Back to Basics: Nakivo Backup & Replication Overview


Nakivo Backup & Replication is a solution that integrates the technologies required by modern backup software to protect workloads running on multiple platforms from a single pane of glass.

Nakivo is a complete and an affordable product designed to have SMBs, Enterprises and MSPs as target and can be installed and configured in minutes.

Nakivo Backup & Replication requires only 2 cores and 4 GB of RAM to start running backups and can be installed in several different platforms.


Back to Basics blog series

Nakivo Backup & Replication Overview
Nakivo Backup Repository
Nakivo Backup VMware vSphere
Nakivo Restore VMware VMs
Nakivo VMware vSphere Replication
Nakivo Ransomware Protection
Nakivo IT Monitoring


Nakivo Backup & Replication Overview

Nakivo Backup & Replication can protect the most popular platforms providing a rich set of backup features and several deployment options.


Supported environments

Nakivo can protect the following environments:

  • Virtual platforms - VMware vSphere (5.5-8.0 U2), Microsoft Hyper-V (2012-2022), Nutanix AHV (5.15, 5.20, v6.5).
  • Physical - Windows Server 2012-2022 (21H2), Windows 10 Home/Pro/Ent (20H2/20H1/21H2) and Windows 11 (21H2). Linux Ubuntu Server v16.04-22.04 LTS, Ubuntu Desktop 18.04-22.04 LTS, Red Hat Enterprise Linux v7.4-9.2, SUSE Linux Enterprise v12 SP3-v15 SP4, CentOS v7.0-8.4, Debian v10.1-11.7.
  • SaaS - Microsoft 365 (Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, OneDrive for Business, Microsoft Teams).
  • Cloud - Amazon EC2 (all regions, all instance types and virtual private cloud (VPC) and classic).
  • File Share - NAS, File Server.
  • Applications - SQL, Active Directory, Exchange, Oracle Database (11g R2–19c).



Deployment options

Nakivo Backup & Replication Server can be installed on the following OSs:

  • Windows Server 2012-2022 (21H2), Windows 11 (21H2),  Windows 10 Pro/Home/Enterprise (20H2 / 21H1 / 21H2).
  • Linux Ubuntu Server 16.04-22.04, Red Hat Enterprise 7.4-9.2, SUSE Enterprise 15 SP1-SP4, Enterprise 12 SP3-SP5, CentOS 7.0-8.4, Stream 8-9, Debian v10.1-11.7.
  • VMware appliance
  • Nutanix AHV appliance
  • Pre-configured Amazon Machine Image
  • NAS devices (Synology, QNAP, NETGEAR, ASUSTOR, and Western Digital)
  • Raspberry Pi


Key features

Nakivo provides image-based, application-aware, incremental backup, replication and IT Monitoring.



  • Agentless backup - backups are performed without installing additional software inside the VM to protect leveraging the VMware CBT technology.
  • Image-based backup - Nakivo leverages snapshot technology to create a point-in-time copy of the VM to protect.
  • Application-aware backups - ensure that Active Directory, MS-SQL, Exchange and Oracle databases remain consistent.


  • Storage snapshots - Nakivo supports the backup of vSphere VMs directly from storage snapshots (supported storage are HPE 3PAR, Nimble Storage and other HPE devices).
  • Immutable backups - backups can be protected against deletions, changes and overwrites taking benefit o data storage options in local Linux-based repositories and cloud storage (supported platforms Amazon S3, Wasabi, Backblaze B2, and Microsoft Azure).
  • Flash VM Boot - VMs can be booted directly from backups to resume operations within minutes.


  • Granular recovery - files and Microsoft Exchange, Active Directory, or SQL Server items can be restored to the original or custom locations.
  • Backup verification - backups can be verified sending reports with screenshots of test-recovered machines.




  • Replication - Nakivo replication supports VMware vSphere and Microsoft Hyper-V.
  • Real-Time Replication - leveraging Real-Time Replication feature you can achieve RPOs as low as 1 second.


  • Replication from backup - replicas can be created directly from backups to reduce production load freeing up precious resources.
  • EC2 Instance Replication - Amazon EC2 instance replicas can be created and maintained.
  • Site Recovery - to orchestrate automated worflow for disaster recovery scenarios (recovering testing, planned failover, failback, migration).


  • Application support - allows to create consistent replicas in applications and databases, such as Microsoft Exchange Server, Active Directory, and SQL Server.


IT Monitoring

  • Available for VMware vSphere environment, IT Monitoring is a feature that allows the administrators to have a centralized overview of your virtual environment.
  • Monitoring of CPU, RAM, and disk usage of hosts and VMs, datastores disk usage and historical data.




Nakivo Backup & Replication comes with four editions.


Pro Essentials

  • Backup for VMware vSphere, Hyper-V and Nutanix environments.
  • Replication for VMware vSphere and Hyper-V.
  • Instant granular recovery, Instant VM boot, Cross-platform recovery, Physical-to-virtual and Immutable storage.

Enterprise Essentials

  • This edition includes all Pro Essentials features.
  • Backup to Cloud, Native Backup to Tape and Deduplication Appliance integration.
  • Site Recovery, Multi-Tenant mode, Calendar, 2FA and Active Directory integration.

Enterprise Plus

  • Includes all Enterprise Essentials features.
  • Backup from Storage Snapshots.
  • HTTP API Integration Kit and Role-Based Access Control.


  • Provides all Pro Essentials features.
  • Protection for up to 10 VMs, up to 5 M365 users.
  • IT Monitoring for up to 10 vSphere VMs.



Nakivo Backup & Replication provides two license models:

  • Subscription - licensed per workload and billed annually.
  • Perpetual - licensed per CPU socket it is charged only once for indefinite use.



Release history

These are the Nakivo versions released during last year:

  • Nakivo v10.11 (beta) - Enhanced IT Monitoring, Backup for Oracle RMAN on Linux, File System Indexing
  • Nakivo v10.10 - VMware real time replication (beta)
  • Nakivo v10.9 - Bare-Metal Recovery, Backup Malware scan, Direct Recovery From Tape
  • Nakivo v10.8 - S3-compatible storage support, New Graphic Interface, Job Priority, Merge Jobs, Persistent Agent

Nakivo Backup & Replication can be downloaded as 15-day free trial.


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