A Virtualization Backup Alternative – Nakivo Backup and Replication 3.9

When it comes to virtualization specific backup applications, many IT professionals only think of one name, Veeam. But there are several alternatives that those professionals should consider. One of those alternatives, Nakivo, just made its case stronger with the recent release of the 3.9 version of their VM data protection software. This new version of Nakivo’s already strong offering should be especially appealing to cloud service providers (CSPs).

Power To The Data Center

Nakivo, in previous releases, covered a lot of ground to make their backup and replication solution appeal to the mid-sized data center and has even gained a footing in large enterprises. This success is largely due to Nakivo delivering a solid product with the key features that users require, like application support, file recovery, deduplication and compression, as well as advanced reporting. Nakivo’s easy to understand and aggressive pricing structure has also helped to attract a rapidly growing following.

Power To The Provider

The big news in Nakivo’s latest update is its multi-tenant capabilities. Most other virtualization data protection solutions are not tailored to the needs of managed service providers (MSPs) and CSPs. In this release, Nakivo supports the centralized management of multiple installations from a single interface. This allows for the provider to keep a watchful eye on multiple customers data protection processes while making sure that each customer’s data set remains discretely silo’ed.

Nakivo has also customized the interface so that the clients of these providers can access a self-service portal. The portal allows the provider’s customers to perform functions like backup, replication and recovery without engaging the provider’s personnel. A self-service capability allows the provider to scale further while keeping costs down.

A provider needs to address two challenges. First, will the technology solve their customer’s problems and second, will it meet the needs of the provider’s business model? The Nakivo technology, as described above, is more than able to meet the technology needs of a provider’s customers, but the business of the provider requires flexibility. Nakivo’s new dynamic licensing allocation capability allows the provider to transfer licenses between clients as needed. This combined with aggressive per socket pricing is just what a provider needs.

The Enterprise as The Provider

The larger enterprise data center and a cloud provider look very similar. There is good reason to think that the enterprise data center may be just as interested in some of these multi-tenancy and self-service capabilities as a provider would. They could align the backup to lines of business instead of subscribers and benefit from the same level of centralized control and self-service.


Nakivo is now available in four editions. As the table below shows, the enterprise editions add the multi-tenancy and self-service capabilities. They will also be able to provide backup verification and Exchange Objects recovery in a soon to be released version 4.


Storage Swiss Take

Nakivo has been the price leader in VM backup solutions, making their solution ideal for the mid-market data center. Now with version 3.9 and the upcoming 4.0 release, they are well positioned to capture the attention of many providers; even at the enterprise level. Nakivo is certainly a VM Backup solution to have on your short list.

Nakivo is a client of Storage Switzerland

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Twelve years ago George Crump founded Storage Switzerland with one simple goal; to educate IT professionals about all aspects of data center storage. He is the primary contributor to Storage Switzerland and is a heavily sought after public speaker. With over 25 years of experience designing storage solutions for data centers across the US, he has seen the birth of such technologies as RAID, NAS and SAN, Virtualization, Cloud and Enterprise Flash. Prior to founding Storage Switzerland he was CTO at one of the nation's largest storage integrators where he was in charge of technology testing, integration and product selection.

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