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 2024).
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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:
"Azure Backup is good because it is entirely cloud-based, which means that you can be 99.9% sure that your backup is safe.""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.""The most valuable feature of Azure Backup is the native backup capabilities.""First of all, you can schedule a backup for the client. You can schedule it as you like. You can also control the bandwidth, so the backup will not utilize. The internet will depend on the bandwidth.""I like the product's restoration cases.""The deployment process is quite easy in Azure.""The most valuable feature is the ease in which it backs up our data.""I have no issues with the stability at all. So I don't necessarily care about the stability of the product. I look more at whether or not can I recover. And I haven't had a failed recovery yet. I've got no failed recoveries of all my years."

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"I have found one of the most valuable features to be the integrity of the backups.""Veeam replication gives migration tools/options for VMware.""From my experience, Veeam is very good. Its interface is user-friendly. We can restore it whenever. It's not complicated. It's very easy to manage and administration is very easy.""It's got a very good user-friendly interface. It's easy to use.""The initial setup was very easy.""I like that the solution is very simple to install.""The features that I have found most valuable are its back up and recovery. It is a simplified backup because you can do both databases - VM and HyperV. It's a faster backup than the conventional methods because it takes up the bare metal.""The most valuable feature is adaptability, where it automatically adapts to the environment that it's being installed on."

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"I can’t use the solution to restore another native cloud solution. Azure must add this new feature.""The solution’s user interface could be improved.""The product must improve on a database level.""The product could improve its performance.""It can be further improved by continuously meeting its compliance requirements.""I would like to have the option to increase the frequency of the backups. Azure Backup does backups on an hourly basis, but I would prefer it to take backups more often.""The support for Office365 backup is atrocious and is something that has to be improved.""Azure Backup's licensing model is very challenging because it doesn't give a clear picture."

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"Could offer a better conclusion of the backups.""During the initial setup especially, there's a bit of a learning curve.""Backup speed should be increased, and there should be more functionality.""Some support replies for a broken backup task have been "rebuild the job from scratch" and this is a bad thing to do if you have many VMs and repositories.""The direct SAN backup integration can be perfected by improving the snapshot removal mechanism and process from the storage volumes.""The price can be better.""Veeam Backup Replication could improve by having more comparably with other hardware with the immutable copy feature.""The automation could be better."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "The pricing of this solution is ok, but I'm expecting that the price will decrease in the future."
  • "The pricing of this solution is good, and it is one of the easiest things that you can sell Azure with."
  • "This is an expensive solution in the Bangladesh marketplace."
  • "We are paying about $100,000 USD per year, just for a couple of servers."
  • "The price is pretty good, maybe $30 for a machine, I can't complain."
  • "It is a bit costly initially, but it is well worth it in the long run, especially for fighting against a number of threats, such as ransomware, which the IT industry is facing."
  • "Price-wise, it's similar to AWS."
  • "The price is somewhat high and could be lower."
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  • "If you have Exchange, Oracle, SQL, or a supported SAN, then I suggest getting at least an Enterprise edition. It’ll pay for itself in no time."
  • "The pricing and licensing is better than the competitors, but it could be better."
  • "Room for improvement is actually more in the way of licensing. The really good and useful features are in the Enterprise plus edition, and that one is really expensive."
  • "Since pricing is per socket, it is not expensive to add capacity as you go along."
  • "The licensing is based on the number of cores you have in your ESX or Hyper-V environment."
  • "The price is a bit high. Licensing type is VMware friendly, so it is easy."
  • "I think the price is good when you choose the Essentials Suite, but when you buy a full featured version (for instance the Enterprise Plus) the price is a little bit expensive."
  • "Setup cost and licensing of Veeam are nothing to complain about when compared to similar products for enterprise backup recovery solutions."
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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:Azure Backup is easy to configure and restore.
    Top Answer:Azure Backup is a moderately priced solution. On a scale from one to ten, where one is expensive and ten is cheap, I rate the solution's pricing a five 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 Backup & Replication is a comprehensive backup and disaster recovery solution designed primarily for virtual environments. Veeam Backup & Replication offers a blend of simplicity and efficiency, making it a go-to solution for businesses seeking to protect their data. It supports a wide range of virtual platforms, including VMware vSphere and Microsoft Hyper-V. According to the reviews, what sets Veeam apart is its ability to provide high-speed recovery, data loss avoidance, verified recoverability, leveraged data, and complete visibility. 

    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 fast, flexible, reliable backup, archival, recovery and replication functionality.

    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.”

    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
    Computer Software Company29%
    Manufacturing Company14%
    Construction Company14%
    Financial Services Firm11%
    Computer Software Company15%
    Financial Services Firm8%
    Manufacturing Company8%
    Financial Services Firm14%
    Computer Software Company12%
    Comms Service Provider6%
    Computer Software Company17%
    Manufacturing Company8%
    Financial Services Firm7%
    Company Size
    Small Business45%
    Midsize Enterprise19%
    Large Enterprise36%
    Small Business28%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise56%
    Small Business46%
    Midsize Enterprise23%
    Large Enterprise31%
    Small Business30%
    Midsize Enterprise18%
    Large Enterprise53%
    Buyer's Guide
    Azure Backup vs. Veeam Backup & Replication
    May 2024
    Find out what your peers are saying about Azure Backup vs. Veeam Backup & Replication and other solutions. Updated: May 2024.
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    Azure Backup is ranked 9th in Backup and Recovery with 51 reviews while Veeam Backup & Replication is ranked 1st in Backup and Recovery with 329 reviews. Azure Backup is rated 7.8, while Veeam Backup & Replication is rated 8.6. The top reviewer of Azure Backup writes "Straightforward to set up and manage and allows us to monitor all backups in one place". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Veeam Backup & Replication writes "Beneficial pricing model, user friendly interface, and many free features". Azure Backup is most compared with Rubrik, Commvault Cloud, Acronis Cyber Protect, Veritas NetBackup and Cohesity DataProtect, whereas Veeam Backup & Replication is most compared with Acronis Cyber Protect, Rubrik, Zerto, Veritas NetBackup and NAKIVO Backup & Replication. See our Azure Backup vs. Veeam Backup & Replication report.

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