About ShadowProtect

ShadowProtect is a software solution that provides backup and disaster recovery for physical or virtual servers, laptops and desktops. The software allows users to recover their Windows IT environment anywhere and anytime, and from any type of disaster. It also offers features such as automation, visualization and many more.


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28 Reviews of ShadowProtect

Average User Ratings

Overall

4.43 / 5 stars

Ease-of-use

4.0

Value for money

4.0

Customer support

4.0

Functionality

4.5

Ratings Snapshot

5 stars

(16)

16

4 stars

(9)

9

3 stars

(2)

2

2 stars

(1)

1

1 stars

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November 2018

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David from Highlander I.T. & Telecoms

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Company Size: 51-200 employees

Industry: Information Technology and Services

Time Used: More than 2 years

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

4.0

Value for money

3.0

Customer support

5.0

Functionality

4.0

November 2018

Excellent backup and restore for physical servers

This product has been king of physical server backups for a long time. They have started to bolt-on features to better support virtual environments and recovery, and offer cloud services. Unfortunately these are clearly additions to the base product and not revisions to it, meaning that management is not very slick and it doesn't make commercial sense when stacked against the competition. But if you just have a couple of physical servers and want a robust backup solution with recovery you can rely on, this is a good product.

Pros

Easy to install and use. Plenty of options for backup routines and destinations. The recovery to same or dissimilar hardware is rock solid. They have a cloud backup offering that is competitively priced. Support is usually good once you engage with them. Most issues come down to something outside the product, i.e. not uninstalling a previously solution first. Once up and running it can be relied upon to produce consistently good backups.

Cons

Cumbersome to manage multiple backups for multiple servers. The central management tool they offer is still very much a work in progress. Expensive per-server compared a lot of alternative products. The cloud backup runs separately to the main application, giving you another thing to manage. Retention policies are easily broken just by modifying a backup job, which can lead to them being ignored and filling storage.

Response from StorageCraft Technology

Replied December 2018

David - many thanks for your feedback - it is greatly appreciated. We're excited to share our new product ShadowXafe which addresses several of your product observations. Our team will be in touch with you soon. Never hesitate to reach out to me at connie.whiteside@storagecraft.com Regards, Connie Whiteside Sr Director Customer Success

June 2021

Mark from Sterling IT (Information Technology)

Company Size: 2-10 employees

Industry: Computer & Network Security

Time Used: More than 2 years

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

4.0

Value for money

5.0

Customer support

4.0

Functionality

4.0

June 2021

Shadow protect is great for onsite and offsite backup

Only have had restore issues on SBS Servers All other devices have been great in a disaster recovery situation. The product is good and with the new cloud addition, monitoring is so much easier

Pros

Its very cost effective, been around for years and has a good market share, meaning the reliability of the product is tested well and any bugs are ironed out pretty quick.

Cons

Installation isnt a few clicks. Need third party hardware to complete a full DR solution Would be great to have an all in one solution with direct support

Reasons for Choosing ShadowProtect

Not all solutions are for all clients environments or budgets.

August 2018

Bob from VenCom

Company Size: 2-10 employees

Industry: Computer Software

Time Used: More than 2 years

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

2.0

Value for money

1.0

Customer support

1.0

Functionality

2.0

August 2018

* * * DISAPPOINTING SCAM * * *

2+ years before the built in shutdown bomb triggered.

Pros

Does what I want, when it works, usually 3 days of 6 days scheduled. It errors out without notice when the backup storage external drive doesn't instantly wake up and salute as soon as ShadowProtect pings once. But I can live with 3 full backups every week.....if the software had not self-destructed.

Cons

During the usual monthly safety check found the screen hobbled. The important buttons (backup, restore, etc.) have been disabled and all others produce a 404 error, webpage cannot be found. Several hours later I gave up on tech support and called SALES. A "tech support" person responded to my message forwarded by Sales. She tried the old "Microsoft Update Error" blame game. As a Visual Basic engineer of 24+ years I know what Windows OS errors produce. It does NOT shut down software in an orderly, selective manner. I told her THIS event was clearly deliberate. She said the software must be uninstalled and replaced by a newer version with their help of course. THREE TIMES I asked what this "newer version" would cost, which she ignored apparently thinking I would have no choice, that my system had blown up or something and I couldn't restore it without paying whatever the price. WRONG ! I have Raid with dual drives and tiers of protective software. Thus, as I can no longer trust my small business data to a software provider which tries to try to leverage existing customers to pay "error motivated ransom" to access the data if needed, I told her she was trying to scam a software pro... and bye bye.

Response from StorageCraft Technology

Replied August 2018

Hi Bob - thanks for bringing this to our attention. I'm delighted we connected and are able to assist you! As noted, your support maintenance expired 5/31/2017. Going forward, please renew your maintenance so we can continue to provide great technical support. Don't hesitate to contact me at connie.whiteside@storagecraft.com. Regards, Connie

March 2018

Anonymous

Verified Reviewer

Time Used: More than 2 years

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

3.0

Value for money

2.0

Customer support

3.0

Functionality

5.0

March 2018

Although a bit more expensive than similar backup software, ShadowProtect checks all the boxes.

The ability to virtual boot a server from a backup, to get a client back up and going while their true server gets replaced.

Pros

ShadowProtect is a great piece of software. The main draws of this backup utility, are that you can encrypt your backups (which helps comply with HIPAA and other various laws), and perform a virtual boot from the backup media if your server/PC goes down. It's pretty amazing to be able to right-click the file that the backup creates, select "virtualboot", and have a working server up and going in 10 minutes or so. Pretty much a Disaster Recovery dream

Cons

This software is expensive!! You can get the same functionality from something like Acronis, at a fraction of the cost. But I think ShadowProtect was one of the first that could virtualize. It's a great product, but there are other cheaper options.

Response from StorageCraft Technology

Replied July 2018

Happy to be checking your boxes, thanks for the great feedback :-)

October 2018

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Jordan from HandStands PROMO

Verified Reviewer

Company Size: 51-200 employees

Industry: Consumer Goods

Time Used: More than 2 years

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

4.0

Value for money

4.0

Customer support

4.0

Functionality

4.0

October 2018

Provides Confidence and Security

StorageCraft's ShadowPortect has saved me many of times. It isn't unheard of for end users to accidentally delete that all important accounting file. With ShadowProtect, recovering missing or deleted files is a breeze, often taking less than 5 minutes to restore a backup of the file. With our backup policy we are able to restore files within minutes of when it was changed, misplaced, or deleted. ShadowProtect also takes care of consolidations and our off-site backups, making it a great disaster recovery tool should a meteor hit our office.

Pros

Fully Encrypted backups Automated integrity checks continuous backup from system to file supports a number of transport protocols including FTP and SMB Automated backup to VM for almost ready to boot full system backups

Cons

The full system backups take some work to get to booting state. Still far better than the alternative of starting from scratch. Runs on Windows, which has been the source of some frustration