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What is Backup and Recovery Software?

Backup and recovery software performs a well understood role in IT. However, the requirements for backup and recovery tools, as well as their actual implementation and performance can vary widely. As architectures grow more complex, so too can the demands on backup and recovery packages. IT Central Station members comment on what selection factors are best to consider when looking at the purchase of backup/recovery solution.

Members cite performance as an important selection criterion for backup and recovery software tools. Reviewers explain that they want their backup and restore to be fast and easy to use. Instant recovery is prized. Users want a simple GUI, too. Many members put forth a powerful, simple idea, though, which is that backup success is all that counts – that no number of features can ever compensate for a failure to restore missing data.

Other members express a desire for reads that are nearly instantaneous. People want zero downtime backup. A good backup and restore solution should eliminate latency from long distance replication, making synchronous and asynchronous unimportant as descriptors. The backup system should also ideally ensure that all information is backed up continuously across multiple locations. The rationale for this requirement is the goal of providing fail over to get continuous high availability of operational systems.

The ability to perform backup recoverability tests in a virtual lab or on-demand sandbox is considered valuable, as are backup from storage snapshots, de-duplication and simple integration with all operating systems. Application specific selection criteria include item-level recovery for Active Directory, Exchange, SQL Server and SharePoint. Members prefer software that can recover user-specific data such as a mailbox or a file server.

Backup and recovery has to map to specific architectural styles. For example, instant VM recovery is valued because it is known to help speed up recovery objectives (RTOs). Backup managers expect backup and recovery tools to offer useful and easy reporting.

Backup and recovery policies tend to overlap with data management and disaster recovery, which are separate work streams but often rely on the same tools. To this point, some IT Central Station members prefer software that provides long term archiving / retention options. For example, certain types of files can never be purged, by policy. Others want their backup tools used for replication for disaster recovery between data centers


Best Enterprise Backup & Recovery Software Solutions

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Real User
Owner at a tech services company
May 21 2017

What is most valuable?

I use two products. I use the backup solution and I use something called Disk Director, which is a related product. Together, they allow me to manage all of my storage space. I'm a software developer and I'm often reconfiguring things. These... more»

How has it helped my organization?

Before I had this product, I was doing backups one disk at a time using the tool that comes with Microsoft. I do database work and my projects are large enough that I need multiple disk drives and it was just getting to be too much... more»

What needs improvement?

As far as the functionality goes, I haven't had a single issue with it. Rather, I've had some issues with the understandability of the interface. I think if they had someone with expertise in user interfaces to look at this, they could clean... more»
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Real User
Network Engineer at a manufacturing company with 51-200 employees
Dec 18 2017

How has it helped my organization?

The advantages to me are I make two backups. I make a backup of the entire server that goes offsite. That's for disaster recovery. And then I make another copy of just two virtual servers that write on the physical server to a local NAS device. That way, I can do file-level restores. Click Here For a Free 30-Day Fully Functional Trial of Acronis Backup v12.5

What needs improvement?

I have used it in the past. Not the same software, but the same company, and had success with it, and it was fairly easy to use. This one is much more complicated, but there are a lot more things involved in a backup. I have had issues with this one just in completing backups. Sometimes, for some reason, it has to run several times in order for it to do it... more»
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Rubrik
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Real User
Managing Consultant at a consultancy with 51-200 employees
Jul 24 2017

What is most valuable?

First, lets start with what is Rubrik? Rubrik Cloud Data Management is a single, software fabric that manages all application data in the cloud, at the edge, or on-premises for many use cases, including backup, recovery, archival, analytics,... more»

How has it helped my organization?

There have been many changes to how our organization has been able to approach backup and recovery thanks to Rubrik. We have been able to reduce the time for recovery, which is invaluable because it not only frees up our time to move on to... more»

What needs improvement?

We have put in a feature request against their physical agent. Currently, the physical server agent will only back up folder structures and not truly give you the ability to restore to a bare-metal box. Well, we would love to see the physical... more»
Reduxio
Reduxio
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Real User
CTO at a tech vendor with 1,001-5,000 employees
Apr 05 2018

What is most valuable?

We were also pleased to learn that Reduxio also has, beside dedup and compression that actually works, the "time machine" built in, which allows you to go back a few seconds or a few minutes before a ransomware attack gets you. For us, in the... more»

How has it helped my organization?

It has improved our backup and recovery window, because you can have two Reduxio machines linked up, so every block that changes on the primary storage array gets replicated to the secondary storage array. If one side or the other goes bad,... more»

What needs improvement?

The only thing that I'd like to see, at some point in time, is having the storage array being able to detect a ransomware attack. When you get hit by a ransomware it rewrites every block in your guest's virtual machine. So there should be a... more»
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Real User
Network Manager at a logistics company with 501-1,000 employees
Jun 07 2016

What is most valuable?

The ability to backup servers without an agent installed is very valuable. Many of our applications are customized by us, and may break with constant changes and updates to third party software and operating system changes. So the ability to... more»

How has it helped my organization?

Our company now has nightly backups, whereas before we only had weekly backups. It’s also allowed us to retire our cloud backup solution (HP Autonomy LiveVault), saving us about $40,000/year in storage costs. Since we completely control the... more»

What needs improvement?

Moving backup repositories and merging backup chains is either difficult or not possible as far as I know in the current release of Veeam Backup and Replication. This has made it inefficient to retire backup storage repositories, causing us... more»
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Reduxio
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Real User
CIO
Feb 25 2018

What is most valuable?

* Super easy to use, manage, maintain; just jump into the pool and start to swim, the learning curve was super quick. * Very good price/performance solution. * Straightforward to learn. * The ability to scale out, adding more capacity, is... more»

How has it helped my organization?

By using the BackDating option we can restore volumes based on time. It also reduces volumes and maintenance time. Before we moved to Reduxio, we had difficulties managing what had been backed up. We have to be very, very specific,... more»

What needs improvement?

It needs integration with cloud vendors for remote storage, and to be able to restore a single machine from a specific volume. Integration is needed with other virtual vendors like VMware, Veeam, Hyper-V; that integration needs to be deeper,... more»
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Real User
IT & BUSINESS SYSTEMS MANAGER at Meggitt
Jan 01 2017

What is most valuable?

When it's installed, the most valuable feature is ease of use. It's a little tricky to install straight out of the box and configure, because of the way the licensing module works. Once you get beyond that, it's very easy to use.

How has it helped my organization?

We don't utilize it the way it's supposed to be used. It's kind of like a back stop. For example, if an engineer accidentally deletes something, he raises a ticket and with a request to get his file back. Normally, the backup routines are... more»

What needs improvement?

I know I am being picky, but the only thing that really tripped us up is the license model. It’s a wonderful product, but if they could change that model, it would be great. I would like to get everything for 60 days, so I can turn on all the... more»
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CommVault
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Real User
Infrastructure team leader - senior infrastructure analyst, storage and virtualisation at a construction company with 10,001+ employees
Jun 22 2017

What is most valuable?

One of the biggest features is the global deduplication of our data sets. AWE have deployed a disk-to-disk-to-cloud solution for our on-premise backups. The capacity savings of this approach lead to significant cost savings on the long term... more»

How has it helped my organization?

We have changed out approach to our ROBO backup solution. Utilising Commvault we can now automate the decommissioning of our remote project sites and convert these on-premise backups into Azure hosted VMs. This not only brings the service... more»

What needs improvement?

The new HTML 5 based management portals are very nice, but do not yet have all of the features of the Java based client. I’d like to see all of the features move over to HTML 5 so that we do not have to use Java ideally.
Reduxio
Reduxio
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Real User
Director of IT at Barnstable Police Department
Oct 18 2017

What is most valuable?

* Backdating * TimeOS * Deduplication speed * HTML5 management interface * Ease of use * Support * Everyone at Reduxio

How has it helped my organization?

There are so many examples in which the HX550 has made life better for us. From the time it takes to spin up a VM or virtual desktop to the deduplication and compression, to the amazingly slick and easy management interface. I'd have to say... more»

What needs improvement?

There might be one thing they can improve on. Maybe it should come in stainless steel, just like its DeLorean time machine predecessor. It’s only fitting that all time machines should have a stainless steel option!
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Real User
Group It Manager at Vital Energi
Oct 15 2017

What is most valuable?

Being able to effectively keep the live data on-premise, or the most recent data on-premise. But I make an affordable solution, where if data is out of a certain time, it goes and leverages all the cheap storage, whether that'll be the... more»

How has it helped my organization?

It's been able to keep us lean and mean on the storage front. I don't want to be buying many racks of storage just to put in my datacenter, when it's not really providing lots of value. I want to have all the imported data with me, thus being... more»

What needs improvement?

There are some bits it could do better. With tighter integration maybe with Veeam, or something like that, it'd be really good. It is still shipping at the moment and it's quite a bigger plane. So, if you are going to go down the physical... more»
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Real User
IT Officer at a non-profit with 501-1,000 employees
Oct 05 2016

What is most valuable?

* Flexibility of backup targets with full reporting, regardless of the target. * Locally back up system to on-site storage, backup to their hosted cloud, backup to your third-party cloud or any combination of that, all with global reporting.... more»

How has it helped my organization?

My company works in the developing world. Cloud backup is not always an option. Most other solutions that have an option for local backup require connectivity to local LAN to handle reporting or configuration changes. CrashPlan allows us to... more»

What needs improvement?

Reporting could be stronger. With the API you can do a lot of reporting, but it is not built in very robustly. License management could be improved; currently in hybrid format, you can get a total license count but not how many of those... more»
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Reseller
Professional Service/Solution Team at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Oct 15 2016

What is most valuable?

For most clients I look after, the most often used feature is a simple restore. Once the backup is on disk, most restores can kick in within 15 minutes and be restored within 30 minutes for files, emails and SQL databases etc. It doesn’t... more»

How has it helped my organization?

Veeam B&R saved many files that had accidentally been deleted. By using file level recovery, all of them got restored easily and in a timely manner. From a business point of view the recovery time objective (RTO) and recovery point... more»

What needs improvement?

Cross job deduplication and dedupe across full backups would be interesting. This would help the backup footprint for long term backups. Saying that, Server 2016 dedup (when it's released shortly) should cover some of this for small to medium... more»
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Real User
Storage Engineer at Lds Church
Oct 16 2017

What is most valuable?

It's pretty simple. Once you set it, it goes; and then the idea of being able to get it to the cloud very quickly. It's kind of a set-it-forget-it. We were able to get rid of a single courier who was actually taking separate tapes with that... more»

How has it helped my organization?

Simplicity and that it removed a lot of moving parts in our environment. Like I said, we were able to reduce a courier, simplify the whole back up methodology, being able to get some of that data off to the cloud. Luckily, we haven't had to... more»

What needs improvement?

Free version. It actually does a lot. It ingests data from almost any source and it will push it out to almost any cloud. So it does everything I want it to do right now. They've done a good job with it, honestly. What could be helpful is... more»
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Real User
Data Security Manager at Aspen Insurance Group
Dec 26 2016

What is most valuable?

We rely on generating daily reports on our stocks for auditing purposes. Those reports are useful; so I would say they are the most valuable feature. It is also very good that you can use it either from the command line or from a GUI. It... more»

How has it helped my organization?

We have used Data Protector for as long as I have been at the organization. We're a huge HPE house, so all of our technology for backups is HPE. We were hoping to leverage as much of our current HPE technology as possible by keeping all our... more»

What needs improvement?

A couple of years ago, I said that the reporting wasn't sufficient. There should be better reporting within Data Protector, rather than making you turn to an additional HPE software application. I think that no company can get reporting... more»
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Real User
Database Administrator at a individual & family service with 1,001-5,000 employees
Dec 12 2016

What is most valuable?

Compression of standard backups is quite good and speed is pretty good too. I want to add additional comments here after the product has been in production use for 6 months - the total footprint of our backups has reduced drastically. It is... more»

How has it helped my organization?

We've had a huge reduction in the nightly backup footprint size, even though it doesn't de-duplicate very well on the ExaGrid backup appliances. We've saved quite literally terabytes of space on our appliances. One of the biggest improvements... more»

What needs improvement?

Idera treats a backup of a SQL Server as if it is essentially a single backup job of each individual database. You can't see any metrics about how long it took you to backup the entire server. It doesn't handle restoration to different drives... more»
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Real User
Manager, IT at a engineering company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jan 15 2017

What is most valuable?

The file restore functionality and remote backup for remote users is fantastic. It doesn't take a lot of resources and is invaluable when someone needs to restore files that they have lost or encrypted. Or, if they are just upgrading, we can... more»

How has it helped my organization?

We save our end users time and our IT admins time. Both users spend less time fixing faulty backup solutions on remote backup hardware and software that each can get messed up; bad drives, bad backup locations, etc., not enough space.

What needs improvement?

So far, so good. I have not seen a ton of places that need improvement. There are some users who just do not come online frequently enough, or have a good enough connection to be backing up all their files frequently/often. The biggest area... more»
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Real User
Data Center Expert at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Jun 07 2016

What is most valuable?

Veeam is a solid performer for backing up VMware. By leveraging VMware’s changed block tracking (CBT) the incremental backups are very efficient and small. Veeam also has a rather intuitive interface that is easy to understand and is easy to... more»

How has it helped my organization?

Reliable backups are so critical and my Veeam backups (disk-to-disk) have never failed to be restorable. I can’t say that about other products I’ve used.

What needs improvement?

I have asked Veeam to consider backing up physical devices for years and each time the response was “that’s not what we do”. As a result, they missed many opportunities to sell their products to customers who have a mixture of virtual and... more»
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Real User
Data Center Manager at a healthcare company with 51-200 employees
Mar 27 2017

What is most valuable?

* Ability to automatically detect and secure new data sources without requiring manual configuration intervention. * Has an extensive support base for most data formats. * Natively allows the solution to be a ‘one-stop-shop’ for any... more»

How has it helped my organization?

* Customers have been able to utilize multiple data protection schemes to be implemented with a single point of contact. * Utilizing a single point of control has helped to maximize all current data storage technologies.

What needs improvement?

Data Protector's main single point of weakness is its GUI. While being very easy to use and intuitively constructed to present users with a minimal learning curve, nonetheless: * It can occasionally be inaccurate in its backup/recovery time... more»
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Real User
ABS Support Analyst at a tech vendor with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jun 23 2017

What is most valuable?

There are a few, the first one would be that it is very user friendly, has a nice interface and we can restore from the console in the customer server or from our server. It has a very user friendly status bar with common errors and has logs... more»

How has it helped my organization?

Since I started working with CrashPlan we have less tickets open, since we offer monitor issues we received daily alerts and most of the issues are fixed even before the customer realizes they have an issue. Restoration is fast and easy.... more»

What needs improvement?

I am not sure, since we use an old version of the application (planning on doing the upgrade next year) and it has flaws but I don't know if they have been fixed on the newer versions. I saw the new version and just by seeing it I think it... more»
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Consultant
Systems Consultant at a software R&D company with 501-1,000 employees
Dec 26 2016

What is most valuable?

The best thing I find with Data Protector as opposed to other products was the inter-compatibility with all different OSs. It's very OS agnostic; doesn't matter whether it be Linux or Windows or AIX or whatever. It just seems to work. That's... more»

How has it helped my organization?

The centralization of all the backup data is a valuable asset, and the ability to recover data quickly. It doesn't happen very much these days, to be fair. It's not very often we have to recover. We don't use Data Protector for data recovery.... more»

What needs improvement?

One of the things that they need to look at is the scheduler. At the moment, there are two ways to schedule a backup. There's a simple scheduler and an advanced scheduler. You have to do one or the other. Using the advanced scheduler is the... more»
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