We’ve been examining Scott Lowe’s competitive matrix for the virtualization management in a series of blog posts over the last week or so, and today it’s time to turn our attention toward Veeam. We’ve compiled a detailed feature comparison of SolarWinds Virtualization Manager vs. Veeam One based on Scott’s post if you’d like a head-to-head analysis. For what it’s worth, the folks I’ve talked with have given Veeam Backup & Replication good reviews. However, I’m sure it won’t surprise you to know that I think SolarWinds has a superior virtualization management solution to that of Veeam.
Veeam is well known in the virtualization market for their virtualization backup product. They’ve gained a lot of traction and brand awareness by attending every virtualization event under the sun promoting what is probably a really good backup tool. Here are a few key takeaways:
- Veeam One is a late-comer to the virtualization management market because their focus has been on virtualization data protection.
- Veeam One has similar functionality to other tools in this space like performance monitoring, capacity planning, and storage IO and network IO analysis.
- Veeam One doesn’t provide API access to integrate their tool with your business processes.
- SolarWinds has been focused on developing and honing the perfect virtualization management tool for quite a while. Veeam has been focused on backup and replication.
- SolarWinds Virtualization Manager offers virtualization resource optimization. Veeam One doesn’t provide this key feature (See more on this and other capacity management below).
- SolarWinds provides TimeTravel historical forensics. No one else in the market offers this functionality.
- SolarWinds enables integration with a physical storage management tool. No one else has the robust analytics for virtualization storage that SolarWinds provides.
SolarWinds Virtualization Manager, VMware monitoring gives you a well-tested virtualization management platform that includes a comprehensive virtualization capacity management capability. I think it’s best to look at capacity management as a three-legged stool with capacity operations, capacity optimization, and capacity planning all covering different time horizons as you can see in the graphic below.
Just as a three-legged stool doesn’t function well without all of its legs, if any of these three features is absent, you’re not able to efficiently manage virtualization capacity. VMs and the applications running on them change over time, and Veeam One omits a key tool – capacity optimization – that helps you deal with those changes in the most efficient and effective way possible. SolarWinds Virtualization Manager gives you a tool for capacity optimization that helps you determine the best initial placement of a new virtual machine and helps you optimize your virtual infrastructure as changes occur.
As with all of our other competitors, SolarWinds Virtualization Manager also has an advantage over Veeam One in our TimeTravel feature. Time Travel’s historical forensics expedite root cause analysis when you have a performance problem. This effectively lets you turn back the clock to determine what changed in your virtual environment that led to performance degradation.
It should also be noted that Veeam One requires a physical installation similar to systems management platforms of yesteryear. The virtual appliances offered by most virtualization management vendors today greatly simplify deployment, while I think a physical installation can be a relative pain. However, you can be the judge of that – just download a free 30-day trial of SolarWinds Virtualization Manager, VMware monitoring software and you’ll see how simple it is to install and start getting valuable data on your VMware or Hyper-V environment.