Are You Getting the Most Out of Your Veeam Investment?

June 30th, 2023

OK, the title of this post might be a little misleading. If you’re using Veeam today, chances are almost certain that you’re not getting the most out of it. If we had to estimate, 100% of Veeam Users could find additional value from the software.  

Virtual Systems is proud to partner with Veeam—the leading provider of data backup, replication, and recovery solutions—and our platinum partnership means we know more than a thing or two about how to help you get the most out of your investment.  

Today, we’re going to look at several Veeam features you might not be taking full advantage of and see if we can identify opportunities for additional value. First, let’s start with a quick recap as to why Veeam is a smart choice for businesses that want to protect their mission-critical data. 

Why Businesses Choose Veeam in the First Place 

Veeam’s comprehensive data protection solutions offer a wide range of benefits for businesses of all sizes. They are designed to be flexible and deployable in a variety of environments, including on-premises, in the cloud, and in hybrid setups. This flexibility helps provide greater scalability and ensure that critical data is always available and protected. 

In addition to flexibility, Veeam’s solutions are known for their high reliability. Veeam’s advanced compression and deduplication technologies help minimize backup times and reduce storage requirements, ensuring that your backups are fast and efficient. This reliability helps you know that your business is always able to access your data, even in the event of hardware failures or other disruptions. 

Veeam’s solutions are also designed to be easy to use, with a simple interface and intuitive controls that can help streamline the backup and recovery process. (And it’s even easier when you have a Veeam Service Provider like Virtual Systems in your corner!) This ease of use can help businesses save time and money by reducing the need for specialized IT staff. 

However, some companies find Veeam’s solutions to be relatively expensive, especially smaller businesses or individuals who may have limited budgets. Additionally, because Veeam’s solutions are comprehensive, businesses are often unaware of all the features and functionality they can utilize. As a Veeam Platinum partner, Virtual Systems can help businesses get the most value out of their Veeam investment by providing expert guidance and support. 

Examples of Lesser-Known Veeam Features 

While it is virtually impossible to know exactly which Veeam features you are currently missing out on without chatting together, here are several that tend to be lesser known: 

  1. Veeam Scale Out Backup Repositories. By leveraging object storage services as a target for long-term data retention, Veeam Scale Out Backup Repositories can help businesses reduce the cost and complexity of managing backup storage. With the ability to automatically move older backup data to less-expensive storage tiers, businesses free up valuable primary storage resources for more critical workloads. And by capitalizing on the scalability and durability of object storage services, companies can ensure that their backup data is always available and protected, even in the event of a disaster or other disruption. 
  2. Veeam Availability Orchestrator. Veeam Availability Orchestrator allows businesses to automate and orchestrate the recovery of entire applications, including both virtual and physical components. This can ensure that critical systems are brought back online as quickly as possible, minimizing downtime and ensuring maximum uptime. Plus, with the ability to test recovery plans and simulate disaster scenarios, businesses can be confident that their systems will work as expected in the event of an actual disaster. 
  3. Veeam ONE. With advanced monitoring, reporting, and capacity planning for Veeam Backup & Replication, VMware vSphere, and Microsoft Hyper-V virtual environments, Veeam ONE helps businesses optimize their infrastructure and ensure maximum uptime. With comprehensive monitoring and alerting capabilities, a company can quickly identify and address issues before they become major problems, minimizing downtime and ensuring that critical workloads are always available. On top of that, with powerful capacity planning tools, businesses can accurately forecast future growth and know that their infrastructure is always able to meet their evolving needs. 
  4. Veeam Instant VM Recovery. This feature allows users to quickly restore a VM directly from a backup file, without having to first copy the backup to production storage. This saves a lot of time and resources, as users get their VMs back up and running in minutes rather than hours. 
  5. Veeam SureBackup. Users can automatically verify the recoverability of their backups by running automated tests on VM replicas. With Veeam SureBackup, you can be confident that your backups will work as expected in the event of a disaster, thereby reducing the risk of downtime and data loss. 
  6. Veeam Continuous Data Protection. This feature allows businesses to achieve near-continuous data protection by capturing and replicating changes to data in real-time. With Veeam Continuous Data Protection, users minimize data loss and ensure maximum uptime for their critical workloads. Additionally, with the ability to recover to any point in time, a business can easily roll back to a previous version of their data in the event of a data loss or corruption issue. 

Are You Getting the Most Out of Veeam’s More Well-Known Features? 

While some businesses could get more value out of their Veeam subscription from focusing on the lesser-known features, it’s important to ensure you are properly utilizing the well-known ones as well. In this case, we’re talking about Veeam features like: 

  1. Backup and Replication. As the core feature of Veeam, this provides fast and reliable backup and replication for virtual, physical, and cloud-based workloads. Users can create image-level backups of their VMs, applications, and data, then replicate them to an offsite location for disaster recovery purposes. 
  2. Cloud Connect. This feature allows users to easily and securely backup and replicate their data to a cloud provider or service provider. With Veeam Cloud Connect, users can leverage the benefits of the cloud without having to invest in additional hardware or infrastructure. 
  3. Veeam Explorer. Users can easily recover individual items or files from their backups without having to perform a full restore with Veeam Explorer. This means that businesses can quickly recover individual emails, files, and application items from Microsoft Exchange, SharePoint, SQL Server, and other applications. 
  4. Veeam Backup for AWS. This solution provides backup and recovery for Amazon Web Services (AWS) workloads, including EC2 instances, EBS volumes, and RDS databases. With Veeam Backup for AWS, users can protect their critical AWS data and ensure it is always available for recovery in the event of a disaster or data loss issue. 

Want to Get the Most Value from Your Veeam Investment? Contact Virtual Systems! 

While we’ve touched on several Veeam features today, this is just scratching the surface. And it only takes into consideration the “what Veeam offers” side of the equation. The other is “How effectively are you using Veeam today?”. To see the true value of what you could be getting, it would help to know exactly what you’re already utilizing. 

If you have any questions or would like to learn more about how to get the absolute most out of your Veeam investment, please don’t hesitate to contact Virtual Systems. Either give us a call at  844-2-VIRTUAL or contact us through this short online form. 

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