Compare Azure Backup vs. NetApp SnapCenter

Azure Backup is ranked 23rd in Backup and Recovery Software with 6 reviews while NetApp SnapCenter is ranked 9th in Backup and Recovery Software with 21 reviews. Azure Backup is rated 7.8, while NetApp SnapCenter is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of Azure Backup writes "Secure, good connectivity, easy to scale, and gives our clients peace of mind". On the other hand, the top reviewer of NetApp SnapCenter writes "Takes minutes for it to completely rebuild and restore a VM". Azure Backup is most compared with Commvault, Veeam Backup & Replication and Veritas NetBackup, whereas NetApp SnapCenter is most compared with Veeam Backup & Replication, Commvault and Cohesity. See our Azure Backup vs. NetApp SnapCenter report.
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The most important feature is that everything can be controlled using a single console.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.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.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.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.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 platformsThe 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.We are using a KVM system in our cloud, and this solution works very well with it.

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It's very simple to configure which is very useful. It's not complex to configure it.The fact that Azure Backup is integrated is one of its biggest advantages.One of the most valuable features is security and connectivity to the data.The backup features are very useful.The storage backup is very efficient.This solution allows me to restore either the VM or the data, depending on what is needed.

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It's very helpful because SnapCenter is already integrated with VMware Snapshot, so it's very easy to use.We have been very satisfied with the technical support's help. Their knowledge level is great. For a noncritical question, they will get back to us within a day.The main advantage is its fast backup and restore.A feature that stands out is cloning databases. If you have a SQL database and it's huge, like one terabyte, the classical SQL way would be to do a backup-restore to create a clone of your database for test purposes. With SnapCenter now, we can clone a database but through the Snapshot technology, which means if you right-click and you click Clone, the one terabyte database is there instantly.The backup process finishes very quickly.It has very fast backup and can handle a huge amount of data. It also enables really fast recovery.The most valuable feature is the RBAC, the Role-Based Access Control. In our managed service, we can have different layers of security.Restoring and cloning are easy to do.

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I would like them not to push Command Center. It is good, but I would like them to enable all the features for the Java console. Some things are not in the Java console, like Office 365 agents. In fact, they are there, but one of the engineers had to show me how to configure it. It's not done the same as in the Command Center.It does not have an easy deployment. The deployment is not something that just anybody can go in and deploy.The solution's breadth and depth of cloud support are good, but could be better. Some cloud features that are common-sense, especially on AWS, are not completely integrated yet in the product. They are a work-in-progress.Command Center definitely gives us a complete view of our data. But finding some of the granular, very small items that we sometimes have to find, such as auxiliary copies for tapes, I still find that it's easier to navigate and, sometimes, only possible to find them using the CommCell tool.Just to keep it running is time-consuming. There are five people on my team. Commvault was supposed to be one of the less time-consuming solutions, but in reality it takes 60 percent of our time just to keep it running, and that's not even fine-tuning it; that's just to keep it running.There is room for improvement in its user interface and web console, called Command Center. They are improving it every year so if they continue in that direction, I think it will be a very reliable console.They can always improve the interface design to make it easier. Sometimes, you need to click two or three times to do something. They should look at what tabs are used most and make them more accessible, to cut the time it takes to get to that information.This solution can be complex and difficult to administer because it supports all of the many platforms, so it would help if they could simplify it.

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To make it a ten, it should have the ability to extend the retention and to perform a copy of the data outside of the subscription - with no additional costs.In the next release, I would like to see the ability to back up to different cloud providers.We would like to see some kind of notification given to the user that a file was not synchronized well or what may have happened.The solution is still in its infancy; it's not a mature product yet.The support for Office365 backup is atrocious and is something that has to be improved.The user interface is a little bit confusing and it could be better.

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I have an issue with SnapCenter because sometimes a VM cannot be backed up... The way SnapCenter works is that it makes a backup of all the VMs and then it removes all the old backups. If one VM cannot be backed up for some reason, it has already created a new backup for all the VMs but it cannot remove the old backups. It ends up creating so many backups in VMware and it will cause a performance problem if the condition is not fixed.Some of the minor functionalities from SnapManager did not transfer over to SnapCenter. These should be added in future releases.The Microsoft environment is its biggest disadvantage due to the central management of all the actions. Because the SnapCenter server is where we deploy everything, it also affects the Microsoft environment, which can cause many difficulties when resolving issues like Windows update problems.I feel a little bit that during the whole process of putting this software into production we were like a beta program. It was full of bugs... For example, we had a problem with truncating our Exchange log files... It has improved over time.The GUI is still so-so. I' don't use the GUI that often anymore because it's really slow, refreshing disks, refreshing hosts, and you have to click a lot.Groups might be helpful for each site or data center so that we know a given data center has these resources while another data center has those resources. It's not always easy to group hosts by type.Reporting of the jobs could be better.I'm waiting for SnapCenter for hybrid solutions. Right now, we only have SnapManager for hybrid. I need agents for that. People are looking to install SnapCenter in a SQL environment, but where they're running SQL on Hyper-V and using virtual files. Currently, we don't have support for hybrid.

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Pricing and Cost Advice
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.Our cost is around $20,000 per month. The previous year, it was around $30,000 per month. It now costs less because Commvault changed the licensing type for providers.Our yearly cost is around €20,000... The cost is based on the number of users and the amount of data. They sell it per terabyte.The price could perhaps be lower as well.In my experience, compared to solutions like Veritas and Veeam, while they do have their technical pluses and minuses, Commvault can save you on average forty percent initially, and then twenty to twenty-five percent annually.Compared to other competitors and vendors the pricing is fair.

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Support payment works by the level of partnership and the number of shares.The pricing of this solution is good, and it is one of the easiest things that you can sell Azure with.The pricing of this solution is ok, but I'm expecting that the price will decrease in the future.

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The licensing is well-designed because it's already included in some packages with NetApp storage. Therefore, for most customers, it's okay as the SnapCenter license is already included in some NetApp bundles.Pricing is very good because if you already have NepApp controllers, then it's included.It comes free with the amount of equipment we purchase from NetApp. In terms of pricing, zero is my favorite number.The license for SnapCenter was included with the storage array.We have a site license, so it comes with the product.We see a financial value with SnapCenter because we don't have to license Commvault, which is pretty expensive.It's free. The license is included with other NetApp products.

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Overview

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.

Data is the heart of any organization and backing up this data is a key part of a business strategy. Azure Backup is a scalable solution with zero capital investment and minimal operational expense. With the optional integration with System Center Data Protection Manager, you can protect advanced workloads running in your datacenter in VMs or on physical servers.

Unified, scalable platform for application-consistent data protection and clone management. This software simplifies backup, restore, and clone lifecycle management with application-integrated workflows.

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Aberdeenshire Council, Acxiom, BAM Group Ireland, Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta, CI Investments, Clifford Chance, Alliant Credit Union, American Municipal Power, American Pacific Mortgage, AstraZeneca, Dongbu Steel, Denver Health, Dow Jones, Emirates Steel, Penn State Health, Prime Healthcare, Sonic Healthcare, Sony Network Communications, TiVO, UCONN Health, The Weitz CompanyRussell Reynolds Associates, Somerset County Council, Kardem, PCL ConstructionAll for One Steeb AG, Accenture
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Wholesaler/Distributor15%
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Government15%
Energy/Utilities Company8%
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Software R&D Company41%
Comms Service Provider11%
Government7%
Media Company6%
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Software R&D Company52%
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Aerospace/Defense Firm9%
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Software R&D Company42%
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Healthcare Company6%
Government5%
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Small Business29%
Midsize Enterprise36%
Large Enterprise36%
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