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Likelihood to Recommend

Amazon Glacier

As described in the use case, it is perfect for backup data storage where you do not expect to retrieve the data often. Think of it as a data dump; it is nice to know you have a backup, but it actually is expensive and somewhat difficult to retrieve everything.
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CommVault

Well Suited: Large and complex environments with high retention and varied data sets. If VTL is desired this solution is amazing. Less Well Suited: Highly virtualized environments who need a simple turn key solution with fast recovery times.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Data Center Backup

Amazon Glacier
CommVault
9.1
Universal recovery
Amazon Glacier
CommVault
9.0
Live recovery
Amazon Glacier
CommVault
8.5
Recovery verification
Amazon Glacier
CommVault
8.8
Business application protection
Amazon Glacier
CommVault
9.1
Multiple backup destinations
Amazon Glacier
CommVault
9.3
Incremental backup identification
Amazon Glacier
CommVault
9.3
Backup to the cloud
Amazon Glacier
CommVault
9.3
Deduplication and file compression
Amazon Glacier
CommVault
9.1
Snapshots
Amazon Glacier
CommVault
8.8
Flexible deployment
Amazon Glacier
CommVault
9.4
Management dashboard
Amazon Glacier
CommVault
8.8
Platform support
Amazon Glacier
CommVault
9.0
Retention options
Amazon Glacier
CommVault
9.5
Encryption
Amazon Glacier
CommVault
9.3

Pros

  • Cheap storage of backup data.
  • Can be used as a part of the entire suite of tools from Amazon, without requiring you to leave the familiar stack.
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  • Disaster Recovery
  • Virtualization
  • Backup
  • Replication
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Cons

  • Enumeration of data takes hours. In order to get data back you'll need to do inventory of the bucket, but that takes a few hours to complete.
  • Data and bucket deletion also requires inventory. Moreover, it is not possible to delete a bucket that has been recently written to - making bucket deletion a lengthy ordeal: first, you perform inventory, then delete your files, but you cannot delete the bucket as you recently deleted files, so you have to wait for another day in order to delete the bucket itself.
  • While data storage is cheap and easy, data retrieval can be expensive as you only get a download quota that is a few percent of your storage.
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  • Does not have any migration tools if a customer is migrating from a non-CommVault backup tool to CommVault.
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Likelihood to Renew

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CommVault3.0
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I feel like our previous solution was more reliable and flexible.
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Usability

Amazon Glacier6.0
Based on 1 answer
It is difficult to delete the data as you have to wait for inventory and then bucket modification has to expire.
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CommVault7.4
Based on 2 answers
Not a simple solution to use and one with a lexicon and vocabulary you will need to be familiar with in order to use the product to its potential.
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Alternatives Considered

It is significantly cheaper than other services, however, it is because it actually is a slightly different service. The other services we've tried allow live reading/writing of data as needed, whereas Glacier is a "cold storage" service. So essentially your choice ends up being based on what you plan to do with your data: keep it indefinitely or retrieve and modify it (potentially often and multiple times).
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Functionality and ease of use makes it easy to deploy/adopt and makes new hires on boarding process quicker
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Return on Investment

  • Cheap backup storage - up to the level where it becomes only tiny fractions of your entire project, whereas other solutions would be much more expensive.
  • The established reliability of AWS also makes you sleep better at night knowing your data is going to be OK.
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  • The IT ROI, especially in our law enforcement environment has been extremely beneficial. The time it takes for FOI requests for email have been cut down to at least half.
  • The management servers are difficult to host on virtual servers due to storage requirements, so this impact of limited data center space is less beneficial.
  • I usually only have to contact support about 2 or 3 times a year at most, so IT is save the time of having to troubleshoot with support.
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Pricing Details

Amazon Glacier

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

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