Datto vs Veeam: A battle of the BCDR Giants (only one can win)

by Jul 28, 2016Business Continuity

Datto vs Veeam? Which should you choose?

Both the Datto SIRIS 3 and Veeam business continuity solutions were designed to keep your operations running when disaster hits your data network. Both give users competent data backup plans. However, that’s where the similarities in the two backup/continuity/data recovery plans end. When initially examining Datto vs Veeam, they seem to have similar features and options. That said, we’ll focus on the differences, which include: pricing, types of supported environments, and user sureties, like real-time testing of backup abilities.

Datto vs Veeam: Pros and Cons

Let’s take a look at the Veeam Backup and Replication, or VMware Backup &  Availability continuity solution versus the Datto SIRIS 3, point by point:

1. Data Recovery.

Veeam features “1-click self-service restore,” “Instant VM,” and “Instant File-Level Recovery” among their data recovery options, or levels of recovery. That’s great, but how do you know if your data backup and recovery system is really working? Statistics suggest that nearly 80% of backups are useless when put to the test. That’s why the Datto SIRIS features “Screenshot Backup Verification”. The device will test each backup to confirm it can be restored in real time, providing the user with peace of mind.

2. Backup. 

Veeam claims to have the “#1 VMware Backup & Availability,” with options including their “2-in-1 backup and replication” system, which claims it “can improve your Availability strategy and complement VMs backup with image-based replication”. The Datto SIRIS 3 system, conversely, provides “Hybrid cloud-based recovery, for instant onsite and offsite backup virtualization”. Datto also claims to have completely eliminated the problem of broken backup chains.

3. Replication.

As part of their Replication verbiage, Veeam, under their “Fast off-site replication” heading, employs the phrase “helps you improve replication performance”. To those who require solid backup and replication tools, “helps” might not cut it when it comes to certainty and surety when disaster strikes their business data centers. As part of their “most reliable and advanced” continuity solutions, Datto and their SIRIS 3 system employ Inverse Chain Technology–a proprietary method using asynchronous mirroring which unifies backup continuity–along with both agent and agentless backup options for SMBs, or entities of any size. The Datto SIRIS 3 also leads the way in speed, claiming entire infrastructures can be spun up in just :06.

4. Pricing. 

Veeam “wins” this round as we found there to be a significant difference in pricing. For some, that will be appealing–but others recognize you usually get what you pay for in business continuity. . .and in life.

Datto vs Veeam: What right for your business? Contact us today for a live demo of the Datto SIRIS 3.

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Dale Shulmistra is a Business Continuity Specialist at Invenio IT, responsible for shaping the company’s technology initiatives -- selecting, designing, implementing & supporting business continuity solutions to bolster client operational efficiencies and eliminate downtime.