Likelihood to Recommend
If implemented as a Cloud Service provider (Public Cloud), In House Solution (Private Cloud) or a mixture of both (Hybrid Cloud):
The Agentless Architecture means there are less support burdens. Encryption at Source gives the customer confidence their data is secure. WAN Optimisation (Compression & Block Level Incremential Forever and De-deupe of Data), enables a large amount of Data to be protected offsite. One step Backup to both Local and Offsite storage enables LAN speed restores with offsite peace of mind. Asigra Replication from DS-System to DS-System enables another geographically separate copy of the data. Read full review
Panzura works well for companies that have a high amount of data with cross site collaboration being done. The caching ensures you don't need huge investments of storage at each site and the cloud storage ensures high availability over what can be done locally. Also helps eliminate duplicate data across sites and/or small variations in the same data.
Read full review Pros Provides capability of local backups while maintaining remote copies on cloud to ensure faster recoveries of recent data and remote protection of all data. Helps reduce cost of long term retention by leveraging the BLM functionality. It does not need specialized hardware for it to work. Customers and Service Providers can choose their own infrastructure and do not need to rely on any OS or storage based replication even for deploying replication of backups. Supports wide range of environments including virtual environments with remarkable features like remote VDR with incremental restores. Read full review Real time file locking Backup and recovery Easy access to all your files Read full review Cons We would like to see Asigra come out with a Replication Model for quick Recovery of systems upon Disaster. We can have quicker recovery, DR, with Virtual Machines but we would like to have Physical Machine recovery in less than 2 hours. Replication can accomplish this... We would like to see Geolocation and remote wipe for endpoint devices We would like to see the solution provide easy "roll back" after a disaster. Read full review I would like to see more connectors. Tie in to traditional block storage or NAS. Additional cloud connectors to products like Hitachi Content Platform. I would like to see a collaborative product created between Panzura and Riverbed. I envision an almost perfect small footprint ROBO solution where Riverbed provides the compute+WAN optimization and Panzura provides the storage/risiliancy components. Combine the boxes into a single 4U solution and you have a near perfect product for remote offices. Read full review Likelihood to Renew Asigra is a great entry way into the cloud. Compliance is a tricky thing. Jumping backup software means having to deal with previous copies somehow. Asigra is built for the long haul. Asigra is continuing to increase their feature stack. They have made huge steps in the VM backup in the last 3 years and continue to implement features there. As far as cloud backup software goes, there are many that can do it, but none that do it as well as Asigra. Read full review Usability
It is a bit rough around the edges and the GUI feels like a wrap around of a CLI but it is simple to use. The problem comes in when there is an error code you are usually chasing down the error code in the specific vendor's forums rather than Asigra's
Read full review Reliability and Availability
Over 6 consecutive years our Asigra Backend had 99.99% uptime and provided 7x24 data restore availability.
Software is robust in operations, provides N+1 node architecture to protect against failure of half of the nodes (majority of the nodes still up) and software based replication to protect against data loss across two geographically independent datacenter locations. Why not 10 points? Some major upgrades still require short downtime within a planned maintenance windows. Read full review Support Rating
They respond quickly on your request. They ask for details at the time of logging the support request itself ensuring the first response is not for collecting the basic details only. They refund you the support request if they find it as a functionality issue. They follow up on you to ensure you are satisfied and happy with the response and resolution that they have provided.
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Hands down support is the best part of Panzura. Their techs are always helpful, always knowledgeable, and consistently solve complex problems quickly. You can definitely tell they hire their support folks from the top tier of other companies and they go above and beyond what I have come to expect in terms of support compared to other companies.
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Anything training past level 1 and level 2 is a waste of time. They do not offer training, just an exam and require you to read 2500 pages of their documentation as their training. They are selling you something which you already have. Training exams are far fetched and cover topics hidden within the documentation. A lot of their documentation does not match across itself. They don't even follow the standard versions Major.Minor.ServicePack.Hotfix. They use the MAJOR.MAJOR.MAJOR.Hotfix method, which doesn't match their documentation. They require you to take training in order to keep your engaged hybrid partnership. If you ask me personally, their training is a scam to make more money.
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Quick to install, easy to create jobs, schedules and retention policies. No large cycles of setting up backup volumes or trash volumes. Retention job itself configures the BLM functionality so you don't need an expertise to handle the BLM module separately.
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I would say that it has the same functionality as the three mentioned above in their respective fields (might have a bit less than some of them) but Asigra offers all of this and more so if you are looking for a single backup solution across the entire firm then Asigra is the much better choice
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There are several other devices but Panzura is best of class.
Read full review Return on Investment Our entire Asigra environment can be easily monitored through one plane of glass thanks to their DS-Operator and Asigra Management Console. It's quite simple to use and navigate. Never has restoration fallen short. Data from several generations can be saved and retrieved. After a hardware failure, an edge server can be easily and quickly rebuilt. Read full review Exceptional positive impact on availability - as users move so do their files. Panzura+DFS allowed for simple chargeback models to be implemented. Read full review ScreenShots Panzura CloudFS Screenshots