Few weeks back I reported about Nakivo, which is New company providing low cost backup solutions for VMware. You can read about Nakivo in my detailed article here – Nakivo Backup and Replication for VMware vSphere – New Virtualization Backup Company.
What's interesting with Nakivo is that the cost of their backup is particularly interesting for VMware Clients running vSphere Essentials or vSphere Essentials Plus version. In fact their product has the same features (technically), but at half cost. Clients which are running only physical infrastructure and planning to buy one of the Essentials kits from VMware, they might have a good reason to go the Nakivo way, if the cost is the principal limit.
But Nakivo is not only interesting because of the cost, but also with all the features provided by the software. Nakivo has all the important features that are necessary to protect VMs in today's virtualized environments, like: Incremental backups (leveraging CDP), replication, deduplication/compression, near CDP or Cloud based backups.
A quick quote from the announce:
If you are a VMUG member, VMware vExpert, VCP, or VCI you can get a FREE two-socket Not For Resale (NFR) license of NAKIVO Backup & Replication for your home or work lab.
As usually, no need to mention that the NFR licenses are provided without support and for non-production use only. You can use them for educational, lab testing, evaluation, training, and demonstration purposes.
Here is the link where you can request a license: https://www.nakivo.com/en/free_nfr_license.htm
Nakivo backup and replication is also available in different languages than English. The product is also available in French, Spanish, German, and Italian.
Now there is also Free version of Nakivo Backup, which enables you to do to create ad-hoc backups of running VMs. This is useful mostly for archival, and portability purposes. VMs can be backed up locally, remotely over WAN, or to Dropbox.