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Commvault review by Alejandro P.
Alejandro P.
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"The best backup software"

What do you like best?

You have all in one software and in just an administration console. The deduplication and compression ratio you get from the backups help you a lot to store all backup depending of the policies of retention that you need.

We have several agents or APIs to do better backups of our applications, bare metal, virtual machines, etc

What do you dislike?

To understand all the function or the capabilities is hard, you must take a course to understand how simpana works. The admin console is not to intuitive so you need to figure out where are the option that you need. For this is mandatory take a course if is the first time you use commvoult.

Recommendations to others considering the product

The price is quite expensive but not for all is the leader at this moment. If you will get for firsts time commvault I recommend to take a certificate course because the administration is quite difficult

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We have the security that our backup works and now we can restore with the confidence that the backup will work.

We can do a backup of our ecosystem, we can use the APIs to do better backups of our application like Oracle, MSQL, SharePoint, windows server, Linux server, etc.

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Commvault review by Administrator in Telecommunications
Administrator in Telecommunications
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"Commvault it is a enterprise backup solution for all your needs"

What do you like best?

Well let me tell you that Commvault its really a full feature set of backup solutions for all your applications and virtual environment needs. I like the fact that in a single pane of glass I can have all my physical and virtual environments backup. You can define a a very customize backup policies that depends of the application needs. We use it mostly for oracle databases and VMware virtual environment. You can have multiple copies and algo the archiving feature its really neat. Just let your policies handle the automated backup jobs and your're good to go.

What do you dislike?

Ok. let me tell you that in order to use the software to its full extend, you will need to take training. You need to know very well how policies are define and hoy can be schedule and use. So I have to say that it is not a intiuitive product. It has a little of complex to administer it the right way.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Do a PoC to know how the backup solution works and if it is what are you looking for. Also if you are buying, then is a must to include training.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Before Commvault we had around 3 tools to do the backups of all our applications (virtual and physical), now that we have it for over 2 years, we have automated the backup process really well. Just sit down and let commvault do its stuff.

What Backup solution do you use?

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Commvault review by Daniel L.
Daniel L.
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"Very powerfull software to made Backups"

What do you like best?

The integration with al types of platforms. The power console and strong software. The integration with Netapp software and more and more. Commvault is constantly updating theis software and the support is very good. The search of content to backup is easy.

What do you dislike?

The price of Commvault is not cheap. Sometimes is complex to understand the cycles of backups. You need a lot of types of licenses to use the powerfull of the software.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Test it!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We can control a very vast variety of systems and softwares to make backups with one sofware only, on ly one console.

Commvault review by Austin H.
Austin H.
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"Commvault - The Comprehensive Backup Solution"

What do you like best?

One of my favorite features of Commvault is the reliability of backups and the reporting features. When you set up scheduled backups, you can rest comfortably knowing they'll complete. If there is a failure, you get near immediate notification of the failure.

What do you dislike?

I dislike the GUI - it is a little hard to navigate until you really learn the ins and outs of it.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Setup separate Comcells that are offsite, and replicate to them for Disaster Recovery

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are using Commvault for all of our backup/restoration needs. We have realized how easy it is to quickly restore SQL Database backups in a pinch.

Commvault review by Sebastien L.
Sebastien L.
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"Maybe the most comprehensive backp software on the market."

What do you like best?

Well, it's quite impossible to enumerate all the software can do ! You can backup anything : any folder on any servers, complete virtual machines, all kinds of databases (there is an agent for SQL, Oracle, etc), active directory. You can manage all the different works by using storage policies (retention time) and schedules. Also you can create personnalized reports which will help you to keep an eye on your backup activites. Restore activites are very easy, just select your system, the date/time then click on browse and restore to find the files you're searching for.

About support, it's always possible to reach Commvault support team very quickly and they are always able to answer our questions.

What do you dislike?

As it is a quite huge sotware, the implementation is a relatively hard process. You will spend a lot of time to fine tune the software if you're in a complex environnement. Hopefully, when implementing, you can be assisted with peoples from Commvault who are very nice and helpful.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you need to backup multiple kinds of system and data you should consider Simpana ; so powerful !

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We're backuping all of our data and virtual machines. The user support team is able to process restores easily and quickly when users needs deleted files. For the infrastructure team, it's very helpful to be able to restore complete virtual machines after some disasters !

Commvault review by Bobby W.
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"Backing up All the Things..."

What do you like best?

I like the ease of use of this product, just load the agent on the server, or virtually point it there and BAM your all set. the single user interface makes it easy to see what is going on when you need to see it.

What do you dislike?

I can't say that there is anything that I dislike about it since this is the only product that I have ever used, so I don't really know about other products or could truly compare it to something else.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

well the problems that we solved is that we didn't have to have a "dedicated" backup administrator. the simplicity of this product allowed all of the members of our team to be able to quickly and easily pick up on how this product runs and what's going on with it on a daily basis.

Commvault review by Administrator in Consumer Goods
Administrator in Consumer Goods
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"Good support makes up for a kind of clunky product"

What do you like best?

Oracle database cloning works pretty well. If everything did work I would say the interface is ok, if extremely large and complex.

What do you dislike?

Where do I start? Delivered features were not as described. We ended up having to purchase additional software to achieve the email archiving functionality promised. Lots of additional proxies were required (and a Server 2012 license for each one). The industry-leading customer service was exactly the opposite. Took forever to get resolutions. Commvault representatives berated me for trying to get escalations for problems that turned out to be known issues. Tech reps unfamiliar with new features. One VM still not backed-up after one solid week of tech support and escalation.

edit: After 5 months and one Service Pack patch things are running fairly smoothly. The application is still prone to unexpected failures along the path from agent to proxy to media server however the tech support is prompt and effective.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I suggest comparing with Unitrends.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Reliable backups and simple and quick restoration of data, including Oracle.

Commvault review by Cary W.
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"Most complete backup solution..."

What do you like best?

I don't think there is an environment that you could use today that Commvault can't backup. Their integration points are outstanding. The UI is pretty intuitive considering the power you wield with your mouse. It's always reliable, especially when it comes to restoring your data, provided that your tapes, disk, etc. are available.

What do you dislike?

Cost & complexity. Deploying Commvault is not for the faint of heart. There are ISO upon ISO needing to be fed to deploy features. Last time I downloaded, it was nearing 10GB in size.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you have an enterprise that requires outstanding backup & restore capabilities, Commvault will easily fit the bill.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Reliable backup & restore functions, including user endpoints

Commvault review by Administrator in Public Safety
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"CommVault"

What do you like best?

CommVault was a good platform with a lot of powerful tools like dedupe and archiving. Once setup things ran very well. Probably the best part was that it was a backup software and not particular about what storage medium you use.

What do you dislike?

In retrospect, we really needed a person dedicated just to the commvault product to stay on top of the backup and recovery process. With employee turnover, much has to be retrained and retaught to keep the system operational.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Make sure you can dedicate plenty of internal resource to keep this system running. Without a dedicated Comvault administrator, this product becomes wieldy and unstable.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Deduplication of data and archiving of old stale data was super important in our decision to use CommVault. We also already had a lot of storage medium to use, so we didn't want to have to buy more storage just for backup.

Commvault review by Timothy S.
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"With Great Software Come Great Sacrifice! "

What do you like best?

Covers pretty much every software type there is available. Integrates with most APIs. If you have an RPO, you can meet it with their software. Software took user intervention out of the the equation. Alerts told us when things were needed or tapes changes.

What do you dislike?

Cost was steep. Was sold a solution that was unable to fulfill promises. CommVault tried to resolve but was very slow and were still unable to fully resolve all hardware bound issues without further cost on our side. Make sure to properly size and do not think anything less than SSDs should be used for DeDup or OS drives. Depending on yours size and complexity of backups, a dedicated and knowledgeable individual would be needed on staff. This software is not for the faint of heart and will require some care and feeding.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Price is steep. If you are going to use DeDup DO NOT SKIMP ON SSDs. SEED, SEED, SEED. Great support, use is heavily!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Solved individual server backups to tape. Single pane of glass for doing backup. Without this software, there were many missed backups due to hardware issues to tape. Restores took hours to perform and were unreliable.

CommVault completely changed the way we thought about backups. Item level backups inside applications like SharePoint. Restores directly to SQL. Onsite retention with replication to secondary site.

Commvault review by Akhiyar A.
Akhiyar A.
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"Great backup software for global use"

What do you like best?

1 management commserve host to access all locations backups and media agents.

What do you dislike?

setup and understanding is complicated from administrator standpoint

Recommendations to others considering the product

if you have a big team with a lot of servers in multiple locations, this is the way to go.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

one global solution, easy to push out reports and have local IT people manage.

Commvault review by Uday Bhaskar J.
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"Very promising enterprise data protection solution "

What do you like best?

Simplified manageability of complex functionality and vast support of every applications and tightly integrated with applications. Also excellent customer support. Integration with most of the cloud vendors. It is providing tools for automation which is very good.

Commvault deduplication is one of the best , we are getting very huge saving of destination space and also better backup time because of client side deduplication.

What do you dislike?

Not sure if I am correct but I feel it is bit costly compared to other vendors but after capacity based license it can be used by mid range companies as well.

It should provide more way to automate activities . Should provide robust reporting.(I know there is way to get SQL query based reports, but for users who don't know SQL queries commvault should provide more configured reports in Metric and reporting server.)

Recommendations to others considering the product

I mainly suggest it is because simple to manage all the features of commvault from single window.

Great deduplication technique.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Faster backups with best deduplication direct could backups. Quick response from the customer support .

Vmware integration for backups and restores reducing our work of managing individual servers.

Integration with could allowing us to support our cloud adoption model.

Commvault review by Collin H.
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"Commvault: A Daily Learning Experience"

What do you like best?

The support team at Commvault is beyond amazing. I haven't met a problem that a collaborative effort with the team can't fix.

What do you dislike?

Every feature ever asked for from the inception of the product is still within its administrative console and this can cause issues in use. It's a double-edged sword.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Remember that this is a very extensive solution to backups/data management. Approach with a good understanding that you don't know everything and keep the online books close. A lot less frustration will happen this way.

Commvault review by Jim S.
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"Powerful software for the GUI lover in you"

What do you like best?

There are so many useful options to Simpana 10 that I am not sure where to start. In no particular order, I would say that the single pane of glass GUI for archiving and backups is useful. The set up of security and what other users can access is very simple and works well with active directory users and groups. Most of the menus to access things are within 3 clicks of your mouse. The intellisnap backups are very useful if you have the SAN space. I like the easy to set up reporting system that tells me my growth rate and details for successful / failed backups and restores, and have them emailed to select individuals or groups. No need to set up any BLAT emails or utilize a separate software like Opscenter for NetBackup. There is also a very useful right click job option called resubmit job. I am very fond of the search function for restores too. It works infinitely better than the NetBackup search function. Installing the client on servers can be done right through the GUI or you can run the software manually on the server. Updating your client software to the latest patch is made simple just by right clicking on the client and clicking install software / update software. This is a very robust software with so many options, no wonder they are on top of the Magic Quadrant.

What do you dislike?

The only thing I disk like about Simpana 10 is that the interface is a JAVA GUI and it is sometimes slow to respond, although I was told they are moving away from this with version 11.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I would seriously recommend looking into Commvault Simpana 10 for your backup needs. I have been very satisfied with my choice.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The problems we had before the migration to Simpana 10 disk based backups were getting backups to finish within the nightly backup window, hourly native SQL transaction log backups, and file system archiving. Commvault was able to square this all away with a single pane of glass interface.

As an administrator, one of the most painstaking things to do is go over logs. NetBackup logs seem so convoluted and difficult to read as opposed to Simpana 10 logs. Also I don't have to log into so many different servers to find the logs. I can get logs in Simpana 10 just by right-clicking on the job and hitting the view logs option. So simple!

Commvault review by Administrator
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"Commvault Enterprise Backup"

What do you like best?

We use commvault as our enterprise backup. When I came here a year ago we had multiple backup systems that we were using and still use. My goal has been to roll out the commvault backup system to every area of our organization.

What do you dislike?

So far there is not much to dislike about the product. It really does what they say it can do.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I would definitely recommend Commvault to anyone looking for a robust backup system.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Being a Financial Institution it is imperative that we backup our systems. Commvault does that for us. The benefit we are looking for in the long run is to have one system and one system only.

Commvault review by Rodney P.
Rodney P.
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"By far one of the best Enterprise Backup Solutions"

What do you like best?

This is a very simple to use and intuitive backup solution which is quite simple to configure and architect from scratch.

What do you dislike?

Once you get use to the GUI, there is not much to dislike about Simpana.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Run through the POC, their sales staff and engineers are very helpful and more than providing

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Ease of backups and restores. Backup times are fast and efficient. Restore process is fast, efficient and effortless.

Commvault review by John G.
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"Amongst best backups systems I have taught"

What do you like best?

As a certified technical instructor, I have taught many systems, applications, and packages. CommVault Simpana is a powerful reaching backup system that proves easily integrated and compatible with virtual environments. CommVault's Synthetic backups are a great time saver. Also strategic placement and design allows a central CommServe allows admins to rebuild any protected portion of the environment. CommVault provides excellent all inclusive coverage; while more pricey than some of its competition, it provides a much lower total cost versus more a la carte systems. These a la carte systems prove to be penny-wise and pound foolish in enterprise deployments.

What do you dislike?

CommVault has a complete reliance on squeaky-clean DNS, even for the simplest of deployments. The slightest error or compromise break the CommVault network; completely incompatible with LMHOST files. CommVault may be too expensive for smaller, simpler systems.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Ensure your network's DNS is squeaky clean; the slightest error or compromise will break you CommVault deployment. Also ensure you purchase the appropriate iDAs for your environment.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I had to teach my customer's users how to protect their extremely customized, secure, and portable SharePoint/VMware networks that were deployed in austere environments.

Commvault review by Bill E.
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"CommVault Simpana from a daily user"

What do you like best?

Quite simply, it works! We switched ti CommVault Simpana back in the version 7 days. We've stuck with the the product through every product revision since. The user interfaces are clean and intuitive.

What do you dislike?

Media agents arent candidates for virtualization. CommVault is the last thing standing to keep me from being 100% virtual in my datacenter.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Business Continuity in the event of a disaster or data corruption.

Commvault review by Scott R.
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"Great backup product with boastful archiving claims"

What do you like best?

CommVault Simpana has been refined into one of the leading edge backup and recovery products in the market today and that innovation is a driving force in my recommendation of it. Its capabilities are truly unique in many areas such as single pass backup for granular recovery as well as storage management archiving. Its performance as a backup product may not be the "fastest" but when I backup data with CommVault Simpana, I know I will be able to recover it in a timely fashion as CommVault has done a particularly good job of ensuring data integrity and recoverability which is the often overlooked point of backup products.

What do you dislike?

CommVault's claims to having a market leading archiving product is misleading. Yes, CommVault Simpana offers great backup integration for tiering data and archiving older, less accessed data and it works. However, this integration of backup and archive comes at the expense of user ease of use. My opinion and that of many of my customers is that archive data should be transparent to the users; they should not be able to easily diffierentiate between production data and archived data and in this CommVault Simpana is lackluster. Users are forced to recall the attachments of archived messaged through the browser or search interface unless they have an offline content cache which many organizations feel is burdensome. While the data is accessible from the web search, it can be cumbersome to users not intimately familiar with the interface.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

CommVault has reduced the storage footprint of backups in many of our customers' environments and using its deduplication options, has improved the efficiency of backups dropping backup windows as a result.

Commvault review by Administrator in Financial Services
Administrator in Financial Services
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"No worries backups"

What do you like best?

The product is very stable and backups are easy to set up. Restores are also easy to do.

What do you dislike?

Support does not always take ownership on issues. I have opened a couple of tickets where they would to point back to another vendor. I ended up figuring out a solution on my own.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Always do a POC trial with products to compare and see how they will fit your needs in your environment.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

A backup solution with long term retention.

Commvault review by Hannah U.
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"CommVault"

What do you like best?

The ability to back up just about anything your heart can desire; databases, vms, folders, active directory. The ease of management is also a nice feature as long as the ability to customize to our needs.

What do you dislike?

Implementing this was a little more difficult than anticipated. The software is definitely complex which is always a good and bad thing for these types of tasks, but luckily the support option is always there and they are easy to reach.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Backing up anything and everything that is necessary, especially to assist in our DR efforts.

Commvault review by James C.
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"Commvolt back up managment software "

What do you like best?

easy to use quick to set up and install for the business , user friendly and easy to use for restores

What do you dislike?

some times the updates can kill your set up of the back ups but can be fixed

Recommendations to others considering the product

good to talk to them to find out what version or set up you need

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

we currently use it and has good benefits and support with 3rd party vendors

Commvault review by Mike S.
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"I enjoy the ease of use with Simpana backups!"

What do you like best?

The fact you can get it in an all-in-one appliance from STORServer makes it more appealing. The intuitive CommCell management console is easy to use for configuration and status review. There are so many feature available to use and the ability to protect all of the different OS and application components.

What do you dislike?

I have not ran across any issues or dislike using this system, this far!

Recommendations to others considering the product

I highly recommend a STORServer Appliance powered by CommVault. The bundled support and hardware package married with Simpana software, truly makes this backup and recovery system a sure thing.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

A CommVault Simpana Appliance helps to alleviate the daunting tasks of backup and recovery. It benefits the monitoring of jobs in a simple view to remedy any backup concerns. The recovery of physical and virtual machines is effortless.

Commvault review by Administrator in Transportation/Trucking/Railroad
Administrator in Transportation/Trucking/Railroad
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"Feature rich, but very complex"

What do you like best?

The product is very feature rich and capable of many valuable processes in the backup space. Backup restorations are dependable.

What do you dislike?

The interface is overly complex and convoluted. Implementing is tedious and time consuming. Day to day administration is also time consuming.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Look into hyper converged solutions to save costs on backend storage.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Data loss and virus protection.

Commvault review by Thomas P.
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"CommVault Simpana review"

What do you like best?

The GUI is pretty good. Navigation from page to page is good too.

What do you dislike?

The following errors were encountered:

1. The restore of a DB to ‘end of logs’ gave an error message and we had to run the ‘rollforward’ command manually to make it work:

2. The restore to ‘end of logs’ completes successfully, however, there is a message: Failed to unquiesce or activate the database

3. The subclient shows a storage policy of SP_XYZ but when we go into the ‘Storage Device’ under properties section, it does not show us the policy name. The number of Data backup streams displayed is also not correct.

4. While trying to do a DB2 restore to end of logs the following message appears repeatedly, “Database in use”. The restore without the end of logs or point in time work fine.

5. Redirected restore to a database on the same host and same instance errors out with the following message after running for many hours: The archive log file is not associated with the current log sequence. We had to figure out the log file name, manually delete it and then run: "db2 rollforward db DBNAME to end of logs" and then it worked.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Make sure you test the product out with your specific requirements. The product has great potential, some things still need to be worked out in my opinion. I used this product a year ago and so most of the issues that I have described above must have been resolved. Please verify that they have been taken care of.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Enterprise wide backup and restore operations for RDBMS's such as IBM DB2, SQL Server, Oracle.

Some functions tested fine, others were still being worked on.

Commvault review by Luke A.
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"Best Backup Software Used"

What do you like best?

Based off of 10+ years in IT and in college. Nothing has come close to the reliability and robustness of this software. Over the years I have used other products and loath not using Commvault sooner. They are truly the best in the market.

What do you dislike?

Commvault has a few issues. I have called them multiple times for support. But after getting a tech on the phone, the issues were always resolved in a timely manner.

Recommendations to others considering the product

They are the best for a reason. I wish we would of moved sooner.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I need to get backups done fast and reliable. Other vendors are fast but tend to be very unreliable. I have relized the tried and true method of backups have always prevailed. Everyone knows it and is very easy to under stand and use. Other products just fall flat and left with always calling support for other vendors. To they are the only ones to fix it (black box type of solutions)

Commvault review by Administrator in Insurance
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"CommVault is the way to go"

What do you like best?

I use CommVault daily for two customers and I really like functionality and having everything in one CommCell in a single area. This allows us to control and monitor the environments easily and efficiently. The functionality of CommVault is very straightforward and everything is just a "right click" away.

What do you dislike?

They have changed their reporting from previous releases and I find the new reporting functionality to be a little lacking now. Though you have the reporting all in one place on the CommCell and the Cloud, I find some of the information is not as it use to be.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

CommVault is great for backing up servers and desktop/laptops. We're constantly adding different types of servers (e.g. VMware, Unix, GreenPlum, Exchange) and CommVault will make sure to work with the company to help when implementing those environments. One of the greatest benefits of CommVault is their technical support. No matter how big or small the issue is CommVault will do with they can to fix the issue.

Commvault review by Administrator in Medical Practice
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"Very good backup software"

What do you like best?

this software is very good at both back AND restore. I have never had any trouble with backing up files or mailboxes and the restore process is very granular and intuitive to use.

What do you dislike?

setup of a new device can sometimes be a little long and complex

Recommendations to others considering the product

I recommend this product highly.

If you want something reliable and trustworthy, this is the product to get

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I keep the company files and emails safe with this product, if a server were to fail, I know that I have a good backup from which to restore it.

Commvault review by Kanen C.
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"Great product - flexible, intuitive, powerful."

What do you like best?

Great solution for enterprise backup solution. It is policy-driven, and its retention settings and copy policies are extremely powerful. The role-based security empowers division-IT staff to kickoff their own backups and restores. Also works well using either builtin replication, or hardware replication on storage target. All operations, including agent deployment can be managed from the Commserve (central console).

What do you dislike?

Experienced issues with SNAP Protect (SAN array snapshots) with a NetApp Filer. The snapshots did not always age off appropriately, which caused the storage journal to occupy excessive disk space on the array.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Overall, a phenomenal product. However, I would caution against SNAP-Protect.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Enterprise backup and archive solution. The mutli-copy sotrage policies and retention rules proved to be extremely powerful and automated. The division-IT staff were enabled with a powerful backup and restore solution without needing to manage it themselves.

Commvault review by Administrator in Furniture
Administrator in Furniture
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"I am the primary CommVault backup administrator for my company."

What do you like best?

I like the diversity and the amount of features available. I am capacity based and I like the scalability I have as my data grows.

Support is fantastic. 90% of the time they solve my issue. The other 10% is because of either user error or that we as a company didn't follow a CommVault best practice knowingly.

What do you dislike?

There is a little bit of a learning curve at first but if you take a/some training classes it becomes much easier.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Take a training class. It is very much worth the cost. It will save you a lot of aggravation and time by not having to call support so often.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We solved our number one issue with backup windows when moving to CommVault. We also cut our tape usage 95% and primarily use disk storage with deduplication.

Commvault review by Internal Consultant
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"Vast commvault experience"

What do you like best?

Multiplatform functions allow backup and restores from almost any vendor. Being able to restore netapp ndmp to Windows shares. New vmware features are really good with the ability to boot backed up vms from within the product.

What do you dislike?

Reporting is very basic at times. Its not easy to get a plan of what backups are running when. Confusing interface after using other versions where options change location / function almost at every update.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Training is essential. Over spec media agents as in the future it will bite you hard if you run into performance issues.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Backing up multiple multi tennancy customers wuth ease allowing easy isolation with subclients and media agents. Allowed us to concentrate backup and archive policies to efficiently use backend space with dedupe.

Commvault review by Muhammad M.
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"Fully featured backup solution"

What do you like best?

I've pane of glass to manage all your backup infrastructure.

What do you dislike?

Can be complex to troubleshoot and decorating at times

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Shortage of backup storage is a thing of the past. The data duplication and synthetic chill backups are little short of amazing.

Commvault review by Patrick L.
Patrick L.
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"CommVault - Professionalism at its Finest"

What do you like best?

The professional support I receive from CommVault is fantastic. Everyone I talk to in the organization has been very helpful and attentive to our needs. Support agents and engineers have no problem helping you understand things until you feel like you are in control of the situation. The product has also been very reliable with very few maintenance needs.

What do you dislike?

I have very few dislikes when it comes to my CommVault experience. There is a little bit of a learning curve and the reporting could be a little more powerful.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Backing up our production systems and is being used as part of our DR solution.

Commvault review by Administrator in Non-Profit Organization Management
Administrator in Non-Profit Organization Management
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"Hard to setup and manage"

What do you like best?

The software is very powerful for cross platforms backup.

What do you dislike?

The SQL agent always has problems with a cache memory and keep interrupting the backup schedules. The user interface is confusing.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you only need backup for Microsoft servers, try different solutions.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

backup SQL Servers

Commvault review by User in Information Technology and Services
User in Information Technology and Services
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"Good solution for long term backups"

What do you like best?

Reliability for long term back up solution. Clear organization of backups and easy to browse full backup history.

What do you dislike?

Navigation through the system is becoming a bit dated.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Provides a solution for long term backups.

Commvault review by Glenn I.
Glenn I.
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"Commvault"

What do you like best?

The fact you can restore different types of files to one location (eg restore an NDMP backed up file to a windows folder)

What do you dislike?

It is quiet over complicated with options spread out in different areas

Recommendations to others considering the product

It is very powerful tool and has a lot more built in features to other backup software out there

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Deduplication and archiving using stubbing

Commvault review by Mark S.
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"Can't sleep at night without it"

What do you like best?

Simple, easy to configure scheduling. Many built-in scenarios.

What do you dislike?

Kind of a steep learning curve to get the right items in backup, but that isn't a bad thing.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Backup services for physical and virtual storage.

Commvault review by User in Hospital & Health Care
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"Good back up for vms and unix"

What do you like best?

I enjoy it’s ease of use, it’s very useful in backing up our vms as well as our u is servers

What do you dislike?

It often cannot quiescence the vms and it will throw an error whe taking the snapshot

Recommendations to others considering the product

None

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It’s handling all of our backups for physical and virtual servers it does a decent job and have never had an issue restoring from back up

Commvault review by Project Team Member in Information Technology and Services
Project Team Member in Information Technology and Services
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"Good Support And Great Software"

What do you like best?

I would say great support and with built-in automation and customized reporting user can spend less time on routine administration, and more time delivering value to the business.

What do you dislike?

Once you are used to of GUI, you will loose control of CLI commands. Licenses are costly, so think about it

Recommendations to others considering the product

Easy to use, simple and intuitive backup solution which is quite simple to configure and architect from scratch.

Commvault review by Administrator in Higher Education
Administrator in Higher Education
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"1st Class for a reason!"

What do you like best?

Reliability, integration and ease of use.

What do you dislike?

Pricing and licensing options. Current licensing features do not take into consideration marginal additional backup needs.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Make sure you budget for the cost of proper licensing.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Disaster recovery and business continuity.

Commvault review by Omar C.
Omar C.
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"A Most Excellent Single Pane of Glass Backup Solution"

What do you like best?

The piece of mind knowing that all of our valuable data is safe and the excellent customer service makes this product well worth it. Customer service representatives are very polite, and provide prompt, expert support.

What do you dislike?

The licensing is rather expensive, but that pretty much goes with all modular software licensing models. Just adding one Terabyte can hurt the pocketbook, but as compared to other solutions it is not the most expensive.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

This product solves our need for backup and disaster recovery as well as audit requirements. It also helped us tremendously by going from multiple backup solutions to one. Previously, we were using Symantec Backup Exec, and CommVault is much superior in every way.

Commvault review by Trent K.
Trent K.
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"Backup solution for the Enterprise"

What do you like best?

Commvault is very enterprise ready. It's configurable and effective.

What do you dislike?

The configuration is complex and esoteric.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Need staff certifications for deployment.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

File level restore and backup

Commvault review by Administrator
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"Best backup software i've ever used"

What do you like best?

Easy way to integrate multiple kind of server using agent...userfriendly

What do you dislike?

Commvault agent are expensive for database server.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Backup all kind of data using single console

Commvault review by Industry Analyst / Tech Writer in Information Technology and Services
Industry Analyst / Tech Writer in Information Technology and Services
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"CommVault management is great!"

What do you like best?

The ease of management and automation that you can arrange is second to none

What do you dislike?

The cost is pretty high, but it's well worth the expense.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Definitely look into a POC for your environment. It is worth the time.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

backup solutions. benefits have really been in ease of management

Commvault review by Naveen A.
Naveen A.
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"CommVault Review"

What do you like best?

Backup and restore capabilty and simpel GUI

What do you dislike?

Nothing in particular actually product is very easy to use

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It is very good esp when you have very large databases and backing them directly to Tape without putting backups on DISK

Commvault review by Administrator in Museums and Institutions
Administrator in Museums and Institutions
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"I live CommVault backup software!"

What do you like best?

The CommVault has a good interface, easy to use and works on different platforms. YES, on MAC too.

What do you dislike?

When ask me for the index tape, during the restore process, specially when tape located outside...

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Allow me to do backups on cross platforms.

Commvault review by Administrator in Computer Software
Administrator in Computer Software
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"Fantastic for SharePoint"

What do you like best?

How quickly I can recover data for customers.

What do you dislike?

Interface is a little clunky, especially sorting through running jobs. but that's just how some software is. I wouldn't trade it for anything.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Fantastic for SharePoint. Trust it.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

SharePoint backups that exist outside of SQL backups.

Commvault review by User in Hospital & Health Care
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"Good Backup/Recovery Solutions "

What do you like best?

Multiple solutions in restoring backups. Able to extract both SQL backups and full snapshot recovery.

What do you dislike?

Restores can sometimes be time consuming over the network depending on the size.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Simplified backup and recovery solutions for enterprise.

Commvault review by Administrator in Management Consulting
Administrator in Management Consulting
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"Commvault Ease of use"

What do you like best?

The integrated master model of Simpana is simple to configure.

What do you dislike?

There is nothing I do not like except the pricing model.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The ease of managing my infrastructure across a global environment.

Commvault review by Administrator in Information Technology and Services
Administrator in Information Technology and Services
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"Extremely full featured and easy to use"

What do you like best?

Installation of client and setup in the Simpana app

What do you dislike?

Can be a bit clunky in areas, especially creation schedules

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Solving the problem of having a recovery solution in case something unthinkable happens.

Commvault review by Project Team Member in Automotive
Project Team Member in Automotive
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"Commvault: a simple review"

What do you like best?

Everything is in one spot. Multiple organizations, multiple sources (physical servers and Virtual)

What do you dislike?

Java interface to manage. Complicated back end

Recommendations to others considering the product

Big upfront expense, low continuing costs

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