Commvault Valuable Features

Head of Information Technology Group at Ministry of Environmental Protection
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 with our colleagues or with other people, and yet, everything is still in Belgrade, in Serbia. It's not somewhere else on cloud servers. Everything is in our environment. For example, our inspectors exchange data between themselves, so they put everything in one folder and anyone with rights can see it. That is a feature that we use very often. Another important feature is the protection against ransomware. If an employee gets a virus on their computer we will not worry about it, or if their computer is hit by ransomware, their data will be protected in the backup. That feature is very nice. In addition, there is a new feature for GDPR regulations and protecting personal data. We don't use it fully because it's new and we are still experimenting and trying to make things easier for all of us. But we could say, "Okay, this database has some personal data in it so please do extra tracking, ask for more credentials, etc., to be sure that nobody can reach that info unless they're supposed to. That is a very nice feature. The Commvault Command Center is good. Even when I'm not in the office, I can track and see that everything is okay with my system. The Commvault team uses it for protecting our make system and to make it better. They see the health of the system, what features we use often, or not, to help with right-sizing the software. Overall, we like the fact that it's a single platform for everything. We have one console that has everything that we need. We can add or remove users, retire a user, add a new server, or even start a backup by itself. We don't need to go to the client's site to fix something. We can do everything from the console, wherever we are. If we need to restore a client's computer, we don't need to go there. It can be done from a local PC. We have 22 locations in Serbia, so it's not possible to visit all of them in one day. We can do everything from our console. The only requirement is that that computer is on, and we can do everything from one place. And with one click we can start a backup procedure for any server we want. View full review »
Sheron K Brown Sr.
Systems Engineer at PAREXEL International Corporation
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 aware of them to maximize its overall performance. I like that you have complete hooks into and total control of your data. The biggest lesson I've learned is that it doesn't break easily. You can get by with some mistakes. It's pretty intuitive. You're not intimidated that you may do something incorrectly and cause some damage. The data is well-protected. It doesn't age off until it's copied. That's a big feature right there. When you reach the end of your retention, it does not expire until the secondary copy is completed. That allows you to hold onto data that otherwise would have aged off by retention. I like that feature. It's hard to just delete or lose data using the Commvault platform. View full review »
Jean-Christophe Bettinelli
Data Retention & Backup Specialist at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
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 things in different ways. I usually describe it as something very complex, but where you can do everything you want. But the downside of it is that you need to have experienced people to be able to work with that console. You cannot have people who do backups from time-to-time, because they aren't able to work with the old console. That's why they designed the new console which is more user-oriented and more user-friendly. But in our environment, which is quite complex, we still use the old console, which allows us to do everything we want and to back up all our environments with specific settings. We are using it in a multi-tenant environment. We have internal customers, so we can also give them permissions to only see the things they're authorized to see, and they can manage their own stuff if necessary. We use Commvault IntelliSnap a lot. It's a very good product and has the functionality to enable a snapshot of a vendor's storage. We are also able to leverage a storage vendor's snapshot in a very good way with Commvault. It really helps to speed up the backup process for some of our environments. View full review »
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Brijesh Parikh
Senior Architect, Cloud Infrastructure at a tech vendor with 501-1,000 employees
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 SharePoint and OneDrive data. Because all our users mostly store all their data in these locations, it is important for us that we back up all these services. It provides us a good holistic view of everything that we have backed up so far. It also provides us all the recovery points. If we look at an an object that has been backed up, we can tell how many retention copies it has, how far we can go, and recover any data, if needed. View full review »
Filip Hasa
Backup Engineer at a pharma/biotech company with 10,001+ employees
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 haven't seen anything like this in other backup tools like Veritas NetBackup or Dell EMC or TSM. We will use snapshotting for all our machines. Live Sync replicates incremental data to remote locations. If you lose your primary data center, you just enable the replicated machines in your DR location so you don't need to restore data. It's great as a DR solution because it has a lot of capabilities for syncing with a cloud provider. But if you want to keep every in-house, it's great that way as well because the replication is done by incrementals. When it comes to the user interface for managing on-prem, cloud, or multi-cloud environments in one place, it's always better to have everything in one. I myself like multiple consoles, a Java console and an admin console. I only work with the Java console. It's great because it's possible to configure everything from there. But operations has that nice console, and having that one console is better than having multiple consoles. View full review »
Datacenter Manager at a healthcare company with 5,001-10,000 employees
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 very customizable. You can have individual reports going to groups of people or individuals. You can have them go out multiple times a day. It's basically a free-for-all as far as reporting goes. If anybody wants a specific job report every day, you can build it, schedule it, and have it go out and never touched it again. It's pretty nice. Commvault also provides us with a single platform to move, manage, and recover our data across on-premise locations. I've done it multiple times. I've restored files, virtual machines, databases; everything from one location to another location within the United States. I've moved virtual machines, databases, and files between the two. An easier solution than the normal way of moving a server or application is to run a restore to another location. It runs faster and it's encrypted. It provides us with ease of use, instead of using a third-party tool. And I know that everything, all the permissions, all the user access, remains the same no matter where I restore to. View full review »
Sr. Network Analyst at a government with 5,001-10,000 employees
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 and then they restore to the different virtual machine provider, and that works great. View full review »
Mostafa Atrash
Sr. Enterprise Solutions Engineer at CMC
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 backup to and from the cloud. The cloud integration with Commvault is excellent. It can support a lot of cloud vendors, like Amazon, Azure, and Google Cloud Platform. The endpoint protection for PCs, laptops, and mobile devices is a feature that they have done a lot of hard work with. It can do backups anytime, e.g., when you have a device connected from on-premise, when are you connected through the WAN, and if you didn't do the right setup. This is a good feature. If you have cloud applications and payment applications, you can migrate from the payment app to the cloud and also migrate from one cloud to another cloud. There is a lot of flexibility on what you can do in Commvault. In Commvault, they used to use only the CommCell Console for backup and configuration. They have been working on a new console for quite some time now. The last time I installed the solution (maybe last week), I used the Web Console, which is excellent. Commvault can be a bit complex, but on the Web Console, they have done very beautiful work. You can do a lot of things easily and simply with the Web Console. It has 90 percent solved the complexity of Commvault. You sometimes need to log into the complex interface, but almost everything can be done from the web interface. The Command Center is provided from the web interface. You can back up the data for everybody, but also you can give everybody the ability to view and restore their data. For example, if a laptop, machine, or environment is owned by X, then X can look in and see the environment and data that he has backed up. He can see everything that he owns and can manage the environment as he wishes. It gives him an excellent view of his environment and infrastructure. Also, if you are a service provider, you can back up data for multiple companies and give everyone an interface for their environment to manage, backup, and restore data. Commvault has done excellent work in this area. View full review »
Head of Virtualization and Backup Infrastructure at a healthcare company with 5,001-10,000 employees
I've worked with backup software for the last 25 years. I know NetBackup, Tivoli, NetWorker (Legato), DataProtector (Omniback) and Veeam. I have found that I can cover all what we need with Commvault. The solution also provides us with a complete view of our data. I wrote scripts to report information from the Command Center daily.(A bunch of predefined reports are also available). I report them in HTML and have the status of the last day for the whole environment. Using the interface, I have predefined links to open daily or to send to my supervisors so they can see what's happening. They find it easy. View full review »
Data Analyst at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
The multi-tenancy is the most valuable feature for us because it's the only software that is fully multi-tenant and that has all the features we need to provide to all our tenants. It provides us with advanced features for MySQL and Oracle, among other platforms. Many backup solutions have support Oracle backup, but not many have as many features as Commvault for this kind of backup. The user interface for managing multiple environments in one place is okay for our engineers. It has all the needed features, all the needed settings, available in both the old console and the new web console. I think our tenants are also happy with all the available features from the Commvault consoles. View full review »
Syed FasihUr Rahman
Enterprise Solutions Architect at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
The most valuable feature is the backup functionality. This solution is very good for server application backup, backing up laptops, desktops, file shares, etc. The architecture is well suited for it. The highlight of the solution is the licensing. This is a one-window solution where you don't need to purchase different products. If you compare this to Veritas, they have different solutions such as Backup Exec, and NetBackup for servers. In Commvault, it's single product management. The backup appliance makes it very easy for the customer to plan for future growth. The database architecture of Commvault does not require you to have a particular database for different kinds of workloads. For example, the server, desktop, and laptop use a single, global application database. You don't have to create a different database and don't need to expand your backup infrastructure altogether. View full review »
Michel Scheepers
Technical Consultant at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees
The backup and restore activities are valuable and being able to use it in a hybrid space. You can easily back up on-prem and restore to the cloud and vice-versa. The scalability is also good. The solution's interface is easy to use. For manageability, it doesn't matter where the resource is coming from or going to. That's the great power of the Control Panel: It's easy to use and does not matter if you manage on-prem or cloud resources. View full review »
Senior Technical Support Engineer at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
The most important feature is that everything can be controlled using a single console. That is the best feature of Commvault. View full review »
CTO at Greenware Technologies LLC
One of the most valuable features is the encryption which helps save you from ransomware. Because the data is already encrypted, it cannot be encrypted again. The restore performance is better than with any other product. That's why Commvault is number-one in industry reviews. With Command Center, you can view the backup schedules, the running backups, and the data availability. View full review »
Amin Ibrahim
Senior Systems Consultant | Virtualization at eSky IT
Commvault's compatibility matrix is tops. It supports almost any workload and technology our customers have. It provides fast backup and fast restore. The amount of time it takes depends on the size of the restored data, but Commvault has a good feature through which you can add many streams when restoring. That helps us in restoring rapidly. In my opinion, Commvault is one of the fastest solutions when it comes to restoring. I use competitive solutions, such as Veeam and Rubrik, and Commvault is the fastest among them, in both backup and restore. It integrates with many cloud providers, like Azure, AWS, and Google Cloud Platform. Also, all workloads can be integrated with Commvault. If we use a new technology, Commvault integrates with it. Commvault is a data management solution with support for building the DR side of things. With Commvault we can rapidly back up and restore any application we add to our environment. Commvault software can be implemented on any hardware. This helps when we are competing against another backup solution. It helps win customers. The Command Center is good. It has a good dashboard and it's very easy to use. It gives us a view of about 85 percent of the environment, because something like tape configuration and monitoring are needed. In the new version they have added good features and they have worked on improving the documentation. The dashboard provides a good view into any issues so that users can address them. It provides understandable messages when there are errors, telling you where the issue is, and you can research the error code or send it to Commvault for help. View full review »
Backup Administrator at a manufacturing company with 5,001-10,000 employees
We do monitor all the backups using the user interface. It is user-friendly, easy to navigate, and easy to create solutions with it. It is very comfortable. We can do multiple operations at a time. We use Commvault Command Center for backups and restores and for the creation of new clients. We use it for other functionalities as well. In terms of VMware, I can go directly to the Command Center, enter VMware, and I can search it directly. Command Center is very useful and it can be used for more advanced techniques. The cloud support is good. The on-premises cloud is working for us as is traditional cloud. All the clouds we're using are working with Commvault. We have Office365 and Azure. View full review »
Thamer Salah
Senior Presales Consultant at OFFTEC International
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 it easier to reach the data that you need within the minimum downtime when it's required. View full review »
Director of Technology Infrastructure at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees
Its compression/deduplication allows us to store more backups and save storage space. The reporting is great; we are able to obtain critical business reports and infrastructure/usage information very easily. The backup, recovery, and replication of VM workloads in a single platform has reduced backup windows, augmented platform availability, and recovery times. View full review »
Arunesh Rajendran
Sr. IT Administrator at a comms service provider with 201-500 employees
Restores and backups seem very fast. The site setup also seems good. We have only done one or two servers in two locations and it seems fine. This is important for DR, so that if anything happens on one side of the system, at least we have another site that we can make available for our service. The solution’s user interface for managing the on-prem environment is good. View full review »
Mehmet Erdogan
Data Storage and Protection Team Leader at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
The Commvault Console is very good, as it is capable of archive and backup in the same system. This solution is very successful at cross-platform replication. View full review »
Infrastructure Solutions Architect at a computer software company with 5,001-10,000 employees
Commvault software is a single platform where you can enable whatever you want to use, like endpoint protection. You can enable those licenses on a single platform screen. This is where I see the value ad. This is a single management tool. With other products, you need to have different management tools. View full review »
Technical Consultant at Beta Information Technology
* One of the big features is the 10-mega backup for endpoints. Not many backup solutions support that. * Commvault has support for backing up operating systems and servers. * The solution covers Oracle Cloud, on-prem, virtual, and physical. * The support for cloud is good. View full review »
System Administrator at a energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees
For me, it just restores and backs up applications, nothing more. But what I find valuable is restoring the complete server. Restoring files is also valuable, but I like restoring the server because you don't have to rebuild a new one. Also, we are able to manage our on-prem environment from one server, the whole environment from one place, which is great. There is only one place to search. View full review »
Pre-Sales at Arrow ECS Portugal
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. View full review »
Expert System Engineer at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
Archiving and storage are very good. It's the leader in backup and archiving. View full review »
Technical Consultant at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
In the VM, we have Live Recovery, Live Mount, and Live Sync. View full review »
Learn what your peers think about Commvault. Get advice and tips from experienced pros sharing their opinions. Updated: April 2020.
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