Veritas Backup Exec Review

Data recovery is a key feature for us, but I would like to see a better licensing model


What is our primary use case?

We use it for backing up all servers and user data.

How has it helped my organization?

I'm very familiar with it because I've been using it since we, as an organization, started using it. I'm very familiar with the software package itself and how to set alerts, how to know what's going on, how to recover stuff. So familiarity is probably the best thing for me right now. 

How does it help our organization? It's the recovery of data and the assurance that we know it's there and it's safe.

What is most valuable?

  • Automation
  • Restore

For how long have I used the solution?

More than five years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It does what it says it's going to do.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

As I start getting into the newer releases - I'm not at the most current release - I'll start taking a look not only at backing up on-prem data, but also the stuff that's in the cloud, stuff that's in Office 365, that's in Azure. We need to start reaching out and grabbing our data that's out there and successfully backing it up.

How is customer service and technical support?

I've used their technical support. If you can get somebody who knows what they're doing, it's good; and if you get somebody that you can easily understand.

The issues are the language barrier, as well as: You finally get somebody to call you back and you start talking with them. All of a sudden, they say, "Oh, this belongs to a different department." They shove me off and I have to wait again for somebody to call me back. It's not a very streamlined and not a very efficient way of providing support.

How was the initial setup?

At first, because it was such a new product at that time, there was a huge learning curve. But once I understood how they back things up, all the versions that followed after that were pretty straightforward and there wasn't much of an additional learning curve.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

I would like to see a better licensing model. They changed it and it's just horrendous.

What other advice do I have?

If you're seriously looking at Backup Exec, take a hard look at their licensing model and compare that. Also, experience their tech support before you jump in.

Right now, the two big hitters are Backup Exec and Veeam. But the document that I've downloaded now from IT Central Station has introduced me to other vendors that I also need to take a look at.

In looking for a vendor to go with, the important criteria for me are:

  • cost
  • ease of use
  • options, especially trial-based options.

The current version that I'm at, and I have to base my rating on it because it's the only one that I've been using, I would give it a seven out of 10 because it doesn't have the cloud options, the licensing has gotten worse instead of better, and technical support is iffy at best. I'm using version 16.0.

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