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Samuel Calys-Tagoe
Real User
IT Specialist at a energy/utilities company with 51-200 employees
Aug 01 2019

What is most valuable?

The backup feature was the most valuable for us. We used it on the exchange and SQL for mass files and folders. When we did backups, we did full backups as opposed to incremental ones. We found that for exchange, SQL and even for single… more»

How has it helped my organization?

We did a number of restores using the application. Even though the earlier versions of Veritas would not allow us to restore single files, in later versions, maybe around the 2016 version and beyond, we were able to restore single files… more»

What needs improvement?

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 was also one time when I tried to use the disaster… more»

What other advice do I have?

We used the on-premise version of the solution. 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… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

From the outset, we had heard a lot of feedback from colleagues, so we went directly to Veritas. We didn't do an evaluation of other solutions.
Maged Elgamal
Real User
System Engineer at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Aug 04 2019

What is most valuable?

It gives us a very good view of what's happening on the network. The security feature is very good as well. The network isn't open to everyone. It's open only to those who work on it. One improvement… more»

What needs improvement?

We occasionally have false positives, but the solution certainly has a good configuration. In terms of improvements, I think the pricing model could be improved. They charge you by port, for every… more»

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

Licensing is based on the number of ports you have. Even if you aren't using all the ports, you will be charged for them. The license is renewed on a yearly basis and we do pay for support on top of… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

I tested the solution about six years ago. We checked other solutions too, but we decided that this one was the one that would work best. Since then we've been very happy with it.

What other advice do I have?

We use the on-premises version of the solution. For what we need, for how we're using the solution, it does what it's supposed to do. If I were to give advice about the product to others, I would say… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We evaluated Forescout at the time. The system was more complicated and more complex. I don't know how it is today, however. It took a lot more time to integrate it into the company. It also had… more»
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Kayode Oni
Consultant
Chief Technology Officer/Director
Aug 25 2019

What is most valuable?

This solution creates a differential backup to reduce storage requirements. This solution is not complex and you do not have to be too technical to use it. Veritas offers granular restore, which is an… more»

How has it helped my organization?

This solution allows my clients to restore a backup from a specific point in time.

What needs improvement?

The price of this solution is very high. It has a lot of features, but it is still kind of expensive for emerging markets, for example, in Africa. The problem comes from the fact that it costs more to… more»

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

There is an evaluation license available to test this solution.

What other advice do I have?

Depending on the size of the data being backed up, it can take a couple of hours to complete. This is a solution that keeps evolving with technology. They know the trend of cyber attacks, so Veritas… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

My clients have used Micro Focus Data Protector (when it was called HP Data Protector), and they were not satisfied with it.
MS Alam
Real User
System Administrator at Abdullah Al-Othaim Markets
Apr 09 2019

What is most valuable?

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… more»

How has it helped my organization?

Veritas Backup Exec has enabled us to save costs.

What needs improvement?

A lot of backup solutions are coming out now and a lot of new disaster recovery software is coming. We should see an updated cycle in six months or one year. Veritas… more»

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

For Backup Exec usage, the client uses the software with us because we have a license for this product. The license availability we have is for ten years. Licensing is… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We were also using Symantec Enterprise Vault.

What other advice do I have?

For our internal purposes, Veritas Backup Exec is very good, but for disaster recovery, you should go with another product. Nowadays, everything is going on the cloud and… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

This solution we are using now is only for the data backups. The last data recovery we were on had different features and functionality. Disaster recovery is only part of… more»
Syed Anas Quadri
Reseller
Technical Services Manager at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
Aug 12 2019

What is most valuable?

The beauty of the solution is that you can rely on it. It offers a quick recovery time when it's backing up items. The way it recovers data is excellent. Sometimes with other software, a complete backup doesn't happen. With Veritas, the… more»

How has it helped my organization?

The most important part of any organization is the data. When you do a backup, you want the data to be available whenever it is required. Veritas offers a more predictable backup and recovery process.

What needs improvement?

The licensing packet is confusing. If Veritas could do a better job of clarifying it, that would be helpful. For example, if you have a mixed environment of Linux and Windows, you end up buying too many licenses. If you compare it to Veeam… more»

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

We have licenses that run on a yearly basis. We are paying somewhere around $10-15,000 on licensing a month. We don't have too big of an environment.

What other advice do I have?

We're a reseller of this solution. We also use an on-premises version in our offices. It is the most preferred backup solution for data protection for our customers. We use it ourselves for our production environment backup. Whoever is… more»
Ash Dib
Real User
Virtualization Specialist at dk
Aug 04 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is the SLP, and using it has been very beneficial.

How has it helped my organization?

Veritas is the main backup solution in our company. We have hundreds of virtual machines that we back up. They are VMware, Windows, and physical servers. It makes our backup process so stable and robust. Everybody with every kind of OS and service depend on our backup structure.

What needs improvement?

The user interface needs improvement. When comparing the user interface to other backup and replication products, it is greatly lacks in UI. In some cases when I have an error, I need to use the command line. I prefer to have access to the logs of different services through UI and even to the… more»

What other advice do I have?

I have suggested this solution to four of five people. For big companies, with more than fifty people, I recommend this product completely. However, for companies with less than fifty people, I don't suggest it. For the installation, you need at least two servers and a tape librarian. This is a good… more»
David Reder
Real User
Network Administrator with 11-50 employees
Aug 15 2018

What is most valuable?

* Automation * Restore

How has it helped my organization?

I'm very familiar with it because I've been using it since we, as an organization, started using it. I'm very familiar with the software package itself and how to set alerts, how to know what's going on, how to recover stuff. So familiarity is probably the best thing for me right now. How does it… more»

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

I would like to see a better licensing model. They changed it and it's just horrendous.

What other advice do I have?

If you're seriously looking at Backup Exec, take a hard look at their licensing model and compare that. Also, experience their tech support before you jump in. Right now, the two big hitters are Backup Exec and Veeam. But the document that I've downloaded now from IT Central Station has introduced… more»
Real User
Service Engineer with 501-1,000 employees
Jul 31 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is the backing up of our network servers.

How has it helped my organization?

Most companies are now implementing network servers, and we have done the same. This solution works well and has good integration with technologies such as VMware and Hyper-V.

What needs improvement?

This solution does not support image-level backup of a physical server. The backup and restore process should be faster.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

I use multiple solutions for backup and recovery. I currently work with Commvault and Veeam. In the past, I have used also used CloudFare and Acronis.

What other advice do I have?

My advice to anybody who is implementing this product is to read the admin guide. It is important to look at the prerequisites, such as the operating system version. Find out whether you satisfy the… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

The three most popular solutions are Veritas, Veeam, and Commvault.
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What is Veritas 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.

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Backup Exec, Symantec Backup Exec
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