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Commvault Review
The most valuable feature is the ability to backup over the dedicated Fiber Channel directly from SAN. There's no impact to the network or users.

Improvements to My Organization

Backups happen over night instead of 3 days. Storage for backups has been reduced by 60%.

Valuable Features

The most valuable feature is the ability to backup over the dedicated Fiber Channel directly from SAN. There's no impact to the network or users.

Room for Improvement

Bare-metal restore needs some work. It's not intuitive and seems to have been an afterthought.

Stability Issues

We've had no issues with stability.

Scalability Issues

As we have used and scaled out the product SQL integration with the companies automated scripts proved to be a challenge. The Work Flow feature is your only solution and therefor you end up with a mix of scripts then relying on the products work flow to run and return expected results allowing your scripts to then continue. Not a very clean solution yet.

Customer Service and Technical Support

Customer Service:

Customer service is very good. They called back within 10 minutes of a request. They understood the issue and resolved it.

Technical Support:

Technical support is also very good.

Previous Solutions


Initial Setup

Complex with several separate hardware pieces and software modules. Media Servers, SAN, Fileserver, Comm Servers, Fiber Setup etc. Not extremely hard but lots of parts.

Implementation Team

Vendor, I was not impressed with performance of vendor.

Pricing, Setup Cost and Licensing

If budget allows using the per socket license and not the agent based with per GB counter for Dedup is the way to go.

Other Advice

The amount of hardware required to run the software and do the heavy lifting is this solutions biggest downside. In a time of reducing hardware being required to then add a media server a comm server a SAN and storage server and another media server. Well it's a bit overwhelming. Package it and create an appliance already.

If SQL heavy plan to use the work flow for your automated processes that involve Commvault.

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


831e654b a504 4354 817e def976bbb89b avatar

I agree with you about the power of SAN backup, we also have used workflow to backup Enterprise Vault.
Another interesting feature that we use is the S3 library to vault on cloud the deduplicated backup.

Like (0)03 May 17
Dan gillman li?1414332427

We found are DBA's a little reluctant to rewrite the many scripts they had for backup. I feel a better SQL interface is needed to help with the preexisting scripts most companies already have in production.

Like (0)03 May 17
6cae5eee a136 4b28 a3a4 e1d85643def0 avatar

Commvault does have an appliance if customer's want to go that route and we can also use existing RMAN scripts for Oracle backups.For the SQL agent however there is now need for scripts really. The SQL agent handles all of that through VDI. Curious to know more about the SQL side...

Like (0)01 June 17
Anonymous avatar x30

Hi Dan. We had the same reluctance initially with DBAs for using the commvault agent for sql backups. Through persistence and hands-on usage they have now passed backups of more than 1300 databases fully over to our commvault solution. It saved them a tonne of time each day on checks and we're now starting to look at automating regular jobs such as qa refreshes through commvault workflows etc. If you can invest the time to expose the dbas to commvault a little more, it may be fruitful in the long run :)

Like (0)06 July 17
Dan gillman li?1414332427

We created a workflow using the Commvault Workflow and was able to automate a number of daily processes. It's a great tool and works as expected.

Like (0)07 July 17
Anonymous avatar x30
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