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Smart Backup and Replication to Protect Enterprise Data

Jaideep Khanduja, Regional Director, ApON Innovative Solutions
Jaideep Khanduja, Regional Director, ApON Innovative Solutions

Keeping up with the modern business environment is a difficult task. In order to stay competitive, your business must run continuously, and avoid downtime. Interruptions in business operations aren’t always caused by natural disasters; emails containing malicious links or attachments can take down hosts with hundreds of VMs running business-critical applications. Moreover, a simple human error or oversight can sometimes be enough to cause the failure of an entire virtual infrastructure and large-scale data loss. Restoring all that data from scratch is the last thing you would want to do. Regular backups with a solution offering instant restore is one the most efficient ways of avoiding such unnecessary work. If you care about your business, you want the most reliable VM backup solution with a complete set of features to satisfy all your data protection needs without draining your budget.

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“Restoring all that data from scratch is the last thing you would want to do. Regular backup with solutions that offer instant restore is one of the most efficient ways of avoiding such unnecessary work.”

Jaideep Khanduja
Regional Director – North
ApON Innovative Solutions

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In the VM backup software market, NAKIVO is among the top players. In 2012, when the company was established, NAKIVO Backup & Replication was focused on VMware backup and replication. The product immediately gained recognition in the industry as a powerful, fast, and cost-effective solution. Now, in 2018, NAKIVO is a mature company with nearly 100% YoY revenue and customer growth. NAKIVO Backup & Replication has grown to become a leading solution for VMware, Hyper-V, and AWS EC2 data protection. The product has an advanced set of out-of-the-box features to ensure the protection and availability of critical data for companies with virtualized environments.

NAKIVO Backup & Replication is designed to meet the business needs of companies that can’t afford downtime. The product offers all the advantages provided by modern VM backup solutions: fast deployment, high performance, increased VM backup speed, reduced backup size, guaranteed instant data recovery, and much more.

The product takes under one minute to install. There are a variety of deployment options: you can install NAKIVO Backup & Replication on Linux or Windows, or deploy the product as a pre-configured VMware Virtual Appliance or Amazon Machine Image. You can also install the product directly on a Synology, WD, QNAP, or ASUSTOR NAS, turning the NAS device into a versatile VM backup appliance that combines backup software, hardware, and storage in a single device. This NAS-based VM backup appliance can also improve VM backup performance by up to 2X, offload backup workloads from your environment, and cost 5 times less than purpose-built backup appliances available on the market.

NAKIVO Backup & Replication delivers native, agentless, image-based, application-aware backup and replication at the highest speeds possible. The product leverages VMware’s CBT and Hyper-V’s RCT to perform incremental backups. Features like the LAN-free data transfer mode, which can leverage fiber-channel as well as iSCSI SANs, Hot Add, and built-in network acceleration can help you achieve a 2X increase in VM backup speed while reducing network load by 50%. In addition, the product is de-duplication appliance-friendly, offering a special type of repository for these devices. Testing this special repository with NEC HYDRAstor devices demonstrated a 53X backup speed boost vs. the regular backup repository.

With NAKIVO Backup & Replication, you can save up to 10X on storage space, as VM backup size is reduced with built-in global backup de-duplication, automated exclusion of swap data, and backup compression.

Built-in automated screenshot verification gives you confidence that your VM backups and replicas are recoverable. After a VM backup or replica is created, the product instantly test-recovers the VM from the backup or powers on the replica, boots the OS and makes a screenshot, then discards the VM or powers off the replica. The product sends you an email report with the screenshot attached. Recovery of your data is further guaranteed with the Backup Copy feature, which can copy VM backups offsite and to the Amazon or Azure clouds.

Moreover, NAKIVO Backup & Replication allows you to instantly recover files, VMs, Microsoft Exchange objects (such as emails), Microsoft SQL Server objects (such as databases or tables), and Microsoft Active Directory objects (such as users) directly from VM backups, without restoring the full VM first.

The product boasts a host of other useful features that can make your backup administration much easier. With each release, NAKIVO Backup & Replication is supplemented with new functionalities in demand from industry representatives.

China Airlines is one of the company’s key customers. They optimized their backup operations with NAKIVO Backup & Replication, significantly increasing their VM backup and recovery speeds. The product also allowed them to reduce the size of their backups by 60% and cut their VMware backup budget by 30%. Overall, more than 10,000 companies worldwide (Coca-Cola, Microsemi, Honda, and Verifone, among many others) use NAKIVO Backup & Replication to protect their virtual infrastructures. NAKIVO’s technical support team has a 97.3% customer satisfaction rate. Whether an SMB or a large enterprise, in the vast majority of those testing the free trial of the product, it was that found NAKIVO’s solution vastly superior to competitors’, while being far less expensive.

NAKIVO delivers a product that businesses can rely on to optimize their VM backup and disaster recovery practices. The company has a bright future, with ambitious plans. They have set their sights on becoming the go-to data protection solution for businesses of all sizes and industries.

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