I'm looking for SQL Server database backup solution and I have found many third party tools. But their prices vary greatly. For example, SQL Backup from RedGate or Idera costs about $900 - $1000 while SQLBackupAndFTP or SQLBackupMaster costs about $70. What's the reason? Does it mean that RedGate's or Idera's products are more than ten times better than the cheaper ones? Or they more reliable? They all do what I need (e.g. make schedule backups, store them somewhere and notify me by email), but I'm just completely disorientated with such ten-times price difference. Do I miss anything?

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  • Having used the products, RedGate's backup is fast. It's a lot faster than the native SQL backup. It was explained to me once, but I've forgotten. Something about not taking all of the transactions I believe. I would suspect (but don't know for certain) that the less expensive options use the native backup commands. – Dan Andrews Sep 23 '16 at 15:28

Is there a particular reason you need to pay for a backup solution?

I think 'free' is always a good contender - Ola Hallengren's maintenance scripts are used by a LOT of people.

Simply schedule them using the SQL Agent.

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    I think one of the reasons people want a backup tool is to make restores easier. That's something Ola's scripts are lacking. – Erik Darling Sep 23 '16 at 11:57
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    @sp_BlitzErik dbatools.io's Restore-SqlBackupFromDirectory cmdlet can help with that – alroc Sep 23 '16 at 12:44

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