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Question: What is the biggest difference between Veritas NetBackup and Commvault? Answer: Veritas doesn't have manual labeling of the tape library via GUI, Commvault somehow created a backup destination other than what I assigned it. Data consistency for the backup for both the software is good, I have successfully tested and recovered data from VM consistent backup and app consistent backup using both the software. There is no decisive factor, trying all of them and finding the most suitable one for your data center would be a viable decision.
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"It's a complete software that can protect all the main applications. Perhaps that's the feature I like most. The integration with the NetApp and other apps is also very nice.""We are using a KVM system in our cloud, and this solution works very well with it.""The solution provides us with a single platform to move, manage, and recover our data across on-premise locations. Some of the guys have been using it to move a virtual machine from VMware to the Microsoft solution, Hyper-V. They back it up and then they restore to the different virtual machine provider, and that works great.""The multi-tenancy is the most valuable feature for us because it's the only software that is fully multi-tenant and that has all the features we need to provide to all our tenants. It provides us with advanced features for MySQL and Oracle, among other platforms""The most valuable feature is sharing data sets like they're in a private cloud. We call it our "private cloud" because we can share anything that is inside our backup set with our colleagues or with other people, and yet, everything is still in Belgrade, in Serbia. It's not somewhere else on cloud servers. Everything is in our environment.""I'm a big fan of the reporting. You can build your own reports; it's very customizable. You can have individual reports going to groups of people or individuals. You can have them go out multiple times a day. It's basically a free-for-all as far as reporting goes. If anybody wants a specific job report every day, you can build it, schedule it, and have it go out and never touched it again. It's pretty nice.""The solution's interface is easy to use. For manageability, it doesn't matter where the resource is coming from or going to. That's the great power of the Control Panel: It's easy to use and does not matter if you manage on-prem or cloud resources.""It provides us a good holistic view of everything that we have backed up so far. It also provides us all the recovery points. If we look at an an object that has been backed up, we can tell how many retention copies it has, how far we can go, and recover any data, if needed."

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"The most valuable features are the VMware VADP backups and the support for data domains.""The VM portal and the CloudCatalyst are two of the solution's most valuable features.""Good graphical user interface. It's easy to create policies and to do installs.""The solution offers very good storage efficiency, so there's excellent compression and deduplication within the product that our clients really appreciate.""The most valuable feature is the trouble-free operation, as we have not had many problems with it.""The solution offers a lot of really great features that organizations can utilize and take advantage of.""The most valuable feature is the disaster recovery functionality.""The most valuable feature is its stability."

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Cons
"I think the one thing that could be improved is the customer experience. The interface should be more user friendly.""This solution can be complex and difficult to administer because it supports all of the many platforms, so it would help if they could simplify it.""Just to keep it running is time-consuming. There are five people on my team. Commvault was supposed to be one of the less time-consuming solutions, but in reality it takes 60 percent of our time just to keep it running, and that's not even fine-tuning it; that's just to keep it running.""There is room for improvement in its user interface and web console, called Command Center. They are improving it every year so if they continue in that direction, I think it will be a very reliable console.""They can always improve the interface design to make it easier. Sometimes, you need to click two or three times to do something. They should look at what tabs are used most and make them more accessible, to cut the time it takes to get to that information.""Command Center definitely gives us a complete view of our data. But finding some of the granular, very small items that we sometimes have to find, such as auxiliary copies for tapes, I still find that it's easier to navigate and, sometimes, only possible to find them using the CommCell tool.""The solution's breadth and depth of cloud support are good, but could be better. Some cloud features that are common-sense, especially on AWS, are not completely integrated yet in the product. They are a work-in-progress.""It does not have an easy deployment. The deployment is not something that just anybody can go in and deploy."

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"In terms of improvement, it's very difficult to make it work with multiple business units. Its security model is too constricted.""It would be helpful, in future releases, if the solution could add WORM (Write Once Read Many) support right within the product.""Lacks a reporting feature.""It would be extremely helpful if the solution offered near-zero recovery time for SQL.""The speed of restoring data could be improved.""The only pain point we have with this solution is the cost. It's very expensive. In fact, it's so expensive we are looking for other platforms. We want to move away from it in order to save our organization costs.""The support for new technologies is limited.""The SQL Server backup features are not up to date."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"The price could perhaps be lower as well.""Our cost is around $20,000 per month. The previous year, it was around $30,000 per month. It now costs less because Commvault changed the licensing type for providers.""Our yearly cost is around €20,000... The cost is based on the number of users and the amount of data. They sell it per terabyte.""There is a bit of cost involved with signing up the entire solution. It's not a cheap solution.""Commvault licensing is a perpetual license so only the support is being renewed yearly.""The complete license gives us options for all the features. Commvault does not license based on storage or the management components. It can integrate with any storage vendor. That means that when we are out of storage and need more, we can integrate without additional licensing. In my opinion, Commvault needs to reduce the licensing cost by 20 to 40 percent to make it cost-efficient.""We went from Veritas NetBackup to Commvault. We switched due to upfront licensing and costs. We have more visibility into what we're actually purchasing. It seemed like, overall, the cost of Commvault was cheaper.""It is cheaper than Veeam."

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"If you have a source size of one terabyte then they will charge for a one terabyte license, although what is actually being stored is much less.""It's expensive when comparing to other solutions on the market.""My licensing model is based on capacity so as we grow, the price we pay increases and it becomes too expensive.""Licensing fees are charged based on the number of CPU cores.""We are happy with the pricing that we have, but it's expensive.""It is very expensive. The licensing cost for this solution is on a yearly basis. It is approximately 50k. We will continue using it at least for the next year, but we are currently doing an analysis to switch to some other solution.""Pricing is good, under our budget, and flexible.""A better price would make this product more competitive."

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author avatarRatnodeep Roy
MSP

Veritas NetBackup is more logical and it's easy to understand the technicality behind the product. It has its own logs as per process, daemon, most error codes are self-explanatory, have a central catalog, better GUI and better integration with most of the DB's round the arena. 


Commvault can boast about its robust architecture, its global dedupe feature right out of the box (without any additional license), much better reports, has a better way of handling data and all products are under one license umbrella. 


Veritas NetBackup is mostly comfortable with tapes, has a better multiplexing and multi-streaming logic, less complexity in creating policies and good advanced CLI.


So if you want robust software with some brainstorming logic (like data readers, streams, global dedupe storage policy, data aging and many more) at a lower cost, then go for Commvault.


If you want a good GUI, less complexity and a product that can derive maximum juice out of the tapes with a hefty cost then go for Netbackup. 


In the end, both products are good and will give you good sleep at night. :)

author avatarMatthewMagbee
Real User

Both have their place. I am not telling you which one is the best for you-- as I am not familiar with your infrastructure. I can, however, tell you that Commvault is the best and only choice for us.

Their reporting and granular features are far superior to the current options from Veritas. The methods and detail that goes into constructing your backup environment with Commvault will reflect not only your results- but the pride you take and the confidence you receive knowing that you made this choice. I have used both solutions and can speak methodically and accurately about both companies and their offerings.

SAN backups are more fluid and available with Commvault. Your VM environment will be impeded much less performance-wise snapping from the SAN level. Commvault does this -- perfectly. I will say that veritas is fiscally an easier choice as their ROI seems to be shorter than Commvault. But in the long run, it evens out. In the beginning - the amount of work and tasks required to complete your Commvault setup is far greater. But you will have a more rounded solution with more options for retention and proper data aging. I could go on. If you would like to know more let me know.

Again, I don't know your environment or what is required for retention. Backing up your business is one of the most important things you can do. And both offerings provide that. So either choice would be a good choice.

author avatarReda Hassan
Real User

Kindly be informed that I have experience with NetBackup which I recommend and see that it is the best solution.

author avatarJules Trono
User

In evaluating the two you need to take into account functional requirements, flexibility, simplicity, cost of deployment and cost of management. The magnitude of your environment, and how fast you are going to grow, should also be considered. Some solutions are designed for large enterprises and the cost associated may be worth it. You will also need to take into account how much your team can handle, and what you may need to outsource to a managed service provider. Find the value-added partners in your area and ask them to provide you with information you need to make the decision. Don't forget to ask them to sign NDA's.

https://www.commvault.com/partners/find
https://partnernet.veritas.com/portal/faces/PartnerLocator

Here are a few of the things you'll want to keep in mind while evaluating a solution:
- Does the solution support all of your applications? Gather as much information as you can about the number of servers and virtual servers, and the applications you are running, both on-premise and in the cloud.
- Do you have any cloud or data center hosted applications that also need backup services?
- Do you have any regulatory requirements that affect how your data is handled? (SEC, GDPR, HIPPA, etc)
- Will your backup be a full backup, or will each backup be incremental to the one before?
- How often can you set up a backup, and will it impact operations?
- How many backups do you need, and what space will that consume?
- How is data mapping handled?
- How does recovery work?
- How long will it take to restore?
- Does your backup solution have a backup?
- How are upgrades handled?
- Do upgrades affect previous backups or the restore process?
- What premise and cloud solution options are available?
- What happens when you grow? Will getting the next bigger solution be an easy transition or a complicated project?
- What is the impact on your staff for either premise or cloud solutions?
- How can you validate the backups for either premise or cloud solutions?

author avatarVladanKojanic
Real User

It's hard to tell the first ball that is the difference between the two systems. It is best to do a little research, read customer experiences, or look at your real needs.

We didn't use Veritas backup, we did some other vendors, but we still decided on Commvault because of some of the functionalities that are important to us and that give us the ability to expand the system. It may be best to tell us what your needs are, whether on-premise is the solution, or do you need a cloud solution. What I think the biggest difference is that with the CV solution you have the ability to control the whole system (SQL, end user, File Servers, VM, etc) from one place. Also, end users can do most of the things themselves, without hiring an admin.

author avatarFrancoisLepage
Real User

Commvault is more complete and more efficient.

I would recommend Commvault.

author avatarreviewer1593369 (Storage and Backups Manager at a computer software company with 1,001-5,000 employees)
MSP

Both software are good. We have both in production environments, but we have more Commvault installations 'cause we use it for all kinds of backups.

author avatarRatnodeep Roy
MSP

Go for netbackup if you have only vmware and onpremises , go for commvault if you need o365 ,slack and teams backups . 


Go for netbackup if you need proper method of troubleshooting , netbackup logs all the errors in the respective files and folders , go for commvault if you want a robust backup tool that need to check minutely at the time of implementation . 


Go for netbackup if you want to spend extra bucks for reporting and go for commvault if you want readymade report.


Netbackup is device dependent dedupe tool but commvault is a sofware dependent dedupe tool .


I am a netbackup  guy. 

Questions from the Community
Top Answer: Although both platforms have advantages and disadvantages, I rather choose Netbackup, because it can provide a complete backup-to-disk solution, with their own appliance.  There are always… more »
Top Answer: Well both are comprehensive backup solutions. comm-vault has management One UI, Built-in security features, ransomware detection, immutability, data isolation, and recovery. while Net-backup has… more »
Top Answer: The backup and restore capabilities are key. The most useful things to us about Commvault, in general, is the breadth of the applications that it can protect as well as the features inside of it, like… more »
Top Answer: Assuming you have an onprem ecosystem which runs the VMware, physical systems on Win, Linux and Unix and run both traditional DB's and nosql DB's like mongo, then Netbackup (NBU) will be the right… more »
Top Answer: I like the virtual server backup.
Top Answer: In Veritas, I'm hoping for a better price. Veritas NetBackup is very expensive, and I think price is the main reason which some customers don't want to use this solution.
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Commvault can help you transform your data into a powerful strategic asset, with data protection and information management solutions that enable you to protect, access and use all of your data anywhere and anytime.

NetBackup reduces the staggering complexity of enterprise data protection, outpaces the relentless growth of the data center, and increases the agility IT needs to transform from traditional cost center to service-oriented business enabler. Enterprises trust Symantec.

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Find out what your peers are saying about Commvault vs. Veritas NetBackup and other solutions. Updated: September 2021.
542,267 professionals have used our research since 2012.

Commvault is ranked 4th in Backup and Recovery Software with 44 reviews while Veritas NetBackup is ranked 10th in Backup and Recovery Software with 45 reviews. Commvault is rated 8.6, while Veritas NetBackup is rated 7.6. The top reviewer of Commvault writes "Enables me to work on other things because I know the system is handling backups by itself". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Veritas NetBackup writes "Short-term recovery options help our clients easily get lost data back into production". Commvault is most compared with Veeam Backup & Replication, Rubrik, Azure Backup, Dell EMC PowerProtect DD (Data Domain) and Cohesity DataProtect, whereas Veritas NetBackup is most compared with Veeam Backup & Replication, Veritas Backup Exec, Azure Backup, Dell EMC NetWorker and Rubrik. See our Commvault vs. Veritas NetBackup report.

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