With data growth at a record high, businesses face a significant challenge to find ways to keep their backup window in check. As data sizes increase, companies will require peak speed, performance and efficiency out of their backup solution in order to ensure that their backups do not become operationally disruptive. Taking this data into consideration, NovaStor conducted two critical backup performance tests. Each test was designed to benchmark the performance of NovaBACKUP, compared to leading backup software providers Acronis and Symantec.

The first benchmark study looked at backups done with average-sized files, the second looked at backups with extraordinarily large file sizes. Both tests measured these key performance indicators for each of the competitive backup solutions:

  1. Time to Complete the Backup
  2. Peak CPU Usage
  3. Peak Memory Usage

Benchmark #1: Backing Up Files of Average Size

The first benchmark test was based on a statistic that averages the most common backup job file sizes for small businesses; roughly 400,000 files for a total of 370GB before compression, storing the backups to an external device over USB 3.0 technology.

The results of this benchmark1 were reported as follows:

Average Backup File Size

Benchmarking Environment:
Windows Server 2012 R2
Intel® Core™ i7-4770 CPU @ 3.4 GHz
Installed memory (RAM): 16 GB

Not only was NovaBACKUP faster than Acronis and Backup Exec, it also required less CPU usage and memory to perform the exact same backup, using the exact same benchmarking environment.

NovaBackup Faster than Backup Exec

Here are the performance comparisons:

NovaBACKUP vs. Acronis

  • NovaBACKUP is 21% faster than Acronis
  • NovaBACKUP Required 700% Less CPU Usage than Acronis
  • NovaBACKUP Used 500% Less Memory than Acronis

NovaBACKUP vs. Backup Exec

  • NovaBACKUP is 40% faster than Symantec
  • NovaBACKUP Required 300% Less CPU Usage than Symantec
  • NovaBACKUP Used 1350% Less Memory than Symantec

NovaBACKUP vs. Acronis

 Benchmark #2: Large File Backup Performance Test

With the understanding that some industries within the small businesses world rely on very large files as an integral part of their business, a second benchmark study was conducted. This study was conducted using 250 significantly large files that were roughly 5GB per file, with a more limited throughput to an external storage device using USB 2.0 technology to see how NovaBACKUP stacked up against Acronis and Symantec.

The results of this benchmark2 were reported as follows:

File Backup for Large Files

Benchmarking Environment:

For NovaBACKUP and Acronis

Windows 8
Processor: Intel® Core™ 2 Quad CPU Q8300 @ 2.50 GHz
Installed memory (RAM):  8 GB

For Symantec Backup Exec 2014

Windows Server 2012 R2
Intel® Core™ i7-4770 CPU @ 3.4 GHz
Installed memory (RAM): 16 GB

Note: Symantec Backup Exec only runs on Windows Server OS, so when we ran it remotely through a VM, the time for a backup took over a day to complete. Once installing Windows Server 2012 R2 locally, the backups ran much faster, although still considerably slower than the other solutions.

The top performers in this test, NovaBACKUP and Acronis completed the backup of extraordinarily large files in roughly the same time, with NovaBACKUP leading the pack with the least CPU usage and peak memory usage.

NovaBACKUP vs. Backup Exec

Here are the performance comparisons:

NovaBACKUP vs. Acronis

  • NovaBACKUP and Acronis were comparable in backup speed
  • NovaBACKUP Required 111% Less CPU Usage than Acronis
  • NovaBACKUP Used 180% Less Memory than Acronis

NovaBACKUP vs. Backup Exec

  • NovaBACKUP is 87% faster than Symantec
  • NovaBACKUP Required 43% Less CPU Usage than Symantec
  • NovaBACKUP Used 480% Less Memory than Symantec

NovaBACKUP vs Backup Exec on CPU Usage

In order to maintain a consistent backup window, small businesses depend on the efficiency of their backup solution. There is a significant difference between a 10 hour backup window, which can be scheduled to run overnight, and a 20 hour backup window, which requires a weekend backup or encroaching on business productivity. In instances where IT intervention is required, like a job has to be rerun during normal business hours due to a software conflict or backup job failure, if your backup solution consumes excessive memory and CPU usage to perform your backup job, it will cost you in terms of additional productivity loss.

To stay competitive, backup software must be efficient enough to protect business data with minimal technology resource usage and in shared environments, without the need for a dedicated physical server. Poor performance comes at a cost that many small businesses simply cannot afford.

NovaStor understands that small businesses are often short on time and resources, which is why it has become our mission to find ways to exceed our customers’ expectations. In addition to providing fast backups with minimal resource usage, we also offer unmatched customer support. NovaStor is the only backup software company in the industry that offers remote installation and setup…at no additional cost to customers.

We may be competing with the BIG boys, but as a small business ourselves, we understand the needs of other small businesses better than our competitors and are better able to provide the level of service and support that most small businesses need.

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