Headquartered in Silicon Valley, NAKIVO Inc. is a privately-held software company that develops and markets a line of next generation data protection products for VMware VM backup, replication, and recovery.

NAKIVO develops a fast, reliable, and affordable data protection solution for VMware and Amazon Cloud environments. As of Q4 2015, over 10,000 customers are using NAKIVO Backup & Replication to protect and recover their data more efficiently and cost effectively.

In addition, over 100 hosting, managed, and cloud services providers are using NAKIVO to deliver VM Backup-as-a-Service and Disaster-Recovery-as-a-Service to their customers. NAKIVO also has over 1,000 channel partners in 112 countries worldwide.

NAKIVO has been profitable since founding in 2012, has been named an “Emerging Vendor 2013” by CRN, and reported a revenue growth of 800% in 2013. This has put NAKIVO on top of the list of the fastest-growing data protection companies in 2013, outpacing all of its competitors.

As an Elite member of the VMware Technology Alliance Partner program, NAKIVO has close working relationships with VMware and is further aligned with VMware to promote the use of VM backup for virtualized server environments.

Nakivo Backup and Replication v6.2 for VMware

VM Backup Onsite and Offsite

NAKIVO Backup & Replication provides image-based VMware VM backup. You can backup VMs on schedule or ad hoc, both locally over LAN and offsite over WAN.

For each VM backup, you can save up to 1,000 recovery points and rotate them on a daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly basis. All backup jobs are forever-incremental and use VMware Changed Block Tracking to quickly identify changed data, which results in fast backups.

To further boost backup speed, you can enable the LAN-free and Network Acceleration features. NAKIVO Backup & Replication supports Exchange, Active Directory, MS SQL, SharePoint, and other applications and databases running in VMs, ensuring that all backups are consistent.

To save storage space, all VM backups are automatically compressed and deduplicated across entire backup repository.

VM Backup to Amazon Cloud

NAKIVO Backup & Replication can backup VMs directly to Amazon cloud, which provides one of the most reliable and affordable storage services.

The setup process is simple and automated -- you can create a backup repository in Amazon cloud in just a few clicks, and then just choose the new cloud backup repository as a destination for your backups.

VMware VM Replication

VM replication creates and maintains identical copies of source VMs on target ESXi hosts. VM replicas are regular VMs that are available in VMware vSphere, so if source VMs are unavailable, you can instantly recover by powering on VM replicas.

On top of that, you can save up to 30 recovery points for each replica and roll back to a good recovery point  at any time.

Screenshot Verification

NAKIVO Backup & Replication provides an automated way to near-instantly verify VM backups. After a VM backup is completed, the product instantly recovers the VMs from its newly created backup, waits until the OS has booted, makes a screenshot of the OS, discards the test-recovered VM, and sends you a report with the screenshot via email.

This way you can not only trust that you have a good backup but also see (and show to your management) that backups are good and VMs can be recovered.

Global Data Deduplication and Compression

NAKIVO Backup & Replication automatically deduplicates all VM backups across an entire backup repository. Data deduplication works at the block level and ensures that only unique data blocks are saved. On top of that, deduplicated blocks are compressed to ensure that the least amount of space is used.

Instant VM Recovery

Flash VM Boot enables you to run (boot) VMs directly from compressed and deduplicated VM backups. This way you can recover your VMs within seconds, without waiting for full restore from VM backup files.

Using Flash VM Boot you can also verify VM backups, run disaster recovery tests, and test system updates and application patches.

Instant Granular Recovery

NAKIVO Backup & Replication enables browsing, searching, and recovering files, Microsoft Exchange objects, and Microsoft Active Directory objects directly from compressed and deduplicated VM backups, without restoring the entire VM first. This feature is 100% agentless, works out of the box for all backups, and does not require creating a special lab or running a special VM backup type.

This feature is 100% agentless, works out of the box for all backups, and does not require creating a special lab or running a special VM backup type.

There are many more features that are available with this wonderful product. I suggest you go through the Resources section below go understand various features.


Below are some of my posts that I have written on Nakivo when I was evaluating the product.