We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:
"Instant volume mount and the SpanFS filesystem itself, which has great dedupe and compression across all of our backups."
"It makes our administrators' lives much easier to combine backup, archiving, and services like hosting file shares in one central system with only one user interface."
"The most valuable feature is ease of use."
"The most valuable features are the rapid VM restores and the ability to quickly find files and download them directly to my desktop so that I can put them where I need them to be."
"The restores are easy to do and have made it so that we can incorporate restores into our troubleshooting processes."
"After linking a cloud subscription, like Azure for example (AWS and Google are also supported), you can "spin" a VM onto the cloud from any backup snapshot."
"Cohesity is extremely easy to use and intuitive."
"The product is easy to put in place. All backups are done very quickly. It's easy to perform restores. What I prefer in the product is its simplicity. There are no useless settings to define, and everything is ready after the initial setup."
"The initial setup is straightforward if you understand Data Protector."
"Data Protector is very good at automation. From the time of the backup, verification, and copy to tape, it is very good. I don't need to touch it, it will do it by itself."
"Integration with HP storage is a very strong point for Micro Focus Data Protector. It is the best solution for general operations like backup and restore. Zero downtime backup (ZDB) is one very important feature, which is basically the integration with the storage array. It is a very strong feature. We're using storage with snapshots with this integration."
"The most valuable feature is the capability to back up our SQL server."
"Deduplication implementation with CAPA is very good."
"The stability of the product seems to be quite good."
"It is a traditional backup model. If you talk about file server and the official Windows database, it's a stable product."
"What I like the most about this solution is that I can change and access the Oracle backup file."
"Reporting is one area that isn't as robust as it could be."
"I would like to see Microsoft Exchange DAG supported as soon as possible."
"There is limited support for legacy systems, which is something that could be improved."
"The error handling could be improved."
"We would love to see direct compatibility with HPE Simplivity, which we also leverage."
"The GUI is in need of improvement."
"We have Oracle databases running on Linux servers in our environment and we have found the Oracle backups were quite complex to setup."
"Cohesity cluster upgrades have not been as easy as a single button click. They are a manual process that requires upgrading each node into a cluster individually."
"I don't like this solution so much because it's very technical and compared to Commvault and Veeam, it's not so user-friendly. The interface needs improvement."
"If you compare the solution with the same specific features and enhancements on another solution, Data Protector is expensive. This is especially true when compared to, for example, Veeam."
"In general, you can say that Micro Focus Data Protector is behind in capabilities when compared with other backup solutions, such as Commvault, Symantec, NetBackup, but it is very strong for certain use cases such as array integration. We are using it in production even now. There should be some kind of cloud integration and archiving solutions. I think this is the area they need to focus on."
"The interface has been the same for many years and needs to be updated"
"VMware backup integration and cloud recovery is lacking."
"Other tools seem to be easier to use."
"Micro Focus Data Protector must improve its overall evolution record. They need to focus on hardware based instant recovery, client recovery, and cloud ability. Now there is no cloud ability."
"I would like to see a better user interface in the next release."
"We purchased support from Cohesity to ensure that should we face an issue, we don't have to deal with different service providers."
"With respect to pricing, make sure that you look at both Rubrik and Cohesity as they are very similar and are quite competitive."
"I expect the system to probably pay off within the first two years."
"Sizing is important and it is easy to overestimate."
"Pricing, setup costs, etc. are pretty typical. The initial cost for Cohesity was less than other products the we evaluated. Cohesity's pricing does offer benefits as DR target costs are less than other solutions. You are not charged for DataProtect licensing for target DR data consumption."
"The pricing model is impressive and very effective."
"My advice is to always negotiate for better pricing."
"The pricing is around $3,000 to $5,000. The charge additionally for support and to scale."
"The solution requires paying for a license."
"Our licensing is on a capacity basis."
Distributed scale-out platform: Replace individual storage appliances with a web-scale platform. Ensure high-availability, pay as you grow by scaling performance and capacity linearly, and eliminate expensive forklift upgrades.
Hyperconverged nodes: Bring compute to your data instead of moving copies of data to the compute. Run secondary data workflows including data protection, test / dev and analytics directly on the Cohesity platform. Accelerate IO performance with SSD caching.
Support for backups, files and test / dev copies: Consolidate your secondary data on the Cohesity platform with support for NFS and SMB interfaces. Consolidate backups, files, and test / dev copies.
Built on a unified architecture that leverages analytics and automation, Micro Focus Data Protector delivers comprehensive data protection, real-time intelligence, and guided optimization to ensure simple, reliable, intelligent and cost-effective backup and recovery that is just as agile as your current and future IT environments. By standardizing the backup and recovery of information spread across locations, applications, formats, storage platforms, operating systems, and hypervisors, Data Protector provides assurance for mission critical information from the core to the edge, across physical, virtual, and cloud infrastructures.
Cohesity DataProtect is ranked 5th in Backup and Recovery Software with 21 reviews while Micro Focus Data Protector is ranked 29th in Backup and Recovery Software with 10 reviews. Cohesity DataProtect is rated 9.4, while Micro Focus Data Protector is rated 6.8. The top reviewer of Cohesity DataProtect writes "Simplifies data protection by eliminating legacy backup silos". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Micro Focus Data Protector writes "Great automation and very good data deduplication but lacks good reporting". Cohesity DataProtect is most compared with Rubrik, Veeam Backup & Replication, Commvault, Dell EMC PowerProtect DD (Data Domain) and Veritas NetBackup, whereas Micro Focus Data Protector is most compared with Veeam Backup & Replication, Commvault, Veritas NetBackup, HPE StoreOnce and Dell EMC PowerProtect DD (Data Domain). See our Cohesity DataProtect vs. Micro Focus Data Protector report.
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