10 out 10 reliability and simplicity
April 20, 2021

10 out 10 reliability and simplicity

Victor Cenac | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
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  • Unitrends Backup Software

Overall Satisfaction with Unitrends Data Center Backup and Recovery

We use two instances of Unitrends Data [Center Backup and Recovery] in two VMware clusters separated by a slow link. These instances are the core of our DR strategy. Virtual machines are being backed up nightly in most cases, but some are backed up multiple times a day. Some are then replicated to a "cold" storage device. The idea is to have the eggs in multiple baskets.
The virtual machines being backed up are linux of various flavors and Windows. Disk sizes range from from 10 GB to 12 TB. I am really impressed with the simplicity of Unitrends [Data Center Backup and Recovery]. It just works!
  • Very reliable. We tried VDP and Veeam in the past and reliability was not a strong point for these competitors. It is a huge relief to have a backup system that just keeps on working.
  • Deduplication is working great and it does not consume a lot of CPU resources. This is a great asset and allows running Unitrends Data Backup without allocating a large slice of resources from production loads.
  • Disk access requirements are fairly low. This is very valuable, because implementing Unitrends data backup does not require investment in new data storage, capable of high IOPS. We have it running on non-accelerated RAID that is capable of around 3-4k IOPS and there are no complaints.
  • Low network requirements. Deduplication is done inline, reducing network traffic. The replication of our VM backups is happening over a 1 G link and the traffic is not noticeable.
  • I would like to see a feature where the Unitrends [Data Center Backup and Recovery] adds a newly created virtual machine automatically to a new backup schedule based on some criteria like a tag. As it stands today, auto selection is only based on name of the VM and the job is assigned to an already existing schedule.
  • Unitrends [Data Center Backup and Recovery] has a File Level Recovery feature. A single file can be recovered from a Windows server, without the need to restore the entire machine. I would like to have this functionality for Linux machines as well.
  • We have arrived at Unitrends after trying VMware RDP (EMC Avamar) and Veeam. Both options were expensive and had high requirements for underlying infrastructure. Unitrends has done away with all that, allowing us to free a significant part of our budget for hardware refresh and upgrade, since it can work on our existing installation.

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Compare to the competition, I found that Unitrends Data [Center] Backup and Recovery works without need for constant attention. It does not need high end hardware to run on, compared to the competition, also. Our VDP installation had to be rebuilt almost monthly. It came with a high IOPS requirement for its storage and 10GB networking was a must. Veeam was a little easier on those requirements, but changes made to some backup policy would result in the necessity of a full backup, again. This results in unnecessary delays and congestion.
Unitrends Data [Center] Backup and Recovery worked fine on our existing infrastructure with no fuss. It has all the features the competition has at a fraction of the cost. Reliability has been outstanding. This is how a backup solution should be!
I can't imagine a scenario where Unitrends [Data Center Backup and Recovery] would not be suited. It is lightweight, fast and very reliable. It is capable of instant recovery as well as file level recovery. It is very versatile in terms of storage repositories, from external HDD all the way to cloud repositories...

Unitrends Feature Ratings

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