48 Ratings
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Score 8.5 out of 100
145 Ratings
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Score 6.7 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

  • Cove Data Protection ranks higher in 1 feature set: Data Center Backup

Data Center Backup

8.3

Cove Data Protection

83%
7.0

Veritas Backup Exec

70%
Cove Data Protection ranks higher in 11/14 features

Universal recovery

8.8
88%
11 Ratings
6.8
68%
17 Ratings

Instant recovery

9.2
92%
12 Ratings
5.0
50%
15 Ratings

Recovery verification

8.7
87%
12 Ratings
7.9
79%
18 Ratings

Business application protection

7.7
77%
12 Ratings
8.0
80%
16 Ratings

Multiple backup destinations

9.0
90%
13 Ratings
7.3
73%
19 Ratings

Incremental backup identification

8.1
81%
13 Ratings
7.8
78%
20 Ratings

Backup to the cloud

9.5
95%
13 Ratings
8.2
82%
12 Ratings

Deduplication and file compression

8.1
81%
13 Ratings
6.5
65%
14 Ratings

Snapshots

6.8
68%
10 Ratings
8.5
85%
14 Ratings

Flexible deployment

8.5
85%
13 Ratings
5.1
51%
15 Ratings

Management dashboard

8.8
88%
14 Ratings
5.9
59%
18 Ratings

Platform support

8.2
82%
13 Ratings
5.9
59%
17 Ratings

Retention options

8.3
83%
14 Ratings
8.4
84%
16 Ratings

Encryption

7.1
71%
13 Ratings
6.1
61%
11 Ratings

Attribute Ratings

  • Cove Data Protection is rated higher in 3 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Usability, Support Rating

Likelihood to Recommend

8.2

Cove Data Protection

82%
14 Ratings
6.3

Veritas Backup Exec

63%
22 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

Cove Data Protection

N/A
0 Ratings
1.0

Veritas Backup Exec

10%
3 Ratings

Usability

9.5

Cove Data Protection

95%
4 Ratings
1.0

Veritas Backup Exec

10%
1 Rating

Support Rating

9.8

Cove Data Protection

98%
4 Ratings
2.3

Veritas Backup Exec

23%
5 Ratings

Implementation Rating

Cove Data Protection

N/A
0 Ratings
3.0

Veritas Backup Exec

30%
1 Rating

Likelihood to Recommend

N-able

Solarwinds Backup is ideal for individuals looking to keep a consistent backup of devices in their environment. We used it primarily for networking equipment. It is easy to set up, as it is one of the steps available when adding a new device to solarwinds. It is probably not an ideal product to use for long-term (1 month+) backups.
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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

N-able

  • Backup Reporting: Email alerts, and a great, easy to read Dashboard with detailed error logs and an easy to search Solarwinds FAQ for a lot of them.
  • Restores: So far I have restored files, full VMs, and VMs to other hardware, and so far it has not only been flawless, but so flexible that I can't imagine going back to any other software.
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  • 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

N-able

  • Restore complete settings: IP settings, the setting of CPU/Memory for VMs, etc. would decrease management during a restore.
  • Individual file backup: more granular settings for backup.
  • Change of device name after setup: at times, computer names change after restore so it would be great to rename the device name.
  • Option to recovery security key.
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  • 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

Cove Data Protection

Starting Price

Editions & Modules

Cove Data Protection editions and modules pricing
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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
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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

    N-able

    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

    N-able

    Because is a flexible, easy-to-use, complete solution.
    it has a complete support site, you can find everything you need.
    it can script everything on your network,
    it can remote control the pc's and server of your customers.
    it can restore from everywhere files and databases.
    it can backup quickly and compress finely every kind of data
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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

    N-able

    We have an Italian support partner, they are been very good b7y the first moment.
    All the partners are followed with a lot of attention, even the little ones.
    there is a site where you can learn everything, the single parts of the product are described perfectly.
    Every it specialist should evaluate it.
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    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

    N-able

    No answers on this topic

    Veritas Technologies LLC

    It was pretty straightforward.
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    Alternatives Considered

    N-able

    Cove is able to cover all aspects of backup in a single package. From the same dashboard I can check servers, workstations, and even Office 365. Cove is a much better solution in terms of overall management for a company such as ours. It also provides integration options with N-Able's RMM and Take Control solutions. This allows us to offer our customers with a full service suite in a single package.
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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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    Return on Investment

    N-able

    • There has been NO negative impact to out ROI, but it definitely helps our bottom line. Affordable pricing and solid support make Solarwinds Backup almost a no brainer. That interprets to a growing ROI.
    • The best thing to happen to our ROI is the growth brought in by very happy clients.
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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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