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Minimum NAKIVO Backup & Replication software requirements can be found in the NAKIVO Backup & Replication User Guide.
This article provides you with additional information regarding software platforms.

Considering Platforms for Director and Transporter

Choose among the following 64-bit platforms when installing your copy of NAKIVO Backup & Replication:

  • Microsoft Windows
  • Linux
  • Linux-based Virtual Appliance
  • Linux-based NAS

Comparison of installation platforms:


 Microsoft WindowsLinuxVirtual Appliance NAS
Resilience to malwareLow High High High
Vertical scalability Yes Yes Yes No
Release cycle Short Long Long Long
SecurityMediumHighHighHigh

Considering Platforms for Backup Repository

Platforms available for setting up your backup repository are listed in the table below:


 Microsoft Windows Linux Server Virtual Appliance NAS OS
Default File System NTFS EXT4 EXT4 EXT4
Sharing Protocol SMB NFS NFS NFS

When comparing file systems, one should note the following advantages of NTFS: file change logging, native data deduplication, and transparent file compression. On the other hand, the EXT4 file system has the allocate-on-flush feature that is capable of reducing the CPU load.

When deciding on a sharing protocol, please note that you usually use NFS for dedicated Linux-client to Linux-server connections.

Using SMB allows you to avoid regular client-server relations. However, with an increased number of SMB nodes, inefficiency of the protocol may become discernible. In addition, the usage of SMB over WAN is not recommended due to security reasons.

Considering Platforms for Client Machine

One of the following web browsers is required to access NAKIVO Backup & Replication from a client machine:

  • Google Chrome from Version 26 up to Version 65.
  • Mozilla Firefox from Version 21 up to Version 58.

This means that you can open NAKIVO Backup & Replication user interface, initiate and manage your backup and replication jobs from any platform where the aforementioned browsers are installed. These include:

  • Android OS on smartphones and tablets.
  • Windows on smartphones, tablets, desktops, and servers.
  • iOS on smartphones and tablets.
  • Linux on desktops and servers.
  • Chrome OS on desktops (Google Chrome browser only).
  • BSD and Unix on desktops and servers (Mozilla Firefox browser only).

Generally, web browsers are interchangeable in relation to running your NAKIVO Backup & Replication tasks. However, there is no implementation of the per-site security configuration for Google Chrome on mobile platforms.

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