NetApp SnapCenter vs. Veritas NetBackup

NetApp SnapCenter is ranked 19th in Backup and Recovery Software with 20 reviews vs Veritas NetBackup which is ranked 7th in Backup and Recovery Software with 14 reviews. The top reviewer of NetApp SnapCenter writes "Takes minutes for it to completely rebuild and restore a VM". The top reviewer of Veritas NetBackup writes "Valuable features include SLPs for replication, duplication control, and AIR". NetApp SnapCenter is most compared with Veeam Backup & Replication, Commvault and Veritas NetBackup. Veritas NetBackup is most compared with Commvault, Veritas Backup Exec and Rubrik. See our NetApp SnapCenter vs. Veritas NetBackup report.
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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.Being able to add everything in as resource groups is a valuable feature... Having all the SQL servers put into specific buckets, based on their year of release - 2008, 2012, 2014 - allows us to get almost immediate backups that are easily seen and reported on.

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It saves time for the backup needs of our organization.The most valuable feature is that it is basically a replica of our SAND data. We archive the SAND data for recovery, if there is an issue on the fence.It is essential. We can't do without it.Its most valuable features are flexibility and reliability.Logs are very easy to read, parse, and use for diagnostics.Ease of installing, configuring, upgrading, and troubleshooting.AIR and duplication, overall management and troubleshooting.DLO: Client for laptops.

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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.The documentation could be a little bit better so that we could handle more of the troubleshooting ourselves, rather than having to go through support.

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The interface should be improved.I ´╗┐would advise not to use this tool. I think between the licensing issues and the older solution mentality it is not a great solution.Some of the hardware is out of support.It needs support for Kernel-based Virtual Machines (KVMs).The product is not able to keep up with other competitors in the market.I have been involved in upgrades. They have not been straightforward. Some of them have required us to make changes to our architecture and production environment.The restore tool is not friendly to newcomers.There have been issues with performance and some features.

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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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The licensing model is cost-prohibitive as you scale out.Acceptable if you need to implement it for larger environments, e.g. over 1000 clients. For smaller setups it might be too expensive.Pricing is pretty costly as compared to the other products but worth investing for the long term and high ROI.The software and license are very expensive.If you have a complex environment with dozens of different servers and apps, I recommend you look for TB licensing.So far I can only say that the license structure could be looked at to be aligned as either capacity-based or traditional.Smaller virtualized environments will want to stick to a traditional licensing model if possible. It will likely be cheaper, but it is a pain to manage all the individual licenses for each client.Licensing was very expensive and did not scale well if needed to move between license models.

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All for One Steeb AG, AccentureBeta Offshore
Top Industries
Healthcare Company22%
Pharma/Biotech Company22%
Aerospace/Defense Firm11%
Financial Services Firm22%
Comms Service Provider22%
Energy/Utilities Company11%
Pharma/Biotech Company11%
Financial Services Firm13%
Insurance Company12%
Comms Service Provider11%
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