I want to review a product that we’ve tested over the last few weeks. Several years ago we–like many other companies–moved everything to a virtual machine. The phone system is the only thing that still runs on a physical box. Everything else is virtual. And I like it that way.
I won’t go into the virtues of virtual machines, but for several years, they’ve been the way most businesses have gone.
But there has been a problem with our implementation of VMs: backup. That’s not to say that there are not several products in the market that back up virtual machines, but there’s not a good solution (in my opinion) built into the Windows Server operating system. And most of the alternatives that come from third parties are very expensive for a small business.
Enter Veeam. I found it via internet search; my motivation was that one of our old servers that was running some non-critical virtual machines died. I had backups, but they weren’t the most recent, and it got me to searching for a better solution.
Here were my criteria:
- It had to work
- It had to be easy to install, setup, support, and upgrade
- It had to have enough features to make it worthwhile solution
- It had to fit my budget
Enter Veeam. I installed the Essentials version, and set up backups of the machines I had.
In general, I wanted the backup to work like this:
- Backup the machine to a local hard drive (for speed)
- Copy the backups to an external hard drive (for security)
Veeam does both. With job recording and an easy console.
I won’t belabor the point. I had to restore a 40Gb web server today. It took 10 minutes. Less time than I had already spent troubleshooting. And it was before the 30 day trial version ran out.
Send me the real thing!