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AppAssure

AppAssure works well for quick access to point in time backups of Windows machines without having to do a complete restore. The virtual standby function is useful as a disaster recovery or high availability solution. Recent upgrades to the product and rebranding to Rapid Recovery look promising. If your Linux machines are mission [critical] make sure your administrators test restores so they can perform them in a timely manner should the need arise.
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Veritas Backup Exec

Veritas Backup Exec is well suited for any type of business environment. It has saved me countless hours of time, the restore options and speeds are simply incredible. I would definitely recommend this backup/restore solution to any company IT department looking to upgrade their existing solution, especially if your company uses legacy hardware.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Data Center Backup

AppAssure
6.7
Veritas Backup Exec
7.4
Universal recovery
AppAssure
8.0
Veritas Backup Exec
7.5
Live recovery
AppAssure
8.0
Veritas Backup Exec
7.5
Recovery verification
AppAssure
9.1
Veritas Backup Exec
7.5
Business application protection
AppAssure
6.4
Veritas Backup Exec
7.7
Multiple backup destinations
AppAssure
9.8
Veritas Backup Exec
7.4
Incremental backup identification
AppAssure
7.0
Veritas Backup Exec
8.1
Backup to the cloud
AppAssure
5.1
Veritas Backup Exec
6.6
Deduplication and file compression
AppAssure
3.1
Veritas Backup Exec
6.4
Snapshots
AppAssure
4.1
Veritas Backup Exec
6.5
Flexible deployment
AppAssure
Veritas Backup Exec
7.0
Management dashboard
AppAssure
Veritas Backup Exec
6.9
Platform support
AppAssure
Veritas Backup Exec
8.1
Retention options
AppAssure
Veritas Backup Exec
8.1
Encryption
AppAssure
Veritas Backup Exec
8.2

Pros

  • Installation and setup is simple. You can be up and running in minutes.
  • Your backups can be replicated to the cloud or to another AppAssure server to give you additional protection.
  • The user interface is simple and easy to use and improvements in the UI and reporting are getting better with each update.
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  • Very easy to install and configure.
  • Extremely user friendly.
  • Restore speeds are incredible.
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Cons

  • My biggest pet peeve is when the agent on a protected machine stops working. These failures don't show up on my daily report. I need to check the GUI to insure all the agents are talking to the core. Killing the agent process on the protected machine, then starting the service always seems to get them talking once again.
  • Linux support is limited to specific distributions. We often have to enlist AppAssure Technical Support to get our Linux VMs protected.
  • Dell releases patches to both the core and agents. The GUI reports the version of the version level but nothing about any applied patches.
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  • Very expensive.
  • Could have more expanded features.
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Veritas Backup Exec7.3
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I would have given it a 10 but my organization doesn't currently use Symantec
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Implementation

AppAssure6.0
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Our initial installation really was not optimum. With the help from Dell Profession Services we were able to get our implementation sized correctly and better understand how to get better deduplication results
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Alternatives Considered

We had Replay in our environment already and the price was right. We figured it might be good to stick with one vendor. Replay was a good product and saved us a couple times with the VM exports. Unfortunately, I can't say the same about AppAssure - anything but headache dealing with support daily.
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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

  • It is taking too much of our time to manage this product to make sure backups are running.
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  • Backup Exec has made me and my company save countless hours, simply the best backup/restore program.
  • Extremely user friendly.
  • Price is very fair for the quality of features it comes with.
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Pricing Details

AppAssure

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

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