Precisely Assure MIMIX vs. Arcserve ShadowProtect

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Precisely Assure MIMIX
Score 9.9 out of 10
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Assure MIMIX from Precisely (formerly Syncsort) offers IBM i high availability (HA) and disaster recovery (DR) for companies worldwide, from small businesses to global enterprises, who can use Assure MIMIX to prevent data loss and eliminate planned and unplanned downtime. Assure MIMIX provides scalable real-time replication with options for automating administration, monitoring and alerting, customizable switch automation, and a graphical…N/A
Arcserve ShadowProtect
Score 7.9 out of 10
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ShadowProtect, from Arcserve company StorageCraft (merged in March of 2021), supports business continuity with data backup and system protection; the vendor boasts fast system restore capabilities relative to other similar solutions.N/A
Pricing
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Editions & Modules
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
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Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
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Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional Details
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Community Pulse
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Top Pros
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Features
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Data Center Backup
Comparison of Data Center Backup features of Product A and Product B
Precisely Assure MIMIX
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Ratings
Arcserve ShadowProtect
7.4
1 Ratings
7% below category average
Universal recovery00 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Instant recovery00 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Recovery verification00 Ratings7.01 Ratings
Business application protection00 Ratings9.01 Ratings
Multiple backup destinations00 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Incremental backup identification00 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Backup to the cloud00 Ratings5.01 Ratings
Deduplication and file compression00 Ratings6.01 Ratings
Snapshots00 Ratings6.01 Ratings
Flexible deployment00 Ratings7.01 Ratings
Management dashboard00 Ratings7.01 Ratings
Platform support00 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Retention options00 Ratings9.01 Ratings
Encryption00 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Enterprise Backup
Comparison of Enterprise Backup features of Product A and Product B
Precisely Assure MIMIX
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Arcserve ShadowProtect
8.0
1 Ratings
4% below category average
Continuous data protection00 Ratings9.01 Ratings
Replication00 Ratings7.01 Ratings
Disaster Recovery
Comparison of Disaster Recovery features of Product A and Product B
Precisely Assure MIMIX
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Arcserve ShadowProtect
7.0
1 Ratings
7% below category average
Disaster Recovery Planning00 Ratings7.01 Ratings
Hot Sites00 Ratings7.01 Ratings
Disaster Recovery Testing00 Ratings7.01 Ratings
Automated Disaster Recovery00 Ratings7.01 Ratings
Best Alternatives
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Small Businesses
Axcient x360Cloud
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Score 9.0 out of 10
Axcient x360Cloud
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Score 9.0 out of 10
Medium-sized Companies
NAKIVO Backup & Replication
NAKIVO Backup & Replication
Score 9.2 out of 10
NAKIVO Backup & Replication
NAKIVO Backup & Replication
Score 9.2 out of 10
Enterprises
Veeam Data Platform
Veeam Data Platform
Score 9.0 out of 10
Veeam Data Platform
Veeam Data Platform
Score 9.0 out of 10
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User Ratings
Precisely Assure MIMIXArcserve ShadowProtect
Likelihood to Recommend
10.0
(2 ratings)
7.0
(7 ratings)
Availability
9.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Performance
9.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Support Rating
9.0
(1 ratings)
8.0
(3 ratings)
Product Scalability
9.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
User Testimonials
Precisely Assure MIMIXArcserve ShadowProtect
Likelihood to Recommend
Precisely
MIMIX is clearly the best IBMi solution for most high availability and disaster recovery situations. It provides rock-solid replication and agile ability to switch quickly. In its earlier days, some organizations used it as a primary daily system backup method. With the advent of Ransomware, this is no longer advisable. The strength of MIMIX real-time replication becomes a weakness if IBMi data becomes infected. As in any real-time replication product, at that point, two systems are infected.
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Arcserve
In situations where business continuity needs are high, ShadowProtect backups provide the ability to keep operations running with very minimal downtime, even in situations like crypto-locked data. If a backup server is set up in an environment to resume a live server from backup, this is even more helpful. In situations where clients don't care as much about quickly recovering their data, they can go without a solution like this.
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Pros
Precisely
  • Redundancy - needs to be available at a moment's notice.
  • Protection - the business would be greatly impacted, therefore protection of production systems is key to the business succeeding.
  • Usability - needs to be user-friendly, easy to navigate and operate, as it will be required at any given time.
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Arcserve
  • You can virtualize your backups using Virtualbox, a free program that works on any PC.
  • Backups are versatile, and you can back up to any location you'd like.
  • Alerting can be set up for failed backups.
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Cons
Precisely
  • Possible false sense of security for ransomware attacks.
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Arcserve
  • The replication offsite can have issues over time. It takes manual involvement to keep it working right.
  • SPX remote management isn't easy out of the box.
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Reliability and Availability
Precisely
MIMIX is software built for availability. By its nature it is must be available. As long as the underlying system and communication network are available MIMIX is working. And if there are failures in either of those, MIMIX is designed to allow for a quick and resilient recovery once underly systems or communications are restored
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Arcserve
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Performance
Precisely
I have never seen MIMIX itself be a performance bottleneck. However it is important to consider the network in overall performance of any remotely replicated systems. MIMIX can only replicate as fast as the network allows. But a strong capability of MIMIX is its ability to "buffer" its replication, so it can be sent without error as the network allows
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Arcserve
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Support Rating
Precisely
Support is available and efficient. Response time is good and likelyhood of a quick resolutiion is high. However the mature solid product and proactive management tools, fortunately make support requirements relatively rare. The support for version upgrades is also strong, but again the basic upgrade process is usually straightforward and well documented.
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Arcserve
We don’t need support often, but when we do, the support has been strong. Sometimes it is hard to determine how to access support for the exact issue we are having. There are a decent forum and online ticketing system. Support for the cloud center seems to be provided only by phone, though.
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Alternatives Considered
Precisely
We used MIMIX for its role for iSeries high availability. We used Double Take by Vision Solutions for our production Windows environment. MIMIX is designed for iSeries, and Double Take was designed for Windows. We had VMware virtual environment, running multiple VMs for production ERP Lawson M3, now Infor. Both MIMIX and Double Take played the role well for what needed to be done. Without either MIMIX or DoubleTake, the business would have been impacted.
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Arcserve
Speed, we rely on Shadowprotect to provide us with fast backups and also backups that are smaller in size compared to the other products.
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Scalability
Precisely
MIMIX works to its intended functionality. It provides real time data replication across multiple partitions and systems as defined. I have never witnessed any problems with MIMIX in scaling to larger systems or adding new data groups. In conjunction with the inherent scalability of IBMi scalability and configuration flexibillity are rather quick and easy.
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Arcserve
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Return on Investment
Precisely
  • MIMIX had a positive impact, as the organization has had to rely upon the unplanned switch.
  • MIMIX definite must if organization is running i Series, and business needs are 24/7.
  • Without MIMIX in place, the downtime impact to the business would have been great.
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Arcserve
  • We have been with Shadowprotect for 5 years and are now only moving off of them due to limited functionality and Shadowprotect doubling our billing.
  • The product now requires a lot more babysitting so I have one person just stuck managing backups, which is not a fulfilling job and hard to keep someone in that seat.
  • While Shadowprotect has been fantastic for years, it is time for us to move on to something that makes financial sense and requires less labour.
  • Storagecraft Cloud is fairly expensive compared to competitors.
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