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VladanKojanic
Real User
Head of Information Technology Group at Ministry of Environmental Protection
Jan 28 2020

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is sharing data sets like they're in a private cloud. We call it our "private cloud" because we can share anything that is inside our backup set… more»

How has it helped my organization?

The solution helps our admins minimize the time they spend on backup tasks and to spend that time on other projects. It's not easy to calculate in minutes, but we have… more»

What needs improvement?

As a government office, we think about protecting personal data. Serbia is part of an open government partnership, which is a global project. Commvault should think about… more»

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

It's not cheap but it's not too expensive. We have a yearly contract for support from Commvault. Of course, even for that, we need to go through a public procurement… more»

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

Before Commvault we had other brands. We use Acronis Backup among others. We wanted to have just one solution for all our needs: for servers, for SQL Server, for laptops… more»

What other advice do I have?

The biggest lesson I have learned from using Commvault is that if I set everything right, everything by book, I can solve any kind of problem that I may potentially get. I… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We only tested Commvault because our partner explained to us that it would probably do everything we needed. We spoke with them, had three or four meetings to explain what… more»
Sheron K Brown Sr.
Real User
Systems Engineer at PAREXEL International Corporation
Jun 11 2020

What is most valuable?

You have total control of your data. It's scary, but it's good once you understand it. There are a lot of unknowns that happen with your data, things that Commvault is doing, and you really need to be… more»

How has it helped my organization?

We're saving storage space. The built-in deduplication features are really good. It's second to none in my experience with it. You really have a better handle on your deduplication database and block… more»

What needs improvement?

It's tough to understand if you're really maximizing the features of such a large platform without engaging other services that Commvault offers to help you understand and leverage the data warehouse… more»

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We went from Veritas NetBackup to Commvault. We switched due to upfront licensing and costs. We have more visibility into what we're actually purchasing. It seemed like, overall, the cost of Commvault… more»

What other advice do I have?

Take advantage of any free training and look at other business cases and how they use Commvault, because it's so customizable. There's no right and wrong way. You have to look at your unique business… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

It's been a while since we used NetBackup, but I think Commvault is easier. It's really point-and-click. There isn't a lot of background stuff going on or command-line stuff. It's all Windows-based… more»
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Jean-Christophe Bettinelli
Real User
Data Retention & Backup Specialist at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Jun 18 2020

What is most valuable?

There are two user interfaces, the old one and the new one. The old one is the one that we mainly use, the Java-based console. It's complex but it allows us to do many… more»

How has it helped my organization?

Something that really made a difference for us when we implemented Commvault, is that before we used Commvault we had at least three different backup solutions. With… more»

What needs improvement?

The software is good, but I always have issues with the documentation and, especially, the communication regarding new functionality. Commvault has a new maintenance… more»

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

Like with other vendors, you have to have a good discussion regarding the price and get the best discount you can get. Something that we put in place with Commvault was… more»

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

The three solutions that we were using in the past were Backup Exec for some smaller workloads, NetBackup for most workloads, and some NetApp backup tools. We leveraged… more»

What other advice do I have?

Plan for your implementation with the help of Professional Services, if yours is a medium to large environment, because this is not something you can start implementing… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I cannot say that we are saving on infrastructure, because Commvault is not the only one that has a solution that can back up everything in one place. I don't feel that we… more»
Brijesh Parikh
Real User
Senior Architect, Cloud Infrastructure at a tech vendor with 501-1,000 employees
Feb 13 2020

What is most valuable?

All the features used right now have been very valuable. The biggest advantage for us right now is the ability to back up our Office 365 mailboxes along with all our… more»

How has it helped my organization?

It provides us a single solution to recover data. We haven't had a lot of restore requests. There have been a couple of them where we had to restore a full server and the… more»

What needs improvement?

I have written a lot of different reviews about the product and every time I have mentioned the user interface is not user-friendly, e.g., the admin portal is not… more»

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

There is a bit of cost involved with signing up the entire solution. It's not a cheap solution.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I used Commvault from 2011 to 2012 at one of my previous organization, but it was only for a short period of time that I worked with it. I then had to move onto other… more»

What other advice do I have?

Go through an assessment first before selecting the product. Every business is different and has different requirements. Do a complete assessment with the data protection… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We did evaluate Veeam and Cohesity. At the time, Cohesity was not mature, as they were fairly new to the business. We had a few meetings with them, and after our… more»
Filip Hasa
Real User
Backup Engineer at a pharma/biotech company with 10,001+ employees
Jun 01 2020

What is most valuable?

Among the best features are the BMR (Bare Metal Recovery), Live Sync, and IntelliSnap, which is used for snapshots of hypervisor storage. It's predefined so you only need to enable it and it works. I… more»

How has it helped my organization?

It has simplified disaster recovery and we have used it for migration as well. For migrating from old FX servers to new FX servers, it was not possible to use any new feature from VMware. There was… more»

What needs improvement?

They should move the CommServe outside of Windows machines and the database should be distributed among servers. It's still a single point of failure. Also, I work a lot with workflows, which means a… more»

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

Our deployment is primarily on-prem. We are trying to assess the cloud capabilities but it looks like the cloud is more expensive if you want to have the whole infrastructure.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

Our company previously used NetBackup and TSM. One of the reasons we switched to Commvault was that our company was not satisfied with IBM's support. It was challenging. If support is not able to help… more»

What other advice do I have?

Commvault is more administrator-friendly than other backup tools. We are using Commvault for cloud support, but that part is at the PoC stage. But it's the same as the on-prem solution. Whether the… more»
MatthewMagbee
Real User
Datacenter Manager at a healthcare company with 5,001-10,000 employees
Feb 11 2020

What is most valuable?

All its features are useful and beneficial, but if I had to pick two it would be the reporting and the support that they offer. I'm a big fan of the reporting. You can build your own reports; it's… more»

How has it helped my organization?

When it comes to the storage that we use for backup and data aging, we were limited, at first, by the amount of storage that we could provide for onsite storage and archiving. Commvault's compression… more»

What needs improvement?

Their single pane of glass solution is daunting at first. It's not the easiest interface but, as with anything that you use, eventually you'll get better and better at it. I've worked closely with… more»

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We needed to pick a global solution. I had been reading about Simpana, which is Commvault now, for a while and I had the opportunity to jump right into it and learn about it while deploying it. I had… more»

What other advice do I have?

In terms of advice, the biggest thing I would like to say is don't look at it as a dinosaur. A lot of people associate Commvault with being old and antiquated, and not having all the bells and… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I've used other solutions in the past, such as vRanger, Symantec Endpoint Protection, Metalogix for Exchange, as well as Data Domain. For data recovery, the others are definitely not as streamlined… more»
Real User
Sr. Network Analyst at a government with 5,001-10,000 employees
Jan 28 2020

What is most valuable?

The solution provides us with a single platform to move, manage, and recover our data across on-premise locations. Some of the guys have been using it to move a virtual machine from VMware to the Microsoft solution, Hyper-V. They back it up… more»

How has it helped my organization?

I can't really say how Commvault has improved the way our organization functions because, while I know there was use another product in use before Commvault, I came here way after the company started using Commvault. I wasn't in this role… more»

What needs improvement?

We have never managed to use it to full potential because we don't have a dedicated team to take care of Commvault, so we barely keep it running. It takes a lot of our time when we have ten other systems to take care of. That's why I'm not… more»

What other advice do I have?

My advice is to have a dedicated team for Commvault, if possible. In our team we are dealing with DNS Exchange, antivirus, Active Directory, and Commvault. I feel I'm not successful enough in Commvault because I am always thinking about… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

There were a couple of guys from Cohesity trying to get business from us. We met with them, but it never went anywhere. We heard what they had to say and it looked cool, it looked promising, but of course they are much smaller than… more»
Mostafa Atrash
Real User
Sr. Enterprise Solutions Engineer at CMC
Jun 14 2020

What is most valuable?

You can back up everything from this one backup solution. You can do backups, archives, and replications. You can backup 89 percent of the application. It can support the… more»

How has it helped my organization?

We are not utilizing Commvault as it should be. Most installations are for backup and protecting data. We have it on cloud or on-premise. Most of the customers need only… more»

What needs improvement?

I would like them to keep working on the new web interface to migrate out of the old interface because the old interface is a bit complex. It was driving customers away… more»

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

It was not very popular because of its previous cost, but they have been working on the pricing, and now anyone can afford to use Commvault. They changed the modeling… more»

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I started my experience with HPE Data Protector, which I now hate, because it's now Micro Focus and it's killing me. I have worked with Dell EMC. Their solution does the… more»

What other advice do I have?

Buy Commvault. It is an excellent backup solution. I would recommend the solution. What is important to Commvault is the flexibility. E.g., if you have a new application… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

The most important feature that other backup solutions in the enterprise field are missing is a built-in feature for deduplication. It has a buildt-in deduplication engine… more»
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What is Commvault?

Commvault can help you transform your data into a powerful strategic asset, with data protection and information management solutions that enable you to protect, access and use all of your data anywhere and anytime.

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Global deduplication and the indexing of the data object are the most valuable features. It saves costs on the product side by doing compression and deduplication. It will help you and make your life easy to reach the data that you need within the minimum downtime when it's required.
In the VM, we have Live Recovery, Live Mount, and Live Sync.
It is much more scalable and flexible than everything else in the market.
It's the leader in backup and archiving.
We are using a KVM system in our cloud, and this solution works very well with it.
It's very stable.
It's a complete software that can protect all the main applications. Perhaps that's the feature I like most. The integration with the NetApp and other apps is also very nice.
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