Most Helpful Review
A cost-effective backup that needs to improve by allowing for simultaneous monthly and weekly backup jobs
We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:
The solution also provides me with a complete view of our data. I write scripts to report information from the Command Center daily. I report it in HTML and have the status of the last day for the whole environment.
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... It really helps to speed up the backup process for some of our environments.
Its compression and deduplication allow 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 solution’s user interface for managing the on-prem environment is good.
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.
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 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.
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.
The interface is user-friendly and even if our tech isn't onsite, we can work with the owners to confirm that the data will be restored with no issues.
The CDP backup feature is very nice, as it allows you to take backups at high frequencies and with application consistency.
All of the features are fantastic and also the management from Microsoft dealing with multiple machines is great. The whole package is excellent for me.
The product has many valuable features for handling backup needs, including replication, live migration, and incremental disaster recovery.
The ease of use of the solution is its most valuable feature. The interface is also excellent.
This solution is stable.
The initial setup was simple and easy. Anyone without prior experience can install, configure, and use it.
The intuitive interface allows you to set up and perform backups and restores easily.
When you're looking at your dashboard, you can see all your active jobs. You can see exactly if they're successful or failed and you can actually drill down and see what caused the problem. The fact you can see that right away is nice.
There is an option to back up a specific folder from a specific source, not the whole virtual machine.
It backs up our virtual machines with the CBT, Changed Block Tracking.
Because all our servers are hosted on VMware, the VMware backup is the most valuable feature. The integration and backup with VMware are very good.
Their support is great. I think they work 24 hours a day. I get a very quick turnaround time from them no matter the day or time that I send them an email.
It was very difficult to find a product that supports Red Hat Virtualization natively and to take a snapshot of the VM or a full backup or a dump from the machine. The option that Vembu proposed, to take the machine as an image, take it from the system, is also good.
The main difference I see between Vembu and the other solutions we've tried is that with Vembu, you don't need anybody to tell you what to do. Once you have done the installation you just look at the user interface — it's very friendly — and you can do things yourself without resorting to help from anybody.
The scalability is good. It can scale. Adding a new server to a foreign location is easy.
What I need is deeper CLI documentation for both QCommand and SQL queries.
The software is good, but I always have issues with the documentation and, especially, the communication regarding new functionality. Commvault has a new maintenance release every three months, and it's always hard to know exactly what has changed in the software. They have improved a bit on that topic by communicating what has changed, but there is still a lot of room for improvement on that side.
The solution requires constant attention. Commvault is very complex. We are constantly making adjustments and working through hotfixes, updates, and issues.
Suppose I am restoring a particular file. If I want to restore the permissions only from that particular folder, that is not possible. I have to restore all the data for that particular folder. If there was an option to just restore the permissions, that would be better.
We get an alarm if a lot of files are deleted, for example. That could look like ransomware, even if it is not.
It takes a lot of technical expertise to implement. Commvault could increase the training it provides to customers and partners.
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 because of the complexity. If they migrate everything (100 percent of the features), this would make the product be perfect.
Commvault likes to be ahead of the game when it comes to merging with other platforms, but sometimes it's before they have the solution truly baked in. Office 365 is an example. I feel that my company might be a litmus test for their solution, because we have such a large environment. Some of the promised solutions that we received from Commvault were more like testing solutions. They weren't really validated, meaning they were possibilities. There have been a lot of hot fixes for the solution that we're using right now, more than we expected.
The application could include a feature to install a set size of data, such as the ability to store a single application with all its registry information for easy transfer.
To improve Altaro, I would like to see the ability to choose more than one backup location at a time.
If you look into the performance of a virtual machine and you look to the performance of the physical machine, the correlation between these is totally unclear.
Replication is not fast, the GUI could be more user-friendly, and technical support is lacking in Iran.
The scalability of the solution is limited.
The initial set up was complex, and I was not able to do the set up myself.
Availability of physical server backup would be an added advantage.
Migrating the physical through a backup and restore to a virtual environment would be very helpful.
What I would love to see on the dashboard are graphs, per backup job. I want to see the month and the days in it... If a job has failed, when did it actually fail and what percentage of it failed? Did it fail completely, 75 percent or 100 percent or did it only fail partially?
They can work on their cloud solution. In these days, the data becomes too much and you have to back up a lot of data to the site. They could offer cheaper storage to their clients with the cloud, making this a single source of truth solution. In our project, we are using two service providers: One who offers our storage and another who offers the software. If they work on their cloud solution and can offer their clients lower prices for this type of storage, this would be a really good improvement.
The reports are at a basic level and there is room for improvement there. It only has historical reports and VM backup job-level reports.
There are some limitation in Vembu that can be improved. When you take the backup from any server, the full incremental backup is limited. For example, if you run a weekly full backup and monthly backup, they cannot be run at the same time. I should not have to create a new job, but in this scenario, I am creating two jobs. The limitation is created because if I select monthly backup, then I cannot select weekly backup.
I saw that it's not possible to have the last full backup duplicated on our site. Therefore, if I have a lot of information on the main site, I would not want to copy any information to those site servers. It would be nice to be able to make a copy of the last full backup.
They said they can support Red Hat Virtualization and we assumed that they support any compatible system but we found we need to do a network backup or a network image, which is not what it said on their website. I have had many discussions with them about where this component is. Initially, I was searching for a component which would back up Red Hat Virtualization. They said they support this in the same way they support Hyper-V and VMware. I haven't found the feature in their portal or in any of their software. They haven't made a special agent for it, in the way they did for Hyper-V.
There are bugs. For one month, I encountered a big issue where my storage pool could not be identified. My backups were stopped because they were not able to locate the storage pool. So, I removed the settings and started the backups again. The application is not stable. It needs some debugging and testing on the build side of production.
There were issues with the implementation because of incompatibilities between the tool implementation and our current VMware installation. So, it was an implementation issue that doesn't allow me to use it for VMware backup in the manner in which we would want to use it. That wasn't clear from the evaluation stage nor was it clear from the first utilization of it because it worked in the environment that it was being evaluated in. Based on that, we went ahead and made the purchase of the full implementation. At that point, it became clear that there would be limitations in that implementation that could not be overcome without doing upgrades to the production environment.
Pricing and Cost Advice
We work with Commvault and a partner on our environment needs according to capacity, licensing, pricing, components, modules, etc. Additional costs depend on your backup needs.
We have checked some other products, but we are not testing them because price-wise, Commvault is better than the other solutions.
It is cheaper than Veeam.
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 criteria for their pricing. Previously, there was only the capacity modeling based on your content capacity. In this case, they would give you a license and you would have to pay it. Now, most of the environment is virtualized so you can have the best CPU, VMs, etc. You buy whatever you need and pay for what you need.
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 was cheaper.
The complete license gives us options for all the features. Commvault does not license based on storage or the management components. It can integrate with any storage vendor. That means that when we are out of storage and need more, we can integrate without additional licensing. In my opinion, Commvault needs to reduce the licensing cost by 20 to 40 percent to make it cost-efficient.
Commvault licensing is a perpetual license so only the support is being renewed yearly.
There is a bit of cost involved with signing up the entire solution. It's not a cheap solution.
The price is great for the utility you get and the licensing has never caused any issues with my company.
Altaro had the best prices and ROI in the whole bunch that we evaluated.
VMware is a little pricey, but it is a good solution and priced similar to other products.
The pricing is okay,
By implementing the solution at multiple locations, significant cost savings were achieved.
Altaro VM Backup is affordably priced. It is a best value for its price and has almost every feature that an expensive, popular product offers.
It's more affordable than Veeam, so smaller companies can afford to have a solution like this in place, which is very nice.
For our company, the current price of Vembu against Veeam is a few times cheaper. In our infrastructure, if we picked Veeam, we would have to pay about $20,000 per year. Now, we are currently paying about $2,000 per year for Vembu. You can do the math. The price is great.
I deployed Veeam and it worked very well, but the problem was that its price was very high. As a result, I searched for another solution and found Vembu. I deployed it and we have been happy with it. For us, the major difference was the pricing.
Previously, we used Veeam Backup, but we replaced it with Vembu. We switched because Vembu is more cost-effective. So, price was a factor.
With the free version of Vembu, you receive three virtual machine backups. However, if you buy the NetworkBackup Enterprise version, you don't have access to the features seen in the free version. This is a situation that Vembu should solve. This caused a misunderstanding between sales and us. I was hoping if I buy the licenses, then after the trial I would not have to purchase virtual machine licenses. Maybe they should offer these three virtual machine backups as part of the Enterprise license.
For our needs, the price of the backup system is not too much... We checked out Veeam and Acronis but both were very expensive compared to Vembu.
The pricing of Vembu could be better. They have a good product, and I know good products cost money, but they need to find a balance.
This solution helped us deliver an enterprise level data protection solution and reduced our budget by 50 percent. We spent $3,000 on Vembu's licenses where other solutions were almost double.
Questions from the Community
Question: Which software would you recommend for enterprise backup -- Commvault or Veritas Netbackup?
Top Answer: COHESITY beats both.
Top Answer: Veritas doesn't have manual labeling of the tape library via GUI, Commvault somehow created a backup destination other than what I assigned it. Data consistency for the backup for both the software is… more »
Top Answer: The interface is user-friendly and even if our tech isn't onsite, we can work with the owners to confirm that the data will be restored with no issues.
Top Answer: The price is great for the utility you get and the licensing has never caused any issues with my company.
Top Answer: It was very difficult to find a product that supports Red Hat Virtualization natively and to take a snapshot of the VM or a full backup or a dump from the machine. The option that Vembu proposed, to… more »
Top Answer: We have an enterprise license. We found it very simple and straightforward. For our needs, the price of the backup system is not too much. However, the prices are not clear in the portal. Not all the… more »
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