NAKIVO Backup & Replication for VMware
Fast, reliable, and affordable backup for VMware environmentsBuilt for virtualization, NAKIVO Backup & Replication is an all-in-one solution for VMware VM backup, replication, and recovery. The product has been certified by VMware and is used by over 13,000 customers across the globe.
NAKIVO Backup & Replication for VMware has been designed to be both simple and flexible to fit your needs. You can install the product on Windows, Linux, or deploy it as a pre-configured Virtual Appliance. You can also install NAKIVO Backup & Replication for VMware directly on a Synology NAS or Western Digital NAS and create your own, high-performance VM backup appliance! To learn more, refer to the Synology Backup Appliance and WD Backup Appliance topics.
NAKIVO Backup & Replication for VMware automatically installs all required components, the installation process takes less than 5 minutes, and all features work out of the box. You can easily manage backup and recovery via an intuitive Web interface.
Powerful VM BackupWith NAKIVO Backup & Replication for VMware, you can protect your VMs the way you want it: you can back up locally, offsite, and to public clouds:
NAKIVO Backup & Replication for VMware supports Exchange, Active Directory, MS SQL, SharePoint, Oracle, and other applications and databases, ensuring that all backups are consistent and can be recovered. In addition, the product can truncate Exchange log files to reduce required storage.
All VM backup jobs are forever-incremental and transfer only changed data to the backup repository. This significantly speeds up VM backup and reduces the network load. On top of that, NAKIVO Backup & Replication uses VMware’s Changed Blocks Tracking technology to quickly identify what data has changed since the last job run.
For each VM backup, you can save up to 1,000 recovery points and – using the Grandfather-Father-Son retention policy – rotate them on a daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly basis. To learn more, refer to the VM backup topic.
Backups can be lost due to a number of reasons: accidental backup deletion, backup file corruption, disk failure, lost or stolen hardware, malicious attack, or due to some other undesired and unpredicted event. Thus, having more than one copy of your business-critical backups is vital for ensuring that your data can be recovered in case of a disaster. Backup Copy jobs provide a simple yet powerful way to create and maintain copies of your backups. Backup Copy jobs copy backups from one Backup Repository to another, without touching the source ESXi hosts or source VMs. This way your source VMs are read only once, while backups can be copied to one or multiple locations.
Global Data Deduplication and CompressionNAKIVO Backup & Replication for VMware automatically deduplicates VM backups at the block level and ensures that only unique data is saved in the backup repository. All VM backups are deduplicated across entire backup repository – regardless of how many jobs you have. To further reduce data size, NAKIVO Backup & Replication for VMware automatically compresses each block of data so it occupies even less storage space in a backup repository.
To learn more, refer to the data deduplication topic.
Military-Grade EncryptionSending your data offsite over the Internet without a VPN connection can present a threat to the data security. NAKIVO Backup & Replication for VMware can encrypt your data in flight and at rest using AES 256 encryption standard.
Instant Screenshot Verification for VM Backups
NAKIVO Backup & Replication for VMware can near-instantly verify your VM backups. After a backup is completed, the product instantly recovers the VM directly from the compressed and deduplciated backup repository, makes a screenshot of the booted OS, discards the test-recovered VM, and sends a report with the screenshot via email.
This way you can not only trust the product that you have a good VM backup, but also see (and show to your management) that VM backups are good and recoverable. To learn more, refer to the Screenshot Verification topic.
Instant Recovery from VM Backups
With NAKIVO Backup & Replication for VMware, you can instantly recover entire VMs, Microsoft Exchange objects (such as emails), Microsoft Active Directory objects (such as users and groups), and files of Windows-based and Linux-based VMs. Recovery is performed directly from the compressed and deduplicated backup repository, and you don’t need to install agents, run a special VM backup type, pre-recover a VM or a database.
Built-In VM Replication
VMware VM replication creates and maintains an identical copy of a source VM on a target ESXi host. The copy of the source VM – called a VM replica – is a regular VM that is available in VMware vSphere. VM replicas remain in the powered off state and do not consume any resources, yet you can simply power them on, in case of a disaster.
With NAKIVO Backup & Replication for VMware, you can create up to 30 recovery points for a VM replica. Each recovery point is a regular VMware VM snapshot, so if a source VM has been damaged, you can easily return the VM replica back to a previous good state even without NAKIVO Backup & Replication for VMware. To learn more, refer to the Replication topic.
High VM Backup and Replication Performance
NAKIVO Backup & Replication for VMware has been designed to deliver the highest levels of performance for VM backup, replication, and recovery. Multi-Threading enables NAKIVO Backup & Replication for VMware to run multiple VM backup, replication, and recovery jobs simultaneously, which speeds up data processing and shortens the time windows allocated to VM data protection. Direct SAN Support enables using fiber-channel and iSCSI SANs to offload networks while significantly increasing data transfer speeds. Network Acceleration 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. Installing NAKIVO Backup & Replication for VMware on Synology or Western Digital (WD) NAS can also improve performance by 1.7X by eliminating the overhead of CIFS or NFS storage protocols.
Best Value for the Money
NAKIVO Backup & Replication for VMware offers some of the best licensing and maintenance price points in the market, and delivers the best value for the money. On top of that, NAKIVO Backup & Replication for VMware also helps reduce VM backup costs with cost saving features:
- NAKIVO Backup & Replication for VMware comes with a built-in database and is 100% agentless, so you won’t need to spend time on installing, configuring, or managing any databases or agents.
- For a single-site deployment, NAKIVO Backup & Replication for VMware requires just 2 CPU cores and 4 GB of RAM. Better yet, you can install the product directly on a Synology or Western Digital (WD) NAS and create your own, high performance backup appliance in 1 GB of RAM.
- With NAKIVO Backup & Replication for VMware, you can just “set it and forget it”, and spend your time on other important tasks.
- Instant VM and granular recovery saves hours of time previously spent on recovering full VMs.
- Global data deduplication and compression significantly reduce storage space requirements.
- The simple and intuitive Web UI saves hours of time spent on backup administration.
NAKIVO Backup & Replication is a fast, reliable, and affordable VM data protection solution for VMware virtualized environments. Contact us to get a free trial and arrange for a live product demo.
Hyper-V Backup: Fast, Simple, Powerful
NAKIVO Backup & Replication simplifies and automates Hyper-V backup, and provides a variety of recovery options, should you need to get your data or an entire VM back. With NAKIVO Backup & Replication, advanced built-in features work behind the scenes to reduce backup time, save storage space, ensure data recoverability, and speed up recovery time, letting you concentrate on your tasks and goals rather than forcing you to babysit backups.
Built with your needs in mind, NAKIVO Backup & Replication features an intuitive (and responsive) web interface, which you can access at any time and from anywhere. At the same time, the product is designed to support large and distributed environments so it can easily scale out with your business both in one datacenter and across multiple, geographically distributed locations: some of our customers protect 3,000+ VMs and span across 150+ locations.
Key Features at a Glance
- 1-click installation, easy-to-use web interface
- Agentless, image-based backup of live Hyper-V VMs
- Application-aware, forever-incremental VM backup
- Up to 1,000 GFS recovery points per VM backup
- Built-in, global data deduplication and compression
- Backup copy offsite and to Azure/AWS clouds
- Instant file recovery
- Instant Exchange objects recovery
- Instant Active Directory objects recovery
- Full VM recovery to the same or a new host
- Automated backup verification
- Support for Hyper-V Cluster Shared Volumes
The Right Backup
NAKIVO Backup & Replication provides native backup for Hyper-V Server 2016 and Hyper-V Server 2012 (R2). The product can back up live running Hyper-V VMs without installing any agents in VMs or interrupting VMs operation. To ensure that data in applications and databases (such as Exchange, Active Directory, SQL, SharePoint) is consistent, NAKIVO Backup & Replication can use the application-aware backup mode, which relies on Microsoft VSS technology.
The resulting Hyper-V backup includes all VM data and VM configuration, so that you can recover OS files, application objects, and the entire VM in exactly the same state as it was during the backup. For each Hyper-V backup, you can save up to 1,000 recovery points, and rotate them on a daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly basis.
The Fast Backup
With architecture optimized for performance, NAKIVO Backup & Recovery gets the most from your environment bandwidth to complete backup jobs as fast as possible. Hyper-V backups are forever-incremental and (after the initial full backup) transfer only changed data to the backup repository. The data is stored using the cutting-edge full synthetic mode, which eliminates the need for periodic full backups and recovery point transformations. On top of that, you can enable Network Acceleration to decrease the network load and boost backup speed up to two times in WAN and busy LAN networks.
The Small Backup
Even with forever-incremental backups, you need to store more and more data every day. To reduce backup size, NAKIVO Backup & Replication automatically deduplicates all your backups across an entire backup repository, even if the repository stores a mix of Hyper-V, VMware, and EC2 instance backups.
To further reduce backup size, all deduplicated data blocks are automatically compressed. The two data reduction technologies work together behind the scenes to significantly reduce space occupied by backups.
What if your Hyper-V VMs and their backups get encrypted by ransomware? Or lost in a fire? Or drowned by a burst water pipe, stolen, accidentally deleted, corrupted, unavailable?
You better have a backup for a backup! NAKIVO Backup & Replication allows you to easily set up backup copy jobs and send backup copies to a safe offsite location, you can even copy backups to Azure and AWS clouds.
You can choose to maintain one (or multiple) exact copies of your backups or set rules as to what, where, how, and when should be copied.
Using the backup verification feature, NAKIVO Backup & Replication checks VM backups at the block level and ensures that the data written to the backup repository is identical to the data that was read from the source VM, thus verifying that application objects, files, and the entire VM can be recovered.
When You Need Your Data Back
Instant Granular Recovery and eDiscovery
With NAKIVO Backup & Replication v7 you can instantly recover files, Microsoft Exchange objects (such as emails), and Active Directory objects (such as users) directly from compre- ssed and deduplicated Hyper-V backups. Once you choose a recovery type and a recovery point, data is read from the backup repository and displayed in the product’s web interface within seconds. From there, you can browse, search, and select items that you need, and then recover them with a push of a button, without restoring the entire Hyper-V VM first.
Hyper-V VM Recovery
In just a few clicks, you can restore an entire Hyper-V VM back to the same or to a new host. The backup repository can be located anywhere – in the same location, offsite, or in Azure or AWS cloud. The VM will be restored in its entirety and in the same state as it was during the backup.
Hyper-V Backup Appliance Based on Your NAS
You can create your own, high-performance VM backup appliance by installing NAKIVO Backup & Replication directly on a QNAP, Synology or Western Digital NAS! This way, you can separate backup from your environment, offload backup workload from your Hyper-V servers to the NAS, and combine backup software, backup hardware, data deduplication, and backup data in a single device that has all you need for backup and recovery.
NAKIVO Backup & Replication provides great features that help automate Hyper-V backup. First off, you can add entire Hyper-V hosts to a backup job. This way, all existing VMs and new VMs that appear on the Hyper-V host in the future will be automatically added to the backup job. You can also create chained job runs, run custom Pre and Post Job Scripts as well as integrate with 3rd-party monitoring and automation tools by using HTTP APIs.
In the multi-tenant mode, NAKIVO Backup & Replication enables delivering backup as a service to your customers. In this mode, you can create multiple isolated tenants within the single copy of the product, while each tenant will have access only to their own jobs and environment via the self-service portal.
AWS EC2 Instance Backup
With NAKIVO Backup & Replication, you can easily create AWS EC2 instance backups. NAKIVO Backup & Replication protects entire AWS EC2 instances and performs forever-incremental backups, which transfer only changed data to your backup repository. You can keep your AWS EC2 backup anywhere — the backup repository can be located in the same Amazon EC2 region, in a different region, or even at your office or home.
For each backup, you can save up to 1,000 recovery points and, using the GFS backup rotation scheme, rotate them on a daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly basis. In addition, you can ensure that your AWS EC2 instances are always backed up by protecting an entire Amazon EC2 region or account. This way, all new AWS EC2 instances that are created in or moved to the region or account are automatically added to your backup jobs and stay protected.
Application-aware EC2 Instance Backup
NAKIVO Backup & Replication performs application-aware backup of Windows-based and Linux-based AWS EC2 instances. NAKIVO Backup & Replication supports Exchange, Active Directory, MS SQL, Oracle, and other applications and databases running inside AWS EC2 instances that you back up. Using the Application-aware mode, NAKIVO Backup & Replication ensures that application and database data is always consistent.
NAKIVO Backup & Replication automatically deduplicates all backups across an entire backup repository. On top of that, deduplicated blocks are compressed to ensure that the least amount of space is used by the backup repository.
Even in the cloud, your backups can be damaged, accidentally deleted, or become unavailable. Backup Copy jobs provide an easy way to create and maintain copies of your AWS EC2 instance backups. You can schedule Backup Copy jobs, send copies to different regions, accounts, or to your office or home, copy an entire backup repository or only selected backups, or even set a different backup retention policy for your backup copies – whatever your business needs suggest.
NAKIVO Backup & Replication can use 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 when running backup across WAN.
Instant Granular Recovery
With NAKIVO Backup & Replication, you can instantly recover files, Microsoft Exchange objects, and Microsoft Active Directory objects directly from compressed and deduplicated AWS EC2 Instance backups. You can browse, search, and recover files and application objects within the product’s Web interface, without recovering a full AWS EC2 instance first. This feature is purely agentless and works out of the box for both Windows-based and Linux-based instances.
AWS EC2 Instance Recovery
If a backed up AWS EC2 instance is accidentally damaged or deleted, you can recover the instance from its backup in just a few clicks. Your backup repository can be located anywhere – in the same Amazon region, in a different Amazon region, or in your office. The instance will be recovered in exactly the same state as it was during the backup and will appear in the region that you select for recovery.
HTTP APIs for Automation
HTTP APIs enable you to automate and orchestrate instance backup, replication, and recovery. APIs have been designed so that even non-developers can easily use them to integrate NAKIVO Backup & Replication with monitoring, automation, and orchestration solutions for reducing time spent on data protection management and decreasing data protection costs.