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Commvault is the eponymous data backup and recovery solution from the data management company headquartered in New Jersey. Its features support multi-cloud backup, protection for applications, databases, and virtual machines, end-point user data protection, and disaster recovery.
Commvault provides support for backup and recovery of files,
applications, databases, hypervisors, and a variety of popular cloud storage
options, including Amazon AWS, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform, and
Oracle Cloud Infrastructure. Modalities can be cloud or multi-cloud,
on-premises or cloud-only workloads.
Cloud Backup and Recovery Options
- Complete backup and recovery across files, applications, databases, virtual machines
- Archiving for files and virtual machines
- Encryption of data in flight and at rest
- Compress and deduplicate data for moving workloads
- Disaster recovery
- Hardware snapshot management
- Replication and virtual machine incremental replication
- Backup operational reporting through Commvault Command Center
- File sharing
- Comprehensive view of data storage locations: on-premises data centers, public, and private clouds
- Consistent service level agreements for hybrid IT environments
- IT agility from tested data management practices
- Policy control management for cloud and on-premises workloads
Frequently Asked Questions
- Organized policy-based configuration
- Variety of client types
- Deduplication of Backup Data
- It is a complicated environment for the new user
- Copy rules are not very clear
- Browse for Restore functionality does not always give desired results
- Simple interface
- Virtual machines backup quickly and completely
- Centralized management
- Good Duplication ratio
- Integration with NetApp storage and Esxi
- The time to restore process could be better.
- The Commvault support need an error to start a case
- Some complex to implement
- Backs up virtual machines quickly and completely.
- Integrates well with Oracle's built-in RMAN tools for recovery & cloning, making success much more likely.
- Produces really good logs.
- Runs on Red Hat Enterprise Linux with minimal changes to the clients.
- For database restores, it has to restore the entire database in order to recover just one table.
- Backups of virtual machines with direct attached storage is difficult.
- I wish it covered cloud assets more thoroughly, like AWS ELBs and Security Groups.
- Centralized management
- World class support
- Can backup anything anywhere
- Confusing licensing model
- File level restore
- Retains permissions
- Hourly backups
- Replication off site
- The email restore process could be better but still works
- When restoring a file, you have to select the path twice
We use it to backup our NetApp storage with around 900TB of user data (CIFS and NFS shares), it also protects around 100 general application VMs and our Oracle databases running on both OVM and Exadata.
Commvault has a great integration with NetApp storages (we actually started using for NetApp backups only, at that time it was sold with NetApp as a 'feature' called SnapProtect).
It allowed us to completely retire our tape libraries as now we run backups directly to Cloud object storages. It's deduplication algorithm works really well and ensures we only upload the modified data.
- Deep and complete integration with NetApp storage.
- Ability to backup data directly to Cloud object storages (BLOBS, S3, etc.).
- A wide range of features and integrations to most virtualization platforms.
- Integration with Oracle databases.
- Complex to implement and to administer.
In this scenario, Commvault is the most likely backup system to be compatible with all technologies/systems you use.
It's also very recommended to protect a large NetApp environment. They have a very good partnership and it is reflected on the integration between the two systems.
The 'price' for it is that Commvault is a complex tool to implement and manage.
It works in a different concept from the other backup tools in the market. It's not 'job-oriented', but 'policy-oriented.'
It brings some headaches to those who dont have much experience with Commvault. To administer large environments, I would recommend to look for someone experienced on it.
We did it a few years ago, and this guy did a really good job improving our backups.
Now that we have a very experienced guy working with Commvault, most of the time we can fix or do anything by ourselves.
We had some issues with their support taking a really long time to respond and fix some issues in the past.
In most cases we ended up appealing to the community, other peers, or Commvault's SE team.
- Commvault has better Duplication ratio.
- Commvault is good at reports and audit trails. We won't miss anything which is required for our audit.
- Support team is very responsive and provides confidence in solutions and good follow through until the problem is rectified or solved.
- It does not have any agent for Zimbra mail backup.
- It has to provide or should come up with supporting smaller environments.
- I would like to keep using the java console instead of using the Command Center.
- Online training
- in-person training
We also use the private metrics reporting feature to provide standardised reporting for all of our customers.
- Supports integration with a wide range of applications, storage arrays, hypervisors and cloud targets.
- Supports a wide range of media targets, disk, tape and cloud and allows global deduplication of all data to minimise footprint.
- Single pane of glass to manage.
- Excellent Support!
- The Java console while old is still the place to go for advanced configuration. The new web console is still gaining feature parity.
- The more complex configurations do require significant planning and testing prior to implementation.
- Commvault Complete Backup & Recovery provides complete auditing. Having worked with many products in the past, most fell short on reporting. In particular reporting on restores. Commvault Complete Backup & Recovery provides detailed information on operations that were performed, the account performing the operation and where was the data placed.
- The flexibility of the product allows it to be more of a framework than a rigid application. By leveraging vendor specific API's, such as NetApp SnapVault/SnapMirror access, stronger integration and a more reliable service is produced. The workflow functionality and ability to utilize personal scripts helps administrators perform developer functions.
- Support for aging technologies is a challenge for any large institution. Maintaining the ability to support old solutions, even in a limited capacity, is more desirable than bringing in a secondary solution or not support it at all.
- Commvault Complete Backup & Recovery has developed the concept of plans that work great in smaller institutions but can hamstring large enterprises by the limited flexibility. There are situations where plans appear to be forced into decisions. Ideally, providing the ability to disable plans would be beneficial.
- The security model is granular in respects to permissions and ability to implement it for a single object (client, user, job). Implementing the correct collection of permissions can sometimes feel like opening a padlock. This appears to be a great place to implement a wizard for guiding administrators through desired behaviors and building the appropriate security role.
- The customer support team is bar none. I always have confidence that any issues that arise will be resolved.
- Interface is very intuitive.
- Excellent reporting (both canned & custom)
- Logs are very detailed.
- Workflows, API access allow for automation
- Supports a multitude of legacy applications as well as bleeding-edge & current systems
- Licensing is complex
- Cost impedes implementation for organizations that would be a great fit.
- Exchange & Sharepoint coverage
The backup data replication and storage policy setup architecture makes Commvault the top product as you can tailor your storage policy depending on any requirements. The Global Deduplication feature offers exceptional savings.
- Single pane of glass for effective centralized management
- Outstanding and very responsive customer support
- Support for both legacy and emerging applications
- Complex Licensing Model
- Costly solution
- Uses Java to launch management console which is slow and Java-related issues come with it
- Virtual Server backups
- SQL backups
- UI consistency
- Better control over feature releases and hotfix packages. Sometimes there are too many bugs
Reporting and alerting are major advantages that Commvault has over other products we support. With so much capability built into the product, we don't have to rely on 3rd-party tools to help us manage our Backup As A Service offering.
- Commvault VM LiveSync.
- IntelliSnap SAN snapshot protection.
- Auxiliary Copy to Tape for long term data retention.
- The Java CommCell Console freeze/hangups/occasional slowness.
- Updating agents of any type, can sometimes be a huge endeavor.
- Oracle DB granular recoveries can sometimes be difficult, because of the many plethora of restore options.
- Plethora of application and database support under one product.
- Excellent reporting tools to have granular information.
- Ease of use for administrator, with support for automation.
- Integration into various applications like SQL , Vmware etc.
- The support for multi platform migration.
- The support for multi database vendor for application ( Commserve DB ).
- Active Directory
- Non-SQL database support
- AD restores
- Commvault is the Swiss Army knife for data protection in an Enterprise environment. You name the environment and Commvvault has something to protect it. Very helpful in this on-prem/off-prem world that is developing into a DevOps world.
- Improves our Disaster Recovery
- Starting to utilize for data migration for VMware in places where Zerto is too expensive
- Would be good to improve simplicity. Obviously, with the hundreds of different types of OSs, we have to support this is a challenge. However, I think Commvault is committed to significant improvements in 2020.
- Not quite a ding as more of an acknowledgment of the need to improve Google Cloud data protection. The biggest problem is Google is just ramping up their cloud features/functions which hinders Commvault to provide that so, Commvault is getting there.
- Automation like workflow.
- Ease of use, less complexity.
- Excellent support, very pro-active.
- Leaders in the backup realm.
- Additional workflow template and not so much the canned reports that comes with it.
- Pricing, it does get pricey when you start adding new features not purchased before hand.
- Licensing structure, should be more flexible especially in for an enterprise level customers.
Commvault Complete Backup & Recovery is best suited for a large environment that is hybrid and a mix bag of applications, storage devices, and operating system. It's really a good fit like our environment where we are in a transition of physical to virtual and on-prem to Cloud provider. Commvault Complete Backup & Recovery really covers these arenas really well.
I believe it's less appropriate for a small SMB that does need not a robust backup infrastructure due to cost.
- Manages thousands of backups across multiple OS types and releases
- Provides an easy way to locate, view and restore the content of those backups.
- Permits distributed configuration and control through role-based user accounts
- Balances the workload against the backup infrastructure capabilities.
- The new "extent-based-backup" feature is potentially a huge win and Commvault advantage for sites with enormous files to back up (terabytes), but the assignment of extents to backup streams could use some optimization, and there should be some tuning tools for extent-based backups.
- It shouldn't be so hard to figure out how to get the GUI to use a larger font. The default font is extremely small and completely unsuitable for many of us with "Senior" in our titles.
- It should be trivial to clone an existing backup set or client configuration and then update just the unique bits.
Until recently it had one fatal flaw in environments with huge files to back up (terabytes each), but that has now been addressed with "extent-based backups", allowing multiple backup streams to back up different parts of the same file(s). With more tuning and maturity, that feature will have huge benefits in all kinds of enterprise-class situations.
- It cover all our OS and application scenarios, both virtual and physical.
- Brings us "peace of mind" on a reliable tool.
- Have a very good support organization with really qualified technicians.
- Maybe more deep CLI documentation (both "q" commands and SQL).
- Additional canned reports
- Fewer hardware requirements
- Less costly licensing
- Options for protecting different workloads
- Support structure with ESP and TAM
- Development cycle and adoption of client requested modifications/enhancements
- Integration of the personalization teams TAPI functionality into core product to increase speed of new functionality rollout.
- Automation around agent installation for MSPs
- Dynamic workload allocation, so automatically pausing and resuming workloads automagically so any late-night failures because of any network or client issue could be tried again during the backup window, potentially multiple times.
- Commvault supports a wide variety of operating systems and applications.
- Product support from Commvault is excellent.
- It can be scaled up to handle large organizations.
- Constantly providing fixes and improvements to the product.
- Commvault isn't always intuitive to use.
- Like most software, there are often bugs that need to be dealt with. However, Commvault has been very responsive.
- Virtual server backups not as well executed as other products.
- Easy to use interface on top of a comprehensive and trustworthy platform.
- Policy-based capabilities allow plans that can be easily duplicated and deployed, saving time and helping to ensure assets are protected.
- The system is very well thought out, the built-in deduplication capabilities save over wire data transmission reducing the throughput and network congestion.
- Support for encryption
- Hardware requirements are pretty steep, but understandable for a product that is as comprehensive as Commvault.
- There is a pretty steep learning curve and the training is a must for a product with the complexity and capabilities of Commvault.
- Deduplication: Allows for multiple point in time restores without using tons of backend storage. Commvault Dedup has been proven to work effectively time and time again in our environment.
- Upgrade and Supportability: Commvault upgrades usually go extremely smoothly. The upgrade process is well documented via Commvault website. We are able to maintain a secure and up to date environment very easily.
- Commvault IntelliSnap backup is a very effective and useful tool for protecting multiple VMS at a quick speed.
- Commvault Complete Backup & Recovery's client based backups are just about as solid as any tool I have ever seen or used. Client side backups are very user friendly and extremely easy to deploy. I like the amount of information given when failures occur makes troubleshooting issues very easy.
- Support is good until it is an advanced troubleshooting problem. Then it takes a very long time to get to DEV and sometimes even longer to fix.
Client based remote backups - Well Suited
IntelliSnap VSA backups - Well Suited
Instant Failover Recovery for VMs - Less appropriate.
- SQL backups
- Vmware granular backups
- Easier Oracle restores
- Removal of outdated alerts