Azure Backup vs Veeam Backup & Replication comparison

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Executive Summary
Updated on Mar 17, 2022

We performed a comparison between Azure Backup and Veeam Backup & Replication based on our users’ reviews in four categories. After reading all of the collected data, you can find our conclusion below.

  • Ease of Deployment: Reviewers of both solutions agreed that the installation was a straightforward process. A handful of Veeam Backup users felt that the cloud setup was a bit complex.

  • Features: Both solutions received good reviews from users. Azure Backup reviewers say that it is easy to use and performs well. A number of users felt that the restoration process was slow. Veeam Backup users are very satisfied with the product. They find it to be user-friendly, flexible, stable, and high performing. While some users mentioned being satisfied with the Veeam Backup’s integration abilities, a few users said better integration options for external services were necessary.

  • Pricing: Reviewers of both solutions note that their prices are relatively high.

  • ROI: Users of both solutions report being satisfied with the ROI.

  • Service and Support: Azure Backup users have mixed reviews for the service and support they receive. Most Veeam Backup users are satisfied with the product’s support, although a small number of Veeam users felt the support could be improved.

Comparison Results: Both products received high marks from users, but Veeam Backup & Replication wins out in this comparison. In addition to being a powerful and reliable backup tool, Veeam Backup also has restoration capabilities superior to those of Azure Backup. In addition, Veeam Backup has a slight edge over Azure Backup in the service and support department.

To learn more, read our detailed Azure Backup vs. Veeam Backup & Replication Report (Updated: May 2023).
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Q&A Highlights
Question: Comparison between Acronis, Veeam and Azure?
Answer: This comparison is going to be short and sweet. Azure is ok but if you use Azure hot or cold storage, be aware that the cost could be a killer DimenXional Currently uses VEEAM because the cloud appliances we purchased came with a VEEAM license. The product is easy to use but here again, they are less expensive solutions. I tried Acronis and the problems we had were all based on internet speeds. The initial backup of a 1TB drive took several days. That is just too long I can tell you that DimenXional will be offering a BaaS and DRaaS later this summer. Its called WatchDog-BaaS and WatchDog-DRaaS. We will be using Wasabi hot and cold storage which is 80% less expensive than Azure, AWS, Rackspace, and lots of others. WatchDog-BaaS is being built to go toe to toe with Carbonite on local workstations/laptops/etc, as their interface is ugly and the product support is nasty WatchDog-DRaaS is our Virtual offering.
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Quotes From Members
We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use.
Here are some excerpts of what they said:
"One of the most valuable features is security and connectivity to the data.""The most valuable feature of Azure Backup is the file recovery and file vault.""When it comes to Azure Backup, the advantage is that it's native and it's very easy to configure. We don't require a separate tool or manage something on a separate server. At the backend, it's managed by Microsoft itself, and we don't need to manage it.""It offers seamless integration.""There is only one feature, and that is the backup.""The solution helped us use R2 RBO to back up frequently.""It's useful, it works, and it's fairly reliable.""With a couple of buttons, we can configure a VM for a backup and use the wall service, the storage wall service, pretty seamlessly."

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"The main feature for Veeam is that it's built primarily for virtualization, such as VMware or Hyper-V.""It's a pretty complete product.""Veeam Backup has many valuable features and every feature is different. I have created backups for file-level backup, VMware or hypervisor virtual machines, physical machines, and workstations as well. Every time, I learn something new.""The features that I have found most valuable are its ease of management, it is not complicated, it is very reliable, has good support and a lot of knowledge on the market for integrators.""Once you get it set up, everything is smooth, and the recovery is excellent.""Recovery of backup data is the most valuable feature.""I'm satisfied with tech support, because the solution is so stable that I haven't had the need to engage any of the engineers yet.""One of the most valuable features is the incremental backup. It is, of course, perfect because you have a lot of restore points, but you don't need all the space. The stability is also perfect."

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"In Avamar, the file-based restores are very quick and fast, whereas, in Azure Backup, VM restore is super easy, but if I have to do a file or a folder restore, I have to mount the entire VM image. I have to wait for some time for it to be mounted, and then I have to go inside and then check the file and copy it somewhere. It's a bit of a manual process, whereas in Avamar, you can directly select a file and folder, and it'll recover with whatever permissions you want.""The only thing I would say that could be improved is the reporting.""There is a limitation of 99 files restores per day which means that we can't complete a huge file restore. We would like Azure to increase the number of the possible file restorations.""Ransomware protection is missing in Azure Backup.""The extensibility onto hybrid environments needs a bit of tweaking for those on-prem.""The length of time it takes to restore is our main source of frustration. It would be beneficial to shorten the time it takes.""Lacks an AI system that would enable easier upgrading of the hardware.""I would like to see more automation, integration, and security. The price could be better."

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"The cloud backups from Veeam Backup Replication have not been good. Addiotnaally, the backups of Office 365 and the overall performance can always be improved.""Veeam Backup is not enhanced. There aren't any enhancements yet and they are still using traditional methods for snapshots and to perform the backup, like many other vendors. Another improvement would be simplifying and integrating their software.""I would like to see the licensing model improved. They have recently changed the model and have made it more complicated.""Integration with other equipment could be improved.""Veeam Backup & Replication should include a cloud solution.""Veeam Backup Replication could improve by making the monitoring system free. If I would like to have any monitoring system by Veeam I have to purchase it. It should come free with the solution. They should provide a monitoring system to make the work easier and smooth.""The documentation and communication could be better in Veeam Backup Replication.""Restoration takes about two to four hours with Veeam. Zerto can restore in about 10 seconds. That's the restoration speed I'm looking for now that we're dealing with ransomware."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "Support payment works by the level of partnership and the number of shares."
  • "Licensing fees are paid on a monthly basis."
  • "The price should be cheaper, but it's affordable if you use the yearly subscription."
  • "It's around $10 to $15 per month per virtual machine, along with something extra based on the size of the data."
  • "Pay as you go is the pricing model."
  • "Overall, its cost is better because the VMs are already there, and whatever you back up, there is only the additional cost of that storage, whereas if I have to use Avamar in Azure, a separate cost is there for the Avamar server, and in addition, whatever I take as a backup, there is a separate license with Avamar for that. So, there is a double cost if we have to use Avamar in the cloud."
  • "There is a cost per terabyte for using this solution."
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  • "The price of the solution could improve when comparing it to competitors. The market is very competitive and they should have some discounts or special offers."
  • "We purchase a license annually."
  • "The price of Veeam Backup and Replication is expensive."
  • "It is relatively cheap."
  • "We have a yearly perpetual license."
  • "The price of Veeam Backup & Replication is reasonable compared to IBM."
  • "I understand from management that the DR component is too expensive."
  • "When I did a tech refresh, we took out a subscription for the coming five years."
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    Answers from the Community
    Mark Donnelly
    Mohamed Eltoukhy - PeerSpot reviewerMohamed Eltoukhy


    -Modern mobile-enabled web interface
    -Touch-friendly, works on tablets
    -21st century look and feel


    -Basic outdated windows interface
    -Windows only – no mobile devices
    -Ancient look and feel

    Enayat Galsulkar - PeerSpot reviewerEnayat Galsulkar
    Real User

    Veeam is a good easy to use backup solution. But it has some limitations when you have an HCI Infrastructure like Nutanix. 

    Veeam BEM though can manage the jobs in Nutanix but if I need to fetch any reports for compliance requirements, it's not available. BEM will provide reports only if you are using VMWARE or HyperV. hence we are moving towards Rubrik. 

    it_user1142469 - PeerSpot reviewerit_user1142469 (Sales Engineer at a computer software company with 11-50 employees)
    Real User

    First off Azure is not a backup strategy or solution, its an S3 repository. Acronis, Veeam, Rubrik, Cohesity are Enterprise Backup Solutions/EBS that can facilitate an S3 (Cloud-out). Read the Gartner Report on EBS publisehd last Nov 2019 for better insight. - Best, Aaron

    Chukwu Austine - PeerSpot reviewerChukwu Austine
    Real User

    I have used Acronis and Veeam and choosing between the two depends on result you expect to get from the Backup Solution. I will advise you try the trial version of both and decide which gives you better result.

    reviewer1053252 - PeerSpot reviewerreviewer1053252 (Technical Presales Consultant/ Engineer at a tech vendor with 10,001+ employees)

    That all comes down what exactly you are looking to backup. Virtual, physical, cloud. Nevertheless if you are looking for a simple, reliable, scalable, and flexible solution which has a portable license model that fits all go with Veeam

    JohannFLEURY - PeerSpot reviewerJohannFLEURY
    Real User

    There is no “proper” answer to your question.

    First, before the tool, define your goal as:
    - how many systems?
    - how many virtual vs physical?
    - sizing (even roughly)
    - is there some DBs or specific app?

    Then time will come to choose the correct tool.

    reviewer1243038 - PeerSpot reviewerreviewer1243038 (CEO/co-founder at a tech services company with 1-10 employees)
    Real User

    Veeam is a leader. Acronis is a niche player. Veeam is integrated with most storage systems on the market. Functionality - I'd recommend Veeam.

    Eliajh Johnson - PeerSpot reviewerEliajh Johnson

    Hi Mark, hope you are well and keeping safe.  Would this be for an on-prem, off-prem or hybrid solution you are looking for?  For the record, Azure is a Cloud based solution and other vendors like Arcserve, Acronis, Veeam etc...have an on-prem/hybrid solution offerings.  Happy to discuss

    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:Veeam has a version for Azure but there are organizations, like ours, that are considering moving to an Azure environment and wonder if Azure Backup is better than Veeam Backup and Replication (Veeam… more »
    Top Answer:The pricing is in the middle as it is not the most expensive, yet they are not the cheapest. I rate it six out of ten.
    Top Answer:Comparing the features of the four is not the right approach. You need to develop a list of requirements for backup and DR that are specific to your organization and then compare each of the four… more »
    Top Answer:Technically, Veeam is best for hyper-v & VMWare replications, snapshots, HA failover, also support for file system backups inside VMs., support for tape library & FC too. But Veritas Netbackup is a… more »
    Top Answer:Nakivo is my favorite backup software. Below are the main benefits of Nakivo compared to Veeam 1. Low cost. 2. Backup storage with global deduplication (this is the main requirement of a backup… more »
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    Also Known As
    Veeam Backup and Replication, Veeam Availability Suite
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    Azure Backup is a scalable backup solution with zero capital investment and minimal operational expenses that can help a company achieve maximal data protection. Azure Backup’s System Center Data Protection Manager provides optional integrations that can enable you to protect both advanced workloads running in your datacenter in VMs as well as those that are on physical servers.

    Azure Backup has many features that make it a most effective product. Included among these is its ability to easily scale up your storage capacity. It taps into the cloud to give you the ability to expand on a massive scale. This can be done without any monitoring or maintenance overhead.

    Benefits of Azure Backup

    Some of the benefits of using Azure Backup include:

    • The ability to control and track the performance of your network from a single centralized location. Azure Backup has a “single pane of glass” interface that enables users to monitor, operate, govern, and analyze their backups from one place. This eliminates any need to add additional management infrastructure. You can manage different workload types, subscriptions, vaults, and regions with Azure’s Backup Center.

    • A wide array of security features allows you to prevent malicious users from doing damage to the system, receive alerts if an unauthorized action takes place, and recover from any damage that results. Azure Backup has authentication requirements built in to protect vital functions, such as the ability to delete backed up data from unauthorized users. If something that impacts the backed up data takes place, users are immediately notified. Azure Backup saves any and all deleted backup data for two weeks. This enables administrators to use recovery points to recover their lost data.

    Reviews from Real Users

    There are a number of characteristics that make Azure Backup extremely effective. Two of these are the flexibility that it offers users and its overall effectiveness.

    PeerSpot user Ayman Y., an IT manager at NOMAC, notes all of the different backup options that Azure Backup offers. He writes, “It has many features. First of all, you can schedule a backup for the client as you like. You can do a backup from the whole virtual machine as an image. You can do a backup only from files and folders. It has every option. All options are available for the backup, for the restore, for the bandwidth utilization to do backups, even virtual machines or a physical machine. If you need to do a backup of the whole image from the virtual machine, all these options are there.”

    PeerSpot user Muzammil M., a senior operations engineer at the AlGosaibi Group, notes the effectiveness of Azure Backup when he writes, “Azure Backup is good because it is entirelycloud-based, which means that you can be 99.9% sure that your backup is safe. This is the reason that I suggest its use for companies that need to back up critical data.”

    Veeam’s® premier product, Veeam Backup & Replication™, delivers availability for cloud, virtual, Kubernetes and physical workloads. Through a simple-by-design management console, users are offered what is presented as a fast, flexible, reliable Backup, archival, recovery and replication.

    Backup capabilities

    • Continuous Data Protection
    • Fast, reliable application-aware, image-based backups
    • Unlimited capacity and cost savings for long-term data retention on object storage with new Veeam Cloud Tier
    • Enterprise application support for Veeam Plug-ins for SAP HANA and Oracle RMAN

    Replication capabilities

    • Instant recovery for NAS, Microsoft SQL and Oracle
    • Recover individual files easily with Instant VM and File-level Recovery
    • Easy portability and recovery to AWS, Azure and Azure Stack with NEW Veeam Cloud Mobility

    Recovery capabilities

    • Recover individual files with Instant VM and File-level Recovery
    • Portability and recovery to AWS, Azure and Azure Stack with NEW Veeam Cloud Mobility
    • Fast, item-level and application recovery for Microsoft Exchange, SharePoint, Active Directory, and SQL Server and Oracle

    Reviews from Real Users

    Veeam Backup & Replication is a solution that stands out when compared to many of its competitors. Some of its major advantages are its ease of set up, the fact that it is agentless, and that it has an intuitive dashboard. 

    A Network Operations Manager at an educational organization says, "Integration with VMware is excellent with very granular recovery."

    An Inside Solutions Architect at a tech services company mentions, “I like that it's agent-less, easy to set up, and hardware-agnostic.”

    An Account Manager at a tech services company states, “The dashboard is very, very easy to understand. We do demonstrations all the time with customers just to show them. If they've lost particular files because of a server going down, we can retrieve those files for them and quickly bring those files back up.”

    Kerem C., Director of Professional Services/Senior Solution Architect/Trainer at a tech services company, explains, “It's good for backup performance management and backup window management.”

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    Sample Customers
    Russell Reynolds Associates, Somerset County Council, Kardem, PCL Construction
    Vodafone, American Standard Brands, Welch’s, University of Florida, Tata Global Beverages Limited, National Bank of Abu Dhabi, Hirslanden Private Hospital Group, MacLean-Fogg Company
    Top Industries
    Manufacturing Company18%
    Financial Services Firm18%
    Computer Software Company12%
    Energy/Utilities Company12%
    Computer Software Company18%
    Comms Service Provider7%
    Manufacturing Company7%
    Financial Services Firm13%
    Computer Software Company12%
    Comms Service Provider6%
    Computer Software Company19%
    Comms Service Provider9%
    Manufacturing Company6%
    Company Size
    Small Business47%
    Midsize Enterprise21%
    Large Enterprise32%
    Small Business26%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise57%
    Small Business45%
    Midsize Enterprise23%
    Large Enterprise31%
    Small Business29%
    Midsize Enterprise18%
    Large Enterprise53%
    Buyer's Guide
    Azure Backup vs. Veeam Backup & Replication
    May 2023
    Find out what your peers are saying about Azure Backup vs. Veeam Backup & Replication and other solutions. Updated: May 2023.
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    Azure Backup is ranked 10th in Backup and Recovery Software with 18 reviews while Veeam Backup & Replication is ranked 1st in Backup and Recovery Software with 115 reviews. Azure Backup is rated 8.2, while Veeam Backup & Replication is rated 8.6. The top reviewer of Azure Backup writes "Secure, good connectivity, easy to scale, and gives our clients peace of mind". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Veeam Backup & Replication writes "Dynamic and reliable backup solution". Azure Backup is most compared with Veritas NetBackup, Commvault Complete Data Protection, Acronis Backup, Rubrik and Microsoft DPM, whereas Veeam Backup & Replication is most compared with Rubrik, Acronis Backup, Veritas NetBackup, Nakivo and Cohesity DataProtect. See our Azure Backup vs. Veeam Backup & Replication report.

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