Amanda

NetBackup

BackupExec

NetWorker

 

Platform coverage

Backup server protecting UNIX and Windows clients on a network

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Support for various Linux distributions

Yes

Limited

Limited

Limited

Support for variety of applications

Roadmap

Yes

Yes

Yes

Support for Windows specific technologies (VSS, ASR)

Roadmap

Yes

Yes

Yes

Architecture

Client server design

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

 

Scalable metadata repository

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

 

Open APIs

Yes

No

No

No

 

Security

Secure network communications

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

 

Encryption

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

 

Administration

GUI for administration

Roadmap

Yes

Yes

Yes

 

Rich command line interface useful for scripting

Yes

Limited

No

Yes

 

Sophisticated scheduling that simplifies life of sys admin

Yes

No

No

No

 

Admin has to figure out an optimal schedule

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

 

Remote and cross-platform restores

Yes

Yes

Limited

Yes

 

Reporting and monitoring

E-mail alerts to sys admin on backup jobs

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

 

Historical reports and graphs

Roadmap

Yes

Yes

Yes

 

Vendor dependency

Open source

Yes

No

No

No

 

Requires proprietary drivers for device support

No

Yes

Yes

No

 

Proprietary data formats

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

 

Data can be recovered without vendorís software

Yes

No

No

No

 

Licensing

Licensing

Simple and hassle-free

Enforced and very complicated

Separate license for each additional function

Enforced and very complicated