Backup and Recovery Software Forum

IT Central Station
Jun 25 2020
What are the best ways to backup SAN? Do you have any recommendations for efficient, secure options?
Mark Donnelly
Jun 19 2020
I am researching Backup and Recovery software. I am interested in Acronis. How does it compare to VEEAM and Azure?
reviewer1243038Veeam is a leader. Acronis is a niche player. Veeam is integrated with most storage systems on the market. Functionality - I'd recommend Veeam.
Mohamed EltoukhyAcronis: -Modern mobile-enabled web interface -Touch-friendly, works on tablets -21st century look and feel Veeam: -Basic outdated windows interface -Windows only – no mobile devices -Ancient look and feel
JohannFLEURYThere is no “proper” answer to your question. First, before the tool, define your goal as: - how many systems? - how many virtual vs physical? - sizing (even roughly) - is there some DBs or specific app? Then time will come to choose the correct tool.
IT Central Station
May 22 2020
Office 365 has built-in backup functionality, but some people recommend having a third-party backup. Is this necessary, and what solutions do you recommend for this?
Darrin LeboeufWe use a third party. AvePoint Backup for O365 & Dynamics 365. We evaluated a number of cloud backup providers and most (if not all) have unlimited capacity and retention for an all-inclusive per user subscription price. (No infrastructure!) We had several criteria that helped us make the best decision for our organization: Cloud Backup covered our M365 infrastructure components inclusively: -Exchange Online -SharePoint Online -Microsoft teams -OneDrive -Planner --(Additional Components that we do not use extensively) Even with retention by default within Microsoft's Cloud, AvePoint can help preserve critical data within the services. You must remember you are still responsible for additional data protection scenarios -- Inadvertent user deletion of files or emails... not to mention malicious attacks or other nefarious acts for example. A real tipping feature is that we use MS Teams extensively for all our internal and external communications. With our user population well versed in the application we were able to deploy AvePoint's Restore Bot "AVA" which is a godsend for IT as it alleviates a lot of "Can you please restore...X" because I deleted it or overwrote it etc... The self-service component it terrific and as a bonus, it cuts down on potential embarrassment by the users as they do not have to ask for the restore because of human error... Backup frequency is full then incremental 4x per day which allows for intra-day data recovery as needed (Possible) on top of the Microsoft retention and versioning restore capability. Overall, the implementation was extremely straightforward, and the console and feedback are very simple and intuitive. Other considerations: We have Country residency requirements and can satisfy them with AvePoint country resident data center. Cost to benefit ratio demonstrates incredible value to cost ratio in addition to the peace-of-mind the product offers.
Rupert LaslettDue to Microsoft's 'shared responsibility' model, it is absolutely necessary to have a backup of your O365 data, especially if the data is critical to the business. Whether you require a backup to be compliant or are looking for protection against accidental or malicious deletion (Insider Threats or Malware), a long term archive solution is well worth the price. There are many providers offering O365 backup solutions today so be sure to check for any hidden fees or potential caps. It's also worth checking to see if the vendor supports backup for SharePoint Online, Teams, and OneDrive as well as Exchange Online. Some companies provide licenses for you to backup locally, others provide an almost SaaS-like model, incorporating the storage and licensing. If you don't have local storage available or do not wish to backup locally then you're best off looking at Cloud Service Providers or SaaS providers for O365 Backup. Be sure to understand where your data is held, the level of security and redundancy, and whether or not there is any level of support included in the cost. You'll also want to be sure you can restore easily, with several different restore options as some vendors have very limited options. iland cloud, the company I represent, offers a backup of the entire domain within O365 for a per-user price including licensing, unlimited storage, and support, with no extra fees. Feel free to contact me via LinkedIn if you would like to find out more. Also happy to answer any questions on other vendors that I have experience with.
TonyKerrIn regards to Backups for 365, It all depends on backup costings licenses and functionality and what type of environment you have to say for Hybrid to the cloud. If you are in a large Enterprise environment it may be necessary to change your backup strategy to cover all products to get a cost-effective solution however 365 has basic built-in functionality but not many features as enterprise products. DPM Veeam AvePoint SolarWinds
Director of Operations at Armada Cloud
May 05 2020
One of our clients was hit by the Locky (https://nakedsecurity.sophos.c...) strain of ransomware and had over 107,000 files scrambled and encrypted. Fortunately, since they've implemented a solid backup and recovery plan with us, we were able to get them up and running that afternoon without shelling out any bitcoins.  Have you been affected by this rash of ransomware? If so, what version were you hit by, and what did you do? Be safe out there! 
it_user540687Interesting, can you provide more info on this scenario? Been seeing a lot of this kind of thing lately...
it_user370497Sure, we have a blog post about this published on our site:
Todd Brandt
President at TechPlanet
Apr 22 2020
I work as the president of a tech consulting company with 51-200 employees.  We are currently researching backup and recovery software. I am looking for more information regarding Infrascale and other options that provide: DRaaS + Failover for Windows Linux (SUSE) virtuals running in VMware/Hyper-V. Thanks! I appreciate your help.
Adminsys677It depends on the features you are seeking. There are many solutions that I can recommend for the customer depending on your workload. If you are totally virtualizing, I will strongly recommend Veeam Backup and Replication. If you are heterogenous infrastructure I will recommend you IBM Spectrum Protect or Data Protection Suite from DELL EMC (Avamar, Networker, and RP4VM). But for good and optimal backup infrastructure, you need to have in mind that the first backup will be done on the Disk to increase backup and reduce backup windows, after that, you can externalize on Tape or cloud. The best Appliance for storing backup are DELL EMC Data Domain and Veritas NetBackup Appliance with these two solutions you can reduce your TCO and obtain performance of 55:1 using the feature like deduplication and compression.
LaveTyagiAtempo Time Navigator
Rostislav PilkaVeeam or Commvault. Veeam can be a bit easier to implement and administer, Commvault supports more client OS and applications as well as physical machines backups.
IT Operations Manager with 1,001-5,000 employees
Apr 17 2020
Currently using R1Soft and have major issues.  We need the software to work with OVM, Linux, Windows, Sql server, Exchange, and Sharepoint.  We also need bare metal recovery functionality.
Martin MashIn my opinion, there should be no expense spared for protecting the companies data. I've used many solutions, and only one was open source. That was Bacula and I was only using it for Linux. Since there was no support, configuring took a lot of time and had to be manually maintained as to remove old backup data. It also created multiple backup files for a single server based upon backup data file size. My suggestion would be find a paid solution that will handle all of your needs. Things I would look for: 1. Reliability 2. Support 3. Redundancy 4. Data Deduplication 5. Capacity 6. Cost Only you can determine how important your data is and what the cost would be if you were unable to recover the data or the system.
it_user545196Check out Atempo Time Navigator. I have had R1Soft, BakBone, ArcServe and Symantec clients change to Atempo.
it_user545196Emailed you the Product Presentation slides.. bit its in PDF. let me know if you need the Power Point version.
Mar 21 2020
I'm looking for a breakdown of the major differences between these Backup and Disaster Recovery Solutions: 1. Arcserve UDP 2. Acronis Backup 3. Veeam Backup  4. VMware vDPA
it_user102333Comparing the features of the four is not the right approach. You need to develop a list of requirements for backup and DR that are specific to your organization and then compare each of the four products to those requirements. All the products you have listed do very well in specific niche markets, all of them also have cons as well, without a clear understanding of what your requirements are a product comparison doesn't mean a great deal.
Pablo CastroThe field about Backup is very big , I am a partner from Acronis , and Acronis has many advantage ,over others tecnology , but in specifics skills , another Marks have theirs improvement skills too , you must specific about what ? Virtualization,storage,management,recovery virtual to physical ? is a lot information to say ..
it_user130935I second Kevin's remark. It is almost impossible to compare various backup solutions without knowing your environment. Are you backing up exclusively Windows, Windows and Linux, do you have Novell, minicomputer and the list goes on. Why type of backup hardware are you using, WORM, Tape Drive, Tape Autochanger..... And I have not even touched the functions you want the backup to do.
David Thompson
User at a tech services company with 1-10 employees
Jan 27 2020
What is the best backup for super-duper (100Gbps) fast read and write with hardware encryption?
Vuong DoanThe backup speed depends on: - number of concurrent I/O streams - data type - network - read/write speed of backup repository - data encryption enable or not - terabytes of front end data to be backed up The question is not clear enough, to sizing a high scalable, high throughput environment. To archive the 100Gbps throughput, you have to list down the mentioned information. For a very large environment, I strongly recommend using either NetBackup or CommVault.
reviewer1183848We use the smallest Cohesity cluster possible with three nodes and have 60GBps of available bandwidth. I assume with more nodes you could get to 100Gbps. They have flash and an unbelievable filesystem. Do you have a use case for 12,500 megabytes per second of backup throughput? I'm having trouble envisioning an admin who would be in charge of a source capable of that coming to a forum like this with your exact question!
reviewer1053252There is no such thing as best "anything" let alone backups. There are plenty of enterprise solutions that can handle the load you mentioned plenty are available in the market and it all comes down to your needs. Hardware encryptions might be much more secure (tougher to hack but still hackable) than software encryptions however they open doors for vendor lock-in and that in certain situations can affect the recoverability of your data. My advice to you is to focus on looking for a backup solution that can help you guarantee the recoverability of your data at the event of a disaster rather than focus on best backup 100gbps with hardware encryptions. At the end of the day what's the point of a backup solution if it can do all that you mentioned and fails you at the event of a disaster. If you can give me more environment details such as what kind of platforms and apps are being utilized I may be able to assist other than that my answers to you are there is no such thing as the best backup for 100gbps with hardware encryption. We live in a world where everything is software-defined and it's safe to say that that's the way everyone should go.
Ariel Lindenfeld
Sr. Director of Community
IT Central Station
There's a lot of vendor hype about enterprise backup and recovery software. What's really important to look for in a solution?Let the community know what you think. Share your opinions now!
Raul GarciaThey are several aspects; 1) The frequency with which you need the backup files, folders (files) and / or servers in question to be running. Since this frequency is in theory your closest and farthest recovery point at the same time. Example 1: If you define that every four hours, in case of a problem you will be able to recover what you backed up four hours ago 2) The estimated size of what you need to back up vs. the time it takes to back it up Example 2: If you are going to backup 300 GB every four hours and the process takes 8 hrs. (because your information is sent to a MDF - SITE mirror by an internet link or something) then you will not be able to back up every 4 hours, you will have to do it every 8 or 9 hrs. Example 3: If you are going to backup 50 GB every four hours and the process takes 1 hrs. (because you send your information to an MDF - SITE mirror through an internet link or something) then you will not have problems when you have to make the next backup within 4 hours. 3) The applicant's ability to program (in sequence and / or in parallel) what you need to support Example 4: Suppose that some files, folders (files) and / or servers need to be backed up every 4 hours. and others every 12 hrs. and others every 24 hours. and others maybe every week. In this case you have to estimate very well the worst scenario that is when the sum of what you are going to be supporting coincides and that slows the process, which implies that when the following programmed backups are activated they effectively run without setback. 4) The flexibility of the application for the execution of incremental or full backups Example 5: In this case it is knowing what the application is going to do in case a backup fails. Does the incremental part that did not back up start again from scratch? Does it leave a process restart point, if so, how reliable is this process? Will it force you to make a FULL backup that will not take 4 hrs. and that it will take 24 hrs. or more? With what your programming will have to be re-standardized? 5) While it is true that the restoration is the most relevant, prior to this you must ensure that you have well supported what "budgets" should be supported. In these aspects is what worked best for us.
Ivo DisselThe most important aspect is the time for the backup and restore to finish, and of course how easy it is to configure schedules, rules, policies, etc.
Paul Lerner- Data Integrity (e.g. ability to restore / restore success rate) - Data Availability (e.g. ability to successfully backup within backup window) - Integration with the rest of the infrastructure (e.g. automation, scripting capabilities) - Ease of use - Data Security
Miriam Tover
Content Specialist
IT Central Station
There's a lot of vendor hype about backup and recovery solutions. It's an important decision and you don't want to recommend the wrong software for your business. What questions should someone ask before purchasing backup and recovery? Help your peers ask the right questions so that they'll make the best decision.
Steve KleisBackup software can be divided into two groups; file-level backups and image-based backups. Avoid solutions that require both methods to recover a system. I would avoid any company that uses a file-based backup for the simple reason that recovery of a server is going to be cumbersome. Image backups take a copy of the whole disk and then tracks the changes for the following backups. Image backups allow for simple recovery of an entire server, most can restore individual files but make sure to ask. Some of the questions you will want to ask the vendor depends on your needs and the environment. In all cases, I would want a clear understanding of how to manage the system. For example how does setting up the backup job work and do you have to do it for each server? Have them show you the restore process for files and full systems how many steps and how long does it take? Is there a feature that will replicate off-site or to a cloud service that you can recovery your servers in the event of a disaster? Is the user interface easy to use and understand? Can you restore to dissimilar hardware or virtual environment? Can it back up workstations from the same interface? Do you have to buy an additional server and Windows OS for the backup system? How long has the vendor been in business? Full disclosure, I work for StorageCraft. StorageCraft has a great product called ShadowXafe that can scale from the small to large companies, check it out.