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Senior Cloud Engineer at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
MSP
Top 20
Good stability, deduplication, and support, but should have less hardware dependency and better reporting and price
Pros and Cons
  • "Its stability and deduplication capabilities are most valuable."
  • "Avamar is dependent on the hardware. It can't be implemented with ordinary storage. It can only be implemented with an EMC product. We want to have a backup solution that allows us to use independent storage and other hardware. It would be good if they can simplify its technology and make it possible to implement it with another storage. This is probably not possible because Avamar is an EMC product, and EMC would like to sell its own products."

What is our primary use case?

We use it as a backup and restore solution for our customers. For replication, we use the Data Domain application. We replicate from our primary site to the DR site.

What is most valuable?

Its stability and deduplication capabilities are most valuable.

What needs improvement?

Avamar is dependent on the hardware. It can't be implemented with ordinary storage. It can only be implemented with an EMC product. We want to have a backup solution that allows us to use independent storage and other hardware. It would be good if they can simplify its technology and make it possible to implement it with another storage. This is probably not possible because Avamar is an EMC product, and EMC would like to sell its own products.

It should be simplified because currently if we want to upgrade Avamar, it requires us to assemble too many EMC products. For upgrade, we have to ensure compatibility with Data Domain, proxy, and firmware for storage. There are many dependencies and many steps that we have to take if we want to upgrade the services, which is a weakness of Avamar.

It should also have support for reporting. We have too many reporting challenges. We cannot get information from the console about how big is the data of customer A, customer B, and customer C. EMC should think about providing reporting for the backup solution. Our customers use the basic reporting, but inside our infrastructure, we should be able to see and then analyze the data consumption by different customers. We should also be able to split information and see data consumption within our organization. Such analytical reporting will help us in planning our usage for the future, such as for the next two years. It will be useful for customers and service providers.

Its price should be reduced, and it should have a flexible and pay-per-use licensing.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using this solution since 2017.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It is stable.

How are customer service and technical support?

We have had their tech support until now. There is no problem with their tech support. They provide good support.

How was the initial setup?

Its initial setup is complex. 

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

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. 

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Currently, we are evaluating Veeam to see if it is possible to switch to Veeam. Veeam has an issue of deduplication failure. With Avamar, we use Data Domain, and the deduplication ratio is 26 or 25 times, whereas, with Veeam, the ratio is only half. We are thinking of using Avamar for archive backup and using Veeam for short retention.

What other advice do I have?

I would rate Dell EMC Avamar a seven out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
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Modern Data Center and Cloud Engineer II at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
MSP
Top 5Leaderboard
Flexible and stable with great reporting
Pros and Cons
  • "The solution is very stable."
  • "The product could offer more integration capabilities."

What is our primary use case?

We primarily use the solution the database replications in web hosting, mostly.

What is most valuable?

The duplication capabilities are very helpful.

The native data protection capability and remote data protection capabilities make it a unique solution. It makes it possible so that it will fit with any kind of vendor the customer needs.

The backup features. for example, the exclusionary statement, are excellent.

Overall, the solution offers some really great reporting.

It's very flexible when it comes to the end-user device backup.

In general, the product has been extremely easy to use. It's one of the best aspects.

The solution is very stable.

What needs improvement?

The solution does not scale. It would be nice if there were much more scalability capabilities.

The solution could get better at data process managing. It can take more than three or four hours for supporting images. It's critical to do this faster.

It would be helpful if the product could support Linux patches. It's my understanding it only offers HTML.

The product could offer more integration capabilities. 

For how long have I used the solution?

We've been using the solution for a few years at this point. It's been a while. I personally have been dealing with the solution for four years or so.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The solution is very stable. It doesn't crash or freeze. There are no bugs or glitches. The performance is very reliable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The product does not scale. If a company needs something that can scale, they need something else.

We have three customers that are currently using the solution.

How are customer service and technical support?

Typically, we handle support-related queries from customers, however, we have dealt with Avamar's technical support in the past and they have been helpful and responsive. The response time in particular has always been very good.

How was the initial setup?

The installation process is not complex at all. It's very straightforward. A company shouldn't have any trouble with the process. It's easy.

Deployments typically take about one and a half hours or so.

What about the implementation team?

Currently, we have five technical engineers. Each one has its own specialization that they are capable of deploying Avamar. We can deploy the solution for our clients.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Customers do have to pay for a professional license in order to use the solution.

What other advice do I have?

We are integrators.

We tend to work with relatively new versions of the solution. It may not always be the latest version. Typically the versions we use have been released in the last six months or so.

I'd recommend the solution to other organizations and especially to end-users.

In general, I would rate the solution at an eight out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Integrator
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Storage Administrator at a hospitality company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Top 20
An easy initial setup with good duplication and good stability
Pros and Cons
  • "The initial setup is easy."
  • "It would be helpful if there was cloud support."

What is our primary use case?

We primarily use the solution for virtual infrastructure.

What is most valuable?

The duplication is the solution's most valuable aspect.

The initial setup is easy.

What needs improvement?

The solution is actually moving over to a new PowerProtect solution. I'm not sure, in terms of the roadmap, how long they'll have Avamar and NetWorker as they have now launched a new PowerProtect backup solution.

Therefore, the concern really is what the future will be with another product. Will we have to migrate, for example, and will it be easy or hard to do so?

It would be helpful if there was cloud support.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using the solution for about eight years now. It's been a while.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

We've been happy with the stability. It doesn't crash or freeze. It's not buggy. It's been good.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The scalability is limited right now. A company shouldn't expect to be able to expand it too much. That may be just the case in general for the kind of software it is.

We typically work to size accordingly to avoid having to make upgrades.

How are customer service and technical support?

The support is okay. They are pretty knowledgable and prompt. I'd rate them seven out of ten overall. We're mostly satisfied with their level of service.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We actually used to use Veritas. We got rid of Veritas Symantec NetBackup because it couldn't do all the deduplication we needed and didn't have all of the features that Avamar has. The support was also very bad. We were happy to switch to something else.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is not complex. Implementation is pretty straightforward.

What about the implementation team?

We had Dell assist us a bit in the implementation process.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

I'm not sure how to calculate the cost. It's a hard question to answer. I do know that we pay for support upfront for five years.

I'm not sure how to compare costs, however, I can say that based on what we're seeing we get very good deduplication rates with the data domain on the backend.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We did briefly look at another solution, however, we decided not to move forward with it.

What other advice do I have?

We're currently just customers with Dell. We don't have a business relationship with them.

I'm not sure if I would recommend the solution as there's a new solution that will be replacing it. However, it's not a bad solution as it stands.

Overall, I'd rate the solution eight out of ten. It's a pretty decent product.

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Senior Account Manager at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Real User
Top 5
A stable and highly scalable solution with great tech support and limitless licensing and hardware capabilities
Pros and Cons
  • "We are talking about a complete end-to-end solution which comes with its own hardware storage to back up the data on tape-less."
  • "The solution should improve its tape-connectivity features."

What is our primary use case?

The solution can be used for the backing up of all environments, including those which are virtual and involve databases and applications. 

What is most valuable?

We are talking about a complete end-to-end solution which comes with its own hardware storage to back up the data on tape-less. It should be on desk and desks solution, which comes with Power Protect and is called data domain. It offers a very small footprint for long term, backup retention, in the realm of 55 times a single duplication ratio. This means that if a person backs up something on one, he will have one petabyte of storage, which can store up to five petabyte of backup copies. This combination makes Dell EMC one of the most perfect solutions available. 

What needs improvement?

Avamar does not offer the tape-out, meaning that what a person backs up can only be kept on a disc based appliance, one which is supplied by Avamar. The tape lacks connectivity, which means that if a customer wishes to take tape-out, Avamar is not a fit. He must look for a networker which offers up to tape. The solution should improve its tape-connectivity features. 

For how long have I used the solution?

As we have been serving as the Dell EMC legacy partners since before Dell took over, our company has been dealing with Avamar since the get go, back in 2014. 

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The solution is certainly stable and comprises 70 percent of the market share. 

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The solution is highly scalable. Both the licensing and hardware capabilities are without limit. The storage box can be scaled in petabytes. 

How are customer service and support?

As, generally speaking, Dell EMC is an enterprise solution company, its technical support is always good. 

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup used to be complex, but has since become much easier, more user friendly and faster. 

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The solution is not expensive for the value one gets. The most expensive thing involves one's data. Should a person's data be compromised, he would be willing to pay a million dollars to retrieve it. This makes the payment of an additional premium for its protection worthwhile. 

The licensing capabilities are limitless. 

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

The main difference between Avamar and Networker involves the tape-out. Generally speaking, our customers have compliance policies to keep the tapes out, which is why we mostly recommend Networker. As such, most of my installations are on Networker, not Avamar. 

What other advice do I have?

I consider the solution to be most comprehensive in all respects. It has an understanding of most of the vendor's applications. 

I rate Dell EMC Avamar as an eight out of ten. 

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
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Shehan Attapattu
head of presales at a integrator with 11-50 employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
A stable and scalable solution that's always improving
Pros and Cons
  • "The source site replication feature is valuable."
  • "It would be better if we could integrate easily with other platforms."

What is our primary use case?

In a data center, the entire workloads are virtualized, and they are backing up the content, and sometimes because of bandwidth, operations need to be backed up quickly. In that kind of scenario, this source site replication is very supportive. Avamar evaluates the data that's already backed up, and only the chain blocks can be transferred via the network. There won't be any heavy network traffic, and the time it takes to backup is quick and within the window.

On the client-side, we can also backup clients with Avamar. These days with the pandemic, most of them work from home, and we're using less network bandwidth to backup end user transfers.

What is most valuable?

The source site replication feature is valuable. 

What needs improvement?

It would be better if we could integrate easily with other platforms. I would like to see better integration with VMware vCenter. We normally integrate Avamar with VMware vCenter Server and virtualize Avamar within the VM. Once, we wanted to backup only a few VMs within the vCenter, without integrating it to the vCenter. But we come across some problems. Without adding the vCenter directly, there was some difficulty in adding the VMs. When we replaced more clients in the OS, this problem was solved.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using Dell EMC Avamar for three years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Dell EMC Avamar is stable so far. As we have worked with software engineers trained to use this product, they can configure and provide support on their own.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Dell EMC Avamar is a scalable solution.

How are customer service and technical support?

Support is okay. We don't use it frequently as our engineers can manage well. Only when they can't handle a problem, they call support. We also use technical sites and the web portal, and these help our engineers capably handle day to day requirements.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup isn't complex. Because the engineers are trained, they're familiar with the product and can do this implementation.

The implementation time depends on the data center. The issues we face are mainly on the network. For example, sometimes, their policies on implementing the communication between the servers lead to some downtime. Other than that, we can implement Dell EMC Avamar between two-three days.

What about the implementation team?

We implemented Dell EMC Avamar ourselves, in-house.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

It was very expensive before, but after integrating it with Dell EMC Avamar Data Protection suite licensing, we are getting better discounts.

What other advice do I have?

I always see improvements on the Avamar side, and we are happy with that. 

On a scale from one to ten, I would give Dell EMC Avamar a ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Integrator
Deputy General Manager ( Practice Head Data Protection and Migration) at Netmagic Solutions (An NTT Communications Company)
Real User
Great duplication and backup speed made a huge difference to us but it is expensive
Pros and Cons
  • "Duplication and the speed of backup are great."
  • "It's an expensive solution."

What is our primary use case?

I recently stopped using this product because my work moved away from operations and I'm now a patents director, so I generally do the designing. My client was looking for backups and for an application along with a desktop backup. We are partners with Dell and I'm the deputy general manager of the company. 

What is most valuable?

The best feature is the duplication and the speed of backup, which really made the difference for us. 

What needs improvement?

Everyone is now talking about hyperscalers like AWS, Azure and Google, so I guess Data Domain and others are coming in a native format, but the pricing is really expensive compared to the rest of the competitors' software. Beam and maybe Commvault are providing cheaper solutions compared to Avamar and Data Domain on software hyperscalers. They should really move to cloud and reduce the price. It's not a portal service, so we have to buy the devices along with it. That was the problem we kept facing in the market.
Nowadays every backup solution has more features compared to this, but I can't think of anything that needs improving in Avamar because it's already an enterprise tool. 

For how long have I used the solution?

I've used this solution for the past three years. 

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The stability is good. 

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The scalability is good. 

How are customer service and technical support?

Dell EMC is pretty good in terms of customer support. We use our own team for maintenance. 

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

In the  case of Commvault, you should have a drive or your DVD engine, key machines which you have to start because you need to have the ability for the machine. That is the only difference I've seen between Avamar and Commvault. Commvault seems to have the upper hand because of the computation and duplication services. That said, Avamar is used mainly  for enterprise and Commvault is good for SMB and smaller customers.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was a bit complicated, it's not a simple setup. There are a lot of challenging networks to deploy. It's not related to the software, it's more from a customer network point of view. The deployment took me about one or two days, not more than that.

What other advice do I have?

If you're enterprise, you are definitely going to use Avamar because it can save a lot of space because of its duplication feature, which is great. Just the backup speed is tremendous compared to other backup solutions. If you're enterprise and having issues with set up, then I'd definitely recommend Avamar.

I would rate this solution a seven out of 10. 

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

Private Cloud
Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Partner
Snr. Systems Architect at a tech services company with 1-10 employees
Reseller
Top 5
Very user-friendly but lacks support for certain plugins
Pros and Cons
  • "Graphically, it's very user interactive. It's got a very nice interface."
  • "It lacks support for certain plugins, like SAP HANA, for example."

What is our primary use case?

My customer has a huge virtual environment — vCenter and VMware. They need images backed up, they have different workloads like Oracle, SAP, and NetWorker. They have a compliance policy that they have to tape out but Avamar, out of the box, cannot do the tape out. That's why I had to introduce NetWorker into the picture.

What is most valuable?

Graphically, it's very user interactive. It's got a very nice interface. Compared to NetWorker, although Avamar is more user-friendly, it lacks support for certain plugins, like SAP HANA, for example. In this particular project that I'm working on, they need to back up SAP HANA but Avamar does not support that. Also, regarding compliance, they need to tape out. Avamar does not support that out of the box. 

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using this solution for over six years. 

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

For the project that I am currently working on, I will be using Avamar to migrate their old historical data to the new environment because this new environment is attached to Data Domain. Scalability-wise and stability-wise, I don't see any issues.

How are customer service and technical support?

I haven't had to contact support as of yet. 

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is pretty straightforward. It's good that Dell EMC provides the virtual additions of these appliances for people to practice beforehand. Otherwise, you might be familiar with a certain version but not understand the subsequent versions. You would never know unless you could get a production set up, which is not possible. You can't go and play with the client setup. For this reason, Dell EMC, like other good vendors, offers virtual additions. Data Domain, NetWorker, Avamar, everything you can practice.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The client has directly bought this solution from another partner. I've been subcontracted for this. I don't know anything about the pricing.

What other advice do I have?

Regarding end-users, I would say stick with disk-based backup. Avamar does it very well with the VMware virtual environments, even Hyper-V for that reason.

Overall, on a scale from one to ten, I would give Dell EMC Avamar a rating of seven.

The reason I am giving it a rating of seven is because of the plugin issues and the inability to tape out. Frankly, there are still a lot of clients in this region who need to be in compliance — they need the tape out. It's really a nightmare if you want to tape out with Avamar. There's a way to work around this but you've got to install an ADME node, which is actually a small brother of NetWorker. Still, it's a really painful process.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
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Product Owner at a retailer with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 10
Good technical support and needs little bandwidth but requires better orchestration
Pros and Cons
  • "The most valuable feature of Avamar would have to be the way it works over needing very little bandwidth to move data across a WAN or LAN."
  • "The interface has room for improvement. It's not ideal right now."

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature of Avamar would have to be the way it works over needing very little bandwidth to move data across a WAN or LAN.

What needs improvement?

The interface has room for improvement. It's not ideal right now.

The product needs to have compatibility with more advanced systems such as Oracle ASM files.

The automation and orchestration features need work. Other products like Vain, for example, lend themselves to better automation and orchestration. 

If you want to set up integration with a cloud environment, for example, it's very difficult to do that. Avamar doesn't work very well in the cloud environment.

The solution requires better ease of use and compatibility. It would be ideal if it could work with Oracle on an ISM environment.

There needs to be better iintegration into the public cloud environments. 

It would be better if the cost of the product was less.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using the solution for about ten years now. It's been at least a decade at this point. I've worked with it in various companies as well.

How are customer service and technical support?

Technical support, from my experience with the vendor, has been good. We're satisfied with the level of service Dell offers. They seem to be knowledgeable and responsive.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I personally have a lot of experience in the space. For example, I've worked with Looker, NetWorker, Commvault, and other competitive technologies, including Dell's own NetWorker.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is okay. It's a little complex, however, overall, it's not too bad to implement.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The price of the product could be lower. It's actually probably one of the more expensive products, at least in the enterprise-class. Other technologies are cheaper, and other vendors are adding more features. Therefore, it's falling behind a bit in what other vendors are doing. They need to catch up.

What other advice do I have?

I'm just a customer and don't have a professional relationship with Dell.

Whether or not, I'd advise a new user to implement this product depends on their environment. It's very good. It's a very well distributed environment and it's probably the best product on the market. However, most companies today are engaging in leveraging the cloud, and in that case, my advice to them is to look at other technologies.

On a scale from one to ten, I'd rate it a seven. If it offered better orchestration and cloud capabilities, for example, it would push it up to a nine. A cost reduction in their pricing model would push it up there as well.

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