Most Helpful Review
We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:
We are using a KVM system in our cloud, and this solution works very well with it.
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.
It's very stable.
It's the leader in backup and archiving.
It is much more scalable and flexible than everything else in the market.
In the VM, we have Live Recovery, Live Mount, and Live Sync.
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.
It's an enterprise product. It's a stable product. We have good support. Almost all databases are in the scope.
The most valuable feature is ease of use.
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.
Instant volume mount and the SpanFS filesystem itself, which has great dedupe and compression across all of our backups.
This solution is easy to manage.
It has a lightning fast restore.
The spin-up of a VM within a test environment for backup testing along with quick restores.
It's completely reliable and easy to restore.
Cohesity is a cost-effective storage designed for secondary or archival data. It also integrates well with a number of other systems, like VMware, Pure Storage, or AWS with its large array of APIs available to the user.
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.
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.
I think the one thing that could be improved is the customer experience. The interface should be more user friendly.
The back of virtual machines needs improvement. I know they're working on it. They're always doing new things but I think they still have a little bit more to do.
Its competitor, Veeam, includes backup and replication in the same product. I don't know if Commvault has it or not, but they should if they don't.
Support for this product needs to be improved because I have seen a couple of cases where it is taking more than the required time to solve issues.
We previously had difficulty with the support being foreign.
The setup is not that straightforward or easy. Even the documentation is not generic or public like other products. You have to be a partner or you have to have a specific account and download it from the vendor themselves.
You need quite a lot of human resources to maintain a Commvault environment, to keep it operational. Also, it would be nice to if there were an easier way set up some Commvault components.
There is limited support for legacy systems, which is something that could be improved.
I would like to see Microsoft Exchange DAG supported as soon as possible.
Reporting is one area that isn't as robust as it could be.
This solution is only compatible with a limited number of storage arrays, including Pure and Cisco Hyperflex.
Microsoft Exchange online mailbox backups would be fantastic.
Since it is an evolving product, there are lot of frequent releases which require upgrades to be done every other weekend.
The support team could do a better job. Sometimes finding the correct person is cumbersome and time consuming.
Physical RDMs on virtual machines could be a bit easier to configure and plan out.
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.
Pricing and Cost Advice
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.
We purchased support from Cohesity to ensure that should we face an issue, we don't have to deal with different service providers.
Ensure that you understand the per TB licensing model. Also, Exchange backups are not native to Cohesity and require Kroll.
Cohesity came in at the best price.
Cohesity came in at the best price. Setup was included and done in half a day.
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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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.
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.
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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