Veeam vs. Datto: Comparing Two BC/DR Heavyweights

by Dec 4, 2019Business Continuity

Comparing disaster recovery solutions is an important first step to identifying the right data backup system for your organization. Whether you’re comparing Veeam vs. Datto or any other BC/DR vendor, it’s important to dig into the details of each offering to determine the best fit.

Nearly all of today’s major backup solutions sound similar on paper and indeed provide a similar range of services. But when you dig deeper into how those systems work (and what they require to achieve true business continuity), you begin to see how they diverge in important ways:

  • Backup processes and capabilities
  • Recovery options
  • Protection for various disaster scenarios
  • Ability to meet your specific continuity objectives
  • Cost and complexity of deployment and management

 

Veeam and Datto both offer robust backup solutions that help businesses recover rapidly after data loss.

So, how do they differ? Here’s what you need to know.

 

Veeam Overview

Headquartered in Switzerland, Veeam was established in 2006, initially offering solutions for monitoring virtual infrastructure via its Veeam Monitor and Reporter products.

The company later merged the two products into one and also began offering data protection via its Backup & Replication software, which was designed to protect virtual environments built on VMware vSphere and Microsoft Hyper-V hypervisors.

The company has since expanded its product offering to include a range of backup solutions for virtual, physical and cloud infrastructures. Veeam has grown from just 10 employees in 2008 to nearly 4,000 today, with offices around the globe.

 

Key Products

1) Veeam Availability Suite

The Availability Suite is Veeam’s top-tier product, designed to provide robust backup and monitoring capabilities for mid-size to large enterprises.

Availability Suite combines Veeam’s two core products – Backup & Replication for data protection and Veeam ONE for monitoring – into a single solution. It can be deployed to protect cloud, virtual and physical environments.

Veeam markets the product as a “comprehensive enterprise suite [that] empowers organizations with advanced capabilities and powerful tools to effectively achieve their goals of achieving complete data protection, with high availability and reduced downtime.”

Availability Suite is offered via several different editions with varying capabilities and services:

  • Community
  • Standard
  • Enterprise
  • Enterprise Plus

 

Protected environments include:

  • Virtual: VMware vSphere, Microsoft Hyper-V and Nutanix AHV
  • Physical: Windows and Linux
  • Cloud: Amazon AWS, Microsoft Azure and other third-party public clouds

For on-site backup and storage, Veeam offers integrated appliances through select hardware vendors, including Cisco, Dell, HP and others.

For cloud storage, companies can use one of the public cloud providers listed above or use their own private cloud.

Initial comparisons – Veeam vs. Datto:

  • The Veeam Availability Suite is primarily designed for enterprise businesses. So for smaller organizations that have less intensive workloads, the Availability Suite is probably overkill in comparison to Datto’s own top-tier BC/DR solutions, which come in options for smaller companies as well.
  • Datto’s disaster recovery solutions are focused intently on data protection and continuity, so there is not exactly an “apples to apples” comparison with the Availability Suite. For example, Datto’s products do not feature the VM monitoring and reporting functions of Veeam ONE, which is more of an analytics solution for enterprise businesses with heavy workloads.
  • For more of an “apples to apples” comparison, you’ll want to compare Veeam’s Backup & Replication product with Datto’s flagship BC/DR solution, the Datto SIRIS. Let’s look first at Veeam’s product …

 

2) Veeam Backup & Replication

Veaam Backup & Replication can be deployed as a standalone solution, separate from the Availability Suite (without the monitoring and reporting capabilities of Veeam ONE). Otherwise, the backup capabilities are virtually the same as those listed above: providing protection for virtual, physical and cloud environments.

Backups are image-based and replicated to the cloud of your choice. A host of recovery options are available, including full VM restores, instant file-level recovery and eDiscovery for Microsoft Exchange, SharePoint, and Active Directory.

Veeam’s advanced replication capabilities provide exceptionally high availability, thanks in part to built-in WAN acceleration and speedy off-site disaster recovery options.

Like the Availability Suite, Veeam Backup & Replication comes in three editions to meet the varying needs of organizations: Standard, Enterprise and Enterprise Plus. For example, capabilities like replication from a backup are available in all editions, while features like the WAN acceleration are unique to the top-tier Enterprise Plus edition.

 

Initial comparisons – Veeam vs. Datto:

  • Like Veeam, the Datto SIRIS protects virtual, physical and cloud environments with image-based backups that can be performed almost continuously (as often as every 5 minutes).
  • Datto’s hybrid cloud technology stores your backups on-site and in the cloud (two geo-redundant locations) and offers a wide range of recovery options, both granular / file-level and full restores.
  • The key differentiator between Datto and Veeam is that SIRIS is a fully integrated solution, whereas Backup & Replication requires configuring multiple Veeam solutions to achieve the same level continuity.
  • To be clear, both products can deliver true business continuity and disaster recovery, locally and in the cloud. But when it comes to the deployment and management needed to achieve, the products couldn’t be more different. Below, we dig into that contrast a little further.

 

3) SaaS Backup for Office 365

Veeam released an Office 365 backup solution in 2018, helping businesses safeguard their SaaS data from common threats, such as accidental deletion, mass overwrites, misconfigured data migrations and so on.

Veeam’s O365 backup product performs timely backups of all data within 365 Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, OneDrive for Business and Microsoft Teams. Companies have the option of storing the backups on-premise or in the cloud of their choice, though this ultimately means they need to manage the storage themselves.

A search function allows you to quickly find missing files and restore them on a granular level. Veeam touts “25 ways to restore” from its O365 backups, though this mostly includes options for restoring items with and without keeping original files, direct into the applicable O365 product or by email, ZIP, etc.

Veeam markets its Office 365 backup as “a key component of the Veeam Availability Platform,” though it can be deployed a standalone product, separate from its other data backup solutions.

 

Initial comparisons – Veeam vs. Datto:

  • Datto offers its own Office 365 backup solution, known as Backupify. Backupify provides automatic SaaS protection for all O365 data, including Microsoft Exchange Online, OneDrive, SharePoint Online, Calendar and Contacts.
  • Backupify automatically backs up O365 data up to three times a day, and like Veeam’s offering, offers a quick granular restore function to recover lost files and folders. Data can be restored directly back into the user’s account or downloaded to the administrator’s computer.
  • A key difference between Veeam vs. Datto is how and where the O365 backups are stored. While Veeam offers the option to store them locally and in the cloud, there are caveats to both of those options. Customers need to manually configure and manage the cloud storage, which takes time and can be unnecessarily burdensome. Additionally, using local storage eats into local bandwidth and can affect on-premise server resources.
  • Datto stores the backups in its own cloud, with an unlimited storage option, and it takes as little as 5 minutes to set up.

Datto vs. Veeam: Final Considerations

If you’re comparing the BC/DR solutions from both providers side by side, keep in mind that they don’t match up neatly. Datto is designed to be a fully integrated hybrid-cloud backup solution out of the box, while Veeam will require configuring a few different solutions together, such as the backup software, off-site replication, local storage, cloud storage, etc.

Here are some things to consider:

  • As mentioned above, Veeam partners with hardware vendors to provide the on-site backup appliance, which powers the backup process and provides local backup storage. Or, you can use your own hardware. Datto provides its own integrated appliances, which are available in desktop and rackmount versions to fit the capacity needs of the business. Datto also offers the option to deploy SIRIS as an imaged or virtual system.
  • Configuring various Veeam solutions together may be preferred by larger organizations that have complex infrastructures, but that’s not ideal for everyone. More configuration ultimately means that the deployment will take longer and also require more time to manage, which adds to the cost. Additionally, add-on integrations and software licenses for different components can make the investment even more expensive.
  • Businesses looking for greater simplicity in their deployment, while maintaining control over all aspects of the backup process, will appreciate Datto’s fully integrated solutions. The cloud backups, too, are stored in Datto’s own geo-redundant cloud, which is built on the same technologies as the on-premise SIRIS device to create a truly seamless continuity solution.
  • Veeam and Datto both score points for how they perform the backup process. Datto’s Inverse Chain Technology and Veeam’s Reverse Chain Technology provide incremental-like backups that eliminate dependency on the backup chain, where the most common problems occur. Each new backup is fully constructed and not dependent on prior backups.
  • Both offerings offer a range of recovery options to ensure that data can be restored in nearly any scenario. This is a critical capability to look for in all BC/DR products, as it ensures that organizations can minimize downtime and resume operations quickly after events like ransomware attacks and hardware failure.

 

Which is right for you? Call our experts

Let us help you determine the right disaster recovery solution for your organization, based on your unique needs and infrastructure. Request a free demo or contact our business continuity experts today by calling (646) 395-1170 or emailing success@invenioIT.com.

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