NetBackup, Avamar top choices for backup apps again


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Product features

Enterprise product features rankings

Enterprise. The proverbial

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rubber hits the road when an application shows off its features. Symantec (6.48) nosed out IBM (6.43) for the top spot in the product features category. The margin was that narrow despite NetBackup winning six category statements to Tivoli Storage Manager’s two. Their scores were remarkably consistent, as were those of third-place winner CommVault (6.14). EMC just missed making the top three with a 6.11 that included only one sub-6.00 score.

Breaking down the numbers

  • NetBackup got the highest single score (6.66) for being a “complete solution”; IBM and CommVault also fared well on this statement, with a 6.50 and 6.35, respectively.
  • IBM led the field on statements related to archiving features (6.42) and interoperability (6.39).
  • The best across-the-board score was a 6.26 for “This product’s file system backup features meet my needs.”
  • NetBackup and Tivoli Storage Manager were the only products that received 6.00-or-higher ratings on all statements.

Midrange product features rankings

Midrange. EMC Avamar continued its duel with Veeam by posting an imposing 6.60 for product features ratings. Veeam’s 6.27 was good enough for second place in the category, although Dell AppAssure was breathing down its neck with a 6.25. The highlight of Avamar’s winning performance was a 7.03 for its backup-to-disk prowess, one of the five statements it won. Dell snagged two statements and Veeam came out on top for the final one.

Breaking down the numbers

  • EMC Avamar also had the second-highest statement rating, a 6.94 for “This product scales well to meet new requirements.”
  • Interoperability is an issue, as the group’s lowest cumulative score was 5.77 for “This product is interoperable with other vendors’ products.” Three of the seven products earned their lowest marks for that statement.
  • Dell’s AppAssure secured a pair of 6.43s: one for being a complete solution and the other for its management features. It received only one sub-6.00 mark (for interoperability).

This was first published in June 2012

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