HPE Data Protector Starter Pack - license - 1 drive, unlimited agents

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HP Data Protector Software automates high performance backup and recovery, from disk or tape, over unlimited distances, to enable 24x7 business continuity and improve IT resource utilization. Data Protector Software responds to the pressure for lower IT costs and greater operational efficiency by offering acquisition and deployment costs which are 30 – 70 % less than competition. The license model is very simple and easy to understand, helping to reduce complexity. Extensive scalability and features for continuous backup and recovery operations enable growth with a single product. A superb solution, no other Software can integrate better with the HP market-leading line of StorageWorks disk and tape family of products, as well as with other heterogeneous storage infrastructures. As an integral component of the fast-growing HP Software portfolio, which includes storage resource management, archiving, replication, and device management Software, Data Protector Software also fully integrates with the HP OpenView management solutions, allowing managing data protection as an essential element of an overall IT service. This solution offers the unique advantage of being able to source hardware, Software, and award winning service offerings from a single, trusted source. Data Protector Software simplifies the use of complex backup and recovery procedures with the fastest installation, automated routine tasks, and easy-to-use features. The centralized multi-site management easily allows implementing multi-site changes, adapting in real time to changing business requirements. Appropriate for medium and large companies in any industry, Data Protector Software is the ideal solution to reduce IT costs and complexity while remaining reliable and scalable to grow from single server environments to the largest distributed enterprise infrastructures.

HPE Data Protector Starter Pack - license is rated 3.8 out of 5 by 20.
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Allows you to restore backups and verify them. I would like to see faster updates. Valuable Features* Ability to manage* Ability to integrate with various products such as VMware, MS SQL, MS Exchange, and MS SharePoint* Ability to automatically verify backupsImprovements to My OrganizationIt allows us to have confidence in our backups and our ability to restore them.Data Protector is a very mature product that allows custom backups, scheduling, and copying in a manner that reduces the amount of time spent with backups from an administrative point of view.Room for ImprovementI am not happy with the support structure within HPE when things go wrong.It takes longer than competing products to get updates to cover a new OS version or product version (i.e., a new version of SQL). This is necessary so that backups within those environments work properly.The update to Data Protector to cover Windows Server 2012 for backing up the file system took months longer than many of Data Protector’s peers.Use of SolutionI have administered Data Protector for almost 14 years.Deployment IssuesI did not encounter any deployment issues.Stability IssuesWe had no stability issues since version 9.05 came out. There were some issues with versions 9.0 to 9.02 that caused a month’s long engagement with HPE support to get a patch to fix it.Scalability IssuesWe did not have any scalability issues.Each cell manager can handle hundreds of clients and dozens of backup jobs. If you need more, then you can add another cell manager and create a "manager of managers" setup to allow for clients to easily be moved from one manager to another. It’s hard to get the appropriate scale on the disk or tape backup system.Customer Service and Technical SupportWhen a complicated fault occurs, it can take a long time to get a resolution. I have had a few cases that wind up with the programmers and it can take months to resolve in those cases.While fixes that come from such cases have resolved the problem every time, it is maddeningly frustrating to have such long waits.In one instance, we had to keep calling support to get updates because they would not provide them otherwise.Once you get beyond Level 1 and wait a long time for a hotfix or patch from Level 3 or beyond, I would give them a rating of 8/10.Considering the long waits for fixes, if it’s more than an existing patch can handle, and the near worthlessness of Level 1, I would give technical support a rating of 4/10.Previous SolutionsWe have used this product for the last 13 years. I do periodically review other solutions. Many have great features, but are too limited in scope for a shop that does not have a dedicated backup administrator.Having to administer a different solution for each backup type would take too many resources for that kind of company.Solutions like VEEAM are hard to justify.Veritas NetBackup, while sporting much of the same feature set as Data Protector, does not have any compelling feature for my company to switch to it.Initial SetupThe initial setup was pretty simple for anyone technically minded.We took these steps:* Built a server to host the Cell Manager (Windows, Linux, or Unix)* Installed the cell manager (Windows executable or Linux/Unix package)* Entered the needed information* Installed the needed components to the clients.It only really gets complex when you start using integrations such as Zero Downtime backups or VMware.Pricing, Setup Cost and LicensingData Protector can get expensive. Each integration component is a license, mostly per client, that you have to buy,If you are using disks for backups, it is licensed by terabyte.If you are using tape drives, it is licensed per drive.Once you are licensed and as long as you are paying support, the licenses can be transferred from version to version.I have used the same licenses since Data Protector, Version 6, for my current employer. Other than adding licenses for capacity or have more integration, the base set has been the same for nearly 10 years. They are still in use with Data Protector, Version 9.Other Solutions ConsideredI didn’t evaluate any other options in my current job.Other AdviceRead through the manuals and best practice guides. They are well written and will get you up and running smoothly.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2018-01-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I've used it for 8 years now, since v5.5, and I've found that it backs up and restores our company's various systems without issue. Valuable Features:It is very easy to use and the interaction with various systems is very handy.Improvements to My Organization:I can backup and restore our company’s various systems without issue.Room for Improvement:* I'd like to be able to pause a job rather than to abort it; and* I'd like to know which file or folder is being backed up while the job is running.* Faster VEAgent RestoresUse of Solution:I have been using Data Protector for eight years, since v5.5.Deployment Issues:The upgrade from 7.21 to 8 was a little bit tricky due to the change to PostgreSQL, but I managed to do it successfully.Stability Issues:No issues encountered.Scalability Issues:No issues encountered.Customer Service:In my experience, the customer service was very good and helpful.Technical Support:Technical support was very good.Previous Solutions:I used Backup Exec in a previous position. I only switched solutions because I changed changed jobs, and my current company uses Data Protector.Initial Setup:Initial setup was straightforward.Implementation Team:Implementation was done in-house.ROI:Our return on investment has been better restorations.Other Advice:Get it and use it. Read the manuals well before implementing and have a test environment in place, especially for upgrades.Disclaimer: IT Central Station contacted the reviewer to collect the review and to validate authenticity. The reviewer was referred by the vendor, but the review is not subject to editing or approval by the vendor.
Date published: 2017-09-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Reliable on the server side for providing a trustworthy backend. Valuable Features:It is very reliable on the server side for providing a trustworthy backend. The installation was simple and provided an easy way to install even on Unix servers. It has excellent features like deduplication.Improvements to My Organization:It is really helpful in giving us a great backup and restore environment, and it's especially a great help in doing the granular recovery for VMs, SharePoint, and Exchange servers.Room for Improvement:Reporting on scheduled backups via the advanced scheduling option are non-existent, and this needs to be available.VM backups needs to be improved. They need to make it similar to the way Veeam and Commvault are doing the virtual backups.Use of Solution:We've been using it for 10 years.Deployment Issues:There were no issues with the deployment.Stability Issues:We've had no issues with its stability.Scalability Issues:There have been no issues scaling it.Customer Service:It's not good and needs to be improved.Technical Support:It's not good and needs to be improved.Previous Solutions:We were using EMC previously, and switched because this is easier to manage and it's cheaper.Initial Setup:It was easy and there were no major difficulties.Implementation Team:A vendor team came and performed the implementation. I recommend that you get a professional services team come and do it for you.ROI:The ease of use for operators provides a quick response when restores are needed by the business.Cost and Licensing Advice:The licensing structure provides cost savings to business.Disclaimer: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer:HP is also one of our customers. Partners.
Date published: 2017-01-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from It's OS agnostic and the GUI is intuitive. Valuable Features:The best thing I find with Data Protector as opposed to other products was the inter-compatibility with all different OSs. It's very OS agnostic; doesn't matter whether it be Linux or Windows or AIX or whatever. It just seems to work. That's useful, very useful. The GUI interface is very intuitive as well, I find. It's very easy to use.Improvements to My Organization:The centralization of all the backup data is a valuable asset, and the ability to recover data quickly. It doesn't happen very much these days, to be fair. It's not very often we have to recover. We don't use Data Protector for data recovery. It does have that functionality, but because we're a 95% virtualized company, we use VMware replications for DR. But there is DR functionality within it. It needs work. It's not a simple thing to roll out. Of course now, it offers de-duplication which is big. The backup functionality is very, very good.Room for Improvement:One of the things that they need to look at is the scheduler. At the moment, there are two ways to schedule a backup. There's a simple scheduler and an advanced scheduler. You have to do one or the other. Using the advanced scheduler is the only way to prioritize the backups. I'd like to see that merged into just one single scheduler that allows you to prioritize the backups. At the moment, backups come in and they queue with no priorities. For example, if you have four backups queuing, you can't say I want backup one to run before backup two before backup three. If they're in the queue, you can separate them with start times, but if they're all in the queue and all their start times have passed, any of them can start in no particular order. So that's one thing I would like to see.I haven't looked at the VMware integration yet, but I'm just about to. I understand the VMware integration is quite good. That's obviously an essential thing for us.Use of Solution:We have been using it for about 7 or 8 years. We started at version 6. We're at version 9 now. Version 9 is very stable.Stability Issues:It's very stable. It wasn't in its earlier guises. But now it is.Scalability Issues:It is scalable. It's not as scalable as HPE would like to think it is. I think the biggest problem we have with backups now is network utilization. Most backups will throttle your network, because you're shipping a lot of data around. Because of that, I've had to break up the whole service into smaller segments in order to back it up more easily. You've only got 24 hours in a day, ultimately, so you can only backup so much data in that time. That was a problem we were having, where backups were taking more than a day to run. As we scale, the backups are more challenging time-wise. Now, there are ways around that. I'm just about to start a new project on Data Protector to look in at the VMware plugin because we are virtualized. I believe that will help a lot with my network throughput.Technical Support:The technical support for Data Protector is good actually. I have no problems with that. We log calls, and they get back to us straightaway. I've had a couple of P1s that have moved around the world with the time zones, so it's always been worked on. That's been good.Previous Solutions:At various companies that I've worked for, I've used different backup solutions. I've used Veritas NetBackup and Backup Exec. That was a proprietary backup. They're the two main ones that I've used recently.The most important criteria to me when selecting a certain vendor is not so much the vendor as the product itself.Initial Setup:I've been involved in redesign and all the upgrades, not the initial setup. It's quite straightforward.Other Solutions Considered:I know that Veeam is becoming a market leader in backup software. But, I haven't recommended anybody else but HPE. It just works for us at the moment, so no need to change.The most important criteria to me when selecting a vendor is not so much the vendor as the product itself.Other Advice:I would recommend it, absolutely. Just check your network can cope with the product and the backup throughput.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2017-01-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Reliable on the server side for providing a trustworthy backend. Valuable Features:It is very reliable on the server side for providing a trustworthy backend. The installation was simple and provided an easy way to install even on Unix servers. It has excellent features like deduplication.Improvements to My Organization:It is really helpful in giving us a great backup and restore environment, and it's especially a great help in doing the granular recovery for VMs, SharePoint, and Exchange servers.Room for Improvement:Reporting on scheduled backups via the advanced scheduling option are non-existent, and this needs to be available.VM backups needs to be improved. They need to make it similar to the way Veeam and Commvault are doing the virtual backups.Use of Solution:We've been using it for 10 years.Deployment Issues:There were no issues with the deployment.Stability Issues:We've had no issues with its stability.Scalability Issues:There have been no issues scaling it.Customer Service:It's not good and needs to be improved.Technical Support:It's not good and needs to be improved.Previous Solutions:We were using EMC previously, and switched because this is easier to manage and it's cheaper.Initial Setup:It was easy and there were no major difficulties.Implementation Team:A vendor team came and performed the implementation. I recommend that you get a professional services team come and do it for you.ROI:The ease of use for operators provides a quick response when restores are needed by the business.Cost and Licensing Advice:The licensing structure provides cost savings to business.Disclaimer: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer:HP is also one of our customers. Partners.
Date published: 2016-08-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from We can recover the user-specific data when there is data loss, such as a mailbox or file server. Valuable Features:* Backup to Disk with StoreOnce software catalyst* Disaster Recovery* Zero downtime backupImprovements to My Organization:Data Protector helps us to maintain data consistency and recover data with minimum downtime. We can recover the user-specific data when there is data loss, such as a mailbox or file server.Having dual-cell manager in the environment at primary and secondary sites, data restoration and services can be made up in case the primary site goes down completely.Room for Improvement:* Technical Support* Troubleshooting* Restore using multi-path* Restore for Microsoft Exchange* GREUse of Solution:I've used it for more than seven years.Deployment Issues:I've had no issues with deploying it.Stability Issues:There isn't much instability as the product has been stable with the exception of a few bugs during upgrades.Scalability Issues:There have been no issue with scalability until now for mid-level datacenters.Customer Service:4/10Technical Support:Technical support is very poor and I would rate it as 1/10. The response from L1 is very slow and there is no handover when the engineer finishes the shift. There's no direct interaction with the L2 or L3, which makes the case take more time. L1 basically behaves as a mediator for transferring the information from the customer to L2 or L3, and they don't perform any troubleshooting.Previous Solutions:I haven't migrated a customer with different solution to Data Protector, but I have seen a customer move from Data Protector to Avamar, Veeam, and Commvault, who had better product offerings.Initial Setup:The initial setup is straightforward if you understand the architecture correctly.Implementation Team:We implemented it with out in-house team.Cost and Licensing Advice:Licensing is categorized for each sub component rather than on the basis of services which is what we would like. For example, there is one license for all GREs, and similarly one license for all zero downtime backup products.Other Solutions Considered:No other options were looked at.Other Advice:It's easy to learn for new users, not complicated, and has a simple backup and restore procedure. Last but not the least, it's easy to recover in case of disaster. The drawback is that there is some inconsistency and bugs with the level of technical support.I would recommend the product to others keeping in mind the ease of implementation, maintenance of software, and easy backup and restore steps.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2016-05-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Our primary use is for disaster recovery, but the most frequent use is the restore function when a user accidentally deletes a file. Valuable Features:Our primary use is for disaster recovery, but the most frequent use is the restore function when a user accidentally deletes a file or two. Being able to restore the files quickly is extremely important.Improvements to My Organization:We are required to provide an offsite location for our tape rotation, and we use the D2D function regularly. This function allows the backups to run faster and more efficiently.Room for Improvement:I think the GUI needs a vast overhaul. DP has looked the same since its inception. The functionality has improved, but the interface is not attractive and a little clumsy.Use of Solution:We've had this solution for over eight years now. I've been the subject matter expert for it for the past five years. I've upgraded the solution from v6 to v10.Deployment Issues:The deployment was standard, other than hardening the product for use in our secured environment.Stability Issues:There have been no issues with the stability.Scalability Issues:When we need to upgrade or increase scalability, the procedure is quick and painless.Customer Service:Customer service is good, not great. Usually when we need some level of assistance, hold times are about 20 - 25 minutes on the phone, or about two days via email (in response).Technical Support:Tech support has been good and they are usually able to assist us once we get in contact with them.Previous Solutions:We went with HP for their solution from the beginning. Since most of our hardware is HP, we decided to use them for this solution as well.Initial Setup:The initial setup was extremely straightforward. We have a great team of system engineers and they worked on getting the solution to run within our environment without any real issues. There weren't any real issues in getting the system setup and running.Implementation Team:We had the option of using professional services to do the installation, however, we chose to do it ourselves. Just think about an overall design, what your current and future needs are, and implement for the future.ROI:I'm not sure in dollars our ROI, but the system has definitely paid for itself time and time again. We've used it for basic backups/restores and have successfully utilized it in our disaster recovery plan.Other Advice:The product works as described in our environment, but we are required to harden the application, which causes some backup failures. Otherwise, the D2D function and backups/restores function fine.The only advice I'd offer is to plan your backup solution with great detail. Make sure it will fit within your infrastructure and that the system is scalable. Make sure licensing is understood and that there are professional services available to implement the system in case your team needs assistance.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2016-03-29
Rated 2 out of 5 by from The integration with MaxDB and MS SQL gave us problems as it is never working the way we expect. Valuable Features:This is the most difficult difficult question to answer because in order to get certain things done, we need to go to v9 or to a product like Unitrends or Arcserve.Improvements to My Organization:As time goes on, it actually becomes a handicap. It requires too much storage and there are holes where backups should be.Room for Improvement:Reporting is definitely an area for improvement, as well as scheduling and the way that pools are created and grouped. Some of these are fixed in v9.Use of Solution:We've used it for approximately eight years. We came from version 6.1 and upgraded to 7.xx.Deployment Issues:There were no issues with the deployment.Stability Issues:The integration with MaxDB and MS SQL gave us problems as it is never working the way we expect. As they are certified, we expected it to work flawlessly, but it didn't.Scalability Issues:There have been no issues with scaling it.Technical Support:Once a solution is provided, it works and is OK, but it takes ages to get to that point, mainly due to the fact that we need to supply a lot of data from within a small pipeline, which doesn't always work. I have to admit that now that the new website is up and running, it is better than it was.Previous Solutions:No, but we are actively looking for a solution that will put us in the next century. Personally, I believe that v9 combined with dedupe and 3PAR would be a good solution, but it still can't compete with the appliance from Unitrends with backup, storage and deduplication all-in-one.Initial Setup:Reading the manual and following instructions will result in a working version.Other Solutions Considered:We are now actively testing SEP Sesam, Unitrends and Arcserve as we need a complete solution for our backups in the Netherlands and Slovakia in real-time.Other Advice:Test everything at least twice. Don't listen to others but do the actual tests, even the absurd ones like "suppose I lost my entire backup solution in a fire, let's start from scratch and try to get everything back from tapes and or disks and or remote replica."I realize that v7 is almost out of support and we are looking to either upgrade or go for a different solution. In my experience with the sales and technical sales from HP, they have no fitting answer for our current solution unless we pay a lot of money for an assessment which will not guarantee anything. So if HP wants to improve their products, then being clearer about their product as a whole it would help. It took me weeks to find out what I could do with HP 3PAR and backups. From my point of view, they need fewer products and more integrated ones, especially backup and storage which are one and the same.Disclaimer: IT Central Station contacted the reviewer to collect the review and to validate authenticity. The reviewer was referred by the vendor, but the review is not subject to editing or approval by the vendor.
Date published: 2016-03-24
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