From its origins, the protection of information in companies has been a fundamental requirement, since the consequences of losing it may directly affect the functionality and operation of an organization.
This protection goes beyond equipment and technology resources, and includes documents, manuals and writings, legal, operational, technical and others, and usually makes up a company’s entire digital platform.
In terms of technology, this not only covers the use of a tool to perform the backups, but the application of and compliance with standards and recommendations (in terms of security, protection and physical provision) for users to follow for the protection and assurance of data.
These solutions can be as simple as those provided by the tools of the computers and servers operating systems’, which may allow copying the information in storage devices. These tools should preferably have adequate security and protection measures; and those that are more complex and elaborate (for example those that keep the information backed up in varied devices and in different places) should be easy to administrate and guarantee the integrity of the volumes that contain the backups.
Similarly, many manufacturers of storage solutions and servers have developed their applications for backup and included them as an additional element of their capabilities. This is one contributory reason why some ‘legacy’ backup solutions became proprietary and expensive over time.
Over the years and due to the appearance of new technologies, approaches, models and paradigms, new products and applications appeared, focused mainly on providing secure and reliable backup of information and data in organizations.
One of these backup software products is Veritas NetBackup (formerly Symantec NetBackup, now from Veritas Technologies), which allows users to manage and configure backups to and from different platforms, such as virtual, physical and cloud environments. It can be used with common storage devices, such as disk, tape and the cloud, all from a centralized administration and configuration console.
Among the features that Veritas NetBackup from Veritas technologies has are:
Over time, the emergence of new trends and technologies such as open source, together with a reduction in hardware and storage costs has encouraged the appearance of Veritas competitors applications with similar or even more functionalities. Additionally, these technologies are easily integrated to those already established, both in the backup area (snapshot, deduplication, NDMP, bare metal, virtual machines, disaster recovery, among others) and in hardware and storage (NAS, SAN, cloud, etc.).
Among the properties and characteristics presented by Veritas competitors, which have made possible their growth and diversification are:
Consequently, although Veritas NetBackup and its competitors share many functions in terms of configuration, administration and operation, there are differences that distinguish the latter which has encouraged their increased use today. Among these are:
Although mentioned before, the use of resources in the cloud has undoubtedly allowed Veritas competitors to emerge, due to the multiple functionalities and benefits it offers, such as:
In such a diverse scenario, it is not difficult to suppose that Veritas alternative applications will continue to emerge and those that exist will maintain their tendency to grow, making use of existing technological resources and new ones that are incorporated, especially in relation to:
Bacula Enterprise Edition as a Veritas alternative which allows companies to significantly save costs especially in the implementation, operation and support of backup and recovery management. This is achieved using the latest technologies available combined with particularly stable code, and no charges based on data volume. Its subscription based licensing also ensures support quality which is one of the highest in the industry.