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Up and Coming – CommVault Round 3…?

No way…

Yes, you read it right. Be expecting more on this to come over the next couple of weeks as I learn more. I will get to play with it in some capacity so maybe I can share some good stuff. I am going to be covering some things around considerations and designs – hopefully. We all know that this was a hot topic a while back but now that the dust has settled maybe I can have some progress. CommVault has made some pretty strong improvements over the past couple of months. They have covered some of the pain points I had with it in a pretty good amount of time. I don’t think this would’ve happened had some folks not made a point to show some of these things openly. My number one gripe back in the day was how CommVault NOR VEEAM had “TRUE” vCloud Director compatibility – IN MY OPINON (all caps shows my emphasis). I am sure that by now this and maybe a few other things have changed. I am not sure I will be doing any comparisons per se but it will be good to see how the latest greatest stacks up. I think by now I can easily say I know what industry standards look like for VMware backups and the expectations and performance should be. One thing you can take to the bank is that I plan to do my home work just like last time. If there is something I don’t like or think needs improved I will most certainly write about it. All the folks out there that read this blog need to understand there isn’t a lot of information out there around some of these topics I cover. I would encourage any person reviewing a CommVault solution to do your homework. There are a lot of things to consider when going with a backup product. Let’s hope this time around I don’t have to pull any punches…


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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