As a Veeam partner I often get the question from customers and colleagues : why choose VBO365 and not one of the so many SaaS competitors?
That question is not so easy to answer, but there are a lot of reasons.
I’ll try to give some reasons why I find that VBO365 has advantages relative to other SaaS competitors.
You can install VBO365 on a VM or physical server on-premises.
You can use regular storage or an object-storage appliance.
Also you can install it on a VM in the public cloud and using object storage as the best choice (costs and quantity of storage).
Because you can install it on-premises or as a partner on your own hardware in a datacenter, you can deliver proximity instead of used storage of a competitor in a region far away from your location.
In Belgium the proximity is an important reason for a lot of customers.
Several flexible restore options :
With VBO365 you have many, many restore options, not only to existing O365 resources (mailbox, onedrive, ...) but you can restore it local in several formats (PST, MSG, ...).
This is not always available for other SaaS competitors.
Technical Support center :
Veeam Techincal Support, from my perspective, is one of the best technical support I’ve ever engaged with. This is very important as a partner.
VBO365 is very scalable. If you need more resources, just create extra proxy-VMs. Create extra backup appliances or backup accounts to eliminate more the active throttling of MS O365.
Easy interface :
As all Veeam applications, the interface is very intuitive and easy to handle!
More control :
When you implement VBO365, you have more control over the environment. With a SaaS solution you don’t have much control.
Partner role :
When you implement VBO365, your role as a partner is much more important and valuable than just playing a reseller where you don’t have a specific important role.
Several retention policies :
You have the possibility to implement item-level retention policy or snapshot retention policy per repository.
IT JUST WORKS :
Yeah, of course as all Veeam software, IT JUST WORKS!!! :-)
There are more reasons, but I just limited it on 10, a nice figure ;-).
Soon copy jobs will be possible to copy the data to other repositories is an important extra functionality.
Unfortunately there are also some missing parts or downsides in VBO365 I already had to hear :-( :
- backup of CRM Dynamics and other SaaS solutions is not yet possible, hopefully soon
- the cost of some SaaS competitors is lower than implementing a VM in the public cloud and necessary Veeam licenses...
- more time to implement instead of already implemented SaaS solution
- no integrated self service portal (I know it is coming...)
I will also ask in this post if you find some other advantages of using VBO365 we can use to tell our customers ;-).