requires reliable, up-to-date backups. NAKIVO Backup & Replication helps you stay prepared by providing advanced features to automate and simplify backup and recovery. Schedule routine backups on a daily, weekly or monthly basis or create your own custom data protection schedule so that backups are ready-to-go without raising administrative overhead. Plus, you can store backups on off-site storage appliances and in the cloud to ensure backup copies are available and accessible. If a disaster does happen, quickly locate the physical machine backup with the Global Search feature.

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