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Surprisingly powerful backup and recovery for VMware


Veeam Backup & Replication
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#1 VMware backup & availability

Veeam® Backup & Replication™ delivers availability for all your cloud, virtual and physical workloads and is designed to meet the backup demands for organizations of all sizes to reduce complexity and out-perform legacy backup. Specialized for many different types of recovery, the next-generation Instant Recovery Engine allows extreme flexibility, all from a single-pass, image-level backup. By using the most advanced Instant VM Recovery® technology in the market, you can now initiate Instant Recovery of multiple VMs at once — making this the perfect solution for migration or for bringing multi-server applications back online fast. Always providing support for the latest version of VMware, Veeam Backup & Replication is ready when you are to embrace new virtualization platform updates.
Recovery capabilities

Meet recovery time objectives (RTO)

Achieve your objectives for any data or application with up to a 5X increase in
recovery times.

Reduce your recovery footprint

Go even faster when it matters most by only recovering the individual disks or files that are needed for extremely large VMware VMs.

Achieve less downtime during DR

Master Continuous Data Protection (CDP) with Instant Recovery and migration operations for individual or even multiple VMs simultaneously.

Superior capabilities enhance the availability of VMware

Application-aware image-based backup

Veeam Backup & Replication creates application-consistent, image-level backups of running VSS-aware applications, ensuring successful recovery of business-critical applications and services and allowing for application-specific restore scenarios.
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Image-based backups

Instant Recovery Engine

Speed and flexibility in a single recovery engine, Veeam Backup & Replication provides many flexible recovery methods, including Instant VM, file and multi-VM recovery from a single-pass, image-level backup.
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Instant Recovery

Achieve low RPOs with CDP and assisted failover

Avoid data loss and achieve ultra-low RPOs for critical applications with continuous recovery points and automated assisted DR failover, taking advantage of a ready-to-use VMware replica to your DR location until the issue is resolved.
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Continuous Data Protection (CDP)

Backup from Storage Snapshots

Meet demanding RPO requirements with little to no impact on your VMware production environment by leveraging Backup from Storage Snapshots, supported by the world’s leading storage providers.

Automated recovery testing

Easily guarantee recoverability and security by automatically testing VMware VM backups and replicas in an isolated virtual lab with Veeam DataLabs™ SureBackup® and SureReplica.

Built-in replication directly
from your backups

Reduce the read I/O on production VMware VMs by utilizing VM backups as a source for replication, delivered fast with WAN Acceleration as a part of Veeam’s Built-in Replication.

Protect VMware, cloud, physical and more

Extend powerful protection to your entire environment at any time without licensing headaches thanks to Veeam Universal Licensing (VUL).


How do I back up VMware and VMware VMs?
  • Begin by choosing a backup solution, like Veeam Backup & Replication, that understands and is designed to handle and take advantage of the dynamic nature of VMware backup.
  • To properly perform VMware backup and VMware VMs backup, you need to ensure that you have the time, throughput and storage needed to perform the backup.
  • Choose the best time — typically VMware backup, like any other core backup, is performed during off-hours.
  • Check to see if both the primary and/or secondary storage locations for the VMware backup have adequate space available.
  • Determine if any VMware VM backups will address any applications that require specific-processing to achieve application-consistent VMware backups.
  • If you plan to use any scripts prior to or post running the VMware backup job, create these before you begin.
  • Determine which VMware VMs will need to be protected and which ones will need to be excluded from backup.
  • For most cases, you can perform a single-pass backup of VMware, taking advantage of your backup solution working directly with VMware vSphere Storage APIs for Data Protection to ensure that all VMware VMs, their storage and configuration are protected and ready for recovery.
What is VMware replication?
  • VMware replication is a built-in feature to VMware that helps to provide disaster recovery of VMware virtual machines.
  • VMware replication tackles many use cases, including local data protection, disaster recovery between sites or providers and data center migration capabilities.
  • When used as part of your data protection strategy, VMware replication can provide yet another layer of fast recovery that is needed to meet the increasing demands of short recovery time objectives (RTOs) when recovering an entire virtual machine.
  • Key data protection and recovery applications, like Veeam Backup & Replication, inherently take advantage of VMware replication and VMware snapshots to provide replicas specific to points in time that can be used to instantly recover a VMware replication virtual machine.
  • VMware replication replicas created from VMware snapshots allow you to perform both on-site and off-site replication — on site for highly available virtual machines and off site for disaster recovery purposes.
How can I recover my VMware VM in case of disaster?

Recovering some or all parts of a VMware VM during loss or even VMware disaster recovery can be achieved just as you need it — the key is choosing the best method for your recovery scenario:

  • Instant VM Recovery — quickly achieve VMware disaster recovery of a single VMware virtual machine by running them directly from your Veeam backups to improve recovery time objectives (RTOs).
  • Instant VM disk recovery — immediately restore only the individual virtual machine disks directly from a backup file or as First Class Disks (FCD) in VMware.
  • Entire VM restore — Achieve full VMware disaster recovery by restoring an entire VM directly from a Veeam backup file or VMware replica back to its original or even a new location.
  • Guest OS file recovery — When VMware disaster recovery is only needed at the guest OS level, you can easily recover individual OS files and folders from the guests directly from Veeam backups, replicas and VMware snapshots without needing the storage footprint to recover the entire virtual machine.
What types of VMware backup are there?

For VMware backup, there are different levels of VMware that can be protected — ultimately based upon what your needs are to meet your recovery objectives. Solutions like Veeam Backup & Replication will provide block-level, image backups that may be leveraged for a full spectrum of recovery:

  • Host-level VMware backup — Apply VMware backup at the host level to ensure that you capture not only all of the currently residing virtual machines on the host, but also all the storage, configuration and metadata needed for even the most demanding recovery — including disaster recovery.
  • Guest-level VMware backup — Within each vSphere host, you can choose to select individual guests to include or exclude from VMware backup. This method allows you to protect individual guest-level operating systems and their associated files so that you can perform object-level recovery at the guest OS level.
  • Changed Block Tracking (CBT) — For all VMware backups, VMware provides a built-in capability that journals all changes made to a guest at the block level. Taking advantage of CBT allows VMware backup products like Veeam to only protect the actual data blocks of what has changed since the last backup, resulting in a much faster, smaller VMware backup.
  • Also, take advantage of advanced settings for VMware backup, including VMware Tools quiesce, which will help to freeze the file system during VMware backup. Backup software that supports VMware Tools quiesce for VMware backup will capture all blocks necessary for crash and application-consistent backups.

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