Micro Focus Data Protector Reviews

Micro Focus Data Protector is the #24 ranked solution of our top Backup and Recovery Software tools. It's rated 3.7 out of 5 stars, and is most commonly compared to Veeam Backup & Replication - Micro Focus Data Protector vs Veeam Backup & Replication

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Arnel Damasin
Real User
Datacenter Engineer at Al Ittefaq Steel Products Company
Jun 26 2020

What is most valuable?

On the interface level of managing the backup, especially the history of the files that we are backing up, Data Protector is pretty good. Implementation is pretty easy, depending on the number of… more »

What needs improvement?

It's annoying that you actually have to pay for the deduplication feature in order to use it. Starting at around 2010, they haven't really changed their interface or added many new features. The… more »

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Recently, we've seen a huge improvement in the licensing team. They're now phenomenal.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We have had backup solutions before, with another vendor, before we started with this solution in 2007

What other advice do I have?

We have a service level agreement with Micro Focus. I cannot say that Data Protector is the perfect tool for my aim. Data Protector is losing to the competition day by day due to the fact that there… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I've also looked at Veem and have downloaded both solutions for free.
Ola Zaher
Real User
Infrastructure Section Head at citystars Properties
Aug 07 2019

What is most valuable?

The feature that was most valuable was that we could restore one mailbox and we could do different backups for different databases.

What needs improvement?

I'm sure Data Protector has improved because we have an old version and I think the new versions have many new features but I'm not familiar with them. The version we are using now does not work with virtual machines and it lacks many… more »

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The licensing cost was not annual. We didn't pay any license. We paid when we deployed and we didn't pay for anything after that. There were no additional fees after the initial payment.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

Before this solution, we were using a Linux platform and we were using an open-source program, I don't remember the name. We switched from Linux to Microsoft.

What other advice do I have?

The solution is very stable, it was very helpful. We are confident that when we do a backup, we are sure that we can restore it which is very valuable. It's very reliable and we are confident when doing a backup, we could restore it. I… more »
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Zied Chelbi
Real User
Project Engineer at Tunelec
Aug 08 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature for me is the duplication. With Micro Focus, which works with the HP hardware, you don't need to use interfaces. With other solutions like Backup Exec, etc., you have to run an additional API in the background. It impacts your systems. It's not the same when you are using… more »

What needs improvement?

The solution would be improved if it would work with OpenStack. People prefer Veeam because the interface is easier, and Data Protector is difficult in comparison. Data Protector is beginning to integrate virtual machines. Customers, however, find it more comfortable to work on a virtual machine… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I didn't previously use a different solution.

What other advice do I have?

We essentially handle enterprise solutions. We work with enterprises that have their own cloud and machines to back up their systems. I would rate this solution ten out of ten. If you are an enterprise, and you need a strong backup solution, Micro Focus is for you. For me, it's the best.
Aamir Majeed
Real User
Storage / Backup Administrator at a pharma/biotech company with 10,001+ employees
Aug 11 2020

What is most valuable?

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.

What needs improvement?

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.

What other advice do I have?

It is a very good product if you want to go for the ZDB backup or the array integration with HP products. In general, when comparing Micro Focus Data Protector with other backup solutions, such as Commvault, NetBackup, or any other vendor, they are much more comprehensive and have much more capabilities. I would rate Micro Focus Data Protector a seven out of ten.
Tuan Phan Anh
Real User
Technical Manager at ONE Corp.
Apr 10 2019

What is most valuable?

I have used Micro Focus Data Protector for the file backup facilities. My primary use of the software is to backup file data.

How has it helped my organization?

I don't like any function of the Micro Focus Data Protector. Honestly, I hate the Micro Focus Data Protector. It's not really good.

What needs improvement?

The software needs to redesign the UI and they should organize the functions so that they are much easier to use. It's very hard to understand how to use the software.

What other advice do I have?

The Micro Focus Data Protector solution is not really good, but it is "good enough" that it can help our client requirements. If I compare Micro Focus Data Protector with other solutions, MFDP just does not have enough complexity in the UI. On a scale from 1 to 10, I would give Micro Focus Data… more »
StevenJamal
Reseller
Enterprise Engineer at Computech Limited
May 24 2020

What needs improvement?

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. It was sold to another company, I haven't seen a lot of improvement that they have done.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The pricing is around $3,000 to $5,000. The charge additionally for support and to scale.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

Commvault is an enterprise backup solution that does both virtualization, on-premise, and cloud and also does outside replication.

What other advice do I have?

Considering the data report and also the possibility of maintenance and support, I would advise going for Veeam or Commvault because of the free trial security and backup possibility data protection, which is on-premise, cloud, and replication. This cannot be done by Data Protector. I would rate it… more »
BolajiOlaloku
Real User
Enterprise Storage Management and UNIX System Administration+. at Access Bank Plc
Aug 04 2019

What is most valuable?

The solution allows us to be able to backup and exchange directly to backup Microsoft Exchange.

What needs improvement?

The solution is not intuitive enough. I think they should work on the user experience and the graphical interface. These can be a lot better.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

For us, the solution is bundled with other HP licenses, so I can't say how much the licensing is exactly. There are no other costs above the standard licensing fee, however.

What other advice do I have?

We are using the on-premises version of the solution. In terms of advice that I would give to those thinking about using the solution, I'd say this: it's a very good application. It does the job. It can be better, but it does the job. It does everything any basic backup application should do. The… more »
Abuzaid Saad
Real User
Head, IT Network, Security & Data Center at ARABSAT
Apr 10 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is the protection of our data with the backup capability and performance.

How has it helped my organization?

Our company assets are information and data. The product protects these valuable assets.

What needs improvement?

Make it simpler to use, integrate with as many applications as possible, and improve the dashboard.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

I would not recommend this product to my colleagues.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

Data Protector was our original solution. It shipped with our HP Printer.

What other advice do I have?

If a company has no protection for their data and information then they need this product. However, the reliability needs to be enhanced. Micro Focus needs to fix the… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We have looked at several including Cobalt, Upline, Veritas Backup Exec, and Dell EMC.
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What is Micro Focus Data Protector?

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.

Also known as
Data Protector, OmniBack, HPE Data Protector
Micro Focus Data Protector customers

GSK Vaccines, Repsol, Vodafone Group, Siemens AG, Medium Enterprise Transportation Services Company

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