Assistance with BackupExec alternatives

Posted on 2012-09-17
Last Modified: 2013-04-10
Hi experts,

I work for a IT consulting firm that has around 30 or so employees.  We've been around for 20 years and we've always used Symantec BackupExec.  We also have experience with Microsoft's DPM, Replay and of course the native OS backups.  We are primarily a Microsoft shop so please keep that in mind.  Sorry Linux folks.. :)

We are displeased with Symantec for obvious reasons but the change over to 2012 did it for us and we are wanting to make a push soon.  We would like to keep the budget for the software close to what BackupExec costs for our clients.

We still use tapes but also disk based as well.  We are looking for the same functionality of a BackupExec of course with added features and support.  

I would love to get some recommendations from you all on what you are using or what you've had experience using.  We would like to find a new standard at this point.

Thanks in advance everyone.
Question by:chrissalak
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    For reference, what is the obvious reasons you are dissatisfied with BackupExec?
    It isn't the money, as you stated you want to keep the cost the same or close.

    I'm asking as it may help others decide what would be a satisfactory software recommendation for you.

    Author Comment

    Good point thanks.

    Well the new interface in 2012 is very cumbersome and a convoluted mess. We've experienced numerous technical issues with the new version. Too many to list here but it's safe to say we're moving on from the product.
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    To further help the experts find a solution...

    what are your requirements for backup?

    Computer imaging, files only.. databases, etc..
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    You should be going for CA ARCserve, which is a direct competitor for backup exec.

    ARCserve is more feature-complete and more reliable, costs less, scales better and is far easier to use. It also supports more OS platforms.

    I use both Symantec Backup Exec and CA ARCserve. Both work good for SMBs. ARCserve has much more features compared to Backup Exec.
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    Just saw this in consulting threads, and thought I might chime in (albeit late).

    various backupexec alternatives, and seems the symantec comminuty is not entirely happy...

    a short while ago unitrends was offering a special deal to entice people away from backup exec : and for virtual environments, seems that Veeam is very popular

    found this link

    for me, the most recent non-backup exec site was using DPM : and was implemented for a company I was consulting for by SSW (and has a better blurb than MS) :

    but you already have experience with that, so, what else are you looking for ?

    of course, the other experts have suggested viable alternatives such as arcserve, and there is also altaro (pro version) but doing a quick search, it seems that Unitrends and Veeam are popular options.

    since this thread is a bit old now, what thoughts or ideas or solutions have you found ?

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