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When comparing backup/restore products, compare only what's important to you

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I'm working, or will shortly be working, with three different vendor products for backup and restore, namely Netbackup, Harbor and FDR Upstream. Are you aware of any comparisons or other companies that have evaluated these products against each other? I would rather not use TCP backups since I don't see how they can be as fast as ESCON/FICON based backup/restore.

I am unaware of any such comparisons. However, any true comparisons of these products would have to be done in context. In other words, they would have to be done based on the requirements that are important to you. For example, most comparisons would not even mention ESCON/FICON.

The only way for you to know the correct answer to your question would be to try TCP-based backup in your environment. Just make sure to give it a fair shake by using a professional who understands the product as well.

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This was first published in December 2002

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