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NetBackup, Avamar top choices for backup apps again

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Enterprise backup and recovery overall rankings

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NetBackup built up an overall score of 6.24 with consistent marks in all five rating categories and scores high enough to finish first in three of them. IBM’s Tivoli Storage Manager wasn’t far behind with a 6.13 that was good enough for second; IBM also finished second in the previous survey. EMC NetWorker notched its third consecutive third-place finish with a 6.08. Past three-time winner CommVault Systems Inc.’s Simpana just missed the top three but posted a solid 5.93 fashioned from strong showings in the sales-force competence and product features categories. Hewlett-Packard (HP) Co.’s Data Protector rounded out the group with a 5.57.

Midrange backup and recovery overall rankings

Midrange. EMC Avamar’s 6.50 rating wasn’t quite up to its record-setting 6.69 from a year ago, but it was enough to squeak by Veeam Software’s Veeam Backup & Replication, which made a splash as a first-time finalist with a 6.45. Avamar prevailed in three categories while Veeam was victorious in the other two. Another new finalist -- Dell Inc.’s AppAssure -- snared third with a 6.33. The ratings for EMC, Veeam and Dell products tallied higher than 6.00 in all five categories. Acronis Inc.’s Acronis Backup & Recovery had a 5.98 for sales-force competence and a 5.91 for product features, but the midrange winner from two years ago still earned an overall 6.12 for fourth. Symantec Backup Exec, another past winner, received an overall score of 5.95. 

This was first published in June 2012

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