Micro Focus Data Protector - a very nice backup tool
July 15, 2022

Micro Focus Data Protector - a very nice backup tool

Joao Correa | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Micro Focus Data Protector

We use Micro Focus Data Protector as a backup tool for our SQL Server, Oracle Database, Vmware, and file system environments.
  • Micro Focus Data Protector has a very customizable backup schedule, allowing to edit the flat file according to our security policies.
  • Micro Focus Data Protector has a very easy to use interface.
  • We can update its clients in a very easy way.
  • There are some hard-to-implement integrations, such as Office 365, Acrople virtual center, and Vmware granular recovery
  • Some hardware is discontinued, despite their factories still having support, like a tape library, for example.
  • Micro Focus Data Protector support has to improve a better service. Some open cases take too long to solve.
  • During 14 years of using it, we never had a case in which some data needed couldn't be recovered. Positive
  • We still have difficulties implementing some integrations like Office 365 and Acropole. These environments are not being backed up. Negative
  • When we upgrade a version, we lose compatibility with some older clients and hardware. Negative
Some cases take so long to get a return or get a solution. In my opinion, among all the negative points from Micro Focus Data Protector, this is the most critical one. When we are dealing with backup, the solution has to be the fastest possible.

Do you think Micro Focus Data Protector delivers good value for the price?

Yes

Are you happy with Micro Focus Data Protector's feature set?

Yes

Did Micro Focus Data Protector live up to sales and marketing promises?

I wasn't involved with the selection/purchase process

Did implementation of Micro Focus Data Protector go as expected?

Yes

Would you buy Micro Focus Data Protector again?

Yes

Very easy to use. What needs to improve is to make it easier to configure some integrations and features, such as office 365 integration, acropolis integration, block change-based backup, etc. Despite we have documentation, even following all the steps, the integration is hard to implement or doesn't work in the end.
Well suited: scenarios with very specific backups schedules; backups saved in tape libraries.

Less appropriate: environments with older Operational Systems and older hardware, such as tape libraries.

Micro Focus Data Protector Feature Ratings

Universal recovery
8
Instant recovery
8
Business application protection
6
Multiple backup destinations
10
Deduplication and file compression
8
Flexible deployment
9
Platform support
7
Retention options
10

Using Micro Focus Data Protector

12 - Database Administrators, System Operators
3 - They are database administrators. One person uses Micro Focus Data Protector for 14 years.
  • SQL Server backup.
  • File System Backup.
  • VMware backup.
  • Oracle Database Backup.
  • Edit the job schedule flat time to customize it.
It's a very easy to use tool to the most of the integration.

Micro Focus Data Protector Support

ProsCons
Good followup
Problems get solved
Kept well informed
Support cares about my success
Quick Initial Response
Slow Resolution
Less knowledgeable
Escalation required
Difficult to get immediate help
Yes. The Support premium is needed, specially in some complex scenarios. That's our case.
Yes - It was partially solved, but it wasn't in a timely fashion. The last issue took more than 30 days to get a solution and it wasn't 100% effective.
I opened a case asking to move some IDB files to another location and the analyst and engineer were very kind and assisted me to solve this case quickly and successfully.

Using Micro Focus Data Protector

ProsCons
Like to use
Relatively simple
Easy to use
Technical support not required
Well integrated
Consistent
Quick to learn
Convenient
Feel confident using
Familiar
None
  • Easy to configure and perform SQL Server backup jobs.
  • Backup schedule very customizable.
  • Restore job easy to perform.
  • Some integrations such as Office 365, Acropole virtual center.
  • Perform restore of its Internal Database.