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Symantec NetBackup is a backup-as-a-service for enterprises, for data recovery and protection.NetBackup is reliable but can get expensive to maintainNetBackup has been our primary backup solution for all of our organization data and servers. NetBackup backed up all of our virtual and physical servers, as well as our SANs across two different data center environments. We also use NetBackup to write our off-site backups to tape. In late 2016, we implemented deduplication with NetBackup to reduce the size of our backups since we were pulling more of them from remote data centers to our home office where the backups were administered and written to tape.,NetBackup integrates well with Windows servers. The client is reliable. NetBackup does a good job of tracking tapes in the catalog, whether the tapes are still on-site in the robot or off-site at a storage facility. We saw a significant reduction (between 20% and sometimes as much as 80%) on backup sizes with deduplication. This was more so with things like Exchange and SharePoint, less so with images and video files.,The upgrade process with NetBackup is very challenging, at least in our implementation. Each upgrade required a significant amount of troubleshooting, and then we would have to fix integrations with other Veritas and Microsoft products that were no longer compatible with the minor release update of NetBackup. NetBackup doesn't always provide, at least in our environment, the best status reports on what is working and what is not. If something didn't go right with a backup, we didn't always see it right away. The cost of NetBackup was increasing. We were not licensed for their multi-data center replication and high availability components, so we made the decision to move off NetBackup rather than accept a significant price jump.,6,We never experienced a significant system or data loss during the time we used NetBackup. We restored individuals files and small databases based upon user mistakes, but we never had to implement a DR plan. From that aspect, it is difficult to evaluate the ROI. Backups are a commodity service. Features are very similar across multiple tools. Once you decide to stay on-prem or move to the cloud, the list of options are narrowed. Then it becomes a matter of price. From an administration and support perspective, the ROI is low. Vendor technical support is not always responsive. The first two tiers of support are not knowledgeable and their typical recommendation is to read the white paper. My small team spent a lot of time troubleshooting NetBackup, often without much vendor help.,Symantec Backup Exec, Carbonite, Carbonite EVault and Veeam Backup & Replication,Qualtrics, DocuSign, AlienVault USM, Mimecast Enterprise Information ArchivingNetBackup ReviewThe software is used on a daily basis for a full backup of our IT Infrastructure. We use the system to perform daily backups to disk that are offloaded to tapes on a weekly basis. The system allows us to perform backups of both our physical machines that are in the server room and on our manufacturing floor as well as our entire VM environment.,Backup to Disk Physical to Virtual Conversion Remote agent support,Functionality of importing jobs does not work 100% of the time When attempting a restore from tape the system does not tell you what tapes are needed until the job is already started Instant Discovery and add of agents,6,They system has provided us with a DRP solution for bacups Reduced time to backup with Backup to Disk Off load to Tapes has decreased our backup time,,SutiExpense, InvGate Service Desk, InvGate AssetsNetBackup for SharePointWe use NetBackup for our SharePoint Farm. We like that NetBackup has an add-in for SharePoint so in case there's a need to restore a single item from a list or document library it can be done easily. We resolved our problem with not being able to restore a single item or a SharePoint site collection which is beneficial since now we are able to restore items without the need of restoring a whole DB. We use NetBackup across our Americas division.,It has a flexible schedule that can be set to perform the required back ups. It has add-on for other applications such as Microsoft SharePoint. NetBackup lets you restore individual items or site collections from SharePoint.,I dislike the fact that every server needs a license in a SharePoint Farm; servers such as the indexing server shouldn't need a license if NetBackup will not be used for it.,9,NetBackup had a positive impact on the business by cutting down the restore time from 24 hours at times to just a couple of hours.,,Microsoft Dynamics CRM, F5 BIG-IP, TeamViewer, MS SharePoint, Nintex WorkflowNBU--Very good choice if you have a wide variety of data types and requirements.Netbackup (NBU) was used to backup all systems at one point, but cost drove us to use another solution. NBU currently is being used to backup SQL application level data. At the time of the switch, NBU wasn't able to backup Hyper-V, which also influenced our decision to switch.,It is a major player in the backup space, and has an answer for most every data protection problem. Support is pretty good by IT standards. They were always able to quickly isolate a problem and offer a solution. They have appliance-based solutions which help with building out a topology.,They should be on top of developments so that they can release compatible updates. They lost our business in part because they were slow to react to Hyper-V 2012 R2. Cost is prohibitive for many IT shops, large or small.,8,The cost is substantial no matter how it is licensed. They switched from a host based model to a storage based scenario, and the cost was lower at first, but quickly spiraled out of control. Our renewal and trueup was just too much.,Veeam ONE, Avamar and CommVault,CommVault, Veeam ONE, AvamarIntelligent Data ProtectionThe organizational use of Symantec NetBackup includes installing, configuring and administration at enterprise level client sites. Symantec NetBackup is deployed in the lab here and is used to emulate problems customers have in their environment and provide solutions. With the advent use of PBBA's the 5230 and 5330 to protect and manage data Veritas has brought technology which is user friendly and easy to set up.,De-duplication is 45x better than the leading disk basked storage. NDMP accelerator support Intelligent VMware protection using V-Ray technology.,7
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December 20, 2017

Veritas NetBackup Review: "NetBackup is reliable but can get expensive to maintain"

Score 6 out of 10
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NetBackup has been our primary backup solution for all of our organization data and servers. NetBackup backed up all of our virtual and physical servers, as well as our SANs across two different data center environments. We also use NetBackup to write our off-site backups to tape. In late 2016, we implemented deduplication with NetBackup to reduce the size of our backups since we were pulling more of them from remote data centers to our home office where the backups were administered and written to tape.
  • NetBackup integrates well with Windows servers. The client is reliable.
  • NetBackup does a good job of tracking tapes in the catalog, whether the tapes are still on-site in the robot or off-site at a storage facility.
  • We saw a significant reduction (between 20% and sometimes as much as 80%) on backup sizes with deduplication. This was more so with things like Exchange and SharePoint, less so with images and video files.
  • The upgrade process with NetBackup is very challenging, at least in our implementation. Each upgrade required a significant amount of troubleshooting, and then we would have to fix integrations with other Veritas and Microsoft products that were no longer compatible with the minor release update of NetBackup.
  • NetBackup doesn't always provide, at least in our environment, the best status reports on what is working and what is not. If something didn't go right with a backup, we didn't always see it right away.
  • The cost of NetBackup was increasing. We were not licensed for their multi-data center replication and high availability components, so we made the decision to move off NetBackup rather than accept a significant price jump.
NetBackup is a good product. It is reliable. As our complexity grew with multiple hypervisors, multiple production data centers and needs around fail-over and high availability, the cost was increasing and we had to make a decision to change solutions. NetBackup, at least in our case, does not seem to compress its data streams very well and our backup cycles were growing to the point where one day might not always finish before the next day's jobs were scheduled to begin.
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December 14, 2017

Veritas NetBackup: "NetBackup Review"

Score 6 out of 10
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The software is used on a daily basis for a full backup of our IT Infrastructure. We use the system to perform daily backups to disk that are offloaded to tapes on a weekly basis. The system allows us to perform backups of both our physical machines that are in the server room and on our manufacturing floor as well as our entire VM environment.
  • Backup to Disk
  • Physical to Virtual Conversion
  • Remote agent support
  • Functionality of importing jobs does not work 100% of the time
  • When attempting a restore from tape the system does not tell you what tapes are needed until the job is already started
  • Instant Discovery and add of agents
If your environment is a medium size I believe it works well. I have worked with other systems at larger companies and they fit well in that area. One thing I am disappointed on is the support from Veritas. The support is sometimes lacking and can get lost in the system. We rarely call support just because we have made it a point to learn all I can about the system.
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December 06, 2017

Veritas NetBackup Review: "NetBackup for SharePoint"

Score 9 out of 10
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We use NetBackup for our SharePoint Farm. We like that NetBackup has an add-in for SharePoint so in case there's a need to restore a single item from a list or document library it can be done easily. We resolved our problem with not being able to restore a single item or a SharePoint site collection which is beneficial since now we are able to restore items without the need of restoring a whole DB. We use NetBackup across our Americas division.
  • It has a flexible schedule that can be set to perform the required back ups.
  • It has add-on for other applications such as Microsoft SharePoint.
  • NetBackup lets you restore individual items or site collections from SharePoint.
  • I dislike the fact that every server needs a license in a SharePoint Farm; servers such as the indexing server shouldn't need a license if NetBackup will not be used for it.
As mentioned before NetBakcup is perfect for restoring a single item instead of being forced to restore a whole DB which in many scenarios is not ideal for the business. That way the business doesn't have to waist time with restoring a whole DB while it only needs access to 1 or two corrupted files.
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November 30, 2017

Veritas NetBackup Review: "NBU--Very good choice if you have a wide variety of data types and requirements."

Score 8 out of 10
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Netbackup (NBU) was used to backup all systems at one point, but cost drove us to use another solution. NBU currently is being used to backup SQL application level data. At the time of the switch, NBU wasn't able to backup Hyper-V, which also influenced our decision to switch.
  • It is a major player in the backup space, and has an answer for most every data protection problem.
  • Support is pretty good by IT standards. They were always able to quickly isolate a problem and offer a solution.
  • They have appliance-based solutions which help with building out a topology.
  • They should be on top of developments so that they can release compatible updates. They lost our business in part because they were slow to react to Hyper-V 2012 R2.
  • Cost is prohibitive for many IT shops, large or small.
Well suited where you have different data types that need to be protected, including virtual, nas (NDMP), database, etc. They have most everything covered under one umbrella.
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October 19, 2015

Veritas NetBackup Review: "Intelligent Data Protection"

Score 7 out of 10
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The organizational use of Symantec NetBackup includes installing, configuring and administration at enterprise level client sites. Symantec NetBackup is deployed in the lab here and is used to emulate problems customers have in their environment and provide solutions. With the advent use of PBBA's the 5230 and 5330 to protect and manage data Veritas has brought technology which is user friendly and easy to set up.
  • De-duplication is 45x better than the leading disk basked storage.
  • NDMP accelerator support
  • Intelligent VMware protection using V-Ray technology.
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May 13, 2016

Veritas NetBackup: "Simple review from a simple storage admin..."

Score 7 out of 10
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Before Netbackup we were running BackupExec writing directly to LTO5 tape drives. In spring of 2014 we evaluated NBU and Commvault. Both products would meet the needs of modernizing our environment, however in the end NBU was the more economical choice. We chose to implement NBU, with a 86tb backend Netapp 2240-4 and SpectraLogic T110 LTO6 tape library. Since its implementation in spring of 2014 NBU has allowed us to more reliably backup our Oracle environment and other filesystems. The use of MSDP pools extended the amount of capacity we had for backup and the ability to create policies to automatically move data from disk to tape has decreased the amount of time for backups and restores by 50%.
  • The activity monitor allows me to easily see if there are issues with backup jobs or the environment.
  • Community support for NBU is very good. I've been able to research issues with ease and find other users that have been in similar situations.
  • Policy management for backups is very easy and there are lots of options.
  • Limited 60tb MSDP per media server is a frustrating limitation. I have an 86tb san that I cannot leverage all the space on.
  • A refresh of the GUI is needed. There are menus within menus and it is sometimes difficult to find what you are looking for.
  • Creating someone type of FAQ for newer administrators would be useful. I'm sure I have run across a bunch of questions that have been asked 50 times before.
Like most enterprise backup applications, Symantec NetBackup (NBU) suffers from complexity. Using and understanding advanced features can be challenging at times. Real world experience is needed to know if they are worth the time to implement. On the other hand I have found NBU relativity easy to use with a little training from just a simple backup scheduling and restore perspective.
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October 09, 2015

Veritas NetBackup Review: "Network Administrator"

Score 10 out of 10
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We're using Symantec NetBackup across our agency to backup physical servers, virtual severs, NetApp filers, and some desktops. It allows us to manage all of our backups and reporting from a single application. Symantec NetBackup is very flexible and it has a ton of options which can accommodate businesses of every size.
  • VMware backups are very fast and easy to manage. Huge improvement over VCB.
  • Full control of every aspect of the STUs, lifecycle policies, policies, schedules, policy types, exclusions, and etc.
  • Great support, constant improvements, scalability, flexibility.
  • Activity monitor needs to improve transparency by keeping ALL backup jobs (including SLP duplications, child jobs and parent jobs) within a group in the hierarchical view. In the current setup we cannot tell if an SLP duplication job finished for any specific parent job. This is scary!
  • NetBackup needs to have a better way to export views under Activity Monitor, NetBackup Management, Media & Management, Devices, and Credentials into TXT, CSV, XLS, and PDF.
  • Implement Trash Bin for certain objects like policies which will allow you to restore an accidentally deleted policy. This will eliminate having to perform a catalog restore for (1) lost backup policy.
  • Implement Categories for Active, Disabled, Temporary, and Manual backup policies. This will allow users to manage which policies they want to view. However, you should also keep an option for the classic all-in-one style view.
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Veritas NetBackup Scorecard Summary

Feature Scorecard Summary

Universal recovery (5)
6.7
Live recovery (5)
7.7
Recovery verification (5)
7.0
Business application protection (5)
6.0
Multiple backup destinations (5)
9.0
Incremental backup identification (7)
8.0
Backup to the cloud (3)
6.0
Deduplication and file compression (7)
7.2
Snapshots (5)
7.7
Flexible deployment (3)
5.7
Management dashboard (4)
5.5
Platform support (3)
6.0
Retention options (3)
9.0
Encryption (3)
7.3

About Veritas NetBackup

Symantec NetBackup is a backup-as-a-service for enterprises, for data recovery and protection.
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