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An industry leader in technology benchmarking, Principled Technologies performed hands-on tests of enterprise backup and recovery solutions in real-world scenarios focused on large-scale virtual machine (VM) environments using VMware.
Hypervisor-level backups, array-based backups (hardware snapshots) and granular recovery backups were tested on groups of 100 to 1,000 VMs. Results show why NetBackup is a king of scale.
NetBackup was more than 11 hours faster than CommVault, and 3 times faster than EMC, and Veeam for hypervisor-level backups on 1,000 virtual machines.
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NetBackup was 4.4 times faster than CommVault when backing up 1,000 virtual machines using array-based snapshots.
Veeam required twice as much time as NetBackup to complete an array-based snapshot of 1,000 virtual machines.
The EMC product tested did not offer snapshot integration.
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NetBackup enabled granular recovery backups with a single pass, and was 3.2 times faster than CommVault, and 1.7 times faster than EMC.
Principled Technologies provides industry-leading technology assessment and fact-based marketing services. Veritas commissioned a benchmark report to compare NetBackup to competitors.
An expert in technology benchmarking, Principled Technologies created multiple real-world scenarios in a virtual environment. All data points are the median of three test runs. Each environment was tested, then scaled and tested again. The results show the impact data growth and virtual machine growth have on data centers. All test environments were equipped with VMware. See the appendices in the full reports for more details about the tests.
In real-world scenarios, Principled Technologies tested Veritas NetBackup versus CommVault. NetBackup outperformed CommVault in speed and scalability, improving in efficiency with larger groups of VMs. The larger the data center, the more time and money NetBackup saves enterprises.
SAN hypervisor-level backup:
SAN hypervisor-level backup is a commonly used method of protecting VMs that utilizes vStorage API for Data Protection (VADP). Principled Technologies tested the time required to perform full backups through hypervisor-level backups. Multiple tests conducted on groups of 100, 200, 400 and 1,000 VMware VMs highlighted the effects of scale on performance.
NAS storage-array snapshot backup:
NAS storage-array snapshot backups are a growing trend, used by enterprises with aggressive RTOs to shorten recovery windows. Principled Technologies created crash-consistent backups of NAS-based NFS storage for 100, 200, 500 and 1,000 VMware VMs, plus a 1,000 VM application-consistent backup.
Granular recovery backup:
Granular recovery allows a single application file to be recovered without recreating an entire VM, saving time and resources. Principled Technologies tested the specific steps and time required for creating a backup image that enables a granular restore for a SQL VM.
For SAN hypervisor-level backup, NetBackup completed a 1,000 VM backup 9 hours faster. Using VADP, NetBackup was at least 5 times faster than CommVault.
NetBackup used NetApp array-based snapshots to create recovery points. At 100 VMs, NetBackup was three times faster than CommVault. At 1,000 VMs, it was 15 times faster — proving that NetBackup efficiently scales with larger data centers.
NetBackup created backup images that offered granular recovery three times faster and with simpler steps than CommVault for an SQL server.
In real-world scenarios, Platform Labs tested Veritas NetBackup versus EMC Avamar & Data Domain. NetBackup outperformed EMC in speed and scalability, improving in efficiency with larger groups of VMs. The larger the data center, the more time and money NetBackup saves enterprises.
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We created the appropriate number of VMs on each datastore for each backup scenario (100, 200, 400 and 1000 VMs). We used a single datastore for 100 and 200 VMs, 2 datastores for 400 VMs and 3 datastores for 1000 VMs. For each backup scenario, all available VMs were selected and the data protection solution was instructed to perform backup of the entire selection, and the time needed for the backup was recorded.
Concurrent VM Recovery
When disaster strikes, and the enterprise is faced with a need to fully recover one or more VMs, it is imperative that recovery is as swift as possible. To that end Platform Lab tested concurrent recovery of a single VM, 16 VMs, and 32 VMs. Furthermore, single VM recovery was performed on a small VM, sized at 40GB, and a medium VM sized at 276GB.
The final test performed was the granular recovery of a MSSQL database. Both Veritas NetBackup and competitor “E” require that a backup agent be installed on the VM for granular recovery to be possible. The disadvantage of competitor “E” is its inability to perform the full VM backup and the granular backup in a single job. Competitor “E” requires one backup job for full VM restore and a separate backup job for granular restore. Veritas NetBackup has no such limitation and is able to perform granular backup as well as full VM backup in a single job. NetBackup’s simplified workflow results in easier backup management saving time.
For SAN hypervisor-level backup NetBackup completed a 1,000 VM backup in 66.8% less time than EMC. Using VADP, NetBackup was at least 3 times faster than EMC in all areas tested.
NetBackup used NetApp array-based snapshots to create recovery points. The EMC solution tested did not provide a similar feature.NetBackup protected 1,000 VMs in less than 9 minutes.
NetBackup created backup images that offered granular recovery 1.7 times faster and with fewer steps than EMC for an SQL server.
In real-world scenarios, Principled Technologies tested Veritas NetBackup versus Veeam. NetBackup outperformed EMC in speed and scalability, improving in efficiency with larger groups of VMs. The larger the data center, the more time and money NetBackup saves enterprises.
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NAS storage-array snapshot backups are a growing trend, used by enterprises with aggressive RTOs to shorten recovery windows.Principled Technologies created crash-consistent backups of NAS-based NFS storage for 100, 200, 500 and 1,000 VMware VMs, plus a 1,000 VM application-consistent backup.
Concurrent Application Restores:
Principled Technologies tested the time required to restore 1, 8, 16, and 24 application VMs concurrently.
For SAN hypervisor-level backup NetBackup completed a 1,000 VM backup in 67.3% less time than Veeam. Using VADP, NetBackup was at least 3 times faster than Veeam in all areas tested.
NetBackup used NetApp array-based snapshots to create recovery points. Veeam’s took twice the amount of time as NetBackup to protect 1,000 VMs. For the application-consistent backup NetBackup protected 1,000 VMs in 38 minutes while Veeam failed to complete backups for any test higher than 300 VMs.
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