backup software criteria for virtual environments

is there any standard criteria that can be used to assess the current adequacy of your existing backup solution/software, so it can be effectively compared to new products out there, rather than going into auto-renew mode and just renewing the current solution to the latest version of their product? There are so many products on the market it is difficult to know where to start. 95% of the companies servers are virtual powered by ESXi hosts, but the company seems to have upgraded from backup exec for years without any real strategic thought or analysis if anything better is out there for the budget. are there any limitations in terms of backup exec compared to other solutions more geared towards virtual environments/server backups?

I note some vmware targeted solutions also seem to cover both backup and elements of disaster recovery, so would be interested to identify any current solutions in that area that come recommended - I am sure there must be great variety in costs based on the functionality of the backup software, so any useful criteria that can be used, or some insight on companies using more advanced software and what benefits they offer over more traditional apps like backup exec would be really helpful.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
is there any standard criteria that can be used to assess the current adequacy of your existing backup solution/software, so it can be effectively compared to new products out there, rather than going into auto-renew mode and just renewing the current solution to the latest version of their product?

Should be matched against the Business Requirements, is the current solution, meeting the business needs.

Backup Exec, has also been updated many times, to support virtual environments.

is there any standard criteria that can be used to assess the current adequacy of your existing backup solution/software, so it can be effectively compared to new products out there, rather than going into auto-renew mode and just renewing the current solution to the latest version of their product? There are so many products on the market it is difficult to know where to start. 95% of the companies servers are virtual powered by ESXi hosts, but the company seems to have upgraded from backup exec for years without any real strategic thought or analysis if anything better is out there for the budget. are there any limitations in terms of backup exec compared to other solutions more geared towards virtual environments/server backups?

It's a little vague to know, exactly what version of Backup Exec you have. and does it mean your current needs, do you need to backup to tape ?

e.g. for years Veeam did not back to tape, but due to some customer needs, they now have a tape option included.

It has become a bit of a muddle, since Veeam introduced Replication, to become Veeam Backup and Replication, so most software now offers a Backup and Replication element.

e.g. Nakivo started off as Backup and now offers Replication, so most now offer Backup and Replication (Disaster Recovery).
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pma111Author Commented:
I'm from a risk related role as opposed technical, but do you know if older versions of backup exec, e.g. 2012 included a replication feature? if the backup software doesn't do the replication between storage sites, what does, the actual storage (SAN's) themselves? And can you find both backup software and storage devices themselves can both offer replication, if so which is typically more reliable, or how can you judge if the HW level replication is fit for purpose, reducing the need to invest in backup software which also does replication, e.g. waste your money if your HW already does so, and just invest in a backup software that only does backup not replication.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
2012 is old. Backup Exec does not tell me alot about what features you have.

SANs can have replication, and Dell Equallogic SANs can replicate between each other.
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