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User
Top 20
Good support, quick to deploy, clean management console, and supports various storage types
Pros and Cons
  • "Every new version has got some tweaks and improvements in stability and speed."
  • "In the future, I would like to see support for backing up data to more cloud platforms, besides Amazon."

What is our primary use case?

We mainly use Nakivo for Microsoft Office 365 backup, as well as for file backup.

It can do all of the promised features well and without any problem.

How has it helped my organization?

Nakivo is responsible for backing up all of our Office 365 accounts, and it works very well.

It has improved the organization of our data in the system. We have better security in terms of emails and documents, too. After we deployed it to a VMware environment, it worked almost instantly.

Nakivo comes with built-in storage but you can add almost any type of storage to it. This includes options like NAS, NFS, etc. It supports a lot of connection types for backing up to the cloud, and it is continuously growing.

Every new version has got some tweaks and improvements in stability and speed.

What is most valuable?

One of the most valuable features is the logical and clean mechanism behind the management console. It's easy to use, with a very clear and logical structure.

It compresses the backed-up data very well, and even after compression, from time to time, you can reclaim space from the backup repository without data loss. It's a very valuable feature.

The first time we set up all the jobs, and ever since, it has handled the daily tasks and manages errors, if it has any.

The Transporter module works well and it is fast, too, over the local area network. It saves us a lot of time, starting with the fast deployment and configuration, through to the daily backup jobs, controlling the processes, and watching the data storage space.

The repository management features are good.

There is a self-healing feature that works great if there is any file system damage that occurs.

What needs improvement?

In the future, I would like to see support for backing up data to more cloud platforms, besides Amazon. It is a great start, given that Amazon is the largest cloud provider, but smaller companies use smaller clouds.

The tape backup capability can be also improved, perhaps by adding a cache for older and slower tapes.

For how long have I used the solution?

We have been using Nakivo for two months.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It is solid as a rock. 

It does not need a lot of computing resources, works silently, and does not need a lot of intervention.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

This is a very scalable product.

How are customer service and technical support?

Technical support for Nakivo is great.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We did not use another similar solution prior to implementing Nakivo.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was not complex at all.

What about the implementation team?

Our in-house team deployed it.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

It has a very good price in the market.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We did not evaluate other options.

What other advice do I have?

Overall, my opinion is that this software is good and has improved very well since the previous versions.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises

If public cloud, private cloud, or hybrid cloud, which cloud provider do you use?

Google
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
reviewer1490964
IT Manager at Smith Neufeld Jodoin LLP
Real User
Top 20
Good scheduling, easy to manage, helpful support, and deduplication saves a lot of space
Pros and Cons
  • "The most valuable feature is the ease of creating a backup copy job to get the backups to a second device."
  • "In the loading of a backup, choosing what to restore seems to be a lengthy process, but it has always worked in my restore tests."

What is our primary use case?

We are using it to back up two VMs on two physical hosts in a VMware 7.0.1 environment. Backing up both to a NAS and to an old SAN that was repurposed as a secondary backup, the devices are located in two different places and connected via fiber.

The system worked well as an app on my Synology NAS until we grew too much, and the NAS didn't have enough memory. No worries though, as Nakivo Backup and Restore has many ways to implement their software, which are all included in your license. I was able to spin up a Nakivo VM and create an iSCSI connection to my NAS, and off we went!

How has it helped my organization?

Backups are easy and it de-duplicates very well, saving lots of space. I never have to worry about whether my backups are working.

Nakvio Backup and Restore handles backup scheduling very well, and it is easy to manage. I have set up numerous schedules for backing up key servers more often than utilitarian servers, and have found that scheduling is easy, especially with the "run after a different backup completes". The lets me schedule one backup, and the rest can follow.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is the ease of creating a backup copy job to get the backups to a second device.

What needs improvement?

Really not sure about this, because everything works great!

The only complaint I might have is that restoring Exchange and AD objects seem to require some tweaking. So far it has always worked, but I have had to look up the database, rather than have Nakivo Backup and Restore automatically detect it. This is not a big deal.

In the loading of a backup, choosing what to restore seems to be a lengthy process, but it has always worked in my restore tests.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using Nakivo for three years.

How are customer service and technical support?

Their tech support, should you need it on the rare occasion, is second to none!

If you have a problem, sending in a ticket right from the web interface is easy. They respond quickly and knowledgeably. They don't demean you if the error is on your side. They help you fix it, and get back up again in short order.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We did use another solution prior to Nakivo, but we switched because of cost and have never looked back.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We did not evaluate other options.

What other advice do I have?

My advice for anybody who is implementing Nakivo is to make sure you evaluate the options available in each edition. I found that the Pro edition was all that we needed.

All in all, a very good company to deal with. I would highly recommend their backup products, as they work extremely well. The whole product is valuable in every sense of the word. I don't have any real complaints about the product.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
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reviewer1469676
Help Desk Manager at Alter Solution
Real User
Top 10
Easy to use, helpful dashboard, and the rapid recovery means minimal impact in case of disaster
Pros and Cons
  • "Backups are very easy to implement and schedule, the product is very useful, and the recovery procedure is very extensive and feature-rich."
  • "It would be interesting if it were possible to integrate a mobile app to monitor the system in real-time."

What is our primary use case?

I have been using the Nakivo Suite for a year, mainly for local backup of virtual machines on the ESXi 5.5 platform located on the servers of our company. I perform a daily backup on SNAP NAS with the available option. I also use the dashboard to verify that the backups are working properly.

I'm considering some additional features like Microsoft 365 cloud backup and Microsoft Outlook 365 mailbox backup. The latter feature is available for an additional fee.

Regardless, the product is very good and I think mine was the correct choice.

How has it helped my organization?

The main reasons for choosing and using Nakivo for business backup and recovery management are many but basically lie in the fact that the product is feature-rich and easy to manage and configure.

Backups are very easy to implement and schedule, the product is very useful, and the recovery procedure is very extensive and feature-rich.

What is most valuable?

The feature that I liked the most and that I personally found most interesting is the rapid recovery of the VM. This feature is very useful in case of disaster recovery, as in my business scenario, we want to avoid downtime and have a minimal impact on business operations.

Being able to start a virtual machine, in case of emergency, directly from the backup repository, allows me to have more time available to restore the virtual machine. This effectively eliminates the downtime that might inevitably arise.

What needs improvement?

It would be interesting if it were possible to integrate a mobile app to monitor the system in real-time.

For how long have I used the solution?

We have been using Nakivo for one year.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Stability-wise, Nakivo is very good.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The scalability is very good, and there are many plans and upgrades available.

How are customer service and technical support?

Technical support is very good.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We did not use another backup solution prior to Nakivo.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is very quick.

What about the implementation team?

I completed the implementation myself.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The product is quite cheap compared to other products on the market, but despite this, it is rich in features both at the level of backup and recovery as well as at the level of additional options.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We did not evaluate other options.

What other advice do I have?

When I made the choice of Nakivo, I didn't have many needs in this regard. I was looking for a product that was easy to configure and easy to use, with all of the classic features of a backup and recovery system for corporate virtual machines.

I must say that I was pleasantly surprised by all of the functions present within the suite, and in particular, by the fast boot from the backup repository.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
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Real User
Runs quietly, has a clean interface, and is easy to set up
Pros and Cons
  • "The features that we like the most are the Backup Copy and Active Directory Integration. They have helped us to save a lot of time since we do not have to make the backup copies “by hand”."
  • "There is a lack of native (web-based) update functionality."

What is our primary use case?

We have been using this for six years and it has been one of the applications that I know I can trust. 

Setup was easy and a breeze to perform. Past the initial setup stage and additional config changes, there was very little need for me to intervene and interact with the product. It just works! 

Other than the occasional recovery, the system will run quietly without problems and if there is any issue, it will send you a notification (not that I had many). 

The interface is clean, simple, and easy to use.

How has it helped my organization?

We were looking for a comfortable and automized backup system that makes the backup copies automatically. This is why we decided to use NAKIVO. It fulfils this aspect and many other points that we were looking for on a backup system.

Furthermore, NAKIVO is easy and fast to use and to manage the system and installation is very intuitive and it is easy to follow it. We needed a backup and replication tool that makes the backup copies outside of office hours. We needed something that could be integrated with Active Directory and we needed an updated software with high-quality technical support.

What is most valuable?

One of the features that we like the most from Nakivo software is its interface. It is very intuitive and easy to use once you become familiar with it. Moreover, backup copies can be configured manually and we can do it whenever we want without interrupting the working hours of the clients. 

The features that we like the most are the Backup Copy and Active Directory Integration. They have helped us to save a lot of time since we do not have to make the backup copies “by hand”. Furthermore, we have also saved a lot of time whenever we needed to recover a backup. 

Active Directory is very important for us in order to manage our informatics system.

What needs improvement?

The web interface is very complete and it has many useful options. When starting to use it, it can be a little difficult to understand every option that it has but, when you get used to it and work with it, it is a very comfortable tool. 

There is a lack of native (web-based) update functionality. To update the Linux appliance, you need to download a script and run commands from SSH. This is unacceptable. 

There's a lack of appliance format in Hyper-V format (why only a VMware native format? They should release a VHD file appliance).

Overall, the evolution of the product is good.

For how long have I used the solution?

We've used the solution for six years.

How are customer service and technical support?

If you ever need their support, they will provide you one of the best experiences.

Their technical staff know their subject and will be able to solve your problems. One of the most satisfying support calls was with their technical support team, kudos and keep up the great work!

Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: It Consultant
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Luca Robusto
Cloud and Security Architect at ARPITEL S.R.L.
Real User
Reduces costs, has good automation, and is scalable
Pros and Cons
  • "The solution is stable; there is no need to retry any sort of jobs in daily operations."
  • "An additional feature that would be appreciated is disaster recovery automation."

What is our primary use case?

We found an outside VMware software to perform critical operations. Since we started using Nakivo Backup and Replication, we can perform operations that would be very expensive using a VMware license. 

We use it on our QNAP devices. It covers up to 5 servers in the small environment we have. We can perform operations that were expensive/difficult with very high automation.

How has it helped my organization?

Since we started using Nakivo Backup and Replication, we can perform operations that would be very expensive using a VMware license, for a very very affordable price. Even if our infrastructure should increase in the short term, we can upgrade just the license to cover all the new devices we use. 

We use Nakivo Backup and Replication on QNAP devices, and it covers up to 5 servers in a small environment. We can now perform operations that were expensive and difficult with very high automation. We are very satisfied with its capabilities. 

What is most valuable?

Being able to back up without using VMware services is for sure the best opportunity we have when there is a disruption impacting VMware products. An additional feature that would be appreciated is disaster recovery automation. it could be improved using vCenter features.

Nakivo Backup and Replication does not have many other background areas where it can be improved, and we are satisfied.

Since we use Nakivo Backup and Replication, we can perform operations that would be very expensive using our VMware license. We are really satisfied.

What needs improvement?

I'd like to see backup and replication without using vCenter. That's a feature that would be appreciated. If the vCenter should go down, it would be very difficult to recover the infrastructure, so some solution is needed to avoid restoring vCenter first and then to later restore the virtual machine from Nakivo's Backup and Replication.

An additional feature that would be appreciated is disaster recovery automation. It could be improved using vCenter features.

Nakivo Backup and Replication does not have many other background areas where it can be improved, however, we are mostly satisfied.

For how long have I used the solution?

We are a cloud provider and we use Nakivo for VMware Backup and Replications, including disaster recovery. 

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The solution is stable; there is no need to retry any sort of jobs in daily operations.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The product is absolutely scalable. You scale according to the number of storage devices you add.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We did not use a different solution prior to implementing this product.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The costs of the product are justified according to the features provided.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We also evaluated Veeam Backup.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

Private Cloud
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Membro at IT-Group
Reseller
Top 20
Cost-effective, provides a simple to use and well-structured interface
Pros and Cons
  • "We really appreciate the simplicity of the solution."
  • "What must be improved is the response time to technical support requests."

What is our primary use case?

We are using Nakivo internally for backup/replication and cloud backup of our little datacenter, in a server farm.

Our customers use Nakivo Backup & Replication on a daily basis for backup and recovery of VMs and files. These environments are heterogeneous, as we have many Linux VMs, Windows VMs, and dedicated virtual appliances. This is no issue with the backup and recovery of entire VMs or single files, granularly.

We also appreciate the easy-to-use web interface, and our customers are completely independent in the management of Nakivo.

How has it helped my organization?

Nakivo Backup & Replication reduces the time to set up and configure a backup solution in a VMware environment with many types of backup destination.

Before Nakivo, our technicians spent a lot of time every day assisting end-users or our customers' IT departments. Now, all is very clear and simple.

What is most valuable?

We really appreciate the simplicity of the solution. Every tab in the web interface has a simple target, and everything is structured such that it can be found in a few seconds.

Another great feature of Nakivo Backup & Replication is support for backup to the Wasabi cloud infrastructure. This allows us to offer a complete solution to our customers.

Setup on a NAS device helps us to have a distributed backup solution, in case the customer has many remote offices. We can install a little NAS on the remote site and have a bandwidth-optimized offsite backup.

What needs improvement?

What must be improved is the response time to technical support requests.

For how long have I used the solution?

We have been using Nakivo for five years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

This product has great stability.

How are customer service and technical support?

Generally, I don't have issues with Nakivo. The sales department is very responsive to every request and they reply in a few hours. However, technical support could be faster.

Often, as a reply to my email, I receive a message that says "We have received your message and the second level of support will reply to you soon". When they reply fast, at least two days pass!

In case of emergency, where we must recover something and it does not work as we expect, 48 hours to have a reply is too much time.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Nakivo Backup & Replication also have another great value, which is that it is one of the lowest prices on the market. The customer does not need to spend many thousands of Euros, and in the sales phase, we have fewer issues with the CFO or management.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Prior to Nakivo, we tested Acronis, Veeam, and Anexia.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

Hybrid Cloud

If public cloud, private cloud, or hybrid cloud, which cloud provider do you use?

Other
Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: I'm a Nakivo Reseller
Administrator IT at Shim-pol A.m. Borzymowski. S.j
User
Great support with a user-friendly interface and a simple set up
Pros and Cons
  • "Backup jobs are running smoothly every day with job reports sent to email after they finish each job. That gives us peace of mind."
  • "More statistic options would be a great feature."

What is our primary use case?

For now, our use case is to backup two Hyper-V Servers with a total of 11 VMs.

The servers are in the same location on two different machines (Fujitsu Servers).

The repository is on Qnap with a secondary repository on a different Qnap in another location.

We plan to expand our backup system to workstations that run on Windows 10/11 later this year.

How has it helped my organization?

Our organization was running on Windows Backup and Recovery - with a backup of all servers and VMs to a remote location from time to time.  

Now Nakivo gives us a reliable system that has more options - such as deduplication, replication, and disaster recovery.

Backup jobs are running smoothly every day with job reports sent to email after they finish each job. That gives us peace of mind. Nakivo was easy to deploy and configure in our environment.   

What is most valuable?

First of all, setting up Nakivo was fast and easy to do.

Configuration of the repositories is simple and the connection to our Hyper-V host was automated and completed in a few minutes.  

Setting up jobs to backup our VMs runs with no major problems.   

Support for some questions or minor issues is great. It is fast and they offer exact responses.

The interface is user-friendly and easy to read (the dashboard has all information needed).

What needs improvement?

There is always room for improvement statistics could be a little better (job compare, overall job performance), however, Nakivo is a complete product with a lot to offer. Adding new items to the configuration is simple. The backups run fast, and the recovery and replication options are also easy to use. Job reports are clear.

We plan to expand our backup system to workstations as we only backup Hyper-V.

More statistic options would be a great feature.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've used the solution for a few months.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The solution is very stable with no major problems.

How are customer service and support?

Customer service and support are on a very high level.

How would you rate customer service and support?

Positive

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We previously used Windows Backup, however, we needed something more.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was straightforward and easy.

What about the implementation team?

We implemented it with the help of a vendor team.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

I'd advise new users to make contact with Nakivo support for a few hours of training.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We did not previously evaluate other options. 

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
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Systems engineer and analyst at twsweb
User
Stable, easy to set up and offers perfect functionality
Pros and Cons
  • "Nakivo makes our backs-ups more reliable and easy to recover in case of full damage or partial retrieval of files - all at a convenient cost."
  • "I need no more valuable features for backs-up. I have not yet tried the latest release, however, I have all the features that I need."

What is our primary use case?

We primarily use the solution for VM replication and backup. 

We replicate 6 VMs (both Windows and Linux) from one ESXi host to another ESXi host (VMware) and we make backs-up to a NAS of all 6 VMs with various types of retention. We used Nakivo also to duplicate the VMs for upgrade purposes on the server infrastructure. VMs are both servers and client machines.

How has it helped my organization?

Nakivo makes our backs-ups more reliable and easy to recover in case of full damage or partial retrieval of files - all at a convenient cost. Every time a user asks us for a missing file to be retrieved, we can satisfy his/her request in a few minutes. Notifications of Nakivo make us sure of the accuracy of backup jobs. 

What is most valuable?

VM replication is a great solution. Now, I can also duplicate VMs without the need for a vSphere vCenter server. It's with easier ESXi hosts. Also, for system administration purposes (tests, upgrades, etc.) it offers perfect functionality. 

What needs improvement?

I have no remarks. I need no more valuable features for backs-up. I have not yet tried the latest release, however, I have all the features that I need. The web interface is very usable and easy to understand, as is the planning of backs-up. The granular recovery is very useful for the ordinary activities of users. I have no comparison with other products, so I can't imagine other features.  No remarkable features are missing for me.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've used the solution since 2018.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

In about 3 years, we have never had stability problems and the appliance has been running 24/7/365.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We have not tested scalability, so I can't give an opinion.

How are customer service and support?

Italian support of the vendor is quite good and competent. Sometimes they are slow to respond.

How would you rate customer service and support?

Positive

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

Our previous backup solution was a self-made server script without replication capabilities and only backed up at a file system level, not at a block level.

How was the initial setup?

It's an easy setup of the appliance.

What about the implementation team?

We implemented via our internal team.

What was our ROI?

 

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Veem was more (and too) expensive for small companies. Nakivo was at the correct price point.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We also evaluated Veem.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
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