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"One nice feature with Backup Exec is mainly that disaster can happen to any server and the disk image can be destroyed very easily. It's also easy to fully email the backup image and restore the server.""This solution works well and has good integration with technologies such as VMware and Hyper-V.""The most valuable feature is the ability to back up IBM Power virtual servers.""The dashboard was good. I loved to see the maintenance dashboard every time I logged on. That was my first screen because it always gave me a reminder of how many days before my next renewal.""The most valuable feature is the user-friendly interface.""The interface, dashboard, and pricing are all perfect.""The interface for this solution is excellent, and it is easy to restore files compared to other solutions.""The solution is very scalable. Whenever we grew, it was just a matter of adding new licenses, so it's easy to grow."

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"This is the best solution that I know of.""We were evaluating other products and getting confused between Commvault and Veritas NetBackup. The one reason that we started with Veritas NetBackup is the pricing of the license. There's no other reason from a technical perspective or even operation or capability of the two software. The main reason we chose Veritas NetBackup was that in our use case it is more cost-effective.""Veritas NetBackup Automatic Image Replication and CloudCatalyst features allow me to replicate deduped backup images from one site to a remote site, as well as duplicating deduped images to the Cloud (i.e. AWS S3, etc.)""The reporting is very good, with all of the details highlighted and very clear.""The most valuable features are the VMware VADP backups and the support for data domains.""The VM portal and the CloudCatalyst are two of the solution's most valuable features.""Good graphical user interface. It's easy to create policies and to do installs.""The solution offers very good storage efficiency, so there's excellent compression and deduplication within the product that our clients really appreciate."

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"Veritas Backup Exec should be more user-friendly. The costs should also be much lower and it should be easier to go through the disaster recovery process.""This solution does not support image-level backup of a physical server.""Compared to other vendors, there are features that you will find not included in Veritas.""The cost is quite high. Along with the general costs, the supposed agents that you have to buy for the various options that you want to use ends up driving the costs higher as well.""There are some issues with the Backup Exec Library and the random picking of tapes.""Better integration with non-Microsoft products would be an improvement.""I would like to be able to create a restore task that can be scheduled so that the same restore action will be performed automatically.""In terms of improvements, I think the pricing model could be improved. They charge you by port, for every port that you have even if you're not using all of them."

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"Endpoint backup capability is needed.""Improvements can be made to the service by providing better and more competitive ratios on data backups. The functionality for backups is there with Veritas, but I would like to see them optimize and enhance this feature more.""This product would be improved with the inclusion of a Sandbox feature like Veeam Sandbox.""This solution would benefit from a more friendly, web-based interface.""In terms of improvement, it's very difficult to make it work with multiple business units. Its security model is too constricted.""It would be helpful, in future releases, if the solution could add WORM (Write Once Read Many) support right within the product.""Lacks a reporting feature.""It would be extremely helpful if the solution offered near-zero recovery time for SQL."

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"Veritas licensing is somewhat expensive. They have to decrease the price.""We are satisfied with the price of this solution.""It's a good price for the product.""The price of this solution is a bit high.""There is an evaluation license available to test this solution.""It is a mid-range solution on the pricing scale.""Its price is reasonable.""This product is priced for smaller customers."

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"This is an affordable solution""Veritas Netbackup offers affordable licensing.""We are very satisfied with the price of this solution.""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.""It's expensive when comparing to other solutions on the market.""My licensing model is based on capacity so as we grow, the price we pay increases and it becomes too expensive.""Licensing fees are charged based on the number of CPU cores.""We are happy with the pricing that we have, but it's expensive."

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Mark Powers
author avatarAmin Anwar

Both solutions are perfect and great names in data protection.

If you have a small or medium setup then go with Backup Exec and if you have a big setup with the latest workload then go with Net Backup. You can get a TB license for all servers which you want to protect.

author avatarCLGZ
Real User

Veritas NetBackup is a more robust solution supporting more environments than Backups Exec. There are different pricing models with NetBackup. ie. Per Storage (TB), Media Server or Servers. It is better to reach a Software Vendor who can guide you and quote a solution that meets your requirements. The company that I work for started with Backup Exec then moved to NetBackup. If your environment is more virtual than physical you should also consider Veeam or Rubrik.

author avatarBckupdataad67 (Backup and Database Administrator at a energy/utilities company with 201-500 employees)
Real User

The proper question is not Backupexec or Netbackup but what kind of protection you want to have?

We had backup exec for more than 4 years and I can assure you, as a backup administrator, that I had some really hard days related to the proper coverage of servers, applications, and data. Netbackup is the proper choice if you want a serious protection infrastructure but you have to consider the following key facts:
-What type of environment do you want to protect?
Netbackup works perfectly with VMWare and with mixed environments. I'm not saying that it will not work with other providers but the integration with VMware is one of the greatest pros of this product.

-Is the backup time window enough to cover all your resources?
With Backupexec I was struggling to have all backup jobs complete in a time frame of 13 hours. With Netbackup and especially in conjunction with their Appliances I was able to add more and more jobs for the very same time frame.

-What is your frontend volume?
With Netbackup the best solution is to have a Frontend Capacity license. With this license type, there's no need to buy extra licenses for SQL, SharePoint, Exchange, Oracle, etc. It's an all-inclusive license. Furthermore, with the new version 8.2 you don't even have to install agents on servers! The prices may vary but I guess for i.e 20TB capacity the price will be somewhere between 80000 to 100000 euros (1-year maintenance included and assuming a feasible discount). You don't have to pay for an appliance but if you afford it it's highly recommended in order to achieve the best performance and other technologies (i.e AIR, deduplication ratio, etc).

I don't really know what is the current status of Backupexec in terms of version, prices, features etc. As a product it's absolutely not comparable to Netbackup On the other hand we have left it behind for good.

author avatarRalph Kuehn
Real User

We have just recently migrated our backups off of Netbackup due to the cost.

I do not remember the licensing, but the whole product was getting too expensive for not only the product but for the management of the product. We had 6 different pieces in the environment due to some configuration designs.

So we have moved to a product that we pay so much for the hardware and then a license for the amount of data we ingest through that product. It is one environment management that can handle a large amount of Data Protection.

author avatarPawel Augustyn
Real User

- For Veritas Backup Exec: Licenses are per client that you want to backup and depends on if it's only an agent for the system or for an application.
- For VMware, the license is per VMware host.-

author avatarDipendra Bhandari

Actually, I am a technical person so I look only at the technical part rather than the sales part. So I don't know what the prices are for Veritas appliances and software licenses. But the licences of NetBackup are available on both storage and per virtual machine-based.

author avatarRalph Kuehn
Real User

We recently migrated off of NetBackup to Avamar using a Data Domain for storage. Since we already had the Data Domain it made sense.

author avatarMark Powers

What did you move to?

Questions from the Community
Top Answer: - For Veritas Backup Exec: Licenses are per client that you want to backup and depends on if it's only an agent for the system or for an application. - For VMware, the license is per VMware host.-
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Backup Exec, Symantec Backup Exec

Backup Exec delivers powerful, flexible, and easy-to-use backup and recovery to protect your entire infrastructure whether built upon virtual, physical, or a combination of both. Backup Exec is licensed per media server, agent and option.

NetBackup reduces the staggering complexity of enterprise data protection, outpaces the relentless growth of the data center, and increases the agility IT needs to transform from traditional cost center to service-oriented business enabler. Enterprises trust Symantec.

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Manufacturing Company16%
Financial Services Firm16%
Energy/Utilities Company11%
Computer Software Company26%
Comms Service Provider23%
Media Company5%
Comms Service Provider22%
Financial Services Firm19%
Insurance Company11%
Computer Software Company36%
Comms Service Provider20%
Financial Services Firm5%
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Midsize Enterprise11%
Large Enterprise43%
Small Business21%
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Large Enterprise60%
Small Business21%
Midsize Enterprise8%
Large Enterprise72%
Find out what your peers are saying about Veritas Backup Exec vs. Veritas NetBackup and other solutions. Updated: January 2021.
456,249 professionals have used our research since 2012.

Veritas Backup Exec is ranked 8th in Backup and Recovery Software with 21 reviews while Veritas NetBackup is ranked 11th in Backup and Recovery Software with 25 reviews. Veritas Backup Exec is rated 8.4, while Veritas NetBackup is rated 7.6. The top reviewer of Veritas Backup Exec writes "Excellent backup capabilities with good technical support and a fairly easy initial setup". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Veritas NetBackup writes "Very good VM portal and the CloudCatalyst but needs disaster recovery capabilities". Veritas Backup Exec is most compared with Veeam Backup & Replication, Acronis Backup, Veritas System Recovery, Commvault and Arcserve UDP, whereas Veritas NetBackup is most compared with Commvault, Veeam Backup & Replication, Cohesity DataProtect, Rubrik and Azure Backup. See our Veritas Backup Exec vs. Veritas NetBackup report.

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