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Score 7.3 out of 100
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Score 6.8 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

Data Protector

I believe it is very well suited for the Unix/Linux brands but once you get into the Windows side of things there are much better options out there. The other problem is that the data is in a format that only works with HP Data Protector and cannot be migrated to another system should things go that direction in the future. Once you are locked into HP Data Protector you are truly locked in
John Glenn | TrustRadius Reviewer

Veritas Backup Exec

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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Data Center Backup

Data Protector
6.7
Veritas Backup Exec
6.8
Universal recovery
Data Protector
3.0
Veritas Backup Exec
7.1
Live recovery
Data Protector
8.0
Veritas Backup Exec
5.6
Recovery verification
Data Protector
9.0
Veritas Backup Exec
8.0
Business application protection
Data Protector
9.0
Veritas Backup Exec
8.0
Multiple backup destinations
Data Protector
6.6
Veritas Backup Exec
7.6
Incremental backup identification
Data Protector
8.0
Veritas Backup Exec
7.1
Backup to the cloud
Data Protector
1.0
Veritas Backup Exec
8.3
Deduplication and file compression
Data Protector
9.0
Veritas Backup Exec
5.8
Snapshots
Data Protector
1.0
Veritas Backup Exec
6.7
Management dashboard
Data Protector
8.0
Veritas Backup Exec
5.5
Platform support
Data Protector
9.0
Veritas Backup Exec
5.5
Retention options
Data Protector
9.0
Veritas Backup Exec
7.4
Flexible deployment
Data Protector
Veritas Backup Exec
5.7
Encryption
Data Protector
Veritas Backup Exec
6.6

Pros

Data Protector

  • Easy to install and set up cell manager, deploy clients and configure backup devices. Integration options for databases and virtual environments makes backup and restore of these systems easier through the GUI.
  • Scheduling options allow the user to set specific times for backups of a host or group them together with the advance scheduling option and set priorities of which systems get access to backup devices.
  • Licensing options are tiered and can scale from a very small environment to a larger one when needed.
Kevin Loeffler | TrustRadius Reviewer

Veritas Backup Exec

  • 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.
Jeff Daniels | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Data Protector

  • Tech support - every person I spoke with had a different idea on how to fix a problem. Many times they caused the problem resulting in double or triple work.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Veritas Backup Exec

  • 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.
Christopher Stark | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Data Protector

Data Protector 1.0
Based on 2 answers
It was just not a good fit for our organization. We have an EMC SAN, Data Domain backup storage, and VMWare. Without any other HP software or hardware in our environment I do not see the need to continue using a product that is not well integrated with our other brands
John Glenn | TrustRadius Reviewer

Veritas Backup Exec

Veritas Backup Exec 1.0
Based on 3 answers
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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Data Protector

Data Protector 1.0
Based on 1 answer
Every time you create a job it has to be a stand alone and can't step on another one.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Veritas Backup Exec

Veritas Backup Exec 1.0
Based on 1 answer
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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Data Protector

Data Protector 2.0
Based on 1 answer
Every time you got a new person they said the last guy did it wrong and we would have to change everything.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Veritas Backup Exec

Veritas Backup Exec 3.6
Based on 3 answers
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.
John Mota | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

Data Protector

Data Protector 1.0
Based on 1 answer
Pick one person to help you through the process.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Veritas Backup Exec

Veritas Backup Exec 3.0
Based on 1 answer
It was pretty straightforward.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Data Protector

We liked that HP Data Protector could go back to a specific recovery date where IBM TSM could not, in certain cases.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Veritas Backup Exec

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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Data Protector

  • Same solution for 17+ years provides stable environment and builds in house expertise saving business on training.
  • Licensing structure provides cost savings to business.
  • Ease of use for operators provides quick response when restores are needed by the business.
Kevin Loeffler | TrustRadius Reviewer

Veritas Backup Exec

  • 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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Data Protector

General

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

Data Protector Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing Details

Veritas Backup Exec

General

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

Veritas Backup Exec Editions & Modules

Edition
Veritas Backup ExecContact sales team
    Additional Pricing Details

    Rating Summary

    Likelihood to Recommend

    Data Protector
    8.0
    Veritas Backup Exec
    5.4

    Likelihood to Renew

    Data Protector
    1.0
    Veritas Backup Exec
    1.0

    Usability

    Data Protector
    1.0
    Veritas Backup Exec
    1.0

    Support Rating

    Data Protector
    2.0
    Veritas Backup Exec
    3.6

    Implementation Rating

    Data Protector
    1.0
    Veritas Backup Exec
    3.0

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