Veritas NetBackup Review

Deduplication reduces the backup time. It provides backup of a single copy of data.


How has it helped my organization?

It enabled Telecom Fiji Ltd to backup the Unix-based OS. Backup Exec 12.0 was only able to backup the Windows platform.

What is most valuable?

Deduplication is the most valuable feature as it reduces the backup time and provides backup of a single copy of data as opposed to multiple versions of the same file.

What needs improvement?

GUI needs to be more user-friendly.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The product has been stable from day one. The only issue was on Telecom Fiji Ltd's side, i.e., when the tapes are not rotated per cycle and the data is not transferred to it for clearing the storage pool. This caused the pool to fill up and affect the backup jobs.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We did encounter some stability issues. We could not read the LT04 media on the LT05 drives. The majority of our old data was on LT04 and we could not transfer/read it. There should be interoperability on these drives.

How is customer service and technical support?

Technical support is excellent.

Which solutions did we use previously?

Previously, we were using the Veritas Backup Exec 12.0. We changed to this solution because we needed a backup solution that could back-up the Unix-based OS.

How was the initial setup?

The setup was complex, considering that we have never worked on an Unix-based OS before.

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

The software and license are very expensive.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We looked at CommVault and Veeam.

What other advice do I have?

This product is very robust. Be prepared for the cost.

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