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Veeam Backup & ReplicationCommvaultZertoNetApp Cloud Volumes ONTAPVembu BDR SuiteAcronis BackupVeeam Cloud ConnectVeeam Agent for Microsoft Windows
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    Pricing is fairly reasonable and not overly expensive.The replication is the most valuable feature for us.
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    The most valuable feature is Commvault's coverage. It has wide coverage to back up every data center environment. The product can back up OpenStack, OpenShift, and competitive solutions don't have this feature. Commvault can handle backing up any virtual workload or enterprise application.
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    It's also very much faster than any other migration or disaster recovery platform we have. I work with virtualization, mostly on VMware, and I must admit that Zerto is even better than VMware Site Recovery Manager. Zerto compresses the data and it works much faster.
  5. In terms of administration, the portal which provides the dashboard view is an excellent tool for operations. It gives you volume divisions, usage rates, which division is using how much data, and more. The operations portal is fantastic for the support team.
  6. The ability to map a drive and restore a separate file is most valuable. The restoration activity is good.You can restore all your data or partial parts of it. You can restore a specific version of the data. It has a lot of options for restore, so you can have the correct data that you want to restore. This is very important. You must know what you are going to restore. Otherwise, you may be overwriting correct data with other data. You must know what specific files you are restoring as well as which version. Partial restore is very important because there might be some files which are newer than the backup and some files that are corrupted. You need to restore some files from the backup, but not all the files.
  7. I have not used other backup solutions to compare how well the features work but I have found Acronis Backup to be user-friendly, overall easy to use, and performance is good.
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  9. One of the most valuable features of Veeam Cloud Connect is it does not require the use of an extremely fast internet connection for it to work. The backup process is automated which is great.
  10. The installation of Veeam Agent is straightforward. The solution is meeting all of our client's requirements. It has good performance.

Advice From The Community

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How does CDP backup work? Is it an effective replacement for traditional backup solutions? 
author avatarTim Lenz
Real User

While CDP is a good idea it does not protect if the database gets corrupted. This is the second purpose of the database backup scenario. The Grandfather, Father, Son, and off-site storage are the second level of protection against Ransomware too. My experience is that it takes two to three weeks to catch a data corruption which would have been repeated multiple times already with CDP.

author avatarreviewer1298934 (Director Cloud Backup and DRaaS at a tech services company with 51-200 employees)
Real User

No it does not replace backup. This supports RTOs in the case of DR, but backup establishes long term retention and separation for ransomware.

author avatarPaul Stearns
Real User

CDP can be part of a full data integrity solution, but not the primary component. My background has formed my strategy for data protection, and for our clients, we implement a tiered strategy which will allow recovery from a variety of data loss scenarios. Some of those scenarios include;

A file is lost.

A file is lost and not noticed for N days/weeks/months.

Malicious user.

Software failure/corruption.

Malware attacks, including ransomware.

Partial hardware loss.

Disaster/complete loss of infrastructure usage.

CDP will not protect from the first 4/5 data loss scenarios.

author avatarJacek Woytynowski

CDP is a significantly effective mechanism for protecting data, it is used for the highest priority environments or critical for business operations. For environments with a high RTO.

author avatarNorman Allen
Real User

CDP can replace traditional backup IF you can set retention times that are as good as or better than traditional backup.  Those weekly/monthly/custom backups should also be immutable; otherwise, you can't protect yourself from ransomware or achieve data retention for litigation or other purposes.

author avatarChris Childerhose
Real User

CDP should not replace traditional backup but complement it.  You can have your typical backups and then use CDP for mission-critical workloads to ensure the lowest RPO/RTO for them.  As noted also CDP does not help with Ransomware protection whereas traditional backups will.

author avatarEzra Chibole
Real User

No, It cannot. It's good for low RTO and RPO but in case of issues like Ransomware, CDP is not the way to go. Traditional  backup solutions become key

author avatarDevenShah
Real User

The backup platform being used could have CDP (continuous data protection) as an integral part of the solution. It is the first stage of user data back up, this gets added to the main back up. So in summary CDP is part of back up when considering user data. 

What are the most important considerations when selecting backup and recovery software for your business, particularly for cloud-based solutions?  What tips can you share for making the process of selecting backup and recovery software easier?
author avatarSimonClark

Cloud based backup and storage is the way to proceed in most cases, thus avoiding hardware that needs to be located securely and needs regular updating and refreshing.The longer term cost of ownership will be less by using cloud backup.

Generally the following should be considered

1. How quickly would we need to recover our backup.

2. How often do we want to perform backups e.g. some companies will need their data backed up almost continuously and others will be happy with a daily backup.

3. Is it better to use a single vendor for everything i.e. backup, archive and storage or select multiple solutions.

4. How often should we be checking to ensure my backups are working - many companies don't check and get a bad surprise when they find none of their backups actually worked.

5. Can we have unlimited uploads and downloads and how granular do we need that to be and how much will that cost - some vendors have expensive limits on uploads and downloads and some offer unlimited access.

6. Have we de-duplicated our data and will the backup solution do that for us. Otherwise are we paying to backup multiples of the same data. How do we deduplicate if our backup vendor doesn't do it for us

7. Has our backup solution got sufficient security controls i.e. is the data encrypted, locked and has it been scanned for ransomware? Does the backup solution do that for us or do we have to purchase more tools.

8. A common misnomer is that enterprises believe their data is secure because they are using 'The Cloud' i.e. M365, AWS, Azure, GCP - Note:  Cloud providers are responsible for their infrastructure, you are responsible for your data - A separate backup provider and strategy is essential.

9. Do we have the right people internally to manage our backup strategy, how much time will it take them and what happens if they are not available. It is worth finding a vendor which will automate as much of your backup as possible. This will also save you money over time too.

There are a small number of excellent vendors with competitive commercials that can do all of the above providing their customers with peace of mind. If they have a disaster they can be rapidly back to a secure working system. Choose a provider that meets your critical needs and budget.

author avatarMahdiBahmani
Real User

On the one hand, A backup solution is part of a bigger one which is named Disaster recovery and business continuity. The importance of BC and DR is depended on company size. If we categorized companies into three segments small, medium, and large companies, we can offer which solution fits each of them.

On the other hand, we have third platform data centers, which are defined with Cloud, BigData, Social Media, and mobile devices. Nowadays a massive amount of data is creating from different heterogeneous sources. now our backup solution must be compatible with new requirements.

All backup solutions offer many features, but there is a major difference between an enterprise backup solution and a small backup solution. That is the quality of performance of each part of the software.

Enterprise software solutions provide more stability, resiliency, stability and are integrated for BC & DR, of course, they are not simple to use for everyone, while small backup solutions are medium-quality software with maximum simplicity to engage newcomers IT admins.

That is why we can see a lot of simple programs which are not scalable.

for example, the Veem backup solution is very simple, easy to use, and suitable in many small businesses, but when you want to use some advanced features such as SAN Based Backup, Backup replication in two or more sites, Backup staging, Cloud integration, or data protection in a heterogeneous environment, your challenges are beginning with these kinds of software. They would have become much more complex compared to Enterprise software, such as Veritas NetBackup.

author avatarreviewer1352379 (Systems Engineer specializing in Data Protection at a government with 201-500 employees)
Real User

SimonClark did an awesome job of outlining considerations that should be considered.

1. Reporting - useful daily reports are critical to me.  I look for a traffic light kind of report that covers all jobs and assets across multiple days.  I want to be able to quickly digest the most recent backups - and see if there is a pattern of a problem, so I can take action quickly if needed.

2. Conciseness of use.  I want to be able to intuitively be able to use the solution.  Backup or restore, what, when, etc.  If I need a 400+ manual to use the product, then something is wrong with the product.  It should just make sense and flow easily.

3. Vendor engagement across multiple levels.  With the sales process, I want/expect to get answers quickly = particularly regarding the capabilities and what I am looking for.  With support, I expect a fast initial response, and continued good communication.  And, finally, I expect the development team of the vendor to care and ask for what features, capabilities, and improvements are important to me.

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