vSphere Essentials Kit and Replication

Dear VMware Experts,

vSphere Essentials Kit does not include the vSphere Replication service.
The Plus version includes replication but it also includes HA and vMotion which raises
the cost and actually I do not need them.

Q1) Is it possible to add on the Essentials Kit the replication feature by using a 3rd party software such as Veeam ?

Q2) If it is possible, for replication purposes which vendor you recommend and why?
 
Thanks for your support,
Mamelas
mamelasAsked:
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Q1) Is it possible to add on the Essentials Kit the replication feature by using a 3rd party software such as Veeam ?

Yes, Veeam Backup and Replication is compatible with Essentials, and to be honest, in our opinion, Veeam Replication is a better product, than vSphere Replication.

Q2) If it is possible, for replication purposes which vendor you recommend and why?

Veeam Backup and Replication, they have a long standing pedigree, the product is rock solid and stable, and is used by more VMware Admins, than vSphere Replication! I actually think vSphere replication is more complicated.
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mamelasAuthor Commented:
Thank you Andrew!

My farm consists of 2 Servers. Do I need one lisence from Veeam or I need one per Server or per CPU?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Veeam is sold per CPU socket in the server.

see here

http://www.veeam.com/veeam-backup-essentials-pricing.html
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mamelasAuthor Commented:
Thanks!!
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