CommVault Simpana 9 Vs. VEEAM 6 Round 2 “DING!!” – Features – VMware Backup

CommVault Notes are currently ommitted for the time being:

The Bad:


  1. vCloud Integration is supported but “lacking” for a better term (requires some manual work)
  2. Apparently doesn’t have the best dedupe (Is still debated I believe)
  3. CPU based (Socket) licensing (You know what your getting upfront. No additional cost when compared to A la      Carte or Capacity)
  4. No Physical backup (yeah, yeah, we all know that)
  5. NFS best performance is a Linux installed OS with NFS mounted for a target
  6. Not a TON of features or granularity as it seemed to me when compared to commvault. CommVault just      has a ton of bells and whistles. (Can be pro or con)

The Good:

Similarities: (Yes you can correct me here if you like)

  1. Both can scale out (CommVault uses Media Agents and Veeam uses Backups servers and repositories
  2. Offer Central Management Solutions
  3. Both do SAN based backups (LAN-Free, snap protect, whatever you want to call it)
  4. Load Balanced Based Backups (Media agent in CommVault can do this and Veeam does it with Backup Proxies)
  5. Both have certifications on various storage arrays for the SAN-Based backup
  6. Both have VCD support but not completely automated restores (I do see this hopefully changing)


  1. Very Simple Basic approach. In some ways this can be good or bad but the fact it has a simple approach was nice this makes it easier for people to learn and use.
  2. Restores super easy (single click)
  3. Can install easily as a single instance (all in one backup server) or scale out for enterprise wide deployments (NOTE:easy)
  4. Backs up Object Level without an agent (This is a nice plus no agents = no special networking)
  5. Can Dedupe to a NFS (Dedupe) Media Target (not sure how but they say they can do it, please correct me if I am wrong)
  6. Licensing is CPU sockets based so you can now what you are licensed for. (Can be more than an ala carte version of CV. However I would think would be cheaper in most instances)
  7. Can verify and test backups in a sand box environment (i.e. send an email from an exchange server)
  8. For whatever reason we had no snapshots left by Veeam ever… really nice.

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About Chad King

I am an IT professional working in the industry for over 10 years. Starting in Microsoft Administration and Solutions I was also a free lance consultant for small businesses. Since I first saw virtualization I have always been fascinated by the concept. I currently specialize in VMware technology. I consult daily on many different types of VMware Solutions. I have experience in all domains related to virtualization and cloud solutions. From help desk, administration, engineering, implementation, and design allowing me to provide creative solutions with the understanding and gaps at all levels.

Posted on February 3, 2012, in BU/DR, vSphere 4, vSphere 5 and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. Great review, looking forward to the next part, no pressure 🙂
    I think you hit most of the CV pros and cons.

    I find the fact that CV tackles all elements of your datacenter (they seem to have agents for everything we throw at them) an important plus. Be it virtual, physical, different OS, different apps…
    On the other hand, their support doesn’t convince me. They always seem to force you to go to the latest release before they actually investigate the problem. But I suspect that is a problem you see with most Support Desks nowadays.
    Their volume-based licensing model, although rather expensive imho, is just one of the available models. It’s worth your while to do the comparison between volume- and agent-based. I know we did.


  2. Sad to see this post removed. I thought it was a good review. Hopefully you’ll get clearance to repost it again.


  3. Hi Chris… Cracking info… I’d be genuinely interested in seeing the full unabridged version…. Currently trying to decide between the two from a strategic direction. Any chance I could get the full text? Thx in advance… Jamie


  4. Be good to see the CV comments! Any chance of posting them my way Chad? Thanks!


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