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Score 7.4 out of 100
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Score 6.7 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

My rating would have been higher a few years ago, but nagging problems, primarily noticed since the switch back to Veritas, has increased my dissatisfaction. It is still a solid product for the SMB market. It is a wide variety of options that will fit into just about any scenario that you can think of. Licensing complexity continues to be a issue. It offers solid performance, reasonably good support and a decent interface once you are used to it
Jeff Daniels | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Data Center Backup

Data Protector
6.7
Veritas Backup Exec
7.2
Universal recovery
Data Protector
3.0
Veritas Backup Exec
7.5
Live recovery
Data Protector
8.0
Veritas Backup Exec
8.1
Recovery verification
Data Protector
9.0
Veritas Backup Exec
8.7
Business application protection
Data Protector
9.0
Veritas Backup Exec
8.1
Multiple backup destinations
Data Protector
6.6
Veritas Backup Exec
8.5
Incremental backup identification
Data Protector
8.0
Veritas Backup Exec
6.6
Backup to the cloud
Data Protector
1.0
Veritas Backup Exec
7.1
Deduplication and file compression
Data Protector
9.0
Veritas Backup Exec
5.6
Snapshots
Data Protector
1.0
Veritas Backup Exec
5.5
Management dashboard
Data Protector
8.0
Veritas Backup Exec
6.2
Platform support
Data Protector
9.0
Veritas Backup Exec
6.0
Retention options
Data Protector
9.0
Veritas Backup Exec
6.5
Flexible deployment
Data Protector
Veritas Backup Exec
7.5
Encryption
Data Protector
Veritas Backup Exec
8.1

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

  • The license/agent deployment feature in Backup Exec facilitates effective and speedy population within your data center.
  • Veritas Backup Exec's feature rich job creation is intuitive and simplifies backup strategies.
  • Customizable views in the Administrator console allow you to view your backup environment to maximize visibility.
Christopher Stark | 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

  • The user interface can sometimes be sluggish and hang between options.The minimum spec is 2Gb but if running on a dedicated server I think 4Gb is recommended
  • As more companies seem to be entering the backup software market, Acronis is very aggressive on pricing and even offer discounts if you are replacing other backup solutions, the Backup Exec pricing plans have become a more expensive
  • Our version is an older 2014 version and has inadequate support for VM backs
Anonymous | 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 5.9
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

  • Veritas Backup Exec is good for single file restores. We have had to restore files from a few months back without any problem.
  • Veritas has saved us money by reverting work that was overwritten by a past employee.
  • Sometimes tapes can be overwritten by accident when you inventory it for restore, which can be an issue.
Michael Hylek | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Data Protector

General

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

Veritas Backup Exec

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Data Protector
8.0
Veritas Backup Exec
6.4

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
5.9

Implementation Rating

Data Protector
1.0
Veritas Backup Exec
3.0

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