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Score 8.7 out of 100
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Score 6.6 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

    Data Center Backup

    IBM Spectrum Protect

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    7.0

    Veritas Backup Exec

    70%
    Veritas Backup Exec ranks higher in 14/14 features

    Universal recovery

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    6.9
    69%
    17 Ratings

    Instant recovery

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    5.1
    51%
    15 Ratings

    Recovery verification

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.9
    79%
    18 Ratings

    Business application protection

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.0
    80%
    16 Ratings

    Multiple backup destinations

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.4
    74%
    19 Ratings

    Incremental backup identification

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.8
    78%
    20 Ratings

    Backup to the cloud

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.2
    82%
    12 Ratings

    Deduplication and file compression

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    6.5
    65%
    14 Ratings

    Snapshots

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.3
    83%
    14 Ratings

    Flexible deployment

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    5.2
    52%
    15 Ratings

    Management dashboard

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    5.9
    59%
    18 Ratings

    Platform support

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    5.9
    59%
    17 Ratings

    Retention options

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.4
    84%
    16 Ratings

    Encryption

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    6.2
    62%
    11 Ratings

    Attribute Ratings

    • IBM Spectrum Protect is rated higher in 3 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Usability, Support Rating

    Likelihood to Recommend

    9.3

    IBM Spectrum Protect

    93%
    4 Ratings
    6.1

    Veritas Backup Exec

    61%
    22 Ratings

    Likelihood to Renew

    IBM Spectrum Protect

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    1.0

    Veritas Backup Exec

    10%
    3 Ratings

    Usability

    9.0

    IBM Spectrum Protect

    90%
    3 Ratings
    1.0

    Veritas Backup Exec

    10%
    1 Rating

    Support Rating

    7.6

    IBM Spectrum Protect

    76%
    3 Ratings
    2.3

    Veritas Backup Exec

    23%
    5 Ratings

    Implementation Rating

    IBM Spectrum Protect

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    3.0

    Veritas Backup Exec

    30%
    1 Rating

    Contract Terms and Pricing Model

    10.0

    IBM Spectrum Protect

    100%
    1 Rating

    Veritas Backup Exec

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Professional Services

    9.0

    IBM Spectrum Protect

    90%
    1 Rating

    Veritas Backup Exec

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Likelihood to Recommend

    IBM

    It is less appropriate for small clients/workloads, with not much data to back up, and not many servers. More suited for enterprise customers with hundreds of servers and several terabytes of data to back up daily.
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    Veritas Technologies LLC

    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.
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    Pros

    IBM

    • Large number of clients backed up
    • More data managements
    • Mass data fragmentation
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    Veritas Technologies LLC

    • 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.
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    Cons

    IBM

    • The tool administration platform must be improved.
    • You should look for simplicity for the configuration complexity of suite products.
    • The online viewing tool should be more stable.
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    Veritas Technologies LLC

    • 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.
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    Pricing Details

    IBM Spectrum Protect

    Starting Price

    Editions & Modules

    IBM Spectrum Protect editions and modules pricing
    EditionModules

    Footnotes

      Offerings

      Free Trial
      Free/Freemium Version
      Premium Consulting/Integration Services

      Entry-level set up fee?

      No setup fee

      Additional Details

      Veritas Backup Exec

      Starting Price

      $0

      Editions & Modules

      Veritas Backup Exec editions and modules pricing
      EditionModules
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      Footnotes

      1. none

      Offerings

      Free Trial
      Free/Freemium Version
      Premium Consulting/Integration Services

      Entry-level set up fee?

      No setup fee

      Additional Details

      Likelihood to Renew

      IBM

      No answers on this topic

      Veritas Technologies LLC

      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.
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      Usability

      IBM

      In the present, a backup solution is a must-have, but then companies start using a solution for virtual machines, another solution for bare-metal servers, and another solution for their ERP. By using Spectrum Protect you can have all of that in a single pane of glass. This way you can have a simple recovery plan for all your information assets.
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      Veritas Technologies LLC

      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.
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      Support Rating

      IBM

      IBM has reduced the staff for IBM Spectrum Protect support. In some situations there are a lot of Sev1 cases opened and not enough support staff to take care of them.
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      Veritas Technologies LLC

      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.
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      Implementation Rating

      IBM

      No answers on this topic

      Veritas Technologies LLC

      It was pretty straightforward.
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      Alternatives Considered

      IBM

      IBM Spectrum Protect is related to the other IBM Spectrum products listed because it is part of the suite and is also the main backup product for backup and restoration of information. With Veeam it is related as they present competence in different lines of technology, often the integration of both tools can be the best solution for clients looking for a successful backup strategy.
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      Veritas Technologies LLC

      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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      Contract Terms and Pricing Model

      IBM

      Not at the moment, but it can leverage the billing outcomes as per the scales.
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      Veritas Technologies LLC

      No answers on this topic

      Return on Investment

      IBM

      • It can be used as a disaster recovery solution when you have the right configuration (either replication or tape copies in a safe location). This way it can be a lifesaver for any company.
      • It can bring back the information you need if you are hit by ransomeware.
      • It is also needed if you are accounting for user error, sometimes people delete the files they need by accident and without a backup solution they are out of luck
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      Veritas Technologies LLC

      • 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.
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