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Nakivo is a company with an interesting (both for the features and the costs) backup & replication native for VMware vSphere.

NAKIVO Backup & Replication offers a complete data protection feature set for virtualized environments, including local and offsite VM backup and replication, support for live applications & databases, instant granular recovery, network acceleration, data deduplication and compression, Web UI, AES-256 encryption, advanced reporting, and vCloud Director support.

The latest available version of branch 5 (started more than one year ago) is v5.9 (you can download the trial version).

One interesting aspect is the availability of both Windows AND Linux version:

Windows Installer

Linux Installer

Virtual Appliance

Full Solution

This Virtual Appliance contains all components of NAKIVO Backup & Replication: Director, Transporter, and Backup Repository. Download this Virtual Appliance if you want to do a new installation of the product and keep all (or some) of your backups on the Virtual Appliance.

Full Solution without Backup Repository

This Virtual Appliance contains the key components of NAKIVO Backup & Replication: Director and Transporter, but does not include the Backup Repository (a new one can be created later). Download this Virtual Appliance if you want to do a new installation of the product and do not want to keep backups on the Virtual Appliance.

Transporter

This Virtual Appliance contains only the Transporter component of NAKIVO Backup & Replication. Download this Virtual Appliance if you have already installed the Director and want to install an additional Transporter to distribute workload or run jobs across WAN.

Transporter with Backup Repository

This Virtual Appliance contains the Transporter and Backup Repository components of NAKIVO Backup & Replication. Download this Virtual Appliance if you have already installed the Director and want to install an additional Transporter and keep backups on it.

Multi-Tenant Director

This Virtual Appliance contains only the Director component, which is deployed in the multi-tenant mode. Download this Virtual Appliance if you want to provide BaaS, RaaS, or DRaaS.

Installer for NAS

As you can notice Linux version is available in different virtual appliance depending the roles that you need. But there is also in interesting NAS installar to optimize some target for Nakivo.

It remain one of the few backup products with both OSes support, not only as a guests (in this case almost all backup solutions support both), but for the roles and the servers part.

And the virtual appliance deployment is quite easy, just a standard OVF/OVA deployment:

Natkivo-OVF

It build a virtual machine Ubuntu based with 2vCPU and 4 GB of RAM. As you can notice the default root password is root and you can manage the appliance with a browser. Actually Firefox and Chrome are the supported browsers, but it works (with some warnings) also with other browsers like Microsoft Edge:

Nakivo-Web

No Java or Flash is required and the configuration is handled by a simple wizard. First step is build your inventoring by adding an existing vCenter Server:

Nakivo-Wizard

Now you can choose to deploy some transporters. A Transporter is an application that runs as a service on a Windows-based or Linux-based machine. The Transporter performs actual backup, replication, and recovery tasks, as well as handles data compression, deduplication, and encryption. The Transporter is also responsible for backup repository operation. Each backup repository must have an assigned Transporter. A single Transporter can back up, replicate, and recover multiple VMs from multiple vCenters and ESX(i) hosts. In most cases, only one Transporter per site is required. In large environments, multiple Transports can be deployed to distribute the data protection workload.

After this you can add the backup repositories (the backup targets):

Nakivo-Repository

At this point you can start building your backup or replication jobs. In both cases you can use simple step-by-step wizards:

Nakivo-Backup

Note that there are two types of CBT: VMware native one and Nakivo CBT (slower). This was quite interesting option considering the mess with the VMware CBT in vSphere 6.0.

Application level consistency could be handled by VMware quiescence (using the VMware Tools features) or by pre and/or post job backup scripts. Applications level restore actually is limitated to few appliactions (compared to other procucts).

But there is an interesting feature for testing your backups that runs screenshot verification after each job run (by using the VMware Tools again).

Andrea MauroAbout Andrea Mauro (2857 Posts)

Virtualization, Cloud and Storage Architect. Tech Field delegate. VMUG IT Co-Founder and board member. VMware VMTN Moderator and vExpert 2010-18. Dell TechCenter Rockstar 2014-15. Microsoft MVP 2014-16. Veeam Vanguard 2015-18. Nutanix NTC 2014-18. PernixPro 2014-16. Several certifications including: VCDX-DCV, VCP-DCV/DT/Cloud, VCAP-DCA/DCD/CIA/CID/DTA/DTD, MCSA, MCSE, MCITP, CCA, NPP.


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