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Data Protector from Micro Focus, acquired from Hewlett-Packard Enterprise, is backup and recovery software.HP Data Protector does the job well.HP Data Protector was being used by my organization to backup Oracle Database related systems.,Longevity. We could go back 6 months+ to recover data. Reliability. Always worked.,I had light interaction with this system, so it would not be fair for me to say where there is a need for improvement. It worked the way we need it do to get the job done.,8,Positive impact. I have not worked with HP Data Protector enough to provide the ROI. It simply worked when we needed it to.,TSM,Tivoli Storage ManagerData Protector better for Unix than WindowsWe used HP Data Protector as a backup for all of our Windows and Unix servers. We had the server side node installed on HP-UX while the backup drives used were the HP MSL 6030 and MSL 2024. It offered a simple backup solution on a reliable backend. The trouble we ran into most of all were the limitations at the time to write to disk efficiently. They were behind the ball for us in terms of deduplication technology at the time.,It is very reliable on the server side to provide a trustworthy back end. The install was simple and provided an easy way to install and backup Unix servers. The support was always helpful and responded quickly.,They seem to be behind the ball on adapting newer technology. Importing backup indexes were not the easiest task and required a Unix admin. The client side install was not very compact.,5,One positive impact was that it was very stable and therefore made for an easy way to keep the investment going. Another positive impact was the Unix portion of the backup. It is the best solution for these servers. The biggest negative impact for us was when we went to change to another backup product and none of the old backups can be migrated. This means that HP Data Protector has to be installed and running for up to seven years in our case in order to keep up with our data retention policy.,Networker,Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft SQL Server, Blackbaud NetCommunity, Microsoft IIS,4,4,Backup Windows server OS and shared files Backup UNIX server OS and shared files Backup Oracle db9 databases Backup SQL 2005 databases Backup Exchange Data Stores,It has been easy to use in order to label our tapes and keep track of them. We have used it to refresh SQL databases from production to test on a scheduled basis. Using scripting I have also been able to send backups directly to disk and tape from Oracle to set up test databases.,I plan to eliminate this product as soon as my last data tape expires. I do not plan on using this software in the future. We keep this in place in order to comply with our data retention policy. If a need arises that data must be restored within that time frame I will restore that data using HP Data Protector.,1Experienced in Data ProtectorHP Data Protector is our enterprise wide backup and recovery solution, we have been using HP Data Protector for 17 years. We currently have two cell managers one that is on the current version 9.04 and one that is on version 7.03 for our legacy operating systems, Oracle and MSSQL databases. This flexibility allows us the ability to backup and restore critical production systems and databases with the older version which supports these architectures and platforms and also have a solution that supports the latest operating systems and databases with our 9.04 cell.,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.,Granular recovery extension plugins need to be documented better and kept up to date, this would aid in the installation of these plugins. When deploying Granular Recovery Extensions for VMware and Exchange, security options of the cell need to be turned off (Secure Cell and Encrypted Communication). Reporting on scheduled backups via the advanced scheduling option are non-existent, this needs to be available.,8,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.,Symantec Backup Exec and Veeam Backup & Replication,HP Network Node Manager, SolarWinds Log & Event Manager, vSphereDon't buy itHP Data Protector was being used for back ups.,Nothing it is an average product.,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.,2,I had to work 70 hours week to manage this product.,Networker,Salesforce Partner Management, WhatsUp Gold, VMware ESXi,5,3,Backing up to tape Restoring back ups Off site retention,None,Possible lab back ups,1,Yes,Price Product Usability Positive Sales Experience with the Vendor,Would not have bought it, and would have wanted a better demo,Implemented in-house,Yes,Change management was a major issue with the implementation,Wrong setting on tape back ups Having to recreate jobs multiple time due to tech support disagreeing on how they should be set up Having to start and stop jobs,1,Yes,2,Yes,When the drive became corrupt no one had ever had this problem before. I literally followed the sun around the planet from help center to help center until I got the main guy who developed it in Europe and they fixed the problem.,The GUI was very simple,Each job had to be created and could not step on the other it was a logical nightmare. Plus we had to update twice to get some of the functions we needed.,1
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Score 7.4 out of 101
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November 02, 2017

User Review: "HP Data Protector does the job well."

Score 8 out of 10
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HP Data Protector was being used by my organization to backup Oracle Database related systems.
  • Longevity. We could go back 6 months+ to recover data.
  • Reliability. Always worked.
  • I had light interaction with this system, so it would not be fair for me to say where there is a need for improvement. It worked the way we need it do to get the job done.
We needed it for Oracle DB backup on both Unix and Windows Servers. Works well in both environments.
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December 05, 2015

Review: "Data Protector better for Unix than Windows"

Score 5 out of 10
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We used HP Data Protector as a backup for all of our Windows and Unix servers. We had the server side node installed on HP-UX while the backup drives used were the HP MSL 6030 and MSL 2024. It offered a simple backup solution on a reliable backend. The trouble we ran into most of all were the limitations at the time to write to disk efficiently. They were behind the ball for us in terms of deduplication technology at the time.
  • It is very reliable on the server side to provide a trustworthy back end.
  • The install was simple and provided an easy way to install and backup Unix servers.
  • The support was always helpful and responded quickly.
  • They seem to be behind the ball on adapting newer technology.
  • Importing backup indexes were not the easiest task and required a Unix admin.
  • The client side install was not very compact.
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.
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December 04, 2015

User Review: "Experienced in Data Protector"

Score 8 out of 10
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HP Data Protector is our enterprise wide backup and recovery solution, we have been using HP Data Protector for 17 years. We currently have two cell managers one that is on the current version 9.04 and one that is on version 7.03 for our legacy operating systems, Oracle and MSSQL databases. This flexibility allows us the ability to backup and restore critical production systems and databases with the older version which supports these architectures and platforms and also have a solution that supports the latest operating systems and databases with our 9.04 cell.
  • 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.
  • Granular recovery extension plugins need to be documented better and kept up to date, this would aid in the installation of these plugins.
  • When deploying Granular Recovery Extensions for VMware and Exchange, security options of the cell need to be turned off (Secure Cell and Encrypted Communication).
  • Reporting on scheduled backups via the advanced scheduling option are non-existent, this needs to be available.
HP Data Protector is suited for medium to large environments that are mixed platform shops, it can handle backup and restores of most major databases and MS applications along with Unix and Linux. It has de-duplication and backup to disk functionality which can be licensed as needed. The virtual environment backup options cover the major players in that area.
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November 20, 2015

Data Protector Review: "Don't buy it"

Score 2 out of 10
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HP Data Protector was being used for back ups.
  • Nothing it is an average product.
  • 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.
Ask about tech support and set reasonable expectations.
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Feature Scorecard Summary

Universal recovery (1)
3
Live recovery (4)
8.0
Recovery verification (4)
9.0
Business application protection (3)
9.0
Multiple backup destinations (3)
6.6
Incremental backup identification (4)
8.0
Backup to the cloud (1)
1
Deduplication and file compression (3)
9.0
Snapshots (1)
1
Management dashboard (1)
8
Platform support (1)
9
Retention options (1)
9

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Data Protector from Micro Focus, acquired from Hewlett-Packard Enterprise, is backup and recovery software.
Categories:  Data Center Backup

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