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Executive Summary
Updated on April 10, 2022

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

  • Ease of Deployment: Most reviewers of both solutions agree that the installation is a straightforward process.
  • Features: Users of both products are happy with their stability and scalability. Veeam Backup users say it is high performing, flexible and user-friendly. Several Veeam Backup users note that better integration options are necessary. VMware SRM users say it has good replication and recovery capabilities but can be difficult to synchronize with other environments.
  • Pricing: Veeam Backup reviewers feel that it is an expensive solution. Some VMware SRM reviewers say that the price of the product is fair, while others say it is expensive.
  • ROI: Veeam Backup reviewers report seeing an ROI. VMware SRM reviewers do not mention ROI.
  • Service and Support: Most users of both solutions report being satisfied with the level of support they receive.

Comparison Results: Veeam Backup & Replication comes out on top in this comparison due to its robust performance and user-friendly interface. Veeam Backup & Replication also has a significant ROI.

To learn more, read our detailed VMware SRM vs. Veeam Backup & Replication report (Updated: May 2022).
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Pros
"The backup and replication features of this solution are most valuable.""The most valuable feature is the instant recovery.""I have found the most valuable feature to be the new CDP features. It is very popular for my customer's needs.""The most valuable feature is the ease of use.""Simple and stable.""One of the best things about Veeam is that they have consistently improved on themselves since they started. Personally, I've been using Veeam since around 2013/2014 when it was only supporting certain hypervisors such as HyperV, and since then it has become truly mature enterprise-level software with a lot of versatility.""Veeam is highly scalable. In one scenario, we started with 2,000 users and scaled up to 24,000.""It's a pretty complete product."

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"VMware SRM is a very nice tool for disaster recovery for virtual environments.""The UI is very user-friendly and testing is easy.""The solution is simple to use and has effective automation.""The installation and initial setup are straightforward.""VMware SRM's most valuable features are its convenience and its use of stretched clusters.""In terms of recovery, if you have a test job script, you can put it on top of it. You can create custom steps so that it will be more granular. It will be an easy, one click solution when it comes to the recovery application.""This SRM solution can improve your footprint within a data center.""VMware's tech support gets a nine-out-of-ten. They are responsive and get you a useful reply."

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Cons
"There's a lot of room for improvement surrounding the backup process.""think backing up from physical servers and ransomware security needs some improvements.""It's a great product, but only if you have everything virtualized.""The data duplication should be improved.""A backup and replication solution should be able to back up a system and do recovery very fast. Even though Veeam Backup & Replication is able to meet most of our needs, it would be better if they can make it faster for backup and restore.""The solution requires a lot of bandwidth.""If a single file is corrupt then the restoration of the entire backup will fail.""If you upgrade too quickly, you may have issues."

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"There needs to be better stability during heavy capacity in future releases.""The solution could improve by removing some of the limitations we have been facing. There could be better integrated.""Technical support needs improvement, they are not very responsive.""I would like to see this solution be more scalable.""This product is not appropriate for those moving to a broader cloud footprint.""You cannot use VMware SRM in conjunction with storage replication software.""The biggest issue for us is that this product does not have any demo for customers.""We've had configuration issues on occasion. We start to fail over, and then we have to call it off because the configuration is not right, or the data stores aren't configured correctly in the secondary data center. Oftentimes, it is just the experience level of the team, and we have to bring in the vendor to help and validate our configuration."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "My understanding is that it is a fairly small price point."
  • "Its software solution has a fee."
  • "It is more expensive than other solutions."
  • "If you tell Veeam that you're competing with, for example, NetBackup or Backup Exec, or Dell or Micro Focus then they may lower the price. They are very competitive."
  • "I don't know what the costs are for sure, but I think that it's on a yearly basis."
  • "Its price is reasonable for a big company or a big client. It is not too much. It is cheaper than VMware."
  • "Its pricing is really good."
  • "Veeam Backup and Replication is a cost-effective solution"
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  • "The cost of SRM is a little bit high, especially for smaller companies."
  • "The cost of SRM is on par with market rates."
  • "The licensing costs are increasing."
  • "It is about $3,000 a year for the 25 pack. The package gives you the ability to protect up to 25 virtual machines."
  • "There is an annual license to use this solution."
  • "The price of VMware SRM depends on how many VMs the customer has to move. There is a difference between the standard and enterprise license. I'm presenting the standard license to my customers because the total of VMs is not more than 50. The customer needs only the standard license and the cost is very effective for him."
  • "The price could be lower, in general. My clients pay for an annual license."
  • "VMware SRM is quite expensive."
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    Questions from the Community
    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 »
    Top Answer:Veeam Backup & Replication provides an easy-to-set-up solution to the issue of data storage and recovery. Setting it up is a relatively simple affair. For the most part it prompts you from screen to… more »
    Top Answer:In terms of recovery, if you have a test job script, you can put it on top of it. You can create custom steps so that it will be more granular. It will be an easy, one click solution when it comes to… more »
    Top Answer:The price could be lower, in general. My clients pay for an annual license.
    Top Answer:It would be good if this solution could integrate configuration management software such as Chef Infra.
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    Also Known As
    Veeam Backup and Replication, Veeam Availability Suite
    VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager
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    Overview

    Veeam® Availability Suite™ delivers something fundamentally different — Availability for the Always-On Enterprise™ — leveraging IT investments in server virtualization, modern storage and the cloud to help organizations meet today’s service-level objectives, enabling recovery of any IT service and related applications and data within seconds and minutes.

    https://www.veeam.com/vm-backup-recovery-replication-software.html

    VMware SRM (Site Recovery Manager) is a business continuity and disaster recovery solution that is part of the vSphere virtualization suite. It helps you plan, test, and run the recovery of virtual machines between a protected vCenter Server site and a recovery vCenter Server site. VMware SRM aims to minimize data loss and system downtime by letting you automate backups and orchestrate the recovery of entire VMware storage systems. VMware SRM is offered on-premises and on the AWS cloud.

    VMware SRM is most commonly used for:

    • Disaster recovery
    • Disaster avoidance
    • Data center migrations
    • Site-level load balancing
    • Maintenance testing for enterprise applications

    As a disaster recovery tool, VMware SRM:

    • Provides replication technology.
    • Supports policy-based management of backup programs.
    • Lets you run non-disruptive testing of disaster recovery plans.

    VMware SRM Key Features

    Some of VMware SRM’s key features include:
    Good scalability and stability, fast and reliable recovery, automated orchestration workflows, automated recovery of network and security settings, non-disruptive recovery testing, orchestrated cross-vCenter vMotion, stretched storage support, and self-service provisioning.

    VMware SRM Benefits

    The main benefits of using VMware SRM include:

    • Integration: VMware SRM integrates with other VMware technologies and architectures.

    • Non-disruptive testing: VMware SRM allows you to conduct tests during business hours without disruptions.

    • Reduced recovery time: By using automated orchestration workflows, VMware SRM helps to decrease recovery time to just minutes.

    • Automated failback: With automated failback, you can resume business operations as normal very quickly.

    • Extensibility for custom automation: With VMware SRM, you can use the Orchestrator plug-in to build custom automation workflows.

    • Automated network mappings: You can automatically map network settings across the two sites when creating a recovery plan.

    • Eliminate the need to re-configure IP addresses: With VMware SRM’s automated recovery of network and security settings, it is not necessary to e-configure IP addresses on recovered VMs via integration with NSX. Configurations are also reduced post-recovery by implementing security policies.

    • Centralized recovery plans: VMware SRM’s centralized recovery plans help you protect thousands of VM’s and also make it possible to eliminate manual runbooks.

    • Protect investments: With supported replication, VMware SRM helps protect investments and tailor RPOs.

    • Lower TCO: By using VMware SRM, you can lower your TCO and incur lower expenses for disaster recovery.

    Reviews from Real Users

    Below are reviews from PeerSpot users who are currently using the solution:

    PeerSpot user Eslam E., Senior Solution Architect at ICT Misr, explains his experience using the solution and says that "VMware SRM is very effective between two sites with identical twin storage, you can have synchronization between the two sites."

    A founder at a comms service provider commented on the solution's efficiency, noting, "If you want to do failover, it works without any problem."

    Reviewer Rakesh-P., who is a consultant at Ashtech Infotech (India) Pvt.Ltd., mentions why he finds VMware SRM to be a good product, commenting that “The most valuable feature is disaster recovery testing. The reports are very good.”

    Ahmed F., a consultant at Daniyals Inc, says that the solution doesn’t require a lot of resources and that "The UI is very user-friendly and testing is easy."

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    Sample Customers
    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
    Acorda Therapeutics, Columbia Sportswear, Mainfreight, Nippon Express, Sin Chew Media, Fisher & Paykel, Siam City Bank
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    Financial Services Firm14%
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    Government7%
    Comms Service Provider6%
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    Small Business46%
    Midsize Enterprise24%
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    Large Enterprise64%
    Buyer's Guide
    VMware SRM vs. Veeam Backup & Replication
    May 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about VMware SRM vs. Veeam Backup & Replication and other solutions. Updated: May 2022.
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    Veeam Backup & Replication is ranked 1st in Disaster Recovery (DR) Software with 164 reviews while VMware SRM is ranked 8th in Disaster Recovery (DR) Software with 15 reviews. Veeam Backup & Replication is rated 8.4, while VMware SRM is rated 7.8. The top reviewer of Veeam Backup & Replication writes "Dynamic and reliable backup solution". On the other hand, the top reviewer of VMware SRM writes "Good replication and integration capabilities with a straightforward setup". Veeam Backup & Replication is most compared with Rubrik, Azure Backup, Commvault Complete Data Protection, Nakivo and Zerto, whereas VMware SRM is most compared with Zerto, Dell RecoverPoint for Virtual Machines, VMware Cloud Disaster Recovery, Azure Site Recovery and Nutanix Xi Leap. See our VMware SRM vs. Veeam Backup & Replication report.

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