Unitrends Appliance Family v. Barracuda

Disclaimer: Sentral IT, based in the United Kingdom, has been a proud Unitrends Reseller for over 6-years.

In part one of this competitive analysis series, we covered Unitrends Enterprise Backup™ Versus Veeam.

In part two, we explore the differences between Unitrends Appliance Family Versus Barracuda.

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Primary Advantages of Barracuda:

  • Barracuda appliances, similar to Unitrends’ offering, delivers on-premise and off-premise appliances to offer a comprehensive data protection solution. The all-in-one appliance eliminates the need to stitch together a solution comprising of different storage, software, and backup vendors.

Primary Disadvantages of Barracuda:

  • Integrated fixed/rotational archiving to disk, tapes, NAS, or SAN is not supported by Barracuda Backup Servers. Customers cannot leverage their investment in tape/autoloader/NAS/SAN infrastructure for long-term retention and disaster recovery.
  • Barracuda Networks data protection product suite is a small portion of their primary product offering of network security and firewall solutions.
  • Barracuda Backup Servers do not offer bare metal restore options to dissimilar hardware, thereby reducing the efficacy of the solutions.
  • Barracuda offers native agents only for a limited set of operating systems and relies on protocols like CIFS/SSHFS for backup and restore of unstructured data, which may not capture the file system specific metadata like access control and ownership rights.
  • Barracuda Backup Servers do not encrypt data at rest on the on-premise appliance, so it may not meet regulatory requirements for many customers.
  • Barracuda Backup Servers are powered by integrating acquired technologies from BitLeap and Yosemite Technologies. This increases the complexity of the product, which hampers user experience.
  • Barracuda Backup Servers do not  offer Windows Instant Recovery
  • Barracuda Backup Servers do not have a single user interface to access data and requires access to multiple connections and technologies
  • Barracuda Backup Servers do not  have the option to “seed” the data to off-premise appliance. Initial data sync will take weeks depending on the amount of data being synchronized.
  • Barracuda Backup Servers do not have cloud service data centers SAS 70 certified
  • Barracuda Backup Servers do not have features like Failover Virtualization for Windows is not offered by Barracuda Backup Service.
  • Support costs are almost double to Unitrends Premium level
Product and Licensing
Barracuda
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Non-restrictive licensing Yes Yes Standard licensing does not include restrictions on features, platforms supported, or per-client fees.
Integrated appliance Yes Yes Support handles a vertically integrated data protection appliance – not just software.
Available as physical appliance Yes Yes Available as an integrated server, storage, networking, operating system, backup software, archiving software, replication software, etc. as a physical appliance.
Available as virtual appliance No Yes Available as an integrated operating system, backup software, archiving software, replication software, and so on as a virtual appliance.
Available as software only No No

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Support
Barracuda
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Supports hardware and software Yes Yes Support handles a vertically integrated data protection appliance – not just software.
Proactive hardware monitoring Yes Yes Standard support includes proactive hardware monitoring.
Remote diagnostics Yes Yes Remote diagnostics are available from support.
Self-installable Yes Yes The product may be installed by a customer.
On-site support Yes Yes On-site support is available.
Phone support Yes Yes Telephone support is available.
E-mail support Yes Yes E-mail support is available.
Online interactive chat support Yes Yes Online interactive chat support is available.
Online support form Yes Yes An online support form (or portal) is available.
Knowledgebase Yes Yes A knowledgebase is available.
User forums Yes Yes Support monitored and managed user forums are available.
Video tutorials No Yes Video tutorials offered by the backup vendor.

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Monitoring and Management
Barracuda
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Appliance-based monitoring/management Yes Yes Monitoring and management of data protection software, operating system, storage, server, and other solution components.
Single pane of glass Yes Yes Monitoring and management of multiple appliances from a single user interface.
Web-based management Yes Yes Monitoring and management can be performed via the web.
SNMP/SMTP/alert-based notifications Limited Yes Notifications are available via SNMP traps, SMTP e-mail, and alerts. Barracuda Backup Servers do not support SNMP traps for notifications.

 

Recovery and Restore
Barracuda
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Instant recovery for Windows No Yes Recovery from a failed Windows server in less than 5 minutes.
Instant recovery for VMware Yes Yes Recovery from a failed VMware server in less than 5 minutes.
Dissimilar bare metal restore Limited Yes This includes P2P, P2V, V2P, and V2V.
Heterogeneous bare metal restore No Yes This includes not only Windows but VMware, Hyper-V, XenServer, Linux, Solaris, Mac OS X, and other operating systems. Barracuda Backup Servers only support bare metal restores for a few Windows environments; Unitrends has integrated bare metal restore support for multiple operating systems in the physical and virtual environment.
Heterogeneous backup Limited Yes Barracuda natively supports only the Windows environment and leverages the SSHFS/CIFS protocols to backup other operating systems like Linux, Novell and Mac. Unitrends supports over 100 operating systems, applications, and hypervisors using agent and agentless methodologies as needed.

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Backup
Barracuda
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Virtual and physical backup Limited Yes Supports virtual and physical environments; Barracuda supports a few physical environments in addition to the Hyper-V and VMware environment. Unitrends supports over 100 operating systems, applications, and hypervisors using agent and agentless methodologies as needed.
Heterogeneous backup Limited Yes Barracuda natively supports only the Windows environment and leverages the SSHFS/CIFS protocols to backup other operating systems like Linux, Novell, and Mac. Unitrends supports over 100 operating systems, applications and hypervisors using agent and agentless methodologies as needed.
Heterogeneous storage protection No Yes Support for protecting NAS and SAN volumes.
Integrated fixed/rotational archiving No Yes Integrated disk-to-disk-to-disk, -tape, -SAN, and -NAS for both long-term retention and disaster recovery; Barracuda Backup Servers do not support fixed/rotational archiving; Unitrends offer integrated fixed/rotational archiving to disk, tape, SAN, and NAS devices.
Continuous incrementals supported Yes Yes Continuous-based incremental backup is available (includes near-CDP snapshot).
VMware CBT (Change Block Tracking) Yes Yes Support for VMware CBT is available. Unitrends supports full/differential and incremental backups leveraging CBT technology.
Hyper-V CBT (Change Block Tracking) No Yes Support for Hyper-V CBT (which Microsoft does not support) is available.
Application-level backups Yes Yes Application-level backup is available; Barracuda has support for protecting applications. Unitrends, in addition to providing a native agent for Exchange Server and SQL Server, also offers integration with the native application tools (e.g., mysql).
Differential backups supported Yes Yes Differential backup is available.
Maximum concurrent backups Unlimited Unlimited The number of concurrent backups.

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Technology
Barracuda
Unitrends
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Supports agents Yes Yes Supports client-level, agent-based protection where necessary.
Supports agentless Yes Yes Supports agentless-based protection where necessary; Unitrends supports agentless-based protection for VMware, NAS storage, and iSeries (AS400) environments.
Deduplication Yes Yes Supports deduplication; Barracuda offers target-based block deduplication, whereas Unitrends supports target-based byte-level (content-aware) deduplication.
Retention control policies Yes Yes Supports minimum and maximum retention setting.
Encryption Limited Yes At least AES-256 level encryption. Barracuda encrypts data in-flight to the off-premise appliance and at rest on the off-premise appliance, but it does not provide encryption for data at-rest on the on-premise appliance. Unitrends offers encryption at rest and in-flight between the on- and off-premise appliances.
Failover virtualization No Yes Supports Windows and VMware instant recovery.
Grid-based scalability Yes Yes Backup servers (or appliances) are configured in a grid for interoperability, monitoring, and management
Integrated symmetric and asymmetric replication Yes Yes Barracuda and Unitrends both offer private and public cloud protection for disaster recovery.
Hub-spoke replication Yes Yes Barracuda and Unitrends both offer replication to off-site locations on a single-tenant basis.
Integrated peer-to-peer replication No Yes Cross replication between appliances.
Integrated private cloud replication Yes Yes Barracuda appliances as well as Unitrends appliances can be deployed in a multi-tenant private cloud setup.
Integrated public cloud replication Yes Yes Barracuda Backup Cloud services as well as Unitrends Vault2Cloud offer multi-tenant public cloud solution.

Unitrends & Sentral makes this available for informational purposes only. While we do our best to keep this up-to-date and accurate, we can not and do not represent, warrant or guarantee that it is complete, accurate, or up-to-date, nor does Unitrends offer any certification or guarantee with respect to the opinions expressed herein. Changing circumstances may change the accuracy of the content herein. Opinions presented in this reflect judgment at the time of publication and are subject to change. While every precaution has been taken in the preparation of this document, Unitrends assumes no responsibility for errors, omissions, or damages resulting from the use of the information herein.

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For more information and Unitrends pricing, please contact Sentral’s sales team on 08456 448016 or email us at sales@sentralsystems.com.

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