Micro Focus Data Protector Review

It reduced backup and recovery times, and helped with security mitigation.


What is most valuable?

From a data protection standpoint, HPE Data Protector reduced our and our customer’s recovery time. It also gave them an advantage in the industry in that they are able fall back quicker.

How has it helped my organization?

Reduced backup times, and it helped with security mitigation from a data protection standpoint.

What needs improvement?

I don't use it today on a regular basis, but there are always feature improvements that our customers are looking for, such as more integration from an API perspective with different applications and cloud platforms. Also, broader integration to the ecosystem as it relates to the cloud and the application API.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

We didn't have too many problems. It was fairly stable.

How is customer service and technical support?

We contacted technical support a couple of times during upgrades, but I wouldn't say that the issues were anything out of the ordinary or systemic.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was fairly straightforward. We did not have any difficulties.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

There's always a bake-off process between competing products regarding feature sets, like Symantec. Customers typically go through a list of criteria as they relate to applications, and how they're trying to protect data, such as how it's encrypted at rest and in flight. These are decisions we all have to make. Other issues are whether there was encryption inflate, was it encrypted at rest, how many GO's did I need to protect that data, and what the replication scheme looked like.

What other advice do I have?

With respect to HPE data protection, you need to do the mapping with respect to what you're looking for. From my own personal experience, HPE was a pretty seamless install from an operational perspective.

But, I never want to be involved in data protection again. It's a thankless job, but a necessary evil.

Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer:
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