It's no secret that I appreciate the simplicity of installing the NAKIVO Backup & Replication appliance in my home's personal datacenter. To get your most precious VMs protected easily and effectively, it takes only about 10 minutes to install and configure the appliance then kick off your first VM backup job, with the simple process demonstrated in my video below.
Some folks may prefer to install NAKIVO on an existing Linux or Windows physical system or VM. Some might instead choose to back up their VMware VMs to a more distant NAS, to lessen the chance of flood or fire taking both out the cluster and the backups in an unfortunate event in home or in a business. Part of what NAKIVO has added with v7.5 is Netgear NASs are now supported too.
Note that I'm not talking about using the backup appliance to back up to an iSCSI or NFS attached NAS (which is an option). Instead, I'm talking about installing the NAKIVO software (with integrated web server) right onto your Linux-based NAS itself, a unique differentiator that NAKIVO offers over competitors.
Regardless of the topology chosen, it's still best to do an off-site backup as well, which NAKIVO also supports, calling the feature Backup Copy Offsite and to Cloud.
Today, NAKIVO made their announcement, with the elements of the announcement most likely to be of interest to the home lab in the excerpts below:
NAKIVO Releases v7.5 with vSphere 6.7 Support and Cross-Platform Recovery
NAKIVO Backup & Replication v7.5 introduces several new features, including Cross-Platform Recovery, Advanced Bandwidth Throttling, support for the latest version of vSphere, and more.
Sparks, NV, United States — August 1, 2018
NAKIVO, Inc., a fast-growing virtualization and cloud backup software company, announced today the release of NAKIVO Backup & Replication v7.5. The latest version supports vSphere 6.7 and adds integration with major storage vendors such as DELL EMC Data Domain and NETGEAR ReadyNAS.
VMware vSphere 6.7 Support: NAKIVO Backup & Replication v7.5 is now officially compatible with the latest version of vSphere, allowing users to seamlessly use NAKIVO Backup & Replication for protection of upgraded VMware environments and benefit from new features that improve backup performance.
NETGEAR ReadyNAS-Based VM Backup Appliance: NAKIVO Backup & Replication v7.5 can be installed directly on NETGEAR ReadyNAS devices, creating a cost-effective VM backup appliance. The ReadyNAS-based appliance is a 5-in-1 solution featuring backup hardware, software, storage, built-in global data deduplication, and backup-to-cloud functionality.
Note that NAKIVO offers NFR (Not For Resale) downloads to many IT Professionals, which I explain here:
If you are a VMUG member, VMware vExpert, VCP, VSP, VTSP, or VCI you can receive a FREE two-socket Not For Resale (NFR) license of NAKIVO Backup & Replication for one year and use it in your home or work lab.
The NFR licenses are available for non-production use only, including educational, lab testing, evaluation, training, and demonstration purposes. This offer ends on March 30, 2018.
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Admittedly, the refreshed UI means my somewhat dated v5.7 deep dive video looks a little different, but the install and initial backup functionality still works much the same with v7.5, which I'm currently planning to test, now that I'm able to move my entire lab to run vSphere 6.7 full time, since I have several VMs that I need to back up on a daily basis.
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Nov 28 2017
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Mar 22 2016
- Announcing NAKIVO Backup & Replication v5.8 - virtual appliance, Windows service, or installed on an Intel-based Western Digital NAS
Oct 12 2015
- NAKIVO Backup & Replication 5.7 fully supports vSphere 6, vSAN, and VVol, an easy choice for home labs
Jul 09 2015
- NAKIVO Backup & Replication 5.5 released, NFR available to VCP and vExperts through Mar 31 2015
Mar 19 2015
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