Veeam vs. Unitrends

Veeam Backup and Replication is available as a software product from Veeam to protect VMware virtual environments

Primary Advantages of Veeam:

  • Veeam focuses only on protecting the VMware virtual environment and offers supplementary tools and utilities to manage the virtual environment.

Primary Disadvantages of Veeam:

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  • Veeam Backup and Replication product only protects the VMware virtual environment (with the recent announcement to protect Hyper-V). In a heterogenous environment of physical and virtual servers, Veeam's solution is inadequate.
  • Veeam's license is dependent on the number of processor cores being utilized, which tends to be expensive for the growing business and for predictable cost estimation based on growth.
  • Veeam tends to have a lower ROI (Return on Investment) and higher TCO (Total Cost of Ownership) due to higher operational expenses of putting together, managing, and monitoring servers, storage, networks, operating systems, and data protection (backup, archiving, and disaster recovery) software.
  • The non-integrated nature of Veeam leads to finger-pointing among the server, storage, networks, operating systems, and data protection (backup, archiving, and disaster recovery) software vendors when a problem occurs.
  • Veeam does not provide site-level replication and disaster recovery for physical and virtual servers in the environment.
  • Integrated fixed/rotational archiving (D2D2-disk, -tape, -NAS, -SAN) is not supported by Veeam.
  • Application resides on a Windows operating system and open to malware/ viruses
  • Single point of failure for Veeam's backup repository. Does not back up Veeam server
  • Additional resources used for replication on the hypervisor
  • Veeam does not offer encryption for both data in-flight and data at rest
  • Veeam does not have native application agents for protecting Exchange / SQL -> Higher backup data footprint
  • No way to exclude and include a set of databases for backup and recovery
  • No way to recover a SQL database back to any minute with transaction log roll back
  • No way to set RPO policies for application databases different from RPO policies at the HOS level

Products and Licensing

 
Veeam
Unitrends Appliance Family
Unitrends Enterprise Backup
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Non-restrictive licensing No Yes Yes Standard licensing does not include restrictions on features, platforms supported, or per-client fees.
Integrated appliance No Yes Yes Support handles a vertically integrated data protection appliance - not just software.
Available as physical appliance No Yes No Available as integrated server, storage, networking, operating system, backup software, archiving software, replication software, and so forth as a physical appliance.
Available as virtual appliance Yes No Yes Available as integrated operating system, backup software, archiving software, replication software, and so forth as a virtual appliance.
Available as software only Yes No No Available as non-integrated software. Veeam is primarily sold in this manner; Unitrends does not offer non-integrated software.

Support

 
Veeam
Unitrends Appliance Family
Unitrends Enterprise Backup
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Supports hardware and software No Yes Yes Support handles a vertically integrated data protection appliance - not just software. Veeam doesn't do this with their product; Unitrends does this with their physical appliance.
Proactive hardware monitoring No Yes Yes Standard support includes proactive hardware monitoring.
Remote diagnostics Yes Yes Yes Remote diagnostics are available from support.
Self-installable Yes Yes Yes The product may be installed by a customer.
On-site support Yes Yes Yes On-site support is available.
Phone support Yes Yes Yes Telephone support is available.
E-mail support Yes Yes Yes E-mail support is available.
Online interactive chat support No Yes Yes Online interactive chat support is available.
Online support form Yes Yes Yes An online support form (or portal) is available.
Knowledgebase No Yes Yes A knowledgebase is available.
User forums Yes Yes Yes Support monitored and managed user forums are available.
Video tutorials No Yes Yes Video tutorials offered by the backup vendor.

Monitoring and Management

 
Veeam
Unitrends Appliance Family
Unitrends Enterprise Backup
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Appliance-based monitoring/management No Yes Yes Monitoring and management of data protection software, operating system, storage, server, and other solution components.
Single pane of glass Yes Yes Yes Monitoring and management of backup servers (in the case of Veeam) or appliances (in the case of Unitrends) from a single web-based user interface.
Web-based management Yes Yes Yes Monitoring and management can be performed via the web.
SNMP/SMTP/alert-based notifications Yes Yes Yes Notifications are available via SNMP traps, SMTP e-mail, and alerts.

Recovery and Restore

 
Veeam
Unitrends Appliance Family
Unitrends Enterprise Backup
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Instant recovery for Windows (physical server) No Yes No Recovery from a failed Windows server in less than 5 minutes.
Instant recovery for VMware Yes Yes Yes Recovery from a failed VMware server in less than 5 minutes.
Dissimilar bare metal restore No Yes Yes This includes P2P, P2V, V2P, and V2V. Veeam only protects the virtual environment; Unitrends has integrated dissimilar bare metal restore support.
Heterogeneous bare metal restore No Yes Yes This includes not only VMware but Windows, Hyper-V, XenServer, Linux, Solaris, Mac OS X, and other operating systems. Veeam only protects VMware virtual environments; Unitrends has integrated bare metal restore support.
Heterogeneous backup No Yes Yes Veeam only protects the VMware virtual environments and can support a variety of guest operating systems. However, it doesn't support operating systems that cannot be virtualized into a VMware environment. Unitrends offers protection for over 100 different operating systems, platforms, applications and hypervisors.
Audit mode recovery verification (Windows) No Yes Yes Ability to boot into a failover virtual instance of the physical Windows server for audit and recovery verification.
Audit mode recovery verification (VMware) Yes Yes Yes Ability to boot into a virtual machine backup for audit and recovery verification.
File Level Restores from virtual machine backups on VMware Yes Yes Yes Supports recovery of files from image-based backups in a VMware environment.

Backup

 
Veeam
Unitrends Appliance Family
Unitrends Enterprise Backup
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Virtual and physical backup No Yes Yes Supports virtual and physical environments.
Heterogeneous backup No Yes Yes Veeam only protects the VMware virtual environments and can support a variety of guest operating systems. However, it doesn't support operating systems that cannot be virtualized into a VMware environment. Unitrends offers protection for over 100 different operating systems, platforms, applications and hypervisors.
Heterogeneous storage protection No Yes Yes Support for protecting NAS and SAN volumes.
Integrated fixed/rotational archiving No Yes Yes Integrated Disk-to-disk-to-disk, -tape, -SAN, and -NAS for both long-term retention and disaster recovery.
Continuous incrementals supported Yes Yes Yes Continuous (includes near-CDP snapshot)-based incremental backup is available.
VMware CBT (Change Block Tracking) Yes Yes Yes Support for VMware CBT is available.
Hyper-V CBT (Change Block Tracking) Yes Yes Yes Support for Hyper-V CBT (which Microsoft does not support) is available.
Integration with vCenter Yes Yes Yes Virtual machines are protected in an VMware ESX and vCenter setups.
Support for virtual machines in a HA/DRS setup Yes Yes Yes Support for vMotion.
Application-level backups No Yes Yes Application-level backup is available; Veeam only protects the VMware virtual machines at the image-level and does not provide native agent for application protection. Unitrends has native agents for Microsoft applications and also integrated support for application tools (ex. Oracle RMAN).
Differential backups supported Yes Yes Yes Differential backup is available.
Maximum concurrent backups Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited The number of concurrent backups.

Technology

 
Veeam
Unitrends Appliance Family
Unitrends Enterprise Backup
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Supports agents No Yes Yes Supports client-level, agent-based protection where necessary.
Deduplication Yes Yes Yes Supports deduplication.
Retention control policies Yes Yes Yes Supports minimum and maximum retention settings.
Encryption Yes Yes Yes At least AES-256 level encryption; Veeam only encrypts data in-flight and not at rest. Unitrends appliances encrypt data at rest and in-flight.
Failover virtualization Yes Yes Yes Supports Windows and VMware instant recovery. Veeam supports only VMware instant recovery.
Grid-based scalability Yes Yes Yes Backup servers (or appliances) are configured in a grid for interoperability, monitoring, and management.
Integrated symmetric and asymmetric replication Yes Yes Yes Veeam provides replication of virtual machines to a remote location. Unitrends can replicate the entire site (physical and virtual environments) for disaster recovery.
Hub-spoke replication No Yes Yes Veeam does not offer many-to-one replication; Unitrends offers integrated replication to off-site locations on a single-tenant basis.
Integrated peer-to-peer replication No Yes Yes Cross replication between backup servers in case of Veeam and appliances in the case of Unitrends.
Integrated private cloud replication Yes Yes Yes Veeam can replicate virtual machine backups to a remote site; Unitrends offers integrated replication to off-site locations on a single-tenant basis.
Integrated public cloud replication No Yes Yes Unitrends offers Unitrends Cloud, which is a public multi-tenant disaster recovery solution.

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