Good Value- dependable backups - needs better first level support
April 08, 2016

Good Value- dependable backups - needs better first level support

Tom Leizear | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Overall Satisfaction with Unitrends

We use Unitrends for local onsite backups at our headquarters and two remote sites. We also use the Vault2Cloud service to provide offsite storage and recovery of our data using replication. Our headquarters device has a dual role as it acts as the replication target for the two remotes sites. This solution provided hands off backups for our remote sites and full data recovery.
  • Easy setup, installation and installing updates are automated.
  • Support for VMware and most data base platforms. Clients installations are easy and Active Directory aware.
  • Vault2Cloud service for offsite replication and data recovery is a great option because Unitrends is the provider. If you have a complete loss of equipment from an event they ship you a replacement device with your vaulted data already loaded on the replacement box. Other solutions we reviewed required you to use third party solutions.
  • Support- Problems are worked as scheduled events and if not resolved within that window (1-2hours) they want to reschedule another window of time. Might be the next day.
  • Incremental Forever backups don't support NAS type file systems, we use an EMC VNX 5300 with data movers. Since there is no server OS using a change log this feature can't be used.
  • Database Bloat issues when running our configuration or having a large amount of backup data. Every 30-60- days we have replication problems and then eventually no backups would process. We would have to call support and have them run a DB cleanup.
  • Reduced the management and resources required to maintain backups and offsite storage.
  • Removed the use of tapes, the cost of the consumables and the reliability issues with this technology.
  • Allows us to completely provide backup and data recovery for our remote sites with no onsite IT support.

Unitrends provided the appliance based solution with local appliances in the remote sites integrated with our data center appliance.

Vault2Cloud data recovery/replication was a Unitrends product not a third party solution/add-on.

Cost was about 20-30% less at the time.

There product fits well for organizations that have many small-medium remote sites and they need to support them with a single point of management and no onsite IT staff. Because the appliances are local the recovery is fast and replication back to a central data center only transfers data changes, the overhead on inter-office links is minimized. Other solutions we looked at wanted to push the changed data from the remote clients to the central data center, but if full restores were required that would over burden the remote office links and require long restore times.

Unitrends Feature Ratings

Universal recovery
Instant recovery
Recovery verification
Business application protection
Incremental backup identification
Backup to the cloud
Deduplication and file compression