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We performed a comparison between Dell Avamar and Veritas Backup Exec based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two Backup and Recovery Software solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.
To learn more, read our detailed Dell Avamar vs. Veritas Backup Exec Report (Updated: November 2022).
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Pros
"The solution is very stable.""It works quickly and is very stable.""Dell EMC Avamar is easy to work with and is user-friendly.""It's stable and offers good performance.""Effective in protecting the virtualization system and end points.""The installation process is pretty straightforward.""Stable and scalable backup and recovery software, with good technical support.""The stability is okay."

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"This solution is not complex and you do not have to be too technical to use it.""The implementation is straightforward.""It's quite stable, and so far, we have had no technical issues with Veritas Backup Exec.""I have found the overall features of the solution very good and there is the option to backup to the cloud.""The initial setup is easy.""The one thing for the last 12 months which has been very good for Veritas was the instance-based license. This means that you're able to license per instance, not only per physical server.""The disk-to-disk paid backup feature is quite good, and file locking is a very important feature.""The backup potential of the solution is very good. It's protected us in the past very well and allowed us to get up and running after an attack with minimal loss."

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Cons
"The product could offer more integration capabilities.""The reporting should be improved, as we currently have to use another tool for that purpose.""If you need to pull data out of it to offload to tapes, that's messy. You have a mechanism for it, but it is painful.""The stability could improve, a lot of scheduled backups failed at one time.""It would be better if we could integrate easily with other platforms.""Avamar cannot back up Nutanix as a virtual solution.""It's very slow to backup and store information. It has two consoles and an application which are more difficult to use than a solution like Veeam.""The solution could be a bit easier to use in the sense that they need to make it simpler to backup products and restore items."

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"I would like to be able to create a restore task that can be scheduled so that the same restore action will be performed automatically.""The pricing of the solution is a bit high.""The solution lacked local support, which became an issue for us and our customers. They needed to have more presence on the ground.""The solution could improve by having better documentation.""It is currently missing the dynamic backup feature for virtual machines, which is available in NetWorker. I can create politics in NetWorker to add virtual machines with specific tags, but I cannot do this in Backup Exec, which is a minus point for me. Currently, a user has to send a request to the Backup administrator to add a machine to the backup, but I should be able to create rules to automatically add a new machine to the backup. This kind of functionality is very important in current times, especially when we are using cloud solutions. I should be able to create more than one stream in a policy and specify how many streams I want to run in parallel in one policy. Currently, I have to manually create more policies to backup more than one virtual machine at the same time. Their support can also be improved in terms of response time.""The one thing which could be improved, which we have informed Veritas about, is the ability to plug in to the cloud. Meaning, instead of using local storage if we're backing up a small user or end user, we want to be able to make it so they can direct the backups directly to the cloud. It can't be done at the moment. We can only back up to the storage then replicate to the cloud, but we cannot use the cloud as a source of storage.""Its scalability should be improved.""One area that needs improvement is SQL backup. Backup Exec doesn't support higher availability."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "The price of this product should be lower."
  • "It was very expensive before, but after integrating it with Dell EMC Avamar Data Protection suite licensing, we are getting better discounts."
  • "The cost of the solution is very expensive."
  • "Its price should be reduced. It would be good if you could pay as per usage, and there is a subscription model like VMware. There should be some flexibility because sometimes, the customer only uses the backup for one month or three months. Currently, I have to pay whether I use it or not. Its licensing should be flexible and based on consumption."
  • "Its licensing is weird. It is not just the licenses; we also purchase hardware. With most software products, such as Veeam, Commvault, and Data Protector, there is no hardware purchase at the same time. Because Avamar and Data Domain are tied together, they have an integrated pipe. You can separate them, but basically, they're designed to work as a couple. Because the Data Domain backend is designed to do dedupe and compression, we get 60:1. When you count it, you count it as a straight compression, but of course, that's with dedupe and some other stuff. You have to buy the hardware, the licensing, and the software at the same time. So, it's not just software."
  • "It is expensive. The maintenance comes with it for five years. So, you buy the whole thing for five years, and your maintenance is included with it, but it's a big chunk of change upfront. We like capital expenses because we can CapEx them. We pay once every five years, so we spend a big chunk of change. You'd have to divide that out by the five years to come up with how much it costs. It's just about three-quarters of a million dollars for five years."
  • "It's a very high-end solution and comparable to Rubrik and Cohesity."
  • "There is a license required for this solution."
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  • "There is an evaluation license available to test this solution."
  • "The pricing can be improved."
  • "Licensing depends on the part of the backup you're using. If you have SQL backup, then you must have a SQL license. If you have normal data backup, you would require a license for that."
  • "It is not an expensive product."
  • "The solution could be more cost-effective."
  • "The price is reasonable for the features it offers."
  • "The price of Veritas Backup Exec could be reduced and we pay annually for the license. However, compared to other solutions, such as Veeam, it is less expensive."
  • "Veritas comes with an annual licensing fee."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:From the very beginning, Dell EMC NetWorker considers users and those who might potentially become users. In terms of both pricing and setup, this product offers an experience that is significantly… more »
    Top Answer:Dell Avamar is free when we deploy the data protection. When we order data protection, this software is included in the hardware.
    Top Answer:Technically, Veeam is best for hyper-v & VMWare replications, snapshots, HA failover, also support for file system backups inside VMs., support for tape library & FC too. But Veritas Netbackup is a… more »
    Top Answer:The solution costs $700 per agent and is expensive compared to other products that offer better stability. I rate pricing a four out of ten.
    Top Answer:Backup Exec 2020 -backup job: - virtual machines: 4GB/min; - MS SQL: 8GB/min; - duplicate to tape (LTO 8)- 8-10GB/min. The time depends on the speed of the storage source/destination. … more »
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    Overview

    Dell Avamar data protection software delivers flexible and efficient backup and recovery operations that can scale from daily backup protection for endpoints to high-performance protection for large enterprises with diverse applications and workloads. With application consistent recovery, automation and fast backup and restores, Avamar can help you meet your SLAs and optimize your backup and recovery processes

    If you are deploying all or part of your backup environment to the cloud, Avamar enables you to make the most of your cloud investment, enabling replication, disaster recovery and long-term retention for customers using AWS, Microsoft Azure or Google Cloud.

    Avamar is available as part of Dell Data Protection Suite, which offers comprehensive data protection software applications and tools. Avamar is delivered as software and as a virtual edition.

    Veritas Backup Exec is a unified data backup and recovery solution designed for small to midsize businesses. The software offers data protection for customers whether the data exists in physical, virtual, or cloud environments. Its main purpose is to ensure your business-critical data is never at risk of being lost, stolen, or corrupted.

    Veritas Backup Exec Features

    Veritas Backup Exec has many valuable key features. Some of the most useful ones include:

    • Easy-to-use interface: With Veritas Backup Exec, the interface enables you to quickly track and monitor all backup and recovery activity.
    • Two-factor authentication: Veritas Backup Exec gives you the ability to layer security access with two-factor authentication, which also helps to prevent malicious code injection.
    • Extra protection: By using Veritas Backup Exec, your organization can seamlessly protect VMware, Microsoft and Linux platforms from the same user console.
    • Cloud data protection: Veritas Backup Exec offers deployable marketplace templates for both AWS and Azure as well as certified cloud connectors for all major cloud vendors.
    • Security and compliance: Veritas Backup Exec ensures your data is compliant in every location, in addition to protecting you from ransomware attacks.

    Veritas Backup Exec Benefits

    Some of the benefits of using Veritas Backup Exec include:

    • Scalability: As your data management needs grow, Veritas Backup Exec seamlessly scales to meet them.
    • Smart integrations: Veritas Backup Exec provides you with consolidated reporting of your entire data ecosystem via Veritas Usage Insights. The solution also protects SaaS workloads and applications, including Microsoft 365, Google Cloud, and Salesforce with NetBackup SaaS Protection. And it includes integration with Azure Site Recovery for instant cloud-based disaster recovery.
    • Desktop and laptop version: Veritas Backup Exec was built with geographically diverse workloads in mind. It offers automated endpoint data protection for both Windows and Mac.

    Reviews from Real Users

    Below are some reviews and helpful feedback written by Veritas Backup Exec users.

    An IT Network Analyst at a manufacturing company says, “The backup potential of the solution is very good. It's protected us in the past very well and allowed us to get up and running after an attack with minimal loss. As far as if we need to restore a file, the solution absolutely has improved the way our organization functions. It saves us a lot of time. We're backing up all of our servers with it.”

    PeerSpot user Masoud G., Senior Network Administrator at MapnaBE, mentions, “I prefer to use a tape library and Veritas Backup Exec is fully compatible with different tape libraries. So I prefer this software. It also has easy user and file recovery.”

    Kayode O., Chief Technology Officer at a tech company, explains, “This solution creates a differential backup to reduce storage requirements. This solution is not complex and you do not have to be too technical to use it. Veritas offers granular restore, which is an option that many other solutions do not have. It allows you to restore, for example, a single SharePoint document, rather than an entire site.”

    Rowland G., Product Brand Manager at Epsidon Technology Distribution, states, “The one thing for the last 12 months which has been very good for Veritas was the instance-based license. This means that you're able to license per instance, not only per physical server. And also, the incremental backup which they introduced for virtual servers, where it makes it much quicker to restore, it just automatically is able to mount it back to the original backup. This makes it much quicker when you're doing the restore.”

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    Sample Customers
    Dodge County, St Laurence's College, FieldCore (a GE Company), Comanche County Memorial Hospital, Getronics, Lewisville Independent School District, EnvisionRxOptions, Cincinnati Bell Technology Solutions
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    Computer Software Company15%
    Healthcare Company12%
    Retailer12%
    Manufacturing Company12%
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    Computer Software Company19%
    Government11%
    Comms Service Provider10%
    Financial Services Firm10%
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    Manufacturing Company16%
    Financial Services Firm13%
    Computer Software Company9%
    Government9%
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    Computer Software Company21%
    Comms Service Provider16%
    Government10%
    Manufacturing Company8%
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    Small Business23%
    Midsize Enterprise24%
    Large Enterprise53%
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    Small Business20%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise66%
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    Small Business41%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
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    Midsize Enterprise18%
    Large Enterprise58%
    Buyer's Guide
    Dell Avamar vs. Veritas Backup Exec
    November 2022
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    Dell Avamar is ranked 10th in Backup and Recovery Software with 37 reviews while Veritas Backup Exec is ranked 15th in Backup and Recovery Software with 32 reviews. Dell Avamar is rated 7.6, while Veritas Backup Exec is rated 7.6. The top reviewer of Dell Avamar writes "Unlimited scalability, very stable, and ties very well with VMware API". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Veritas Backup Exec writes "Excellent backup capabilities with good technical support and a fairly easy initial setup". Dell Avamar is most compared with Dell NetWorker, Dell PowerProtect Data Manager, Veeam Backup & Replication, Dell PowerProtect DP (IDPA) and Dell PowerProtect DD (Data Domain), whereas Veritas Backup Exec is most compared with Veeam Backup & Replication, Veritas NetBackup, Commvault Complete Data Protection, Acronis Backup and Veritas NetBackup Appliance. See our Dell Avamar vs. Veritas Backup Exec report.

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