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.