Backup and recovery software report from it central station 2017 03 18
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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

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Ariel Lindenfeld
Community Mgr
Sr. Director of Community
IT Central Station
Mar 16 2017
Flavio pastano li?1414340189
Flavio PastanoI've installed a lot of different backup software across different customer,... more »
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Rob ArrellThat in itself is a loaded question. Every company has different needs. First... more »
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MatthewThoughts- - When was the last time you completed a backup restore test -... more »
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Kevin McDanielComparing the features of the four is not the right approach. You need to... more »
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Peter GibsonI can only vouch for Veeam which we use in a 100% virtualised environment.... more »
Gregory west li?1414335688
Gregory WestI second Kevin's remark. It is almost impossible to compare various backup... more »
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Kunal Doshi
Real User
User at a tech services company with 1,000-5,000 employees
Dec 09 2016
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Morenwyn Siobhan EllisYour question doesn't provide enough information to give you a qualified... more »
Russell lynch li?1414340848
Russell LynchWe have gear in two data centers. We have EMC as our main SAN and we have... more »
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JailBreakHi, You are talking about very different products and prices... more »
Information Technology Bureau Deputy Director at a government with 1,000-5,000 employees
Director of Operations at a tech consulting company with 51-200 employees
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Sami VentrigliaHello, full disclosure, my background is on the consultant side... I've only... more »
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Kyaw ThanIt is difficult to provide detailed advice w/o knowing the environment for... more »
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Kyaw ThanIt is difficult to provide detailed advice w/o knowing the environment for... more »
Hadas Bergman
Community Mgr
BI Expert at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
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David TanI researched the differences between the products and here are my... more »
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Satyawan JangraI am using HP Data Protector since last 3 years. It is easy to use, install,... more »
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reviewer106302I've been using HP Dataprotector for a long time. It´s an old version (5.0)... more »
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Ariel Lindenfeld
Community Mgr
Sr. Director of Community
IT Central Station
Dan gillman li?1414332427
Dan GillmanWe support small to medium business's and offer a few solutions based more on... more »
George baldonado li?1426008175
George BaldonadoHey Russell, Sorry……. I don’t have an RFP sample for you and obviously you... more »
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George BaldonadoHey Russell, Sorry……. I don’t have an RFP sample for you and obviously you... more »
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Assistant Consultant
Technical Lead -Design architecture Backup solutions at HCL Technologies (Infrastructure Services Division)
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Product Manager
NetApp Platforms: - NetCache Systems Certified - NetApp Storage Systems certified for SAN/NAS (NCIE-SAN) Nutanix Platform Sales Engineer (NPSE) Certification Nutanix Platform Sales Rep (NPSR) Certification Nutanix Platform Professional on NOS 3 (NPP3) Certification Nimble Storage... more>>
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IT professional, lived in Japan for 20+ years, focused on data backup and recovery market (cloud backup) in the Asia-Pacific region.
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Specialist for System Integration
Fachinformatiker für Systemintegration (IHK)
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TOP 20
Technical Consultant
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Systems Consultant
About 9 years of Total IT experience Specialties: HP Unix/Linux/Windows Administration, VMware & HyperV Virtualization, Storage, Security and Mailing Solutions
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TOP 20
IT Consultant and Engineer
VMWare vSphere and ESXi Veeam B&R and Cloud Connect Azure Pack Cloud Citrix - Open Stack Cloud Exchange / AD SQL SharePoint
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TOP 20
Systems Consultant
Reviewed HPE Data Protector: It's OS agnostic and the GUI is intuitive.
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Courses: 1999 Compaq Proliant Servers 1999 Ms Windows NT 4.0 Fundamentals 2002 Ms Windows XP Fundamentals 2002 HP Unix Fundamentals 2006 Linux System Administration 2007 HP Linux course for advanced unix administrators 2009 HP Linux Troubleshooting 2012 Prince 2 Foundation 2012... more>>
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Mohamed bencheikh li?1416437601
Sr Systems and Storage Consultant
- IBM Power Systems / AIX. - Power HA Cluster High Availability / HACMP. - IBM PowerVM Virtualiziation. - Unix / Linux Administration. - Shell Scripting. - Backup and Recovery Solution IBM Tivoli Storage Manager. - SAN / NAS Storage Systems and Networks. - Backup Sites Strategies and... more>>
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Reviewed IBM Spectrum Protect: Provides system backup and restore.
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