Actifio Enterprise vs. Microsoft System Center

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Actifio Enterprise
Score 8.0 out of 10
N/A
Actifio Enterprise is a copy data virtualization, & data center backup and recovery platform from Boston-based Actifio.N/A
Microsoft System Center
Score 8.2 out of 10
N/A
Microsoft System Center Suite is a family of IT management software for network monitoring, updating and patching, endpoint protection with anti-malware, data protection and backup, ITIL- structured IT service management, remote administration and more. It is available in two editions: standard and datacenter. Datacenter provides unlimited virtualization for high density private clouds, while standard is for lightly or non-virtualized private cloud workloads.
$1,323
per month
Pricing
Actifio EnterpriseMicrosoft System Center
Editions & Modules
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Standard Edition
$1323
Datacenter Edition
$3607
Offerings
Pricing Offerings
Actifio EnterpriseMicrosoft System Center
Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional Details
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Features
Actifio EnterpriseMicrosoft System Center
Data Center Backup
Comparison of Data Center Backup features of Product A and Product B
Actifio Enterprise
9.3
1 Ratings
13% above category average
Microsoft System Center
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Ratings
Universal recovery9.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Instant recovery9.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Recovery verification9.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Business application protection8.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Multiple backup destinations10.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Incremental backup identification10.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Backup to the cloud9.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Deduplication and file compression10.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Snapshots10.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Flexible deployment9.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Management dashboard8.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Platform support9.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Retention options10.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Encryption10.01 Ratings00 Ratings
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User Ratings
Actifio EnterpriseMicrosoft System Center
Likelihood to Recommend
10.0
(1 ratings)
8.5
(20 ratings)
Usability
-
(0 ratings)
7.0
(1 ratings)
Support Rating
-
(0 ratings)
8.0
(1 ratings)
User Testimonials
Actifio EnterpriseMicrosoft System Center
Likelihood to Recommend
Actifio
Actifio is a good fit for anyone looking for draas or backup as a service with Bluechip.co.uk being able to tailor a solution to fit your need if you are a medium size business looking to protect over 20TB of source data on a mix of virtual and physical servers in your datacentre our hosted within our state of the art datacentres.
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Microsoft
We used a product before that was designed to prevent users making changes and saving files to the desktop computer. This required a renewal of the license. By using SCCM in our environment we were able to discontinue using that product because SCCM allows us to completely restore a machine back to the original configuration. We have taught our users to save their individual work on either a network drive or a cloud drive. By doing this, if we do a re-image of their machine they have lost no data, and it makes for a faster resolution. In some instances having a computer in our SCCM environment it can become cumbersome when creating new users for very specific purposes. It can be done by creating new organizational units and applying new policies but when in a pinch it can be frustrating. For the most part we have tried to make "new" purpose images and groups to at least accommodate a quick install.
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Pros
Actifio
  • Reliable and easy to deploy backup solution with low administration overhead.
  • Fast backup solution with low impact on production systems as it backs them up.
  • Dedup and replication of backed up data between sites and with streamsnap very quick recovery on dr site.
  • Great customer support with quick response to changing demands.
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Microsoft
  • Provides our users the ability to deploy and manage our own datacenter based on defined software with understandable solutions for storage, compute, networking and security.
  • We are able to update at once all the computers from all departments without having to install the OS on every computer.
  • It allows us to have everything in one place for database management and datacenter inspection as well.
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Cons
Actifio
  • Single file restore has always been an issue but hopefully will be added soon.
  • Physical server backup restoring has always been tricky but achievable.
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Microsoft
  • Needs web based storefront for requesting new software
  • Needs ability to manage the packaging work flow better
  • Sometimes is slow to download and there is no indication the entire catalog is being loaded, resulting in confused users not being able to find common software in the available list.
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Usability
Actifio
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Microsoft
It is not user-friendly for the most part. With IT infrastructure, sometimes it cannot handle excess requests. Every few months, you will need an upgrade in terms of server resources to keep up with incoming alerts and requests. This does not happen all of the time, but it does happen when there are too many requests.
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Support Rating
Actifio
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Microsoft
If I had to dislike something about the system it would be how much it changes once you upgrade. This could be more of a problem of mine since I get used to one way and don't like it when it changes so much. I am enjoying the newest update, but it is a mess when you are actually going through the upgrades.
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Alternatives Considered
Actifio
Actifio is quicker to deploy easier to manage and capacity plan with less components to keep patched.
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Microsoft
We previously used a mix of FOG and Clonezilla to image machines. The biggest issues with these products is that changing one piece of the image required you to rebuild the entire image itself. These pieces of software also did not allow you to manage applications and Windows Updates, causing IT to have to constantly touch machines after they were imaged and update or manage them with a much more hands on approach.
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Return on Investment
Actifio
  • We have managed to scale up the size of our environment without the need for extra admin overhead.
  • Over 99% backups complete.
  • Solution is robust and quick to scale to meet demands.
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Microsoft
  • We have been able to automate our patch management, firmware and other security concerns.
  • We have a standardized "image" ensuring our setup is consistent across the enterprise. This alone has saved us in time to support and time to understand how to use our desktops.
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