What's the difference or key differentiator between Hitachi Data Instance Director and Veritas or other backup software. Is there any matrix available online?
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Veritas NetBackup or Backup Exec are both backup softwares, that can manage even enterprise environment's backup infrastructures. Their only mission and purpose is to take the backup and place it on a backup unit (disks, tapes, etc). They use traditional way of backup, backup data is carried from Client source server to master or media server then to the backup unit (actually there are many different ways of doing it, but that's a very long story.) You can only take backups with these softwares.
On the other hand, although HDID might look like backup software, actually it is not. It is more like a data protection tool. When I say it is data protection tool please do not underestimate it capabilities where HDID is following a different path for data protection. Even though it has some classical backup capabilities, it's main capability is to protect data with storage based snapshots, clones and replications. So besides backup HDID also can automate daily jobs of Storage admins and make it a lot simpler for end users.
The softwares that you are asking for their difference are not quite in the same road and I don't think can be compared in all terms.
Check this HDS video for HDID presentation if you like;
Hitachi Data Instance Director (HDID) - YouTube
Thanks Emre for the prompt reply. So Veritas Netbackup and Backup exec can't do snapshots, clones and replications? Or is safe to say that HDID is emphasizing more on the said technologies or processes (snapshots, clones and replications) compared to Veritas Netbackup and Backup Exec.
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Veritas or any other Backup software vendor will say that they can do snapshots, clones and replication. They are actually right!! But there is a big difference here, when it comes to backup software, snapshots mean VM snapshot or VSS, clone means a second copy of the backup set already taken or being taken, replication means replicating the existing backup. however on the HDID side snapshot means Storage snapshot of the LUNS, Ldevs, etc, Clone is again directly work on LDEVs, LUNs on Storage system, Replication means replicating LDEVs on one storage system to another LDEV on another system. So to make long story short Veritas and its kind is having these feature on Backup data, but HDID can make these feature work on production data.
I am glad if this helps.
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An update to Emre's answer. HDID v6 has been released and when compared to major backup applications, it has even more of the storage hardware replication capabilities, but the software backup (host based) against traditional competitors such as Veritas NetBackup, CommVault Simpana, IBM TSM, HP Data Protector, and others, is even greater. HDID now boasts a super modern mongoDB backend for massive scalability, a browers based GUI, a full RESTful API, improved logic management for orchestration, the most granular RBAC Role Based Access Control in the market (seriously, take a look) DRU integration for ransomware and hack protection, etc. etc.
So the lines between HDID and legacy competitors is more defined today and then ever before.
And it is not HDID vs. other Software Tools.
The biggest advantage of HDID is the Copy Data Management aspect and the deep integration in the Hitachi Local and Remote Replication for File and Block.
The flexibility of the Hitachi Data Instance Director allows a work together between HDID and traditional Backup Tools.
So for example a local and remote Snap of an Oracle DB is fully managed by HDID. On scheduled bases HDID can mount for example the Remote Snap to a Netbackup Instance and start a Netbackup Job for long term protection on HCP or any other target.
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