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KV
Vice President of Information Technology at a insurance company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 5
Efficient deduplication, reasonable price, easy installation, and good stability and scalability

Pros and Cons

  • "Deduplication is quite efficient. It is not a complex product. It is quite simple."
  • "It should be able to integrate with the cloud. If we leverage a cloud in the future for backup, there should be very fast help and more options for customers to choose from."

What is our primary use case?

It is used to back up the hypervisor. In terms of its version, we keep it updated from time to time, but we are not using its latest version currently.

What is most valuable?

Deduplication is quite efficient. It is not a complex product. It is quite simple.

What needs improvement?

It should be able to integrate with the cloud. If we leverage a cloud in the future for backup, there should be very fast help and more options for customers to choose from.

For how long have I used the solution?

We have been using this solution for many years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It is quite stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It is scalable. We have less than ten users, and they are mostly the IT staff. We don't have many users because we use a tool to back up from the central file servers. Users don't directly use it to back up on their own, but when a user needs to restore something, they come to IT.

How are customer service and technical support?

We have a local partner for support, and they contact Veritas. Our local partner is quite okay and experienced in the product.

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

We were using Backup Instant, which is a smaller version of the Veritas NetBackup solution. We didn't use any other solution.

How was the initial setup?

Its installation is quite straightforward. The deployment can take a week if you have a clear backup requirement.

What about the implementation team?

We have a consultant to help. If you are doing an installation that is related to the hypervisor, you need an engineer for support because of the connected drivers and equipment.

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

Its price is quite reasonable. The cost depends on the depreciation and the volume. It also depends on the infrastructure. If your infrastructure increases, you would need some more licenses.

What other advice do I have?

We plan to keep using this solution. I would rate Veritas NetBackup an eight out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
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JJ
Solutions Platform Architect at a retailer with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Feature-rich, but they need better attack protection

Pros and Cons

  • "It's a good product, it does what we want it to do."
  • "In the next release, I would like to have a better way to protect against ransomware attacks and a better way of logging issues where you don't have to enable the verbose logging to capture the problems."

What is our primary use case?

We use this solution mainly for back up and to restore.

What is most valuable?

It's a good product, it does what we want it to do. It has a 99.8% backup success rate, and it runs 24,000 jobs per day.

We like all of the features.

What needs improvement?

The ransomware protection needs improvement.

The reporting tool that you get out of the box is not sufficient, so you have to purchase other tools or modules.

When it's out of the box, the visibility is a problem and it's not very clear. Overall, the visibility into the environment is lacking.

When you come across an issue to present to technical support, you have to enable the verbose logging, and when that happens you are generating huge amounts of log files. I have to wait for this problem to present itself again. I cannot leave it running on verbose logging, as it takes up the capacity from the logs. However, if I don't enable it then I won't be able to locate the issue.

In the next release, I would like to have a better way to protect against ransomware attacks and a better way of logging issues where you don't have to enable the verbose logging to capture the problems.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been working with Veritas NetBackup for eight years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Veritas NetBackup is stable. We have not experienced any issues.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It's a scalable solution.

How are customer service and technical support?

We have a very strong team and haven't had to log many calls with technical support.

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

We are happy with the pricing that we have, but it's expensive.

What other advice do I have?

Overall, I think that Veritas is a very good product and I recommend it.

It's an expensive tool but it does its job very well. It has a 99.8 % success rate.

I would rate Veritas NetBackup a seven out of ten.

Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: partner
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IH
System Administrator at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 5
A stable backup solution suitable for virtually anything

Pros and Cons

  • "It's durable — we achieve what we expect from it."
  • "It's not a user-friendly solution. It's a little bit complicated. The UI is not very friendly."

What is our primary use case?

We use Veritas NetBackup as a backup solution for virtually everything. Everything you can imagine can be backed up with this solution.  

Within our organization, there are roughly 2,000 employees. We definitely plan to continue using this solution.

What is most valuable?

The virtual SAN is good. All backup products have the same features but it's all about your ability with the code when you are using them. It's durable — we achieve what we expect from it.

What needs improvement?

It's not a user-friendly solution. It's a little bit complicated. The UI is not very friendly.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using this solution for six or seven years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Veritas is stable and flexible. When you're talking about virtualization backup, Veritas is great in a secure environment. It's totally virtualized. It's a good solution.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

This solution is very scalable.

How are customer service and technical support?

The support isn't that great. It could be improved. They should have a faster response time.

How was the initial setup?

The initial installation is quite straightforward. Overall, installation takes roughly one hour.

What about the implementation team?

I've installed this solution many times by myself. If you don't have experience with backup solutions, I think it may be challenging for a beginner.

Our technical team consists of four people, including myself, that handle the installation process.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I am currently evaluating NetBackup as it's required for use on the cloud.

What other advice do I have?

I trust Veritas. I would recommend this solution to a friend or to any company. But remember, what you'll get from it depends on your personal ability.

Overall, on a scale from one to ten, I would give this solution a rating of eight. If the support was faster and the solution was more user-friendly, I would give it a higher rating.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
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SB
Systems Architect at a paper AND forest products with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Top 20
Impressive scalability, stable, and has good support

What is our primary use case?

I am an integrator and I provide solutions for our customers. This solution is used for the backup and recovery of our customer's data.

What is most valuable?

We like the use of the tasks. The documentation is good.

What needs improvement?

The implementation process could be simplified to make it quicker.

For how long have I used the solution?

I was certified with NetBackup in 2008. There was a bit of a break in using backup solutions but I recently started using it again for our customer who is using it. I have approximately two years of experience. We are working with NetBackup 9.1.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Veritas NetBackup is stable. We have not experienced any bugs or glitches with this solution. At this…

What is our primary use case?

I am an integrator and I provide solutions for our customers.

This solution is used for the backup and recovery of our customer's data.

What is most valuable?

We like the use of the tasks.

The documentation is good.

What needs improvement?

The implementation process could be simplified to make it quicker.

For how long have I used the solution?

I was certified with NetBackup in 2008. There was a bit of a break in using backup solutions but I recently started using it again for our customer who is using it. I have approximately two years of experience.

We are working with NetBackup 9.1.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Veritas NetBackup is stable. We have not experienced any bugs or glitches with this solution.

At this moment, we are satisfied with it.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The scalability is impressive. Our clients are mostly enterprise businesses.

At this time, we have no plans to increase our usage or move to another solution. We recently implemented this product and we are satisfied with the tasks it performs.

How are customer service and technical support?

If we have any issues, we contact technical support in Russia. They provide us with a resolution.

We are very satisfied with the technical support.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is not complex. We implement from the Veritas site and we use the knowledge base.

It can take several months to implement this solution. We had to prepare the architecture, the guides, and documentation for several data centers. It was not a fast implementation.

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

Our license is capacity-based.

What other advice do I have?

I would rate Veritas NetBackup a nine out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

Hybrid Cloud

If public cloud, private cloud, or hybrid cloud, which cloud provider do you use?

Amazon Web Services (AWS)
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System IT and Technologies Field Manager at a wellness & fitness company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Good technical support but the SQL Server backup features are not up-to-date

Pros and Cons

  • "The most valuable feature is its stability."
  • "The SQL Server backup features are not up to date."

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is its stability.

What needs improvement?

Lots of features are in need of improvement.

The SQL Server backup features are not up to date. I would also like to see the Exchange server and Cloud backup handled better.

There are no features for cloud backup in my on-premises environment, which limits me when it comes to managing them.

The performance is poor on our system and it takes too long to complete a backup.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been working with Veritas NetBackup for more than ten years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The stability is very good.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

My environment is not growing very quickly, so I haven't had the opportunity to check scalability. My understanding is that it is expensive to scale.

How are customer service and technical support?

We are typically in contact with technical support two or three times a year to deal with issues that arise. They're brilliant, fast, and professional.

How was the initial setup?

The setup was completed before I joined the company.

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

My licensing model is based on capacity so as we grow, the price we pay increases and it becomes too expensive.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We are currently looking for another solution. One of the reasons is that we know that we can get more for less money.

What other advice do I have?

This backup and recovery product is good, although looking at my current environment, it is pretty old. My advice for anybody who is considering Veritas NetBackup is to assess the feasibility of it in their environment.

I would rate this solution a six out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
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Symantec Business Critical Engineer at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
Real User
Simple GUI but managing dependencies should be agentless

Pros and Cons

  • "The main thing I like about NetBackup is CloudPoint. You can take a snapshot of the endpoint and back it up with CloudPoint. The data backups are the most important."
  • "Veritas could simplify the firmware recovery in terms of the deployed. The process shouldn't be dependent on the agents. It should be completely agentless."

What is our primary use case?

We use NetBackup to take a snapshot of our endpoint server. 

What is most valuable?

The main thing I like about NetBackup is CloudPoint. You can take a snapshot of the endpoint and back it up with CloudPoint. The data backups are the most important. I also like how Veritas has simplified the GUIs. There are a lot of security features in place already around the connection as well as many intelligent policies and a pure understanding of the cloud policies, so it's direct compared to many others.

What needs improvement?

Veritas could simplify the firmware recovery in terms of the deployed. The process shouldn't be dependent on the agents. It should be completely agentless. 

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using NetBackup for two years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

NetBackup is stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

NetBackup is scalable.

How are customer service and support?

NetBackup support isn't great, but it's not the worst, either.

How was the initial setup?

Setting up NetBackup is easy, but the documentation is a bit complex. Veritas used to have consolidated documentation, so it was easy to navigate the documents. The implementation guidelines were contained in a single document, so you didn't need to switch between multiple documents. Configuration should be the clearest documentation.

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

The price of NetBackup is okay. I think it's a little bit expensive but manageable. It has a lot of features, and the backup is better than most applications, so I think the price is competitive.

What other advice do I have?

I rate NetBackup seven out of 10. 

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

Public Cloud

If public cloud, private cloud, or hybrid cloud, which cloud provider do you use?

Amazon Web Services (AWS)
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LI
Presales Engineer at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Reseller
Top 5Leaderboard
A flexible solution that works with both on-premises and cloud-based environments

Pros and Cons

  • "This product is flexible enough to allow for backing up data from physical machines, as well as from your cloud environment."
  • "When the customer is using SaaS applications like Office 365, the integration falls short and needs to be improved."

What is our primary use case?

We are a solution reseller and Veritas Netbackup is one of the products that we provide to our customers. It is used for implementing a backup repository to the cloud.

What is most valuable?

This product is flexible enough to allow for backing up data from physical machines, as well as from your cloud environment.

There is support for a lot of applications.

What needs improvement?

It would be useful if they could maintain the information that is in the cloud.

When the customer is using SaaS applications like Office 365, the integration falls short and needs to be improved.

The price could be reduced.

For how long have I used the solution?

We have been selling Veritas NetBackup for the past 14 years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Stability-wise NetBackup is a good solution.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

This is a scalable product. NetBackup is for larger organizations.

How are customer service and technical support?

Not being an end-user, I have not had experience with technical support.

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

I also have experience with Veritas Backup Exec, which has the same use case. It is also a good product but NetBackup supports more applications and it is more of an enterprise-level solution than Backup Exec. I would say that NetBackup is for larger customers, whereas Backup Exec is for everyone.

How was the initial setup?

I am familiar with the installation and it is simple.

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

A better price would make this product more competitive.

What other advice do I have?

In summary, this is a good product and I can recommend it.

I would rate this solution a ten out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
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Whitney Gray
Storage Architect at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Mature, stable product that's enterprise-capable

Pros and Cons

  • "I like that it's enterprise-capable. It can handle multiple operating systems. It can handle multiple database types. It can handle a lot of different backup use cases. It's flexible."
  • "The database integration could be better."

What is our primary use case?

We use it for pretty much all of our backups.

What is most valuable?

It allows us to back up our data. That's really the only feature we really use. I like that it's enterprise-capable. It can handle multiple operating systems. It can handle multiple database types. It can handle a lot of different backup use cases. It's flexible.

What needs improvement?

The database integration could be better. That would probably be a feature we look for the most.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using Veritas NetBackup for at least 15 years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

NetBackup is very stable. It's a very mature product. It's probably been around for 25 years or more.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

NetBackup is very scalable. 

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is pretty straightforward, but it's just very, very detailed. There's a lot of different things you have to do to set it up. It's not difficult. It's just a lot of steps, but that's how it should be because NetBackup is so flexible. You do have to go in and select your different options based on your environment.

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

I think a complete license costs some $70,0000 a year. I wouldn't know the breakdown of what each feature costs.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We're currently looking at other solutions that could replace it. We have some additional needs that NetBackup can fill, but it may not be the cheapest option, so we're looking at other solutions.

We are looking at Dell and also at maybe build our own solution. If we chose the later route, we would keep what we have with NetBackup but our own addition to it.

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