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Senior Systems Administrator at a comms service provider with 51-200 employees
Aug 25 2017

What is most valuable?

It is very easy to use and the interaction with various systems is very handy.

How has it helped my organization?

I can backup and restore our company’s various systems without issue.

What needs improvement?

* I'd like to be able to pause a job rather than to abort it; and * I'd like to know which file or folder is being backed up while the job is running. * Faster VEAgent Restores

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

I used Backup Exec in a previous position. I only switched solutions because I changed changed jobs, and my current company uses Data Protector.

What other advice do I have?

Get it and use it. Read the manuals well before implementing and have a test environment in place, especially for upgrades.
Consultant
Assistant Consultant at Tata Consultancy Services
Jun 15 2017

What is most valuable?

It is very reliable on the server side for providing a trustworthy backend. The installation was simple and provided an easy way to install even on Unix servers. It has excellent features like deduplication.

How has it helped my organization?

It is really helpful in giving us a great backup and restore environment, and it's especially a great help in doing the granular recovery for VMs, SharePoint, and Exchange servers.

What needs improvement?

Reporting on scheduled backups via the advanced scheduling option are non-existent, and this needs to be available. VM backups needs to be improved. They need to make it similar to the way Veeam and Commvault are doing the virtual backups.

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

The licensing structure provides cost savings to business.

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

We were using EMC previously, and switched because this is easier to manage and it's cheaper.
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Consultant
Professional: Storage Administration at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Sep 06 2016

What is most valuable?

Restarting the failed session, where you don’t need to run a whole selection list backup. Newer DP versions even have a resume feature, which should allow you to continue from the point of failure, instead of ruining the whole partition in… more»

What needs improvement?

There are lots of bugs around; inability to downgrade version, issues with version upgrades, etc. For example, Data Protector version 8 didn’t have a properly working restore feature; the next upgrade came within week. All kinds of small… more»

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

Get an expert who knows the products, so you can get the best prices possible for both DP and StoreOnce. Because there are some things that can work for the same solution in different ways, hence they are differently licensed as well as… more»

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

We switched because of company policy, the tapes aged, etc.

What other advice do I have?

Make sure architecture is planning properly, e.g., centralised or decentralised HPE DP Cell Managers give you some quite different options and etc.
Consultant
Director at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Mar 19 2016

What do you think of Micro Focus Data Protector?

Valuable Features

Low-bandwidth backups Deduplicated backup storage with StoreOnce.

Improvements to My Organization

Many of my clients have been able to remove tape drives from remote sites.

Room for Improvement

It has a reputation for bugginess.

Use of Solution

I've used it for approximately 20 years, since v2.1.

Deployment Issues

It's very easy to deploy.

Stability Issues

The deduplication stores on Windows are a bit flakey.

Scalability Issues

There were problems in v7 and earlier, but they have been addressed now.

Customer Service and Technical Support

Customer Service: Customer service is mostly through partner companies, so it depends on which partner you are dealing with. Technical Support: If you can get to the right support technician, it's good, but…
Vendor
IT Adminstrator at a insurance company with 501-1,000 employees
Feb 10 2016

What is most valuable?

We purchased it as part of a package with StoreOnce. Its integration with StoreOnce was probably the key selling point for us and made us choose Data Protector and not one of the other products on the market that don't natively support… more»

How has it helped my organization?

It's allowed us to reliably perform backups without a whole lot of constant attention required. Again, the integrations with SQL Server, Exchange, and Hyper-V are reliable and effective. The integration with SQL Server 2012 is particularly… more»

What needs improvement?

Data Protector is a fairly complicated product and some of the terminology is quite complex. There is a bit of a learning curve for new administrators who are working on it. Some of that could be eased by having a better GUI, which is not… more»

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

We previously used Tivoli Storage Manager, which was similar in complexity to Data Protector but less reliable. Tivoli required daily care and attention to keep it running. Data Protector, while imperfect, is significantly more reliable… more»

What other advice do I have?

Data Protector is a little bit more complicated than it should be. I think most people would probably agree that there's no such thing as good backup software, but Data Protector is certainly not the worst that we've used. It could be more… more»
Vendor
Project Manager at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Apr 09 2014

What do you think of Micro Focus Data Protector?

Valuable Features:

Integration with Oracle RMAN.

Improvements to My Organization:

HP Data Protector integration with RMAN is very stable, robust and provides good diagnostics features to troubleshoot backup issues.

Use of Solution:

10+ years (since it was called Omniback)

Initial Setup:

Straight forward. We use it for all our Oracle Database and applications File servers VMWare environment [SQL Servers, business & Intranet applications etc] We had an issue during implementation of off-host LAN free backup of vSphere virtual machines using HP Data Protector. However that was mainly due to limited knowledge of the consulting company implementing the solution. After the implementation we didn’t face any issues.

Implementation

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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