Commvault Complete Data Protection vs Veritas NetBackup comparison

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Executive Summary
Updated on Sep 6, 2022

We performed a comparison between Commvault Complete Data Protection and Veritas NetBackup based on our users’ reviews in four categories. After reading the collected data, you can find our conclusion below.

  • Ease of Deployment: Users of both solutions feel the setup can be complex and advise it is best to use a properly trained technician to ensure all processes are completed correctly.
  • Features: Commvault Complete Data Protection users find that its web-based Command Center makes it easy for anyone to back up their data from anywhere seamlessly and to visualize everything in the environment easily. Some users tell us that backing up data from virtual machines can be a bit buggy. Commvault can be a complex solution that requires constant upkeep and working through updates, hotfixes, and other issues.

    Veritas NetBackup works well with legacy tape environments. Users feel it is a very mature complete solution that offers excellent backup, restore, deduplication, and even robust ransomware features. Veritas has a pretty steep learning curve to get new users up to speed. Many users would like to see improved integration and better cloud performance.
  • Pricing: Most users of both solutions feel the pricing is expensive.
  • Service and Support: Overall, users of both solutions feel the support is good.

Comparison Results: Commvault Complete Data Protection finishes slightly ahead of Veritas NetBackup. Commvault can handle the most complex and most demeaning environments effortlessly. Users feel it is easy to use, offers a wide range of workloads, and is very scalable. Users say Veritas NetBackup is lacking some basic features with the GUI, such as manual label of the tape library.

To learn more, read our detailed Commvault Complete Data Protection vs. Veritas NetBackup Report (Updated: September 2023).
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Q&A Highlights
Question: What is the biggest difference between Veritas NetBackup and Commvault?
Answer: Veritas doesn't have manual labeling of the tape library via GUI, Commvault somehow created a backup destination other than what I assigned it. Data consistency for the backup for both the software is good, I have successfully tested and recovered data from VM consistent backup and app consistent backup using both the software. There is no decisive factor, trying all of them and finding the most suitable one for your data center would be a viable decision.
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"Real-time synchronization is a good feature.""Commvault is very simple to use and it is automated.""Commvault's Command Center is one of the best solutions out there. You can rely on Commvault solutions for the most complex and most demanding environments.""I can collect the target data, then we connect it to Commvault. There is not another system that can connect to our target database or target storage. This is very important for us, because there is the threat of malware right now. This can protect not only the product, but also the backup data from outside threats.""The solution includes the best compatibility metrics for integration and they are managed by Google support.""We use the solution for cloud and data backup.""The Command Center is provided from the web interface. You can back up the data for everybody, but also you can give everybody the ability to view and restore their data. For example, if a laptop, machine, or environment is owned by X, then X can look in and see the environment and data that he has backed up. He can see everything that he owns and can manage the environment as he wishes. It gives him an excellent view of his environment and infrastructure. Also, if you are a service provider, you can back up data for multiple companies and give everyone an interface for their environment to manage, backup, and restore data. Commvault has done excellent work in this area.""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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"NetBackup is highly stable. We have more than 1,800 policies that run every day.""If you are running on a legacy tape environment NetBackup is best.""The feature that is most useful for us is that it backs up every application that we own.""I think this is the best backup solution that we have. It is very good for the infrastructure.""I like NetBackup's accelerator feature. You can take a full backup with incremental speed and integrate it with block tracking.""I am comfortable with using this product.""Includes snapshots and multiple database agents.""The solution is easy to scale."

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"The product's migration process and stability need improvement.""We had some small issues with the reporting, but that was just a matter of fine-tuning the kinds of messages we receive by email. It was a little overwhelming in the initial configuration. So we reviewed our configuration with our partner and customized the reports so that we only get the important reports. I haven't seen any big issues or things that the solution is missing.""When we started using Commvault, we felt that there were some technical issues with managing it, but we are comfortable enough with managing it now. There were many issues, like index corrupting, when we first started, but all those issues were resolved by the Commvault tech team.""I would assess the Command Center as a very useful but sometimes difficult tool. It is multipurpose. It has all the features of logging and monitoring, especially for the actual setup. For us, it is easy because we work daily with it, but for customers who only use it once a week, they sometimes have some difficulties. Command Center is not user-friendly for beginners.""Setup is complex.""Commvault Complete Data Protection meets market standards, but an area for improvement is its licensing model. It would be good if it could use the subscription-based model rather than the traditional licensing model.""We do not use Command Center, but we are using CommCell Console. We're navigating and manipulating the entire environment by using CommCell Console, and we are comfortable with it. We didn't find Command Center user-friendly. We found it a bit difficult to use. It decreases the efficiency of the tasks to be performed. It was probably implemented as a centralized application to manage all environments, but it was probably not a good idea. I and my colleagues across the globe are comfortable with using CommCell Console rather than Command Center.""The initial installation is straightforward and took approximately two days. However, the process could be more simple."

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"The product could improve the user-friendliness and comfort of its environment, especially for those unfamiliar with it.""We would like the Java console to be updated.""We had some issues with the hardware backup appliance.""They need to work on the GUI. It has been the same for the last 10 years.""What needs to be improved in Veritas NetBackup is its interface, e.g. they should make it more user friendly. Scalability for this product could still be improved, particularly its hardware appliance scalability.""Within their product lineup, they need to consolidate down to one product. Veritas doesn't have one product that does everything. So, Veritas can do everything, but you basically need to run two products. I would like them to combine all the capabilities into one release.""The restoration method and the compression ratio need improvement.""NetBackup is a very old product, and it is based on Linux, which is not user-friendly."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "It is a bit more than other products, but when you consider the time savings, it is saving money."
  • "Commvault's license fee is per server-based."
  • "You have to pay for the licenses and the hardware you need for the Commvault environment. If you don't have all the hardware, you have to buy it, which can cost a few million. In the end, it's vital to protect our data, so the price isn't an issue."
  • "Compared with other backup technologies, Commvault is a bit more costly, but we are satisfied with the support, the services, and the features that we get with Commvault."
  • "It is quite expensive when compared to other applications in the market. Its license is completely based on workload capacity. If I buy a license for 100 terabytes, I can back up anything. I can back up any platform, technology, or application, which is an advantage. Previously, we had to buy an agent for a particular application, and the cost was different for each agent. Now, the cost is completely based on the storage capacity. The license for one terabyte can cost around $1,700 for backing up anything from your environment."
  • "The cost for Commvault is very expensive, even support is very expensive. The full cost of the solution is 50,000 INR per year, which includes 20 VM backups, server data backup, and 200 desktop and laptop agent licenses."
  • "Commvault is more expensive than Veeam, which is the reason that we are changing to Veeam for cloud environments."
  • "Commvault is quite high in terms of pricing and licensing."
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  • "The price of NetBackup is okay. I think it's a little bit expensive but manageable. It has a lot of features, and the backup is better than most applications, so I think the price is competitive."
  • "It is slightly more expensive than Commvault, but it is pretty much the same. It is an enterprise solution, so it scales quite well. It has a lot of features. So, you pay for what you get. It is not cheap, but it is fit for the purpose."
  • "We purchased a perpetual license and perform SMS renewals."
  • "Veritas NetBackup is considerably cheaper than that of Druva, the former being quite affordable."
  • "Veritas NetBackup's pricing is a bit steep when compared to other tools. It is very costly, but service-wise and overall, the Veritas NetBackup is a good product."
  • "It is an expensive solution."
  • "It is reasonably priced."
  • "Pricing is expensive, so it could be lower."
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    Answers from the Community
    Ratnodeep Roy - PeerSpot reviewerRatnodeep Roy

    Veritas NetBackup is more logical and it's easy to understand the technicality behind the product. It has its own logs as per process, daemon, most error codes are self-explanatory, have a central catalog, better GUI and better integration with most of the DB's round the arena. 

    Commvault can boast about its robust architecture, its global dedupe feature right out of the box (without any additional license), much better reports, has a better way of handling data and all products are under one license umbrella. 

    Veritas NetBackup is mostly comfortable with tapes, has a better multiplexing and multi-streaming logic, less complexity in creating policies and good advanced CLI.

    So if you want robust software with some brainstorming logic (like data readers, streams, global dedupe storage policy, data aging and many more) at a lower cost, then go for Commvault.

    If you want a good GUI, less complexity and a product that can derive maximum juice out of the tapes with a hefty cost then go for Netbackup. 

    In the end, both products are good and will give you good sleep at night. :)

    MatthewMagbee - PeerSpot reviewerMatthewMagbee
    Real User

    Both have their place. I am not telling you which one is the best for you-- as I am not familiar with your infrastructure. I can, however, tell you that Commvault is the best and only choice for us.

    Their reporting and granular features are far superior to the current options from Veritas. The methods and detail that goes into constructing your backup environment with Commvault will reflect not only your results- but the pride you take and the confidence you receive knowing that you made this choice. I have used both solutions and can speak methodically and accurately about both companies and their offerings.

    SAN backups are more fluid and available with Commvault. Your VM environment will be impeded much less performance-wise snapping from the SAN level. Commvault does this -- perfectly. I will say that veritas is fiscally an easier choice as their ROI seems to be shorter than Commvault. But in the long run, it evens out. In the beginning - the amount of work and tasks required to complete your Commvault setup is far greater. But you will have a more rounded solution with more options for retention and proper data aging. I could go on. If you would like to know more let me know.

    Again, I don't know your environment or what is required for retention. Backing up your business is one of the most important things you can do. And both offerings provide that. So either choice would be a good choice.

    Reda Hassan - PeerSpot reviewerReda Hassan
    Real User

    Kindly be informed that I have experience with NetBackup which I recommend and see that it is the best solution.

    Jules Trono - PeerSpot reviewerJules Trono

    In evaluating the two you need to take into account functional requirements, flexibility, simplicity, cost of deployment and cost of management. The magnitude of your environment, and how fast you are going to grow, should also be considered. Some solutions are designed for large enterprises and the cost associated may be worth it. You will also need to take into account how much your team can handle, and what you may need to outsource to a managed service provider. Find the value-added partners in your area and ask them to provide you with information you need to make the decision. Don't forget to ask them to sign NDA's.

    Here are a few of the things you'll want to keep in mind while evaluating a solution:
    - Does the solution support all of your applications? Gather as much information as you can about the number of servers and virtual servers, and the applications you are running, both on-premise and in the cloud.
    - Do you have any cloud or data center hosted applications that also need backup services?
    - Do you have any regulatory requirements that affect how your data is handled? (SEC, GDPR, HIPPA, etc)
    - Will your backup be a full backup, or will each backup be incremental to the one before?
    - How often can you set up a backup, and will it impact operations?
    - How many backups do you need, and what space will that consume?
    - How is data mapping handled?
    - How does recovery work?
    - How long will it take to restore?
    - Does your backup solution have a backup?
    - How are upgrades handled?
    - Do upgrades affect previous backups or the restore process?
    - What premise and cloud solution options are available?
    - What happens when you grow? Will getting the next bigger solution be an easy transition or a complicated project?
    - What is the impact on your staff for either premise or cloud solutions?
    - How can you validate the backups for either premise or cloud solutions?

    VladanKojanic - PeerSpot reviewerVladanKojanic
    Real User

    It's hard to tell the first ball that is the difference between the two systems. It is best to do a little research, read customer experiences, or look at your real needs.

    We didn't use Veritas backup, we did some other vendors, but we still decided on Commvault because of some of the functionalities that are important to us and that give us the ability to expand the system. It may be best to tell us what your needs are, whether on-premise is the solution, or do you need a cloud solution. What I think the biggest difference is that with the CV solution you have the ability to control the whole system (SQL, end user, File Servers, VM, etc) from one place. Also, end users can do most of the things themselves, without hiring an admin.

    FrancoisLepage - PeerSpot reviewerFrancoisLepage
    Real User

    Commvault is more complete and more efficient.

    I would recommend Commvault.

    Armando Carlos Monroy - PeerSpot reviewerArmando Carlos Monroy

    Both software are good. We have both in production environments, but we have more Commvault installations 'cause we use it for all kinds of backups.

    Ratnodeep Roy - PeerSpot reviewerRatnodeep Roy

    Go for netbackup if you have only vmware and onpremises , go for commvault if you need o365 ,slack and teams backups . 

    Go for netbackup if you need proper method of troubleshooting , netbackup logs all the errors in the respective files and folders , go for commvault if you want a robust backup tool that need to check minutely at the time of implementation . 

    Go for netbackup if you want to spend extra bucks for reporting and go for commvault if you want readymade report.

    Netbackup is device dependent dedupe tool but commvault is a sofware dependent dedupe tool .

    I am a netbackup  guy. 

    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:The convenience of backing up and restoring simultaneously is very valuable.
    Top Answer:The tool is affordable. I rate the pricing a six out of ten. Implementation requires additional costs because we need Commvault Professional Services.
    Top Answer:Data center backup must be improved. We also want the product to provide us with a cloud-based backup. If we use Microsoft Exchange Online for email services, we want to know how to get a backup in… more »
    Top Answer:Assuming you have an onprem ecosystem which runs the VMware, physical systems on Win, Linux and Unix and run both traditional DB's and nosql DB's like mongo, then Netbackup (NBU) will be the right… more »
    Top Answer:We have a file server and our data file server, everything. We use it for VM server backup, too.
    Top Answer:We compare Veritas with Zerto and HPE. It is a bit cheaper. So, we purchased Veritas for storage and the temporary library, and now we are configuring everything from scratch.
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    Commvault Complete Data Protection helps ensure data availability and business continuity across on-prem and cloud environments using a single extensible platform. It provides simple, scalable, comprehensive backup, replication, and disaster recovery orchestration for all modern workloads.

    Commvault Complete Data Protection provides everything you need, including backup, archive, replication, disaster recovery, and built-in ransomware protection for all your workloads across on-prem, public cloud, and hybrid multi-cloud environments.

    • Comprehensive coverage, including file systems, applications, databases, VMs, containers, SaaS applications (including Microsoft® 365 and Salesforce), and endpoints
    • Cost-optimized cloud data mobility with support for Azure, AWS, and Google Cloud Platform
    • Verifiable recovery of data, applications, and replicas
    • Easy-to-use disaster recovery orchestration with automated compliance reporting, on-demand testing, and one-click recovery
    • Flexible replication, from periodic replication to sub-minute RPOs and near-zero RTOs
    • Resilient ransomware protection with integrated scanning and alerts

    Reviews from Real Users

    Sheron B. a systems engineer at PAREXEL International Corporation writes, “I like that you have complete hooks into and total control of your data. The data is well-protected. It doesn't age off until it's copied. That's a big feature right there. When you reach the end of your retention, it does not expire until the secondary copy is completed. That allows you to hold onto data that otherwise would have aged off by retention. I like that feature. It's hard to just delete or lose data using the Commvault platform.

    PeerSpot users note the effectiveness of Commvault. An engineer at a tech services company writes, "When it comes to recovery, Commvault is undeniably one of the best technologies out there. It's got all the different granularity levels that a business requires to get your information back to production. For example, we have their commission discovery, individual items recovery, mailbox recovery, databases, and different tables. Some databases can be recovered individually. This level of granularity enables us to get the most value out of the product."

    Veritas NetBackup is an enterprise-grade backup and recovery software solution. NetBackup securely restores and backs up files, raw partitions, and directories on a server known as a media server. A server protected by NetBackup is referred to as a NetBackup client. During the backup process, the NetBackup client sends the data through the network to the NetBackup media server, which chooses the appropriate storage media as the backup point.

    Veritas NetBackup is a trusted enterprise backup solution that integrates with many of today’s popular databases, such as Microsoft SQL, Oracle, Linux, Unix, and Microsoft operating systems. The solution is able to backup data to tape, disc, and public clouds and keeps the popular Microsoft Hyper-V and VMware hypervisors safe and secure.

    Veritas NetBackup Features

    • Cloud optimization: NetBackup offers intuitive multi-cloud intelligence to improve security and reduce costs. Users can experience lower TCO using integrated NetBackup SaaS Data Protection. Easily automate and develop DR to scale using DR rehearsals, single-click recovery, and custom scripts.

    • Automated processes: NetBackup produces a more sustainable, cost-effective cloud environment. Users are able to immediately recover what they want, when they want, where they want by way of a robust, efficient multi-cloud cross-platform recovery.

    • Cyber security: Easily recover important data with the latest intuitive cyber defenses. The solution protects against ransomware and malware with excellent clean, fast recovery. NetBackup’s process of Protect, Detect, and Recover offers some of the most intuitive aggressive cyber protection protocols to keep your organization safe at all times.

    Reviews from Real Users

    Mahdi B., Solution Architect and IT Consultant at Merdasco - Rayan Merdas Data Processing, says, “Veritas integrates well with the cloud, all databases, all operating systems, all hardware, and all software. Veritas also has solid malware and ransomware protection features. From time to time, we face a new kind of attack, and Veritas has always proven to be the best protection solution for some of my customers. Our customers who have faced ransomware attacks were able to recover their data in less than one day without any stress. Veritas is ransomware resilient and because of its implementation, it is not dependent on the operating system to work. Most of the functions of the Veritas software are isolated from the operating system and it's not dependent on the operating systems involved. This is very important. When some of our operating systems are infected by a virus, Veritas still works perfectly and protects our data. This feature is very well implemented in Veritas NetBackup.”

    A PeerSpot user who is a General Manager at a comms service provider relates, “Veritas enterprise has many agents who perform the backup, whether it is a consistent backup or recorded backup. The solution has everything from the snapshot to the multiple database agents.”

    Mir-Ali, Infrastructure Manager - Oracle SCM at a financial services firm, shares, “It covers all kinds of different architectures. Plus, it's very user-friendly and it is very reliable. Reliability is the most important thing because once the backup is done, if it is successful, then we're sure that it was successful and we will be able to restore it.”

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    Aberdeenshire Council, Acxiom, BAM Group Ireland, Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta, CI Investments, Clifford Chance, American Municipal Power, American Pacific Mortgage, AstraZeneca, Dongbu Steel, Denver Health, Dow Jones, Emirates Steel, Penn State Health, Prime Healthcare, Sonic Healthcare, Sony Network Communications, TiVO, UCONN Health, The Weitz Company
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    Buyer's Guide
    Commvault Complete Data Protection vs. Veritas NetBackup
    September 2023
    Find out what your peers are saying about Commvault Complete Data Protection vs. Veritas NetBackup and other solutions. Updated: September 2023.
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    Commvault Complete Data Protection is ranked 4th in Backup and Recovery with 42 reviews while Veritas NetBackup is ranked 7th in Backup and Recovery with 30 reviews. Commvault Complete Data Protection is rated 8.4, while Veritas NetBackup is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of Commvault Complete Data Protection writes "Perfect match for complex environments, as it supports all types of infrastructure". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Veritas NetBackup writes "A stable and versatile product that is compatible with many platforms". Commvault Complete Data Protection is most compared with Veeam Backup & Replication, Rubrik, Azure Backup, Metallic and Veritas Backup Exec, whereas Veritas NetBackup is most compared with Veeam Backup & Replication, Rubrik, Azure Backup, Veritas Backup Exec and Cohesity DataProtect. See our Commvault Complete Data Protection vs. Veritas NetBackup report.

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