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Veeam vs Acronis

Hello,

we are an acronis customer, backing up to NAS and replicating between 2x hosts on a lan.  Get issues frequently with acronis and VSS, snapshots hanging.  Current setup is using virtual appliances on both hosts.

However if i go veeam route, what options do i have?  Is ig going to be quicker etc?

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Jonathan BriteSystem AdminCommented:
I can tell you first hand, Acronis is a nightmare compared to Veeam.   Veeam just works, its rock stable, and does not need a baby sitter.....You will not regret going with Veeam and won't be able to dump Acronis fast enough...TRUST ME!
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MaximVeeamCommented:
Hi, more information about your environment is required to answer this question. You can install the trial version of Veeam and test it. Another option - contact Veeam rep and ask for a comparison.
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Jonathan BriteSystem AdminCommented:
Veeam = 8 Cylinder 4X4 during a snowstorm
Acronis = 4 Cylinder RWD that is misfiring during a snowstorm....with flat tires.

As an admin that used Acronis Backup & Recovery 9-10 for 2 years with out ever getting it working for more than 3-4 days without multiple errors and then moving to a Veeam shop where we have crucial exchange & SQL servers backing up with Veeam with zero issues at all, I can not stress how great Veeam is enough.

I do not believe the size of your environment matters as they can both fill whatever need you have, I don't see any speed difference with either product but that was kind of hard to tell with Acronis as evry night 30-50% of the back jobs would fail, and would require individual VM troubleshooting for each INSTANCE....

The Acronis support team had me wipe and start from scratch at least a dozen times over 2 years......maybe that's why I am so against them, but I can tell you this, if the company I am at now told me they were using Acronis Backup & Recovery in their shop, I would not have accepted the offer of employment.  For real!
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
There is no contest here, Veeam Backup and Replication is the clear winner, all round.

and this is not the first time you've posted, and I've said Veeam Backup and Replication, and you continue to use an inferior poor substitute!

and when you get your upgrade to vSphere Enterprise, don't be tempted by the Marketing Hyper and switch to VMware Data Protection!

Acronis is a poor comparison, just trying to steel Veeam Customers, with a poor solution.

They have been the world leader in virtual backups, and get stronger every year!

Acronis should not waste time, and stay in the SOHO market, with $9.99 offerings!

In all my years as a consultant, and offering VMware and Hyper-V solutions, once it was Vizioncore, which were toppled by Veeam, and they are still light years ahead of the game with their solution!

Roll on Veeam!

So I think you have your Answer!
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Alessandro ScafariaInfrastructure Premier Field AdministratorCommented:
Andrew made his point!!!

I'm also a really Veeam fan too!!

About you case scenario, with Veeam you may basically do whatever you want....

- You may configure "as-you-want" your backup job for your virtual environment:

http://helpcenter.veeam.com/backup/80/vsphere/backup.html

- You may decide to copy your backup into another location just to be sure:

http://helpcenter.veeam.com/backup/80/vsphere/backup_copy.html

- You may want to test automatically your backup in a LAB environment in order to be 100% sure that your backups are validated:

http://helpcenter.veeam.com/backup/80/vsphere/recovery_verification.html

- You may want to set up replicas for your important VMs:

http://helpcenter.veeam.com/backup/80/vsphere/replication.html

- You may want to test automatically your replicas in a LAB environment just to be sure that you have a valid DR plan:

http://helpcenter.veeam.com/backup/80/vsphere/recovery_verification_surereplica.html

- You may want to restore immediately (Yeah!! It's true!!) a VM from a backup and perform a restore only when you will have a real maintenance window:

http://helpcenter.veeam.com/backup/80/vsphere/instant_recovery.html

HAVE FUN :-)
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CHI-LTDAuthor Commented:
okay, so seems to be 'more clever' than acronis, however initial replications and backups take about the same amount of time to finish over LAN to NAS.  
The replicas for exchange using the application aware seem slow, fine for sql and windows.  
Reverse incremental backups seem pretty quick after the full backup.
Doesn't seem to be clashing with BE2014 yet...

Just need to verify surebackup and replication across 4mb link to DR as a test (for exchange recovery)
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Data is data, and will take the same time to move across a LAN!

Take time to familiarize yourself with backups and restores,and test and write a Disaster Recovery plan! Much easier to do it, before the dark days occurs.

and pretend you just have the backups on your NAS, and nothing else!
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CHI-LTDAuthor Commented:
definitely seems more stable/clever.  not sure if worth the extra £
trying to integrate backup exec into our backup windows still without clashing with vss...
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