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Actifio Enterprise

3 Ratings
Score 8.5 out of 101

SQL Safe Backup

2 Ratings
Score 9.4 out of 101

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Likelihood to Recommend

Actifio Enterprise

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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SQL Safe Backup

SQL Safe is appropriate and well-suited for any backup scenario. Having used SQL Safe, I probably wouldn't want to manage a set of servers in the future without it. If you only have a couple of SQL servers, it might not be worth the spend as there are well-maintained free options that are very functional (though they do require more technical knowledge). But I can't think of a scenario where SQL Safe wouldn't be appropriate.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Data Center Backup

Actifio Enterprise
9.3
SQL Safe Backup
9.4
Universal recovery
Actifio Enterprise
9.0
SQL Safe Backup
Live recovery
Actifio Enterprise
9.0
SQL Safe Backup
10.0
Recovery verification
Actifio Enterprise
9.0
SQL Safe Backup
10.0
Business application protection
Actifio Enterprise
8.0
SQL Safe Backup
Multiple backup destinations
Actifio Enterprise
10.0
SQL Safe Backup
10.0
Incremental backup identification
Actifio Enterprise
10.0
SQL Safe Backup
10.0
Backup to the cloud
Actifio Enterprise
9.0
SQL Safe Backup
8.0
Deduplication and file compression
Actifio Enterprise
10.0
SQL Safe Backup
10.0
Snapshots
Actifio Enterprise
10.0
SQL Safe Backup
Flexible deployment
Actifio Enterprise
9.0
SQL Safe Backup
8.0
Management dashboard
Actifio Enterprise
8.0
SQL Safe Backup
10.0
Platform support
Actifio Enterprise
9.0
SQL Safe Backup
8.0
Retention options
Actifio Enterprise
10.0
SQL Safe Backup
9.0
Encryption
Actifio Enterprise
10.0
SQL Safe Backup
10.0

Pros

  • 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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  • Rather than having to copy scripts between SQL servers when you create a new instance, all I have to do is design a policy that predetermines backup location, what to back up, the schedule, encryption settings, etc and then simply assign instances to it as they come and go. And if I need to pause backups to troubleshoot something I simply go to the policy and disable it. SQL Safe handles the rest. Policy-based management of SQL backups is the way to go.
  • Any good DBA knows that backing up data is important, but that isn't what we're paid to do. We are paid to RESTORE data when needed. And unless you're 100% certain that you can restore any database to an acceptable point in time, then you should rethink your strategy. SQL Safe makes it easy to not only backup the data, but restore it. In addition to vanilla restores, which are amazingly simplified, you can also do test restores without affecting the production load, and even schedule restores to a development (or other) server to keep a test environment refreshed with current data.
  • If there are failed events, not only does SQL Safe let you know, it provides a very easy way to retry the missed or failed backups. Making sure your environment is okay is a simple as opening the SQL Safe management console and making sure all of the lights are green.
  • I probably know more about SQL backups than most and can easily manage a set of SQL servers without this tool. But it makes it so darn easy! I would venture to say that even people that know nothing about SQL (general sys admins, small business owners, etc) could learn to use this tool without having to know much about SQL or how backups/restores work. The interface is powerful, but very simple to learn.
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Cons

  • 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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  • When you're adding a new SQL server, sometimes the install from the management server to the SQL server will fail. I'm guessing this happens because of some version difference in Windows components or similar. Not a huge deal because you can just copy the agent to the SQL server and install it there, but considering how easy everything else is, I would expect this to be a little more fluid.
  • I ran into a situation where part of our business decided to move their servers to a third-party data center. When they took away a SQL server that I was managing with SQL Safe, anything having to do with that policy took forever. Click. Wait 10 minutes. Window reacts. I'm guessing this is because the Management Console is trying super hard to contact the server in question, but I wish it handled losing a server better than it does.
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Alternatives Considered

Actifio is quicker to deploy easier to manage and capacity plan with less components to keep patched.
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SQL Safe is the first managed backup solution I've used. Before SQL Safe I used SQL's native backup mechanism and scheduling. And as an extension of that I used Ola Hallengren's SQL Server Maintenance Solution (which is a set of scripts that take amazing advantage of SQL's native capabilities). However whenever changes were needed (moving backups to new storage, adding/removing a server), it just took a long time because I had to touch each server. With SQL Safe, I can seriously change the backup location of every server I have by changing one policy setting. Likewise, I can quickly add or remove a server from being backed up with a few simple clicks.
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Return on Investment

  • 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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  • SQL Safe allows me to spend less time managing my DR plan and still maintain confidence that my backups and restores are solid. Saving my time means saving money.
  • SQL Safe does an amazing job at backup compression over and above SQL's native compression. SQL backups are probably our single largest consumer of network drive space. Any product that helps reduce my network footprint, saves money.
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Pricing Details

Actifio Enterprise

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
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SQL Safe Backup

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Additional Pricing Details