Commvault Simpana Vault Tracker Enterprise Commcell enabler, for VaultTracker Enterprise capability on the CommServe. Purchase once per cell.
CommVault VaultTracker Enterprise - license is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 6.
Rated 4 out of 5 by reviewer603831 from Consult with the Commvault team for proper hardware sizing and take suggestions on implementation phasesValuable FeaturesOne-Pass (Archive) DataBase backup (Online Backup and Granular level restore), VM backup and restore.Improvements to My OrganizationLet's take the example of 5TB file data. Out of 5 TB, around 3 TB data is non-usable (Achievable).With Commvault, we run a single job as a one-pass job, it will run backup and archive in a single job, no need to run two jobs for backup and archive them differently. It saves my backup window.Room for ImprovementEndpoint backup.Use of SolutionI've used this solution for four years.Stability IssuesNo.Scalability IssuesNo.Customer Service and Technical SupportGood, a nine out of 10.Previous SolutionsNo.Initial SetupStraightforward, it takes 30-40 min to setup the server.Pricing, Setup Cost and LicensingNew licensing is easy and affordable.Other Solutions ConsideredYes, Symantec ( https://www.itcentralstation.com/vendors/symantec ), EMC ( https://www.itcentralstation.com/vendors/dell-emc ), and HPE ( https://www.itcentralstation.com/vendors/hewlett-packard-enterprise ).Other AdviceIt's a good product, but consult with the Commvault team too, for proper hardware sizing and take suggestions on implementation phases.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2018-01-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by Robert Horowski from Built-in reports provide better visibility with almost zero effort put into the configurationValuable Features* There are many features that I value Commvault for, but to name only a few:* Wide support for different OSS and applications. You can backup almost anything with Commvault.* Policy-based configuration, which allows for easily configurable policies for even larger environments.* Central administration: Management and deployment are done from one administration console. No need to login to clients neither during configuration nor during installation. Upgrades and SP installation can also be done automatically or manually from the administration console.* Great working global deduplication which saves a lot of space and bandwidth if you want to use replication. It can be configured as a source or target side.* Ability to easily configure data flows between primary and secondary storage using different storage (disk, tape, or cloud) with different policies for each storage.* Built-in reports provide better visibility with almost zero effort put into the configuration.* Great archive feature, OnePass, for the file system and Exchange servers.* Great stability and resiliency, and many others.Room for ImprovementLicensing could be better explained. Sometimes, it's unclear what features are available in different licensing models.Use of SolutionAbout three years.Deployment IssuesOnly issues that I have had with installations were stemming from poorly configured environments. Basically, if you got your DNS and firewall configured properly, there should be no issues.Stability IssuesIf you set it right at the beginning, then it basically just works with very little administrative effort.Scalability IssuesCommvault scales great in a scale-up and scale-out manner. E.g., if your backup server (MediaAgent) isn't enough anymore, you can simply add another. Same goes for disk space and other resources.Technical SupportVery good. Guys from tech support are very quick to respond. On average, I had my issues solved in a day or two.Previous SolutionsI use other solutions (TSM, Veeam, etc.) and Commvault is my number one for ability to easily manage very complex environments with very little administrative effort. Also, resiliency is it's strong advantage, i.e., if you backup SQL DBs with Commvault and someone does a backup outside of Commvault, it will automatically convert the next job (whether log or differential backup) to full where other solutions could simply fail.Another great example is when doing VMware backups, Commvault automatically discovered hosts affected with a known CBT issue (in v6.0) and turn it off, where needed. This is the difference between just having a backup and having data that you can count on if you need it.Initial SetupInitial setup may take some reading, but can be done pretty quick in simple environments. The administration console may be overwhelming at first look, but is very easy to use after some practice. I would say that given so many features and options hidden behind it, it is a job well done.Pricing, Setup Cost and LicensingEvaluate different licensing models before buying. It can save a lot of money.Other AdviceCommvault is very committed to their product, so with either a small or very large environment, you can't go wrong choosing Commvault.Disclaimer: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer:My company is a partner of Commvault.
Date published: 2017-09-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by Paul Petty from One of the biggest features is the global deduplication of our data sets.Valuable Features:One of the biggest features is the global deduplication of our data sets. Awe have deployed a disk-to-disk-to-cloud solution for our om-premise backups. The capacity savings of this approach leads to significant cost savings on the long term retention of data in the cloud for us.We have also been very impressed with the integration with public cloud services. We have deployed our Commvault environment on premise and into Azure and this has given us the ability to not only make use of cloud storage for long tern retention, but also achieve the same level of protection as our on premise systems for our Azure hosted Iaas Vms. We have also deployed backups from Commvault in Azure to our O365 install base too.The cloud integration is a massive win for us, giving us a single backup service for all of our on premise and cloud systems.I have also been very happy with the automated updating of the platform. Since we have been running the platform we have had around 5 service packs released. These are automatically updated after a period of time (we set the system to defer updates for 1 month). The updates run without service disruption and patches the central management system, the media agents and the client agents too. Compared to our previous vendor this is another huge operational saving for out IT staff and ensures we get to utilize the new features that are dropped with each new SP.Improvements to My Organization:We have changed out approach to our ROBO backup solution. Utilising Commvault we can now automate the decommissioning of our remote project sites and convert these on premise backups into Azure hosted VMs. This not only brings the service online faster for our users but also reduces the operational impact of our remote IT staff as they now no longer need to manually manage the data into the cloud or our eventual archive platform.Room for Improvement:The new HTML5 based management portals are very nice, but do not yet have all of the features of the JAVA based client. I’d like to see all of the features move over to HTML5 so that we do not have to use JAVA ideallyUse of Solution:We have been running for 18 months.Deployment Issues:No issues in deployment. We used our reseller to assist with the initial installation and then used internal IT resource to scale the solution out once the basics were in and transitioned across.Stability Issues:We have had no issues with stability. The service has been running for 18 months with no loss of service due to the platform.Scalability Issues:We have grown our initial, on premise VM only backup solution to cover all 3 of our on premise datacentres as well as our Azure IaaS and O365 environments. This was easy to do and the central management toolset easily coped with our rapid scaling up to our entire estate.Customer Service:We have had excellent engagement with our account team and they have been very helpful in ensuring that we get the most out of the platform. We get regular contact and are keen to listen to data management issues that we have and see how they can address them with the Commvault platform. This has led us to be engaged in a couple of BETA test programmes and get early access to new features in some cases that resolved our challenges.Technical Support:Very good! We have had some very good dealings with support. In the main this has been around us securing new systems and tweaking policies to get the best result for our infrastructure. In most cases the person answering the call resolved the ticket first time. When calls were escalated the response was fast and the issue resolved to our satisfaction.Previous Solutions:We often had scale issues with our previous vendor deployment or found other solutions were better for a particular system and so would introduce differing technologies to address these challenges. This led us to have a large and awkward to manage backup estate.The biggest driver for us was to get all of the backup services into one toolset and to get better control and visibility of our data estate.Initial Setup:The initial deployment was straightforward. The only complex part was seeding our initial backup into Azure as at the time we were not on Express Route. We set bandwidth limits for aux copies during the working day and allowed the copies to burst out of hours. This just meant it took a week or so for the initial seeding to complete but all subsequent incremental copies ran fine.After implementing Express Route we changes our architecture to copy the data through Azure hosted media agents into Azure storage. This then allowed us to seed much faster, although we now use the Azure import service for migrating large archive sets when required as this is the fastest/cheapest approach we found.Implementation Team:We used a vendor team to perform our initial deployment (a single resource). The consultant was very knowledgeable on the Commvault platform and made good recommendations regarding policy approaches to the various services we were targeting. The consultant performed a handover to our internal staff and we complimented this with certified training courses for the team who engage with our backup solution the most so that they could take on the task of scaling the deployment to the rest of our estate.ROI:We have consolidated all of our backup technologies into the single platform and reduced maintenance costs and complexity in doing so. The OPEX costs equate to around the same but the biggest value returns have been in addressing our scale issues, ensuring compliancy with backup policies and a significant reduction in operational staff’s time to manage the estate.Cost and Licensing Advice:There is now a subscription based licence option that, depending on your environment, could offer a more efficient method to licence the solution if you are OPEX cost driven rather than CAPEX. This was not a concern for our deployment and we implemented on perpetual licences which had more commercial value to our business.Other Solutions Considered:Initially we were looking at Veeam as our first challenge was to address our on premise VMware estate. Although they had a good vSphere integrated solution, we found limitations in cloud and beyond the virtual environment to be an issue for us. This was driven form our desire to have a toolset which could encompass all of our estate and allow us to simplify management and compliancy etc.Other Advice:Take the opportunity when engaging Commvault sales team to walk them through other data management challenges that you have. You’ll likely find that the ‘backup’ solution that you were looking for might be able to address these challenges and provide you with a greater ROI. This certainly worked for us and we have several new initiatives being developed to get more even value out of our deployment.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2017-06-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by Dan Gillman from The most valuable feature is the ability to backup over the dedicated Fiber Channel directly from SAN. There's no impact to the network or users.Valuable Features:The most valuable feature is the ability to backup over the dedicated Fiber Channel directly from SAN. There's no impact to the network or users.Improvements to My Organization:Backups happen over night instead of 3 days. Storage for backups has been reduced by 60%.Room for Improvement:Bare-metal restore needs some work. It's not intuitive and seems to have been an afterthought.Use of Solution:2 months now after setup.Deployment Issues:SAN access proved a little difficult, but was worked through using support.Stability Issues:We've had no issues with stability.Scalability Issues:We've had no issues with scalability.Customer Service:Customer service is very good. They called back within 10 minutes of a request. They understood the issue and resolved it.Technical Support:Technical support is also very good.Other Advice:The amount of hardware required to run the software and do the heavy lifting is this solutions biggest downside. In a time of reducing hardware being required to then add a media server a comm server a SAN and storage server and another media server. Well it's a bit overwhelming. Package it and create an appliance already.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2016-10-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by Dan Gillman from The most valuable feature is the ability to backup over the dedicated Fiber Channel directly from SAN. There's no impact to the network or users.Valuable Features:The most valuable feature is the ability to backup over the dedicated Fiber Channel directly from SAN. There's no impact to the network or users.Improvements to My Organization:Backups happen over night instead of 3 days. Storage for backups has been reduced by 60%.Room for Improvement:Bare-metal restore needs some work. It's not intuitive and seems to have been an afterthought.Use of Solution:2 months now after setup.Deployment Issues:SAN access proved a little difficult, but was worked through using support.Stability Issues:We've had no issues with stability.Scalability Issues:We've had no issues with scalability.Customer Service:Customer service is very good. They called back within 10 minutes of a request. They understood the issue and resolved it.Technical Support:Technical support is also very good.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2016-05-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by Riaz Joomratee from You can have deduplication on your primary as well as your secondary backup copies (tape, cloud, disk).CommVault - Leader in Gartner Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Backup Software and Integrated Appliances five times in a row.Looking at the competition in the market, big names comes up; so how possibly CommVault has maintained this position in the last five years? Let us go over a few points that stands out in the Simpana 10 software suite:1. Deduplication - this leads to a reduction in data being written to the selected storage for your backups. You can have deduplication on your primary as well as your secondary backup copies (tape, cloud, disk).2. Bug fixes and hotfixes - Commvault has build their software from scratch; no acquisitions were made to build the suite up. We can therefore say that they have a very talented R&D and global team. Added to that their support centers operates around the clock from corners of the world, and for those with a support contract I must say you will be blown away by the number of things these support guys can actually teach you.3. Partnership and integration: So how come CommVault push to the forefront its support for multiple platforms and vendors(storage etc)? I have been to a few CommVault events, webinars and have noticed how the list of partners have been growing; Software partners, hardware/storage, Cloud.4. What else have we noticed about CommVault? Single software platform; right!With Version 11 release this year, lets see what else Commvault has for us.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.