Compare Commvault vs. Veritas NetBackup

Commvault is ranked 2nd in Backup and Recovery Software with 27 reviews while Veritas NetBackup is ranked 11th in Backup and Recovery Software with 18 reviews. Commvault is rated 8.8, while Veritas NetBackup is rated 7.4. The top reviewer of Commvault writes "Enables me to work on other things because I know the system is handling backups by itself". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Veritas NetBackup writes "Very good VM portal and the CloudCatalyst but needs disaster recovery capabilities". Commvault is most compared with Veeam Backup & Replication, Rubrik, Cohesity DataProtect, Dell EMC PowerProtect DD (Data Domain) and IBM Spectrum Protect, whereas Veritas NetBackup is most compared with Veritas Backup Exec, Veeam Backup & Replication, Cohesity DataProtect, Rubrik and IBM Spectrum Protect. See our Commvault vs. Veritas NetBackup report.
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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.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.

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NetBackup is very easy for end-users.The most valuable feature is its stability.The most valuable feature is the disaster recovery functionality.The solution offers a lot of really great features that organizations can utilize and take advantage of.The most valuable feature is the trouble-free operation, as we have not had many problems with it.The solution offers very good storage efficiency, so there's excellent compression and deduplication within the product that our clients really appreciate.Good graphical user interface. It's easy to create policies and to do installs.The VM portal and the CloudCatalyst are two of the solution's most valuable features.

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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.They don't market their products well. They don't do a lot of marketing to enable them to move forward.

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The biggest problem with NetBackup is licensing.The SQL Server backup features are not up to date.The support for new technologies is limited.The only pain point we have with this solution is the cost. It's very expensive. In fact, it's so expensive we are looking for other platforms. We want to move away from it in order to save our organization costs.The speed of restoring data could be improved.It would be extremely helpful if the solution offered near-zero recovery time for SQL.Lacks a reporting feature.It would be helpful, in future releases, if the solution could add WORM (Write Once Read Many) support right within the product.

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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.

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Licensing fees are charged based on the number of CPU cores.My licensing model is based on capacity so as we grow, the price we pay increases and it becomes too expensive.It's expensive when comparing to other solutions on the market.If you have a source size of one terabyte then they will charge for a one terabyte license, although what is actually being stored is much less.We are very satisfied with the price of this solution.Veritas Netbackup offers affordable licensing.This is an affordable solutionThe licensing model is cost-prohibitive as you scale out.

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author avatarSashin Karmacharya
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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 good, I have successfully tested and recovered data from VM consistent backup and app consistent backup using both the software.

There is no decisive factor, trying all of them and finding the most suitable one for your data center would be a viable decision.

author avatarMatthewMagbee
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Both have their place. I am not telling you which one is the best for you-- as I am not familiar with your infrastructure. I can, however, tell you that Commvault is the best and only choice for us.

Their reporting and granular features are far superior to the current options from Veritas. The methods and detail that goes into constructing your backup environment with Commvault will reflect not only your results- but the pride you take and the confidence you receive knowing that you made this choice. I have used both solutions and can speak methodically and accurately about both companies and their offerings.

SAN backups are more fluid and available with Commvault. Your VM environment will be impeded much less performance-wise snapping from the SAN level. Commvault does this -- perfectly. I will say that veritas is fiscally an easier choice as their ROI seems to be shorter than Commvault. But in the long run, it evens out. In the beginning - the amount of work and tasks required to complete your Commvault setup is far greater. But you will have a more rounded solution with more options for retention and proper data aging. I could go on. If you would like to know more let me know.

Again, I don't know your environment or what is required for retention. Backing up your business is one of the most important things you can do. And both offerings provide that. So either choice would be a good choice.

author avatarReda Hassan
Real User

Kindly be informed that I have experience with NetBackup which I recommend and see that it is the best solution.

author avatarJules Trono
User

In evaluating the two you need to take into account functional requirements, flexibility, simplicity, cost of deployment and cost of management. The magnitude of your environment, and how fast you are going to grow, should also be considered. Some solutions are designed for large enterprises and the cost associated may be worth it. You will also need to take into account how much your team can handle, and what you may need to outsource to a managed service provider. Find the value-added partners in your area and ask them to provide you with information you need to make the decision. Don't forget to ask them to sign NDA's.

https://www.commvault.com/partners/find
https://partnernet.veritas.com/portal/faces/PartnerLocator

Here are a few of the things you'll want to keep in mind while evaluating a solution:
- Does the solution support all of your applications? Gather as much information as you can about the number of servers and virtual servers, and the applications you are running, both on-premise and in the cloud.
- Do you have any cloud or data center hosted applications that also need backup services?
- Do you have any regulatory requirements that affect how your data is handled? (SEC, GDPR, HIPPA, etc)
- Will your backup be a full backup, or will each backup be incremental to the one before?
- How often can you set up a backup, and will it impact operations?
- How many backups do you need, and what space will that consume?
- How is data mapping handled?
- How does recovery work?
- How long will it take to restore?
- Does your backup solution have a backup?
- How are upgrades handled?
- Do upgrades affect previous backups or the restore process?
- What premise and cloud solution options are available?
- What happens when you grow? Will getting the next bigger solution be an easy transition or a complicated project?
- What is the impact on your staff for either premise or cloud solutions?
- How can you validate the backups for either premise or cloud solutions?

author avatarVladanKojanic
Real User

It's hard to tell the first ball that is the difference between the two systems. It is best to do a little research, read customer experiences, or look at your real needs.

We didn't use Veritas backup, we did some other vendors, but we still decided on Commvault because of some of the functionalities that are important to us and that give us the ability to expand the system. It may be best to tell us what your needs are, whether on-premise is the solution, or do you need a cloud solution. What I think the biggest difference is that with the CV solution you have the ability to control the whole system (SQL, end user, File Servers, VM, etc) from one place. Also, end users can do most of the things themselves, without hiring an admin.

author avatarFrancoisLepage
Real User

Commvault is more complete and more efficient.

I would recommend Commvault.

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