Leading VMware Backup Solution

The NAKIVO solution for VMware backup and recovery delivers complete data protection for vCenter-managed and standalone ESXi workloads. Ensure that your VMs, applications and data are recoverable within minutes in any data loss scenario.
✔ Agentless and app-aware backup
✔ Immutable storage
✔ Instant recovery of VMs, files and app objects
✔ Simple administration for mixed environments
✔ Starting at USD 29 per workload per year, billed upfront

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VMware Backup Software at a Glance

Reliable VMware Backup Solution

Reliable VMware Backup Solution

Create incremental and app-aware VM backups

Automation Capabilities

Automation Capabilities

Automate protection with policies to save time and effort

Instant Recovery

Instant Recovery

Instantly recover entire VMs, files, and application objects

Backup Tiering

Backup Tiering

Copy VMware VM backups offsite, to tape or cloud storage

High Backup Performance

High Backup Performance

Reduce storage space usage and speed up VM backups

Guaranteed Recovery

Guaranteed Recovery

Guaranteed Recovery

VMware vSphere Backup from NAKIVO in Action

  • Deploy anywhere
    Easily deploy the NAKIVO backup solution on NAS, Windows/Linux or as hardened VA/AMI. You need less than 5 minutes to run your first VMware backup and ensure complete data protection.
  • Protect mixed environments of any size
    Run backups for your virtual, physical, cloud and SaaS workloads via a single interface. With the NAKIVO solution, you can manage hundreds of hosts and multiple sites.
  • Create backup-as-a-service offerings
    Provide VMware backup as a service (BaaS) to your clients and protect up to 1,000 tenants with one deployment of the solution.

NAKIVO Backup & Replication for VMware vSphere

Watch to learn how you can get the most out of VMware backup and recovery with the NAKIVO software.

What You Get with the NAKIVO Backup Solution for VMware

Efficient VMware Backup

Run incremental and image-based VMware backups for better efficiency. The NAKIVO solution captures the entire VM together with configuration files to ensure immediate availability after recovery. The solution also allows you to save system resources by using Changed Block Tracking (CBT) technology that tracks and copies only the changed data blocks (increments) to backup storage.

Reliable Data Protection

Enable app-aware mode to ensure that data in Microsoft apps like Exchange Server, Active Directory, SQL Server and any other apps or databases is transactionally consistent. Set up automatic Instant Verification of VMware vSphere backups to confirm that they are valid and usable for successful recovery.

VMware VM Backup Copy

With a copy of your VM backups, you know data is safe even if the primary VMware backup becomes unavailable. Create backup copies to send VMware backup to cloud (Amazon S3, Wasabi), offsite, to tape and be ready for recovery in any scenario. You can copy either the entire backup repository or specific backups.


Instant Recovery

Ensure near-instant recovery of your mission-critical data. Instantly recover individual files, folders and app objects with all permissions. Or boot full VMs from VMware backups to resume your operations within minutes without restoring a virtual machine. You can migrate booted VMs to production servers for permanent recovery.

Cross-Platform Recovery

Recover Microsoft Hyper-V VMs as VMware vSphere VMs or vice versa. Quickly resume your operations with no downtime by booting VMware VMs from Windows/Linux physical machine backups in minutes. The system configuration, data and applications are all captured during the backup job, and you don’t have to reinstall the OS.

VMware Backup Automation

Improve backup efficiency and simplify data protection management by automating VMware backups. Use Calendar, Job Chaining, integrate third-party tools or configure policies (based on specific criteria, like a VM’s name, size or tag). Once policies are configured, the inventory is scanned automatically for matching virtual machines, and you don’t need to protect new VMs manually.

Storage Device Support

With this virtual machine backup software, you can create backups of VMware VMs hosted on HPE 3PAR and Nimble Storage devices directly from storage snapshots instead of regular VM snapshots. This can significantly reduce the load on the production site. Minimize the size of VMware backups and drastically reduce the expected storage requirements by using storage optimized for deduplication appliances.

Enhanced Performance

Exclude swap data from your VMware backups for even more storage savings. Accelerate your network and use the LAN-free data transfer mode to boost transfer speed by up to 2 times over WAN and busy LAN. Or restrict transfer speed if needed during working hours using Bandwidth Throttling.

IT Monitoring for VMware vSphere

Rapidly growing dynamic VMware vSphere environments are hard to manage, which can lead to VM sprawl and bottlenecks. Ensure that your data protection activities have enough resources and don’t fail with VMware Monitoring. Monitor CPU, RAM and disk usage of your VMware infrastructure, including hosts, VMs and datastores. Analyze real-time and historic data directly from the solution interface.

NAKIVO Backup & Replication Pricing

Starting at USD 29 per workload per year billed upfront. 24/7 Support included.

Protect your VMware VMs
• VMware VM backup in every edition.
• Granular recovery options and performance-boosting features in Pro and Pro Essentials.
• Advanced backup administration and disaster recovery orchestration in the Enterprise editions, including Enterprise Essentials.

Perpetual licenses are charged per source host CPU socket for indefinite use and include 1 year of free Standard Support via chat, email and phone during business hours.

Subscription licenses are charged per workload, which can be a VM, instance, Windows/Linux physical server or Microsoft 365 user. The license includes 24/7 technical support and assistance.

For more details, see Pricing and Editions.

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  • Deploy anywhere. Install NAKIVO Backup & Replication on Windows, Linux, NAS or deploy as a hardened VA or AMI.
  • Protect mixed environments. Perform full or incremental backups for these workloads:
    • Virtual: VMware vSphere, Microsoft Hyper-V, Nutanix AHV VMs
    • Cloud: Amazon EC2 instances
    • Physical: Windows and Linux physical servers/workstations
    • SaaS: Microsoft Office 365
  • Backup tiering. Create backup copies and send them to local repositories, offsite, repositories in cloud storage or tape.
  • Instant recovery. Boot entire VMs, individual files, folders or app objects directly from backups. Check if all VMware tools are running properly.
  • Disaster recovery. Configure and automate workflows for different scenarios including failover, failback and VM replication. To ensure successful recovery, test workflows without affecting the production site.
  • Boost backup speed. Shorten backup windows with LAN-free data transfer and network acceleration. Cut the duration of backup jobs to NAS appliances by up to half.

Resources for VMware Backup

Helpful, comprehensive, up-to-date

Useful Downloads



The Complete Guide to VMware Clustering: Learn how to deploy clusters in your VMware environment


Solution Brief

A short overview of VMware vSphere backup and recovery – features, system requirements and more



Building VMware Home Lab: Learn how to build a VMware home lab for testing VMware vSphere


VMware vSphere Backup: Top 10 Best Practices

This white paper outlines the best practices for protecting VMware vSphere VMs with NAKIVO Backup & Replication.


Video Tutorials


NAKIVO Backup & Replication for VMware Backup

Watch the short video to learn how NAKIVO Backup & Replication works and how to get the most out of VM backup and recovery for your VMware vCenter and ESXi environments.

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How to deploy NAKIVO Backup & Replication as a VMware Virtual Appliance

Learn how to deploy and configure NAKIVO Backup & Replication as a VMware virtual appliance, manage transporters and create backup repositories.

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Maintain Data Compliance with Backup for VMware vSphere from NAKIVO

Multiple secure storage locations
Multiple secure storage locations
Retention for a mandated retention period
Retention for a mandated retention period
Unauthorized access prevention
Unauthorized access prevention
Recovery options for different scenarios
Recovery options for different scenarios
Verifiable disposal after the mandated period
Verifiable disposal after the mandated period
Organizations that have to comply with GDPR, HIPAA, PCI DSS and other regulations face data compliance challenges, especially in virtualized environments. To meet the requirements of archival, storage security, restricted access, retrieval and disposal, organizations rely on third-party solutions.

As a data protection designed specifically for VMware vSphere, NAKIVO Backup & Replication helps organizations avoid data loss and maintain data compliance.

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Virtualization Data Compliance Challenges

Data Deletion

Data Deletion

Accidental or malicious deletions of regulated data are a common cause of data loss in physical and virtual environments.

Ransomware Attacks

Ransomware Attacks

Ransomware attacks can lead to encryption or leaking of regulated sensitive data.

Hardware Failure

Hardware Failure

Failure resulting from power outages, hard disk issues, natural disasters, human error and other causes.

Software Issues

Software Issues

Data corruption as a result of update, integration or implementation issues.

Hypervisor Vulnerabilities

Hypervisor Vulnerabilities

A hypervisor is a single point of access to multiple VMs, and a misconfigured or compromised hypervisor is a single point of failure for all hosted VMs.

VM Sprawl

VM Sprawl

With hundreds of VMs hosted across different physical sites, security control and policy management is more challenging.

Access Policies

Access Policies

Poorly defined access policies can put critical data at risk of deletion, modification or corruption.

Mixed Trust Levels

Mixed Trust Levels

Hosting VMs of different trust levels and security configurations on the same host can compromise sensitive data open to the same vulnerabilities as lower-trust data.

Ensure Data Compliance for VMware vSphere with NAKIVO Backup & Replication

  • Incremental VMware vSphere VM backups.
  • App-awareness for consistent backups of Microsoft applications: Exchange, SQL Server, Sharepoint and Active Directory.
  • Multiple backup destinations to avoid a single point of failure: local, offsite, in the cloud (Amazon S3, Wasabi).
  • Immutability for anti-ransomware protection in local Linux-based repositories and in Amazon S3.
  • Backup data encryption in flight and at rest.
  • Flexible retention options for point-in-time restores.
  • Instant granular recovery of files and application objects.
  • Instant VM recovery for the shortest recovery time objectives.
  • Cross-platform recovery between Microsoft Hyper-V and VMware vSphere for mixed environments.
  • Physical-to-virtual (P2V) recovery for physical Windows/Linux machines as VMware vSphere VMs.
  • Security options to restrict unauthorized access to data protection activities with two-factor authentication (2FA) and role-based access control (RBAC).

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to install agents on each machine to back up VMware vSphere VMs?

No, you don’t need to install any software inside VM guest OS or VM hosts. NAKIVO Backup & Replication is an agentless VMware backup solution that performs incremental, image-based and application-consistent backups in addition to full or granular VM recovery.

Can I use the NAKIVO solution for VMware backup and replication?

Yes. The NAKIVO solution leverages VMware native tools and includes functionalities for both VMware backup and replication. VMware replication allows you to create copies of VMware virtual machines to achieve high availability. If a VM stops working, you can fail over to the VM replica, eliminating downtime. For Site Recovery, you can fail over the entire production environment to a disaster recovery site.

How do I start using NAKIVO Backup for vSphere?

Download the Free Trial and start using NAKIVO solution for 15 days without any limitations. If you need a personalized quote, want to book a custom demo or want more information, contact our sales team.

How secure is vSphere backup from NAKIVO?

The NAKIVO backup software provides encryption to ensure that your VMware virtual machine backup data is safe while at rest and in flight. You can also create custom roles, with a specific set of permissions, and assign them to locally created or Active Directory users. This limits unauthorized access and reduces the risk of administrative errors. For ransomware protection, store backup data in immutable local or cloud repositories.

Can I protect VMware vCloud Director VMs with NAKIVO?

Yes. The NAKIVO solution lets you create incremental and application-consistent backups of VMware Cloud Director objects, such as VMs and vApps, including vApp metadata. Recover individual files or entire VMs and vApps from compressed backups to the VMware Cloud Director hierarchy.

Can the solution be used for BaaS to deliver backup for vSphere to MSP clients?

Yes. You can install the solution in multi-tenant mode and create up to 1,000 isolated tenants. In this mode, tenants can access their isolated IT environments through the Self-Service Portal to create and adjust VM replication workflows. Choose among three MSP editions licensed per workload.

Ransomware Protection for VMware VM Backups with NAKIVO

Incremental backups

VMware VM backup jobs can use Changed Block Tracking (CBT) to quickly identify the changed data blocks since the last backup. With incremental backups, you always have the latest data ready for recovery without straining your storage capacity requirements.

The 3-2-1 backup rule

Create multiple copies of VMware backup data and store these backups on different media, in different locations. Backups can be stored on-premises for instant recovery or sent offsite to cloud storage or tape storage to maximize resilience against ransomware. The 3-2-1 backup rule eliminates a single point of failure and guarantees full data protection.

Automated backups

Use Calendar for quick scheduling, link processes to run immediately after each other and configure custom policies to save time on backup management and ensure that no data is overlooked.

Immutable and air-gapped backups

Store ransomware-resilient VMware backups in repositories in cloud storage like Amazon S3 (S3 Object Lock), in immutable local Linux-based repositories and on tape. Protect backup data from deletion, modification and encryption by ransomware. Use a hardened VMware VA to deploy the solution with a pre-configured immutable local storage.

Robust security

Use role-based access control, enable two-factor authentication and encrypt your data to prevent unauthorized access and attacks by malicious insiders.

Backup verification

Verify VMware vSphere backups to ensure that they are not corrupted and can be restored to a working state when needed. The backup solution can automatically boot a VM from backup and either take a screenshot of the running OS or check the availability of the hypervisor tools.

Flash VM Boot

Instantly boot VMs using the desired recovery point and migrate them to production if necessary.

Cross-platform recovery

Perform cross-platform recoveries between VMware vSphere and Microsoft Hyper-V hosts.

Instant physical recovery

Boot Linux and Windows physical servers and workstations as VMware vSphere VMs directly from backups.

Granular recovery

Instead of performing full VM recovery, you can retrieve specific files or app objects from any needed recovery point with all permissions preserved.

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« Avec NAKIVO Backup & Replication installé sur le NAS QNAP, la sauvegarde est 2,5 fois plus rapide! Nous avons trouvé une solution professionnelle qui est fiable, couvre tous nos besoins et permet de réaliser des économies. »
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