VMware Backup

With NAKIVO Backup & Replication, you can increase VMware backup performance, improve backup reliability, speed up recovery, and, as a result, save time and money.

Key Features at a Glance

  • 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 QNAP, Synology, ASUSTOR, or WD NAS
  • 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 compression
  • Speed up backups with LAN-free data transfer mode and Network Acceleration
  • Copy VM backups offsite and to Amazon/Azure clouds
  • Test backups instantly and automatically
  • Truncate application transaction logs of Microsoft Exchange and SQL
  • Instantly recover entire VMs, files, Microsoft Exchange, SQL Server, and Active Directory objects

Protect VMware VMs

Image-based Backup

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

Forever-incremental Backup

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

Application-aware Backup

By default, VMware backup is performed using the application-aware mode, which makes sure data in applications and databases, such as Exchange, Active Directory, MS SQL, and SharePoint, is consistent and can be recovered.

Container Backup

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

Increase VMware Backup Speed

NAKIVO Backup & Replication has been designed to deliver the fastest performance possible, and can fully use the bandwidth available in your environment.

By default, NAKIVO Backup & Replication uses the LAN-free backup mode, which can leverage your fiber-channel and iSCSI SANs or the Hot Add mode to 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 data transfer acceleration of 2X.

Save Storage Space

NAKIVO Backup & Replication automatically skips swap files and partitions in VMware VMs, which speeds up data transfer and saves storage space in a 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 ensure that the least amount of space is used.

Test Your VMware Backups

The fact that you have VMware backups doesn’t mean that you can recover from them. Even if a backup has completed successfully, recovery can fail, because backup consistency was damaged by a virus, third-party software, disk error, change in file permissions, and so on. Or because your VM was already damaged during backup and won’t even boot.

The only reliable way to ensure that you can recover from your backups is to perform test recoveries. After each backup job run, NAKIVO Backup & Replication can automatically and near-instantly verify all created backups and send you a report with OS screenshots of test-recovered VMs.

Copy VMware Backups Offsite and to Cloud

If you keep backups in the same location as production VMs, any disaster can wipe both your VMs and your backups. Even without any major disasters, a backup can be damaged, accidentally deleted, or become unavailable if your storage goes down, leaving you with no data and a ton of headache. With NAKIVO Backup & Replication, your VMware backups can be easily sent offsite and to Amazon cloud by Backup Copy jobs. The data is copied directly from your backup repository, so the VMware VMs are not affected. Backup Copy jobs can be set up in a few minutes and you can choose to simply maintain a mirrored copy of your backup repository, or fine tune what, when, where, and how VMs should be copied. Learn more about Backup Copy Job.

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 and tables), and Microsoft Active Directory objects (such as users) directly from deduplicated and compressed VM backups. Recovery is performed directly from the backup repository, and does not require running a full restore from a 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. On top of that, you can save up to 30 recovery points for each replica so if a source VM has been damaged and then replicated, you can roll it back to a previous recovery point.

Scale Out Backup with Your Environment

As your environment grows, so can NAKIVO Backup & Replication to support higher workloads. Our customers range from small shops with few VMs to large ISPs, which protect 3,000+ 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 and orchestrate VMware backup, replication, and recovery. With the APIs, you can integrate NAKIVO Backup & Replication with monitoring, automation, and orchestration solutions to reduce time spent on data protection management and decrease data protection costs.

VMware Backup

Provide BaaS and DRaaS with Multi-Tenancy

NAKIVO Backup & Replication enables creating multiple isolated tenants within a single product deployment and managing 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 and import it in your VMware vSphere.

Install on NAS

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

Deploy as AWS AMI

Instantly deploy NAKIVO Backup & Replication in 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 in a single click.