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"The initial setup is easy.""Centralization is Avamar's biggest advantage. It moves data to a central location from various geographical locations.""Dell EMC Avamar has many valuable features. It's very stable and it's easy to manage.""The installation of the solution is easy.""Its stability and deduplication capabilities are most valuable.""The deduplication feature is the best aspect of the solution.""Graphically, it's very user interactive. It's got a very nice interface.""The most valuable features are image backups and file backups."

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"The solution is quite scalable. An organization shouldn't have any problem expanding if they use this solution.""It's a stable solution.""The most valuable features are the performance and the duplication.""The solution is very good because it is easy to use and it speeds up the backup and lowers the requirement for the storage rate. It is capable of encryption, compression, and deduplication and it is fast for sending all of the data over the network because it sends only the change blocks from the client to the DD server.""Very stable solution.""The initial setup is very straightforward."

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"When you get down to doing certain things, such as somebody wants a particular file restored, the process by which you do that is stupid. You kind of have to know exactly where to look for in order to find it. Even on older backup products that I've used, I didn't have that kind of problem. If we were looking for a file with a particular kind of a name, the solution would find that file anywhere irrespective of where it resides within the backup system. So, we didn't have to know the name of the specific server, the specific timeframe, almost all the characters of the file name, and all kinds of data in order to find a file. In Avamar, we got to know these details. We've gone around and around with them on that, and their attitude seems to be that it is working just fine. There is nothing for them to improve. The organizational system of other products that I'm working with, such as Zerto and Cohesity, seems to be centered around the tasks that you would most commonly do and want to do, as opposed to we've laid it out in a really neat technical hierarchy.""The solution should improve its tape-connectivity features.""The management of this solution is a little bit difficult for IT administrators. They have to be trained before going through the system.""Its ability to back up very large objects can be improved. In terms of new features, they can include the ability to use cloud services, like S3, more natively.""The solution could improve by having better integration and more flexibility.""When we used the solution, it was still new, and so the customer service/technical support was not the best.""It is very scalable, and that's its claim to fame, but that also makes it hard to make changes. Anytime there is a large piece of software, changing that piece of software is harder. You've got a larger install base, so you can't just rapidly change. We also use another product called Veeam, and it has this new feature called Continuous Data Protection, which basically lets you get very close to the way the system was in time. We have a system or two up there on which we have set 10 minutes Continuous Data Protection. So, we can roll it back to whatever it was 10 minutes ago, 20 minutes ago, or 30 minutes ago. This feature doesn't exist in Avamar Data Domain. That's the one feature I'd like to see first.""Dell EMC Avamar is a very complex product. It took a lot of time for the IT admins to get trained on how to use it. It is not very user-friendly, and we won't be using Avamar anymore. It needs a lot of improvement in terms of how the backups have been configured, and the reporting is too complex."

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"The solution doesn't scale. If you hit your capacity, you need to buy a new device.""Technical support is okay but could be improved. I've sent a lot of complaints their way and I feel like they might be able to respond a bit better.""Integration could be better.""The product has low capacity.""The solution could improve by adding more flexibility for the customers here in Thailand. Some of the small capacity models of the solution are not needed by our customers. There should be a more flexible version of the solution."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "It was approximately $70-80,000 when it was under support, but right now EMC has not been supporting this product for two years."
  • "Licensing was generally on a per VM or terabyte basis. They changed their licensing model a couple of times and turned it into socket-based licensing, which is an improvement in their licensing model."
  • "When it comes to competition the price is not what is important, it's not the problem."
  • "The price of this product should be lower."
  • "It was very expensive before, but after integrating it with Dell EMC Avamar Data Protection suite licensing, we are getting better discounts."
  • "The cost of the solution is very expensive."
  • "Its price should be reduced. It would be good if you could pay as per usage, and there is a subscription model like VMware. There should be some flexibility because sometimes, the customer only uses the backup for one month or three months. Currently, I have to pay whether I use it or not. Its licensing should be flexible and based on consumption."
  • "Its licensing is weird. It is not just the licenses; we also purchase hardware. With most software products, such as Veeam, Commvault, and Data Protector, there is no hardware purchase at the same time. Because Avamar and Data Domain are tied together, they have an integrated pipe. You can separate them, but basically, they're designed to work as a couple. Because the Data Domain backend is designed to do dedupe and compression, we get 60:1. When you count it, you count it as a straight compression, but of course, that's with dedupe and some other stuff. You have to buy the hardware, the licensing, and the software at the same time. So, it's not just software."
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  • "The solution is very good because it is easy to use and it speeds up the backup and lowers the requirement for the storage rate. It is capable of encryption, compression, and deduplication and it is fast for sending all of the data over the network because it sends only the change blocks from the client to the DD server."
  • "The solution comes with a capacity license and it is a one-time purchase. There are additional costs, such as support."
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    Overview

    Avamar is fast, efficient backup and recovery through a complete software and hardware solution. Equipped with integrated variable-length deduplication technology, Avamar facilitates fast, daily full backups for virtual environments, remote offices, enterprise applications, network-attached storage (NAS) servers, and desktops/laptops.

    EMC Data Domain Boost provides advanced integration with backup and enterprise applications for increased performance and ease of use.
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    Comanche County Memorial Hospital, Cap Atlantique, Getronics, Lewisville Independent School District, EnvisionRxOptions, Cincinnati Bell Technology Solutions
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    Dell EMC Avamar is ranked 2nd in Deduplication Software with 38 reviews while Dell EMC Data Domain Boost is ranked 7th in Deduplication Software with 6 reviews. Dell EMC Avamar is rated 7.8, while Dell EMC Data Domain Boost is rated 8.4. The top reviewer of Dell EMC Avamar writes "Unlimited scalability, very stable, and ties very well with VMware API". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Dell EMC Data Domain Boost writes "Extremely stable, very easy to scale, and very good deduplication compression ratio". Dell EMC Avamar is most compared with Dell EMC NetWorker, Veeam Backup & Replication, Dell EMC PowerProtect DD (Data Domain), Dell EMC PowerProtect Data Manager and Zerto, whereas Dell EMC Data Domain Boost is most compared with HPE StoreOnce, Veritas NetBackup Appliance, Dell EMC PowerProtect DD (Data Domain), Quantum DXi Series and NetApp FAS Series. See our Dell EMC Avamar vs. Dell EMC Data Domain Boost report.

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