Leading VMware Backup Solution

Developed specifically for VMware vSphere, NAKIVO Backup & Replication delivers complete data protection for vCenter-managed and standalone ESXi workloads. With enterprise-grade functionality, the software solution provides efficient backups and ensures that your VMs, applications and data are recoverable within minutes. NAKIVO Backup & Replication fulfills all the requirements of today’s agile IT infrastructures by simplifying vSphere data protection, improving VM backup performance and ensuring data recovery. This means less time and money spent on data protection administration, so you can focus on your organization’s core business.

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VMware Backup at a Glance

Robust VMware Backup

Robust VMware Backup

Create image-based, incremental and app-aware backups of live VMware VMs

Backup Job Automation

Backup Job Automation

Automate VM protection with VMware backup policies to save you time and effort

Instant Granular Restore

Instant Granular Restore

Instantly recover entire VMs, files, and application objects directly from backups

Advanced Backup Copy

Advanced Backup Copy

Copy VMware VM backups to tape, offsite, or to AWS/Azure/Wasabi

High Backup Performance

High Backup Performance

Boost VM backup speed by up to 2X while reducing storage space requirements

Guaranteed Recovery

Guaranteed Recovery

Automatically test backups to verify your VMs are recoverable and error-free

Supported Platforms for VMware vSphere Backup

  • VMware vSphere v7.0.2
  • VMware vSphere v7.0
  • VMware vSphere v6.7
  • VMware vSphere v6.5
  • VMware vSphere v6.0
  • VMware vSphere v5.5
  • VMware vSphere v5.1
  • VMware vSphere v5.0
  • VMware vSphere v4.1

Supported Platforms for VMware ESXi Backup

  • VMware ESXi v7.0.2
  • VMware ESXi v7.0
  • VMware ESXi v6.7
  • VMware ESXi v6.5
  • VMware ESXi v6.0
  • VMware ESXi v5.5
  • VMware ESXi v5.1
  • VMware ESXi v5.0
  • VMware ESXi v4.1

Highlights

  • Consistent, Image-Based Backup
    Perform consistent image-based backups of VMware VMs. This means that the entire VM is captured during backup, including all disk content and configuration files. This also ensures that data in applications, such as Microsoft Exchange, Active Directory, SQL Server, and SharePoint, remains consistent and ready for recovery.
  • Incremental Backup
    All VMware VM backup jobs use VMware’s Changed Block Tracking (CBT) to quickly identify changed data blocks. Only those changes (increments) are copied to the Backup Repository, which results in faster and smaller backups.
  • Instant Granular Recovery
    Instantly recover files and application objects that you need when you need them. Whatever the scenario, you get flexible and fast agentless granular restores without recovering a full VM first.
  • Instant VM Recovery
    For the tightest RTOs, use the Flash VM Boot to boot your VM from a backup whether for recovery or sandbox testing. You don’t have to run a full VMware VM recovery if you need to quickly restore a workload.

NAKIVO Backup & Replication for VMware

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What You Get with NAKIVO Backup & Replication for VMware Data Protection

Efficient VMware Backup

NAKIVO Backup & Replication is an agentless VMware VM backup software that performs incremental, image-based, application-consistent backups for standalone ESXi and vCenter server environments. Using guest OS quiescing, which relies on Microsoft’s VSS service, all transactional applications, such as databases, running on a VM are frozen to make a point-in-time image. This image is then used as the data source for the backup. This approach also ensures that application data for Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft Active Directory, Microsoft SQL Server and other applications, is consistent and can be recovered almost instantly. To create incremental backups, NAKIVO Backup & Replication relies on VMware’s native Changed Block Tracking (CBT) technology to determine what has changed since the previous backup and copy only that data.

Instant VM Recovery

While you may be able to afford having longer RTOs for many VMs, getting your mission-critical VMs up and running during a disruption is imperative. The Flash VM Boot feature in NAKIVO Backup & Replication is aimed at delivering the tightest RTOs possible, so you can be sure that you can have your VMs booted immediately directly from compressed and deduplicated backups. This way you resume your operations within minutes without running a full VM recovery. Once the VM is running, you can migrate it to production for permanent recovery without affecting the backup.

VMware VM Backup Copy

With a copy of your VM backups, you know your data is safe even if the primary VMware backup becomes unavailable. Use Backup Copy to send your VMware backups offsite, to tape, or to a public cloud to eliminate a single point of failure and be ready for recovery in any scenario. You can also customize your backup copy jobs by choosing to maintain a mirrored copy of your backup repository or fine-tuning which backups get copied. Since data is copied from the backups, production VMs and operational efficiency are not affected. Use the Job Chaining feature to set your VMware backup copy jobs to run automatically right after the primary backup job is complete. This automation feature streamlines routine backup activities and reduces management overhead.

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Instant Granular Recovery

Instantly recover individual files, folders and application objects for applications like Microsoft Exchange, Active Directory and Microsoft SQL Server directly from compressed and deduplicated VMware backups. Granular recovery does not require you to fully restore a VM containing that single file you need, which helps you save time and effort. Use the search functionality to find the items that you need and restore them to the original or a custom location. If your primary backup is unavailable, you can recover items from a backup copy located, for example, in a public cloud. The functionality greatly speeds up the recovery process and helps you keep downtime at a minimum.

Instant Backup Verification

The fact that you have VMware vSphere backups doesn’t necessarily mean that you can recover your VMs from them. Even if a backup has completed successfully, recovery can fail for various reasons. The only reliable way to ensure that you can perform successful recoveries during a disruption is performing test recoveries. With NAKIVO Backup & Replication, you can get proof that your vSphere backups are valid and usable for recovery. Based on Flash VM Boot, the Instant Verification feature can automatically verify backups after each backup job either by booting the VM and taking a screenshot of the OS or by checking the availability of VMware Tools. You then receive a report to your e-mail or view it in the UI. This way, you can be certain that your VMware backups are functional.

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Data Transfer Efficiency

With NAKIVO Backup & Replication you can use Network Acceleration when performing vSphere VM backups to save network bandwidth and increase backup speed by up to 2 times over WAN and busy LAN. You can also achieve significantly higher backup performance while reducing the load on your production network with LAN-free data transfer modes. This is achieved with two features: Hot Add and Direct SAN access. Hot Add allows the software to read data directly from VM datastores, lowering the impact on VMs and speeding up data transfers. Direct SAN Access is useful if your VMs are located on a Fibre Channel or iSCSI storage area network (SAN) since the software reads VM data directly from a SAN storage device over Fibre Channel or iSCSI.

Backup Data Tiering

NAKIVO Backup & Replication offers multiple storage options, each serving specific needs and purposes to help you meet the requirements of the 3-2-1 backup rule. You can store a copy of your backup data on-premises to ensure the fastest possible access and recovery. Keep a copy of your VMware backups in a public cloud – Amazon S3, Microsoft Azure or Wasabi – to have your data available if your primary VMware backup gets lost or corrupted. Tape cartridges are a perfect option for data archiving and long-term retention. With native tape support, you can meet compliance requirements as well as archival needs. With one or more copies of your backups stored on different media, you can be sure that your data is accessible and recoverable at all times.

Simple P2V Recoveries

NAKIVO Backup & Replication is a universal, all-in-one software solution that can protect physical, virtual and cloud environments. When you use the software in mixed physical and virtual environments, NAKIVO Backup & Replication allows you to nearly instantly recover your Windows and Linux physical servers and workstations from backups to VMware VMs. This way, if your server or workstation goes down, you can quickly resume your operations with no downtime by simply booting VMware VMs from your physical machine backups. This recovery process takes mere minutes as the system configuration, data and applications are all captured during the backup, and you don’t have to reinstall the OS.

Full VM Recovery

Whether you need to recover a full machine due to hardware failure or data corruption, NAKIVO Backup & Replication allows you to recover one or multiple VMware VMs to their latest state or to a previous point in time. With up to 4,000 recovery points to choose from for each VM, these recovery points can be rotated based on the grandfather-father-son (GFS) retention scheme, giving you the flexibility of rolling back to the specific version that you need. When performing the recovery, NAKIVO Backup & Replication transfers the VM image from the backup to the production site. When you run a VM recovery, a new VM is created and the source VM is not reverted to the previous state or replaced with the new VM.

Policy-Based VMware Backup

You can improve backup efficiency and simplify data protection management by automating your VMware vSphere backups with policies. Each policy is a set of rules based on specific criteria, like a VM’s name, size or tag. Once configured, your inventory is scanned automatically and virtual machines matching the rules are added to existing backup jobs. Similarly, VMs that no longer meet the criteria are automatically excluded. This way, you don’t need to track every change in your constantly growing infrastructure and manually add new VMs to relevant jobs.

Data Reduction Techniques

NAKIVO Backup & Replication can drastically reduce the storage requirements expected for your backups. The solution provides built-in data reduction technologies such as incremental backups, data compression and data deduplication in addition to the exclusion of swap data and unused blocks from your VMware VM backups, allowing for faster data transfer and more effective use of your storage space. In order to reduce backup size, NAKIVO Backup & Replication automatically deduplicates all VM backups across your entire Backup Repository with Global Deduplication. These deduplicated blocks are later compressed to decrease the size of your backups even more and to better optimize your storage space.

Backup from Storage Snapshots

NAKIVO Backup & Replication allows you to use a Backup Repository optimized for backup and deduplication appliances such as EMC Data Domain, HP StoreOnce and NEC HYDRAstor. Because of their outstanding deduplication capabilities, such appliances ensure that backup data uses as little space as possible and improves your backup and recovery performance. What’s more, NAKIVO Backup & Replication lets you create backups and replicas of VMware VMs hosted on HPE 3PAR storage devices directly from storage snapshots, significantly reducing the load on the production environment. This way, you can create as many backups and replicas of your VMware VMs as you want — even during working hours.

Why Choose NAKIVO Backup & Replication for VMware Backup and Recovery

Simplified Data Protection

NAKIVO Backup & Replication delivers a full range of backup and recovery features for VMware vSphere environments, ensures reliable protection, boosts performance and improves administration from a centralized web-based interface. NAKIVO Backup & Replication offers a wide range of deployment options to suit your needs and environment. You can install the software on Windows or Linux, deploy as a pre-configured Virtual Appliance, or even install directly on a NAS (such as QNAP or Synology) to create an all-in-one backup appliance. Whatever you choose, there’s no added complexity or learning curve for IT teams when using the software.

Improved RTOs and RPOs

NAKIVO Backup & Replication offers an array of features and tools to help you achieve better recovery point objectives (RPOs) and recovery time objectives (RTOs). RPOs should define the maximum time between two consequent backups, while RTOs determine the maximum time to recover VMs. For mission-critical VMs, the RPO and RTO values must be as low as possible. Calendar dashboard, the solution’s built-in tool, can help you properly schedule and structure your backup jobs, and hence improve your RPOs. With a way to instantly boot your VMs and granularly recover individual files and application objects, you can greatly improve the RTOs, too.

Multiple Copies of Backup Data

Keeping extra copies of your VMware VM data is the best practice to ensure that no single failure can wipe out all critical data. NAKIVO Backup & Replication allows you to create VMware backup copy jobs and to send these backup copies offsite, to tape or a public cloud (Amazon S3, Wasabi, Microsoft Azure). This way, you ensure compliance with the 3-2-1 backup rule: creating a minimum of two backups of your data, storing them on two different storage media, and keeping one offsite and ideally in the cloud.

Immutable Backup Repository

When you send backups and backup copies to Amazon S3 with NAKIVO Backup & Replication, you can ensure that your backup data is protected from ransomware and accidental modifications/deletions. Just enable S3 Object Lock and apply immutability to your backup repository for the time period you choose. This ensures that no one, not even the root user, can shorten the immutability duration or can delete, modify or encrypt your backups. With integrated support for S3 Object Lock, the solution helps you make sure that your backups are secure and you can recover your VMware vSphere VMs and data in a data loss incident.

Streamlined Administration

You can automate and optimize routine backup management by creating policies and job schedules. Policy rules allow you to automate backup and backup copy jobs for newly added or modified VMware VMs that match specific criteria. For example, you can set a rule that would start a backup for VMware VMs that are tagged "Accounting" and that exceed 100 GB in size. Along with that, you can schedule your VMware backup jobs to start at a specific time on a daily, weekly or monthly basis, or set up a custom schedule for your specific business conditions.

Storage Savings

NAKIVO Backup & Replication utilizes several technologies to help you decrease backup size. Backups are incremental by default, meaning that the software copies only the data blocks that have changed since the previous job session, that is, increments. Data deduplication ensures that only unique data blocks are saved. Deduplicated backup data is then compressed to further optimize storage space usage. The combination of these methods can help you achieve significant space savings and hence reduce storage costs.

Enhanced Usability

The built-in tools of NAKIVO Backup & Replication can help you monitor your infrastructure, timely reveal potential troubles, plan your backup activities, and more. The Calendar dashboard offers a calendar view of all your past, current and planned jobs. You can easily find windows for new jobs and prevent job overlaps and network congestion. Global Search, another powerful feature, allows you to easily find an item you need by its name and using filters. What's more, you can perform mass actions on the found items, such as creating a new job for unprotected VMs or adding them to an existing job. This way, managing your backup infrastructure becomes even easier.

Enhanced Usability

The built-in tools of NAKIVO Backup & Replication can help you monitor your infrastructure, timely reveal potential troubles, plan your backup activities, and more. The Calendar dashboard offers a calendar view of all your past, current and planned jobs. You can easily find windows for new jobs and prevent job overlaps and network congestion. Global Search, another powerful feature, allows you to easily find an item you need by its name and using filters. What's more, you can perform mass actions on the found items, such as creating a new job for unprotected VMs or adding them to an existing job. This way, managing your backup infrastructure becomes even easier.

Improved Speed and Efficiency

NAKIVO Backup & Replication uses a LAN-free data transfer mode to boost VM backup speed while offloading the network. This is achieved with the Direct SAN Access and Hot Add features. With Direct SAN Access, data is read and transferred directly from a SAN storage device. HotAdd enables reading data directly from VM datastores. In addition, you can enable Network Acceleration to speed up backup jobs over WAN while saving network bandwidth. This functionality is helpful when you are running backup jobs during business hours or transferring backup data to remote locations.

Verified Recovery

NAKIVO Backup & Replication allows you to test your VMware backups and make sure you can recover data from them. The fact that you have a VM’s backup doesn’t always mean that your data is recoverable. VM backups can be corrupted or not bootable, even if the data protection software performed properly. With NAKIVO Backup & Replication, you can verify any recovery point of a backed-up VM. The software can boot a VM from a backup and make a screenshot proving this VM is up. Another method is checking the availability of VMware Tools. You can view the results in the product’s interface or receive them via email. This way you know that your data is accessible whenever necessary.

Cost Savings

NAKIVO Backup & Replication is a VMware backup solution that provides you with multiple ways of reducing backup infrastructure costs. First, you can leverage backup size reduction techniques to minimize storage space requirements and the associated expenses. For example, backup deduplication can help you reduce space consumption by up to 10 times. Second, you can optimize backup management and greatly reduce overhead. Automation capabilities of NAKIVO Backup & Replication allow you to minimize the need for manual intervention and offload the IT team. And finally, by choosing NAKIVO Backup & Replication you receive a reliable, fast and flexible solution for a fraction of the cost of the competition.

Flexible Recovery

NAKIVO Backup & Replication offers multiple recovery options to help you recover your VMware VM data without wasting time or resources. You can recover an entire VMware VM to its latest state or to an earlier point in time with all the relevant data, including configuration, OS and system state, to the original location or to any other location. The Flash VM Boot feature allows you to instantly run your VMware VMs from deduplicated and compressed backups in your VMware production environment. You can also instantly restore individual files or objects to their original or a custom location from VMware VM backups without recovering the entire VM. Moreover, the solution allows you to restore a backed-up VM from VMware vSphere to Microsoft Hyper-V using the Cross-Platform Recovery feature.

How to Improve VMware Backup and Recovery with NAKIVO Backup & Replication

Follow the 3-2-1 Backup Rule

The golden rule for every backup administrator involves three steps. First, keep at least three copies of the company’s data: the production data and two backup copies. Second, you should store your data on at least two different storage media. Tape cartridges, for example, are a safe and cost-efficient data storage option, especially for backup archives. Third, keep one of the copies off-site to have your data accessible even in the event of a disaster striking your primary site. Public clouds such as Amazon S3 or Wasabi are the perfect destination for backup data given their high level of availability, affordability and unlimited scalability.

Design and Implement an Effective Retention Policy

Make sure to develop a comprehensive retention policy to cover the entire life cycle of your data. Retention gaps are one of the most common reasons for permanent data loss. An efficient backup retention strategy assumes that you have access to both fresh backups for instant recoveries and older backups for regulatory and compliance purposes. With NAKIVO Backup & Replication, you can save up to 4,000 recovery points for each VMware VM. The solution supports the grandfather-father-son (GFS) retention scheme that prevents the overhead of recovery points while allowing you to roll back to any point in time you need.

Encrypt Your Backup Data

Encrypt your VMware VM backups during the data transfer and when at the destination. NAKIVO Backup & Replication relies on the de-facto worldwide encryption standard AES-256 to protect backups from unauthorized access both in flight and at rest. Encryption in-flight is performed by a pair of Transporters (one of the main solution components): the source Transporter encrypts and sends the encrypted backup data and the target Transporter receives and decrypts data. In addition, you can encrypt Backup Repositories so that backup data at rest, housed in the repository itself, remains safe and secure.

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Enable LAN-Free Data Transfer

Transfer data in a LAN-free mode to boost backup speed and offload your network. The functionality utilizes two techniques – HotAdd and Direct SAN access. HotAdd allows the software to read data directly from VM disks and this way speeds up data transfer. Direct SAN access is useful if your VMs are located on a Fibre Channel or iSCSI storage area network (SAN). In this case, NAKIVO Backup & Replication reads VM data directly from a SAN storage device over Fibre Channel or iSCSI.

Accelerate the Network

Enable Network Acceleration to accelerate backup jobs and eliminate network congestion. The functionality relies on the use of two Transporters. Before VM backup data reaches the repository, it is read, compressed, and optimized by the source Transporter and then sent to the target Transporter. This way, the amount of data that travels to the repository is significantly smaller, which makes the process of data transfer faster. On average, you can increase the speed of backup jobs by up to 2 times both over busy LAN and WAN.

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Optimize Your Routine Operations

Automate the protection of your VMware VMs by creating policy rules and set up a schedule for your backup jobs. Rules can be based on a VM’s name, size, status, tag and other parameters or their combinations. If a newly added VM matches the rules you have previously specified, it is added to the corresponding job automatically – no need for manual intervention on your part. In addition, you should carefully schedule your backup jobs to prevent job overlaps and the resulting network congestion. With the routine workflow properly optimized, you can save time and focus your attention on more important tasks.

Control Your Traffic Consumption

Take the bandwidth consumption under control to prevent backup jobs from consuming more bandwidth than you can afford to allocate. If you run backup jobs during business hours, your production networks can get overloaded. This can affect the performance of the ongoing processes and degrade user experience. Designed to ensure the fastest data transfer rates possible, NAKIVO Backup & Replication allows you to create global rules that would apply to all VMware data protection jobs. Or, you can set per-job rules for more granular control over bandwidth consumption.

Keep Your Backups Small

There are several ways of reducing backup size with NAKIVO Backup & Replication. The solution relies on Changed Block Tracking, a native VMware technology, to copy only the data that has changed since the last backup cycle (that is, increments). Backup data is deduplicated to ensure that only unique data blocks are copied, and then compressed to reduce the backup size even further. Altogether, the features can help you greatly reduce the storage space requirements and the associated costs.

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How NAKIVO Backup & Replication Helps You Resolve VMware Data Protection Challenges

Protecting Backups Against Ransomware

Ransomware remains a growing threat to operations and services, both in terms of its complexity and the damage it can cause. Restoring your infrastructure from backup is the most reliable way of minimizing downtime, protecting data and avoiding paying hackers. However, backups themselves are not fully immune to ransomware attacks. For this reason, the VMware backup solution from NAKIVO allows you to make your backups in th cloud and in local storage immutable. Enable the S3 Object Lock feature for your backups stored in Amazon S3. Once this feature is enabled, the backups cannot be altered or deleted. You can also apply immutability to local backups stored on Linux machines. In addition, the solution facilitates air-gapping with backup copy to tape for long-term retention and reliable recoveries.

Protecting VMware VMs on vSphere

VMware VMs can be accidentally deleted, lost or corrupted at any time as a result of administrative errors, hardware failure, ransomware attacks and other threats to your systems. This exposes you to costly downtime and permanent data loss and retention policy gaps. Up-to-date, application-aware backups protect you by providing quick, reliable recovery. NAKIVO Backup & Replication supports VMware vSphere, allowing you to leverage the latest enhancements of the cloud computing virtualization platform while ensuring your VMware VMs remain protected and recoverable. Back up VMware VMs without affecting machine performance. Maintain consistency by running application-aware VMware vSphere backups. Confirm that VM backups are fully functional and ready for use by enabling backup verification. Keep your backups safe at rest and in-flight with 256-bit encryption. Assign user roles to control who can run, edit and delete VM backups, thereby limiting administration errors and unauthorized access.

Eliminating a Single Point of Failure

If you store all your backups in one location, a site disaster could permanently destroy all your business-critical data. Holding backup copies on-site as well as off-site guarantees that you have the resiliency to survive a disaster. Eliminate a single point of failure by using NAKIVO Backup & Replication to send VMware backups to local and cloud storage platforms. After running the initial backup job, you can create additional backup copies and send them to another repository without affecting the source ESXi host. For supported cloud storage platforms, such as Amazon S3, Microsoft Azure and Wasabi, perform backups directly from NAKIVO Backup & Replication to simplify administration. You can deploy the software on NAS devices by leading vendors to bypass CIFS/NFS protocol overhead and increase backup speeds by up to 2 times. For backup storage systems, such as NEC HYDRAstor and Dell EMC Data Domain, leverage the systems’ native deduplication features to achieve faster and smaller backups.

Limiting Interference with Business Operations

Businesses with a large virtual infrastructure struggle to shrink backup windows to fit within non-business hours. Meanwhile, others need to run regular backups during business hours, putting stress on network bandwidth. NAKIVO Backup & Replication solves these issues by lowering backup times and reducing network congestion. Speed up backups by up to 2 times with network acceleration and backup size reduction techniques. Backup size reduction techniques include Changed Block Tracking (CBT), global deduplication and excluding swap data and unused blocks. Minimize network congestion by setting limits on how much bandwidth backups can use during business hours. Adapt to changing workloads by increasing or decreasing the limit at any time. Eliminate network slowdowns and boost VMware backup speed by enabling LAN-free data transfers.

Operational Recovery

Day-to-day disruptions reduce operational efficiency by forcing employees to devote time and resources to recovery instead of business processes. The most common problems are malfunctioning VMs and inefficient recoveries, such as running a full recovery to retrieve individual files or application objects. NAKIVO Backup & Replication helps you avoid these issues and increase your RTOs with granular recoveries and Flash VM Boot. Use Instant Object Recovery and Instant File Recovery to restore individual files or application objects back to source or custom locations directly from VMware backups. This eliminates the need to first run a time-intensive full recovery. If a VM becomes unavailable, use Flash VM Boot to nearly instantly boot a VMware VM on a target host directly from a backup. This allows you to resume business operations at a moment’s notice and mitigate potential consequences of IT environment downtime.

Lowering Administrative Overhead

Each time you create a new VMware VM, you add complexity to your virtual infrastructure and increase the volume of at-risk data. This results in higher administrative overhead and more opportunities for retention policy gaps to emerge. NAKIVO Backup & Replication gives you granular and automated control over VMware data protection to simplify tasks, lower administrative costs and address potential retention gaps. Create a schedule of routine backups on a daily, weekly, monthly or custom basis and track completed and future tasks on the Calendar dashboard. Ensure backups are successful by enabling VM backup verification. Integrate monitoring, automation and orchestration solutions with the NAKIVO Backup & Replication HTTP API for advanced automation controls. Use Policy-Based Data Protection to group and organize backups according to preferred parameters, such as tag, VM size, VM name or VM configuration. Comprehensive policies ensure VMs are properly accounted for, preventing policy gaps from emerging.

Reducing Storage Requirements

VMware VM backups require significant amounts of storage space, resulting in high hardware and cloud storage costs. The most effective way to cut storage costs without sacrificing protection is to reduce the size of backups. For that purpose, NAKIVO Backup & Replication delivers a set of data reduction techniques. With Changed Block Tracking (CBT), the native incremental backup feature for VMware, NAKIVO Backup & Replication only backs up data that has changed since the last backup. With Global deduplication excludes duplicate data blocks across the entire repository while creating references to the duplicated data to enable seamless VMware VM backup and restore.

Maintaining Regulatory Compliance

Modern organizations have to comply with a broad array of legal requirements related to data management practices. These requirements vary depending on the industry and can include data retention, reporting and backup rules. NAKIVO Backup & Replication can help meet compliance requirements for your organization. Use the solution to apply the 3-2-1 backup rule and create multiple recovery points for your VMware vSphere backups, which is mandated by some regulations. These recovery points can be stored using the GFS retention scheme to make sure that the backup data uses storage space efficiently. With NAKIVO Backup & Replication, you can choose between onsite, offsite, cloud and tape storage for your backups depending on retention periods and how often you need to access your backups data.

NAKIVO Backup & Replication Licensing

Protect your VMware VMs by purchasing either a perpetual license or a subscription license. VMware Backup is included in every edition of NAKIVO Backup & Replication. The Pro and Pro Essentials editions add granular recovery options and performance-boosting features. Enterprise editions, including Enterprise Essentials, contain advanced backup administration and disaster recovery orchestration.

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

Subscription licenses are charged per workload (per VMware vSphere VM,Microsoft Hyper-V VM, Nutanix AHV VM, Amazon EC2 instance, Microsoft/Linux physical servers and workstation or Microsoft 365 user) and include 24/7 Support. You can purchase one to five-year subscriptions. 24/7 Support gives you round-the-clock technical support and assistance.

For more details on pricing and editions, see NAKIVO Backup & Replication Pricing and Editions.

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  • Fast deployment. Install NAKIVO Backup & Replication and run your first backup job in minutes.
  • Protect virtual, physical, cloud and SaaS environments. Perform backups for VMware vSphere, Microsoft Hyper-V, Nutanix AHV VMs, and Amazon EC2 instances; Microsoft Windows and Linux physical servers/workstations; Microsoft Office 365 application data; and Oracle Database via RMAN.
  • Multiple backup destinations. Send backups to NAS devices, the cloud (Amazon S3, Wasabi and Microsoft Azure) or tape.
  • Instant recovery. Recover VMs, files and application objects back to original or custom locations. Boot VMs on target hosts directly from virtual or physical machine backups.
  • Site Recovery. Automate disaster recovery with unique failover and failback workflows for different disaster scenarios. Perform non-disruptive site recovery testing for guaranteed disaster recovery.
  • Reduce backup size. Save storage space with incremental backups, global deduplication, multiple compression levels and swap data exclusion.
  • Increase backup speed. Shorten backup windows with LAN-free data transfer and network acceleration. Cut backup times to NAS appliances by up to half.

Frequently Asked Questions

What types of VMware VM backups can I perform?

NAKIVO Backup & Replication is an agentless solution that performs image-based backups and supports changed block tracking (CBT). Image-based backups capture the entire VM, including disks and configuration files. With CBT, VMware’s native incremental backup feature, only data that has changed since the last backup is transferred. Using this VMware backup solution, you can also run application-aware backups to maintain consistency.

Does NAKIVO Backup & Replication support VMware vSphere 7?

Yes. All of the VMware vSphere backup features included in NAKIVO Backup & Replication are fully functional for VMware VMs hosted on ESXi hypervisors running vSphere 7. This allows you to protect your VMs while leveraging the advanced features in vSphere 7. NAKIVO Backup & Replication continues to support vSphere 4.1–6.7.

Can I also use NAKIVO Backup & Replication for VMware vSphere replication?

Yes. NAKIVO Backup & Replication includes functionality for both VMware backup and replication. VMware replication allows you to create copies of VMware VMs 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 environment to a disaster recovery site.

What security features does NAKIVO Backup & Replication offer?

NAKIVO Backup & Replication provides encryption to ensure that your VMware backups are 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.

How does licensing for NAKIVO Backup & Replication work?

You can use NAKIVO Backup & Replication by purchasing either a perpetual or subscription license. Perpetual licenses are charged per source host CPU socket, provide indefinite use and can be purchased with any edition. Subscription licenses are charged on a per-workload basis and can be purchased for any edition except Basic. A workload is either a VMware vSphere, Microsoft Hyper-V, Nutanix AHV VM, Amazon EC2 instance, physical machine (1 server or 3 workstations), or Oracle Database (Enterprise Plus edition only).

Can I restore a backed-up VM from VMware vSphere to a different virtual environment?

Yes. With NAKIVO Backup & Replication, you can recover VMware vSphere VM data from backups to a Microsoft Hyper-V VM or vice-versa using Cross-Platform Recovery. This feature allows you to export virtual disks from your VMware vSphere backup, then import the virtual disks to another VM running on a Microsoft Hyper-V host (or vice versa). The Cross-Platform Recovery feature also allows you to export virtual disks from VMware vSphere VM backups and keep them in archives (in the native VM disk format for the appropriate platform) so that you could recover a VM later.

Does NAKIVO Backup & Replication use agents to back up VMware vSphere VMs?

No, you don’t need to install any software inside your VMs’ guest OS or the VMs’ hosts. NAKIVO Backup & Replication is an agentless VMware vSphere backup solution that performs incremental, image-based, app-aware backups.

What is VMware Changed Block Tracking, and how does it work?

VMware’s Changed Block Tracking (CBT) is a technology that allows third-party solutions to create incremental VMware vSphere backups. NAKIVO Backup & Replication uses this technology to quickly identify the data blocks that have changed since the last VMware vSphere backup job and copy them to the Backup Repository, which results in quicker and smaller backups.

What RTOs and RPOs can I expect with NAKIVO Backup & Replication?

The VMware backup solution enables you to create backups as often as every minute, ensuring you reduce your data loss to a minimum and achieve a better recovery point objective (RPO) for your VMware vSphere environment. And to ensure you have the least downtime, NAKIVO Backup & Replication provides instant VM recovery and VM replication, or you can use the Flash VM Boot feature to power on and run VMs directly from your VMware backups. Moreover, to meet your recovery time objective (RTO) and spend less time and effort, you can use the Site Recovery (SR) feature to automate disaster recovery jobs. This advanced built-in functionality helps optimize your RTO requirements by creating multiple Site Recovery jobs for different purposes, such as disaster recovery or planned migration. You can set an RTO and test if it can be met without disturbing your production environment.

What types of recoveries can I perform?

You can perform a range of full and granular recoveries designed to restore exactly what you need without wasting time or resources. Restore individual files and application objects from VMware VM backups without running a full recovery. Boot a VM on a target host directly from virtual or physical machine backups. Use Cross-Platform Recovery to convert VMware vSphere VMs to Microsoft Hyper-V VMs and vice versa.

Does NAKIVO Backup & Replication reduce the size of VM backups?

Yes. NAKIVO Backup & Replication significantly reduces the size of backups relying on VMware’s Changed Block Tracking (CBT) and Global Deduplication. You can select which backup size reduction techniques you want to use for each backup job. Reducing the size of backups allows you to lower storage costs and complete backup jobs faster.

Does NAKIVO Backup & Replication include advanced backup administration features?

Does NAKIVO Backup & Replication include advanced backup administration features?

Which storage devices and cloud platforms can I store VMs on?

You can send VMware VM backups and backup copies to NAS devices, storage systems, tape media and the cloud. Supported cloud storage services are Amazon S3, Microsoft Azure and Wasabi.

Is there a free trial of NAKIVO Backup & Replication?

Yes. Try out the 15-day Free Trial without feature or capacity limitations. The trial includes VMware backup as well as all the tools to protect your other virtual, physical, cloud and SaaS environments. NAKIVO Backup & Replication is simple to set up, allowing you to install and run your first backup in minutes.

Does NAKIVO Backup & Replication protect VMware vCloud Director VMs?

Yes. NAKIVO Backup & Replication lets you create app-aware, incremental backups of VMware Cloud Director objects, such as VMs and vApps, including vApp metadata. When it comes to recovery, the backup solution allows you to recover entire VMs and vApps from compressed and deduplicated backups to the VMware Cloud Director hierarchy. You can also recover individual files and application objects, including Microsoft SQL Server, Microsoft Active Directory, Microsoft Exchange, etc., directly from VM and vApp backups.

Can I exclude certain VMware vSphere VM disks during the backup?

Yes. In the step-by-step backup job wizard for VMware vSphere, NAKIVO Backup & Replication provides an option that allows you to exclude specific virtual disks from a backup or replication job.

How can I verify whether a VMware vSphere backup was successful?

The VMware backup solution offers an Instant Verification, feature that automatically verifies the functionality of your backups and that they can be recovered when required. You can see the verification results in the solution’s interface or receive a detailed report via email with screenshots of the test-recovered machine.

Why you need NAKIVO Backup & Replication to protect your VMware vSphere VM backups against ransomware

VMware vSphere VMs are as vulnerable to ransomware as physical machines. Antivirus software can help but even the best antivirus solutions cannot eliminate the risk entirely. With ransomware attacks growing in complexity and severity, having a comprehensive ransomware recovery plan in place has become a matter of business continuity. To avoid disruptions that may lead to loss of valuable time, resources and money, any incident response plan should include a backup strategy in addition to prevention, detection and containment measures. Only the speed and versatility of recovery from backups in virtual infrastructures can ensure near-zero data loss and minimal downtime. Simply put, the ransomware recovery plan outlines who is responsible for the recovery, when it should be launched, how it should proceed and how long it should take. With a VMware backup solution from NAKIVO, you can recover almost instantaneously after a ransomware attack and maintain business continuity.

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How NAKIVO Backup & Replication protects VMware vSphere VMs from ransomware

VMware vSphere backup is a key component of any ransomware protection strategy. The VMware backup software solution from NAKIVO enables reliable and fast ransomware recovery in case other protection measures fail. NAKIVO Backup & Replication creates regular incremental backups of your VMs, which enables you to always have the latest data ready for recovery without straining your storage capacity requirements. Recovery targets can also be improved by following the 3-2-1 backup rule: Create multiple copies of 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 the cloud or tape storage to maximize resilience against ransomware. With NAKIVO Backup & Replication, you can automate this backup data tiering with Job Chaining to ensure comprehensive data protection and save time on administration. In addition, the solution offers immutability features and air-gapping options for ransomware-resilient backups in Amazon S3 (S3 Object Lock), in immutable local Linux-based repositories and on tape.

How to recover from a ransomware attack with NAKIVO Backup & Replication

Ransomware attacks can differ in impact and scope. Each attack requires a specific approach to recovery to make the process as fast and non-disruptive as possible. NAKIVO Backup & Replication provides a variety of recovery options to let you find the shortest way to complete recovery in every situation. You can instantly start full VMs using the desired recovery point with Flash VM Boot and migrate them to production if necessary. You can also perform Cross-Platform recoveries between VMware vSphere and Microsoft Hyper-V hosts and P2V recoveries of physical machines as VMware vSphere VMs. Or, you can go back to any needed recovery point to retrieve a specific file/app object (Microsoft SQL Server, Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft Active Directory) with Instant Granular Recovery. These options give you enough flexibility to protect against ransomware with maximum efficiency and without delay.

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How to test recovery with NAKIVO Backup & Replication

A major part of recovering from ransomware is knowing that your backups remain intact and accessible when you need them. NAKIVO Backup & Replication includes an extended functionality to help you protect backups from ransomware and monitor your preparedness for incidents. The solution includes two features for ransomware-resilient backups. You can protect backups stored in Amazon S3 from ransomware for as long as you choose by enabling the S3 Object Lock functionality in NAKIVO Backup & Replication. You can also make backups sent to local Linux-base repositories immutable and protect them from deletion, modification and encryption by ransomware. In addition, every VMware backup can be verified to show that it has not been corrupted and can be restored to a working state. The VMware backup solution provides backup verification by booting a backup and taking a screenshot of the OS that shows whether the VM is running. Alternatively, availability can be checked via VMware hypervisor tools. In both cases, you can be certain that your backups are usable for recovery when you need them.

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