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Score 8 out of 100
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Score 6.6 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

  • Actifio Enterprise ranks higher in 1 feature set: Data Center Backup

Data Center Backup

8.1

Actifio Enterprise

81%
7.0

Veritas Backup Exec

70%
Actifio Enterprise ranks higher in 12/14 features

Universal recovery

9.0
90%
2 Ratings
6.9
69%
17 Ratings

Instant recovery

8.0
80%
2 Ratings
5.1
51%
15 Ratings

Recovery verification

8.0
80%
2 Ratings
7.9
79%
18 Ratings

Business application protection

9.0
90%
2 Ratings
8.0
80%
16 Ratings

Multiple backup destinations

9.0
90%
2 Ratings
7.4
74%
19 Ratings

Incremental backup identification

8.0
80%
2 Ratings
7.8
78%
20 Ratings

Backup to the cloud

8.0
80%
2 Ratings
8.2
82%
12 Ratings

Deduplication and file compression

7.0
70%
2 Ratings
6.5
65%
14 Ratings

Snapshots

9.0
90%
2 Ratings
8.3
83%
14 Ratings

Flexible deployment

9.0
90%
2 Ratings
5.2
52%
15 Ratings

Management dashboard

7.0
70%
2 Ratings
5.9
59%
18 Ratings

Platform support

7.0
70%
2 Ratings
5.9
59%
17 Ratings

Retention options

8.0
80%
2 Ratings
8.4
84%
16 Ratings

Encryption

8.0
80%
2 Ratings
6.2
62%
11 Ratings

Attribute Ratings

  • Actifio Enterprise is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend

Likelihood to Recommend

8.0

Actifio Enterprise

80%
2 Ratings
6.1

Veritas Backup Exec

61%
22 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

Actifio Enterprise

N/A
0 Ratings
1.0

Veritas Backup Exec

10%
3 Ratings

Usability

Actifio Enterprise

N/A
0 Ratings
1.0

Veritas Backup Exec

10%
1 Rating

Support Rating

Actifio Enterprise

N/A
0 Ratings
2.3

Veritas Backup Exec

23%
5 Ratings

Implementation Rating

Actifio Enterprise

N/A
0 Ratings
3.0

Veritas Backup Exec

30%
1 Rating

Likelihood to Recommend

Actifio

Actifio Enterprise is a great tool to use for data protection and disaster recovery at the enterprise level. It can create one master copy of your data and then replicate that data out via snapshots to local or cloud-based targets. I don't think this product would be a good fit to small to medium sized companies because it is on the expensive side.
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Veritas Technologies LLC

Backup Exec works well generally in most environments or situations. The licensing can potentially be a nightmare, but manageable if you have a decent reseller. Backing up and restoring from physical tapes which is not all that common is not as reliable as when backing up and restoring from datastores that reside on hard drives or digital media. It does a good job with large or small backup jobs. Backing up and managing SQL backups requires additional licenses and be a bit clunky. If you are very careful (which you should be anyway) and document as you build these backups you will get better at managing them. Regarding a virtual environment, I have limited experience in that arena, but have done it. Backup Exec can backup VMware environments, but honestly we moved to Unitrends to backup our VM's and are much happier with the backup process. However, restoring a VM in Unitrends can be tedious compared to Backup Exec.
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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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Veritas Technologies LLC

  • Manage agent based backups - It is easy to schedule and monitor backups. Verifying backups is done for all jobs. Backup performance is excellent.
  • Provide a wide ranging contingent of backup options - Despite providing a dizzying array of backup options, it is easy to schedule individual or recurring jobs.
  • Integrates well with our Active Directory - Restoring even individual Active Directory objects is possible.
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Cons

Actifio

  • Price could be lower
  • Learning curve is a bit steep
  • Admin Console could be improved
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Veritas Technologies LLC

  • Could provide better license management from an inventory perspective. How many licenses do I have?.. etc.
  • When Backup Exec backs up itself it should not select iSCSI backup targets by default. The result is recursive data backup ending in the loss of storage capacity.
  • I'm struggling to come up with another con.
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Pricing Details

Actifio Enterprise

Starting Price

Editions & Modules

Actifio Enterprise editions and modules pricing
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Footnotes

    Offerings

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services

    Entry-level set up fee?

    No setup fee

    Additional Details

    Veritas Backup Exec

    Starting Price

    $0

    Editions & Modules

    Veritas Backup Exec editions and modules pricing
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    Footnotes

    1. none

    Offerings

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services

    Entry-level set up fee?

    No setup fee

    Additional Details

    Likelihood to Renew

    Actifio

    No answers on this topic

    Veritas Technologies LLC

    This software is a mess in my brutally honest opinion. I've spent more time babysitting this software while backing up 20 servers than I did with Veeam backing up 600+. I've had multiple jobs run fine for weeks at a time that just randomly fail out of the blue for seemingly no reason whatsoever. There's no intuitive way to chain jobs, so automation becomes somewhat more problematic if certain jobs depend on other jobs. The forever incremental feature feels tacked on since the merge operation merges all your incremental jobs into the most recent backup and doesn't have the option set a limit on how long to keep your point in time restores.
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    Usability

    Actifio

    No answers on this topic

    Veritas Technologies LLC

    It can do a lot of things on paper and sounds terrific, but in practice it doesn't do any of them well. It can easily be sold to non-technical minds and C-levels, but of all the backup solutions I've used in the last 15 years of my career, Backup Exec is easily the least fault tolerant. Unless this software is a sunk cost and you're on a shoestring budget, I recommend almost anything else. Jobs fail often with obscure error codes and the KB articles in the Veritas support portal are a mess. Within 30 days of a fresh deployment I've logged more tickets with their support than I did in 3 years with Veeam.
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    Support Rating

    Actifio

    No answers on this topic

    Veritas Technologies LLC

    In the few instances of having to contact support, our overall outcome was always good. They would have received a better score if the wait time was less, but I attribute this to the timing of support calls - it was during the previous owner's time. We have not had to open a support ticket since Veritas Backup Exec took the product back over.
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    Implementation Rating

    Actifio

    No answers on this topic

    Veritas Technologies LLC

    It was pretty straightforward.
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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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    Veritas Technologies LLC

    If your company is looking at changing solutions or currently does not have any, Veritas Backup Exec is the way to go. Do yourself a favor and try the 60 day trial, you won't be disappointed! Very simple to use and has a great GUI, much better than what the competition has to offer.
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    Return on Investment

    Actifio

    • Actifio has improved our Disaster Recovery approach by making it easier to get data into the cloud
    • Actifio has allowed our DBA's to manage their own backups and restores
    • Actifio has allowed us to save a lot of disk space by using clones\snapshots to replicate data from production to lower environments.
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    Veritas Technologies LLC

    • Backups by their very nature are difficult to quantify when it comes to ROI. Any monies spent should be seen more as insurance . If you never have to claim on it then that is the best outcome. Backup Exec gives you comfort that you can meet any downtime recovery targets set by your business and this is how to benchmark your solution.
    • Conduct regular DR tests and your this will be your ROI.
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