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Support Engineer at a media company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Top 20
Easy to manage with a simple user interface but needs better local support
Pros and Cons
  • "The user interface is very easy to navigate."
  • "The local support could be improved."

What is our primary use case?

We do a lot of backups daily, and mainly we just keep the operating system images. We do take database and active directory backups as well. We handle all types of backups using this product.

What is most valuable?

The user interface is very easy to navigate. The interface itself is very simple.

Overall, it is doing the job we need it to do. 

It supports whatever line types and support types and systems we have. It supports all types of backup systems quite easily.

The stability has been very good so far. We haven't had any problems with it.

The product is easy to manage.

What needs improvement?

The local support could be improved. Right now, it's something about the solution that is lacking.

They should offer better partners that can help us implement the solution in a better way.

It would be ideal if they offered editing or activating options. 

I don't know how good it is with the virtual environment. I have not tried the product with VMware, for example.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using the solution for about six years at this point. It's been a while.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

We've never had any issues with stability. It doesn't crash or freeze. There are no bugs or glitches. It's pretty reliable. 

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We are still running with a single server, and it's a per server per instance-based license model. If we need to add our first storage-based model or another division, we cannot support both. It's a licensing model issue. 

How are customer service and technical support?

The local support is lacking overall. It's something they need to really work on improving.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We have worked with Veritas and IBM in the past, however, that was a very long time ago. I wouldn't be able to compare them to this solution as too much time has passed and much has changed. We used those solutions maybe ten or so years ago now.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is not easy or difficult. It's moderate, or somewhere in the middle. I wouldn't describe the implementation as complex, however. 

The deployment too more than expected, as the vendor involved was having some staffing issues. The engineers were changing and we had some technical requirements which we realized at a later stage.

Maintenance isn't required very often, however, we have to ensure it is up-to-date. We also have to ensure whenever anything changes, we have to properly add them to the Commvault - whether they are new servers or new clients. Whenever we change our backup library or the memory storage, we have to reconfigure things. In that regard, there is occasional maintenance, depending on our background changes.

We only need one person to manage the solution. It doesn't take a lot of staff. Typically, they are an administrator and they handle everything that needs to be done as it's required.

What about the implementation team?

We are integrators and therefore we are able to implement the solution ourselves.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The pricing falls somewhere in the middle of what the market offers. It's not overly expensive. The licensing model is quite good. Everything is included under it.

What other advice do I have?

We are just a customer and an end-user.

We're using the latest version of the solution. We always use the latest version.

I'd recommend the solution.

I'd rate it at a seven out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Rudolf Kozdon
IT specialist - Monitoring and security at Operator ICT
Real User
Top 5
A very user-friendly and intuitive solution that helps maintain stability
Pros and Cons
  • "Veeam helps to create a stable environment with virtual servers."
  • "The initial setup is very straightforward."
  • "Veeam is very user-friendly and intuitive software."
  • "The solution could use some updates to minor details omitted from current reporting."

What is our primary use case?

We bought the Veeam Enterprise license for Linux and Microsoft backup for the virtual machines running on those operating systems. The reason we bought this software is that I have a lot of experience with Veeam software. When I compare Veeam with the storage manager from IBM or data protocol from HP or Exeter or some backups from Dell, Veeam is superior. I could buy these other products but Veeam is best because it is very user-friendly as well as being a very great solution.  

In addition to my personal experience and opinion, when we bought this software, our virtualization software only had a standard license and it did not have a replication function. Veeam Enterprise has the replication of function. We chose this backup software because Veeam has a backup and replication center which is additional functionality that we needed.  

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature in Veeam is that it is a very user-friendly and intuitive software.  

What needs improvement?

The only things that I can think of where Veeam can improve are in very small details. For example, there are some things that I would prefer included in reporting on backups that are currently missing. This is not a problem with the product that needs to be repaired, it is my personal use case that I hope can be addressed.  

For how long have I used the solution?

We have been using Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows for about one year.  

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

I think that Veeam helps to create a stable environment with virtual servers. I only restart the windows server after installing Microsoft updates, not because something has become unstable. Veeam is very useful in the installation process and it is useful software. I do not have any problem with this product.  

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Veeam's scalability is perfect. I don't have any problems scaling if needed.  

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is not complex and I find that it is very straightforward. It is also very quick. It only takes maybe three hours.  

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Pricing is primarily a concern for my managers and our management team.  

The pricing model for Veeam has changed. I bought an older license and I thought that when I bought one CPU license for a virtual machine that I could use that license for Microsoft or VMware. Now, with the change in the licensing model, I have to choose if this license is for VMware or Microsoft before I buy a new license. It just means that users need to be somewhat more careful when choosing which license they need.  

What other advice do I have?

On a scale from one to ten (where one is the worst and ten is the best), I would rate Veeam on Microsoft Windows as a nine-out-of-ten.  

What I would expect in order to make this product a ten-of-ten is that they will add some details in reporting about the backup jobs. They need to just fill this little hole in the software by adding details in the reports that are not currently included and it is really giving me everything I need as a user.  

I would recommend Veeam to others who are looking into implementing it.  

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Technical Specialist at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Reseller
Top 20
User-friendly, stable, and feature-rich
Pros and Cons
  • "NetBackup is very easy for end-users."
  • "The biggest problem with NetBackup is licensing."

What is our primary use case?

We are a solution provider and Veritas NetBackup is one of the backup and recovery products that we resell to our clients.

How has it helped my organization?

This product works well for all of our use cases.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is the ease of use. NetBackup is very easy for end-users.

We have never had a problem restoring data.

NetBackup has all of the features that you would expect. It includes differential and incremental backups, snapshots, virtual backup, backing up to the cloud, and backing up on-premises.

What needs improvement?

The biggest problem with NetBackup is licensing. With more customers working with virtual machines, they are now licensing based on the number of CPU cores. Some customers choose Veeam because if they have two servers with 100 terabytes then that is four CPU cores, and it will cost less than it would with NetBackup. This is a change from the past, where the licensing was on a per-socket basis.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been working with Veritas netBack for about two years. My company has been involved with backup solutions from different vendors for about 30 years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

This is a very stable product and better than IBM in this regard.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It is very easy to scale. There are two different solutions, where Backup Exec is for small to medium-sized businesses, and NetBackup is for medium to enterprise-sized organizations.n.

How are customer service and technical support?

We are very satisfied with the technical support.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We also work with products from Veeam and IBM. I have about 10 years of experience with IBM Spectrum Protect but the support for it is very poor in Egypt. For this reason, we prefer to work with Veritas NetBackup and Veeam.

With IBM, there have been many times where we were unable to restore data.

IBM uses many agents for backup tasks, whereas Veritas uses only one agent for backing up files, databases, and applications. The IBM approach is more complex.

How was the initial setup?

It is very easy and straightforward to set up. The length of time required for deployment depends on the implementation and the number of servers. I would say that the average is between three and four days.

What about the implementation team?

We have two people to deploy this solution.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Licensing fees are charged based on the number of CPU cores.

What other advice do I have?

Overall, NetBackup is a good product and the only problem is the licensing module. We would really like to have socket-based licensing.

I would rate this solution a nine out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Reseller
User at Ørsted Services
User
Top 20
Centralized interface is simple to navigate, reduces storage space and related costs
Pros and Cons
  • "The dashboard is very rich and provides details needed for a moderator."
  • "Better documentation is needed because the lack of information has necessitated having our team depend more heavily on Cohesity support."

What is our primary use case?

We are the largest organization in Europe and have 10,000 servers in-house being protected by Cohesity. We use several solutions including Archive, DR, SAP, Oracle, VMware, and others.

Our business thrives on Cohesity storage. Cohesity makes data management as simple as Sign Up, Connect, and Protect through new SaaS offerings for backup and disaster recovery.

We have been testing DataProtect delivered as a service for some time, and we very pleased with its performance. The UI is simple to navigate, and data ingestion and retrieval have been a snap.

How has it helped my organization?

Before Cohesity, we were mostly de-centralized in operations. After implementing it, our operations are now managed in a single pane of glass.

We have achieved a single source of operation and observation for backups. Every team has a stake in operations, and policy management helps to delegate the proper roles.

The storage costs and storage area occupied are now reduced dramatically.

What is most valuable?

We are using almost all of the features available in Cohesity today.

Our favorite feature is DataProtect but there are many good features that are part of the DataPlatform. 

We use Cohesity to eliminate mass data fragmentation by consolidating our silos onto a single, easy-to-manage software-defined platform that is managed using a single pane of glass.

The dashboard is very rich and provides details needed for a moderator.

What needs improvement?

Cohesity needs more hardening, in terms of stability. From our experience, we noticed gaps in the product function and the solution guides/documents. Better documentation is needed because the lack of information has necessitated having our team depend more heavily on Cohesity support. We need to have a more self-sufficient system.

More automation is needed for easier management.

For how long have I used the solution?

We have been using Cohesity DataProtect for the past four years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Stability-wise, Cohesity is moderate and needs more hardening.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We found scaling Cohesity to be very challenging.

How are customer service and technical support?

The product team and Cohesity representatives are always reachable and fill the gaps that are not available in the documentation.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

Prior to using Cohesity, we were using Agility Data Backup and Recovery.

We are moving to Cohesity by migrating existing backup/storage solutions. We switched because were not confident in delivering backup solutions and managing SLAs.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The pricing model is impressive and very effective.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Prior to implementing Cohesity, we evaluated solutions by IBM, NetApp, Commvalut, and Rubrik.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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Real User
Top 20
Stable, scalable, easy to setup, offer good support
Pros and Cons
  • "It's not complex to replicate and back up the system."
  • "I would like to see the replication and a recovery plan of the servers in the cloud. It's very important."

What is our primary use case?

We use this solution for virtualization with VMware. I have approximately 50 servers. We also use it for replication of the file server.

How has it helped my organization?

There haven't seen any changes to the way the organization has improved.

What needs improvement?

I would like to see the replication and a recovery plan of the servers in the cloud. It's very important.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using this solution for three months.

We use one of the first versions of this product.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It's a stable product. I would rate it an eight out of ten.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It's a scalable solution.

In our company, we have one administrator and one other operator who use it. One person for each server.

Based on the orders we receive, we will continue to use this product.

How are customer service and technical support?

Technical support is good. I would rate them an eight out of ten.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

Previously, I was using IBM Spectrum.

Three months ago, I made the decision to change to Veeam Backup & Replication because IBM solutions are expensive.

IBM is very good software, but the problem is the cost. I would rate IBM a ten out of ten.

I was also using Acronis, but I wasn't sure of it. I did not have the experience with it.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is straightforward. It's easy.

It's not complex to replicate and back up the system.

What about the implementation team?

We used an integrator, reseller, and a public consultant, which was very expensive.

The experience was good but it was a bit of a process with a bit of a struggle.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

This is an expensive product, so reducing the cost would be an improvement. The difference between IBM and Veeam Backup & Replication is insignificant.

It is approximately $4,000 to $5,000 for the purchase of the product and I paid an additional $2,000 for the renewal.

What other advice do I have?

For large enterprise companies, I would suggest IBM, but for small companies, I would recommend Veeam Backup & Replication.

I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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