Automate VM Backup, Replication, and Recovery Tasks with NAKIVO Backup

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Advanced VMware backup solutions offer effective backup and replication features for the enterprise data center environment. Comparing with the outdated backup technologies, "native" VM backup solutions provide a great advantage over "legacy" VM backup solutions. What are the key differences between these two solutions and why choose a native VM backup solution?



Legacy VM Backup Solutions
Legacy VM backup solutions are the same tools used for physical workloads before they were implemented in virtual machines. They use the same technology, methodology, and tools for both virtual and physical machines. For instance, the backup solution needs to install a "backup agent" inside the guest operating system for backing up virtual machines. Even when the legacy solution uses the VMware data protection APIs, it still requires some agent for application-aware backups.

Using agents with a backup solution can be very hectic for administrators, maintaining them can be overwhelming, and they can increase complexity, causing the backup process to fail.

Moreover, legacy VM backup solutions lack advanced features such as replication, application-level restores, and instant recovery, which modern backup solutions require to back up and restore virtual machines.

Native VM Backup Solutions and their Killer Features
Native VM backup solutions have an edge over legacy solutions because they seamlessly integrate with the virtual infrastructure, agentless, and improves performance. NAKIVO Backup & Replication is an example of a native VM backup solution that excels in key areas such as:

Image-based
NAKIVO Backup & Replication creates "image-based" backups containing files on disk and other necessary details to recreate the virtual machine if a catastrophic event occurs. This makes it easy to recover from data loss.

Agentless
Unlike legacy VM backup solutions, the native VM backup approach doesn't require installing agents within the operating system. NAKIVO Backup & Replication integrates seamlessly with the virtual infrastructure using powerful APIs. It can perform all the required tasks of modern backup solutions such as application-aware backups, instant file recovery, and instant VM recovery without guest operating system agents.

NAKIVO Backup & Replication makes backing up virtual machine resources easier than ever. Adding VMware, EC2, or Hyper-V infrastructure to the inventory lets you start setting up backup and replication jobs without needing an agent. You can even add multiple environments with different technologies to the inventory.

Replication is a challenge for legacy VM backup products, as it requires either extra licensing fees or a separate replication solution. The native VM backup solutions, such as NAKIVO Backup & Replication, don't have this limitation, as their replication features work out-of-the-box for VMware, AWS EC2, and Hyper-V.

NAKIVO Backup & Replication offers integrated performance features including LAN-free data transfer, Hot Add, Direct SAN Access, and Network Acceleration, which reduce the load on production networks and increase backup and recovery speeds.

Full Synthetic Storage, a feature unique to NAKIVO Backup & Replication, provides full synthetic data storage, which eliminates the need for backup transformation. This means that only one full backup is required, reducing the time, resources, and additional storage needed for backup transformations.

NAKIVO Backup & Replication also offers multi-tenancy features for both Backup-as-a-Service and Disaster-Recovery-as-a-Service, which allow delegating virtual infrastructure backups/replication or providing BaaS and DRaaS to customers or intra-organizationally between business units.

API integration is critical for backup automation in modern IT operations, allowing automation and orchestration of VM backup, replication, and recovery tasks. NAKIVO Backup & Replication integrates with monitoring, automation, and orchestration solutions, which further reduces data protection costs. Legacy VM backup solutions lack this feature, emphasizing the disparities between legacy and native VM backup solutions.
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To backup VM on Proxmox, you can use the "native" Proxmox backup server or choose from other available options like Veeam and Kopia.

Veeam is a great option for VM backup with advanced features. On the other hand, Kopia is a simple-to-use solution that is compatible with S3 and other cloud-based services. However, its lack of deduplication and encryption might be a concern for some users.
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NAKIVO Backup & Replication is a comprehensive backup and recovery solution specifically designed for virtualized environments. It offers automation capabilities to simplify and streamline VM backup, replication, and recovery tasks. Here is more information about automating these tasks with NAKIVO Backup & Replication:

1. Automated VM Backup:
NAKIVO Backup & Replication allows you to create flexible backup policies based on your specific needs. You can define backup schedules to automatically run backups at predefined intervals, such as daily, weekly, or monthly. By setting up policies, you can automate the entire backup process, ensuring that your VMs are protected regularly without manual intervention.

2. Incremental Backup:
To optimize storage usage and reduce backup time, NAKIVO Backup & Replication performs incremental backups. After the initial full backup, subsequent backups only capture changed data, significantly reducing the backup window. This incremental approach ensures efficiency while providing reliable protection for your VMs.

3. Application-Aware Backup:
NAKIVO Backup & Replication offers application-aware backup, which ensures consistent backups of applications running inside VMs, such as databases or email servers. This feature ensures that application data is properly quiesced and backed up with transactional consistency, minimizing the risk of data corruption during the backup process.

4. Automated VM Replication:
In addition to backups, NAKIVO Backup & Replication enables automated VM replication for disaster recovery purposes. You can create replication jobs to duplicate entire VMs or specific VM disks to a secondary location. By defining replication intervals and retention policies, you can automate the replication process to ensure near-zero RPO (Recovery Point Objective) for critical VMs.

5. Instant VM Recovery:
NAKIVO Backup & Replication provides instant VM recovery capabilities, allowing you to quickly restore VMs directly from backups or replicas. Instant VM recovery eliminates downtime by booting VMs directly from backup files or replicas, providing near-instant access to the VMs while the full restore process happens in the background.

6. Automated Verification and Reporting:
To ensure the integrity of your backups and replicas, NAKIVO Backup & Replication offers automated verification options. You can schedule verification jobs to automatically test and validate the recoverability of your backups or replicas. The solution generates detailed reports to keep you informed about the status and quality of your backup and replication activities.

7. Integration with Automation Tools and APIs:
NAKIVO Backup & Replication integrates with various automation tools and APIs, allowing you to further streamline and customize your backup and recovery workflows. You can leverage RESTful APIs, PowerShell commands, or CLI interfaces to automate tasks and integrate NAKIVO into your existing infrastructure and management processes.

By leveraging the automation capabilities of NAKIVO Backup & Replication, you can simplify VM backup, replication, and recovery tasks, reducing manual effort, and ensuring consistent protection of your virtualized environment.
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