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Score 8 out of 100
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Score 7.7 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

  • Actifio Enterprise ranks higher in 1 feature set: Data Center Backup

Data Center Backup

8.1

Actifio Enterprise

81%
6.7

Dell Avamar

67%
Actifio Enterprise ranks higher in 13/14 features

Universal recovery

9.0
90%
2 Ratings
7.1
71%
20 Ratings

Instant recovery

8.0
80%
2 Ratings
7.3
73%
38 Ratings

Recovery verification

8.0
80%
2 Ratings
7.8
78%
17 Ratings

Business application protection

9.0
90%
2 Ratings
7.3
73%
17 Ratings

Multiple backup destinations

9.0
90%
2 Ratings
5.8
58%
20 Ratings

Incremental backup identification

8.0
80%
2 Ratings
7.6
76%
21 Ratings

Backup to the cloud

8.0
80%
2 Ratings
3.6
36%
10 Ratings

Deduplication and file compression

7.0
70%
2 Ratings
7.3
73%
22 Ratings

Snapshots

9.0
90%
2 Ratings
7.3
73%
16 Ratings

Flexible deployment

9.0
90%
2 Ratings
6.8
68%
12 Ratings

Management dashboard

7.0
70%
2 Ratings
6.8
68%
13 Ratings

Platform support

7.0
70%
2 Ratings
4.6
46%
14 Ratings

Retention options

8.0
80%
2 Ratings
7.3
73%
15 Ratings

Encryption

8.0
80%
2 Ratings
7.3
73%
14 Ratings

Attribute Ratings

  • Actifio Enterprise is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend

Likelihood to Recommend

8.0

Actifio Enterprise

80%
2 Ratings
6.8

Dell Avamar

68%
22 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

Actifio Enterprise

N/A
0 Ratings
9.5

Dell Avamar

95%
2 Ratings

Usability

Actifio Enterprise

N/A
0 Ratings
8.0

Dell Avamar

80%
1 Rating

Support Rating

Actifio Enterprise

N/A
0 Ratings
8.8

Dell Avamar

88%
8 Ratings

Likelihood to Recommend

Actifio

Actifio Enterprise is a great tool to use for data protection and disaster recovery at the enterprise level. It can create one master copy of your data and then replicate that data out via snapshots to local or cloud-based targets. I don't think this product would be a good fit to small to medium sized companies because it is on the expensive side.
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Dell Technologies

This software is well suited for companies that want to be very in control of their backups but need a simple tool. It could be convenient for them to just buy their own node, locate it in a different location, and set up the jobs for their machines to backup to the cloud with the specific plugins. However, it would not be convenient for companies looking to have a tool that needs to be secure and compliant, and that need to have different other options for business continuity.
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Pros

Actifio

  • Reliable and easy to deploy backup solution with low administration overhead.
  • Fast backup solution with low impact on production systems as it backs them up.
  • Dedup and replication of backed up data between sites and with streamsnap very quick recovery on dr site.
  • Great customer support with quick response to changing demands.
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Dell Technologies

  • Avamar performs data deduplication on the remote host. This greatly reduces the amount of traffic that each backup requires. This even applies to the virtual environment through change block tracking. Backup times are reduced from hours to minutes.
  • The management interface makes it easy to configure and maintain data retention periods. Many times certain data must be kept for an extended period of time. There is a specific menu for managing retention periods.
  • The system is able to recover itself from a hard failure with virtually no loss of backups. There is a checkpoint taken each day that provides a recovery point in the event of a catastrophic failure. Since this is a node based system, the loss of more than one node could require a recovery be performed.
  • While another grid must be purchased, the replication utility allows all backups to be replicated to another grid at a remote location. This ensures the resilience of the backups in the event there is the loss of the primary data center.
  • Also works on HCI devices performing image-level backups as in our primary data center environment
  • There is also now an All-in-One appliance for smaller locations
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Cons

Actifio

  • Price could be lower
  • Learning curve is a bit steep
  • Admin Console could be improved
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Dell Technologies

  • The client interface has constant JAVA issues and can be slow and chunky. We have often had issues with current versions of JAVA breaking it so it will not even run.
  • The backup clients are split out for function. Although this makes them light, it also makes it cumbersome to upgrade clients. The naming scheme can also be confusing for the clients.
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Pricing Details

Actifio Enterprise

Starting Price

Editions & Modules

Actifio Enterprise editions and modules pricing
EditionModules

Footnotes

    Offerings

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services

    Entry-level set up fee?

    No setup fee

    Additional Details

    Dell Avamar

    Starting Price

    Editions & Modules

    Dell Avamar editions and modules pricing
    EditionModules

    Footnotes

      Offerings

      Free Trial
      Free/Freemium Version
      Premium Consulting/Integration Services

      Entry-level set up fee?

      Optional

      Additional Details

      Likelihood to Renew

      Actifio

      No answers on this topic

      Dell Technologies

      I have been using the product for over five years. This has performed so well that with the current system reaching its End-of-Life with EMC next year, I have proposed replacing it with the latest version of the product. Now that it integrates with Data Domain, the cost has been greatly reduced. Instead of the need to purchase many nodes, one Data Domain can replace them creating a significant cost savings.
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      Usability

      Actifio

      No answers on this topic

      Dell Technologies

      The system overall is easy to monitor and see your backup/restore status. The user interface could use updating as it relies on Java and any updates to Java cause the interface to stop working need to be reinstalled
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      Support Rating

      Actifio

      No answers on this topic

      Dell Technologies

      Support is very convincing, always eager to solve issues from the root rather than workaround, don't hesitate to take webex, describe the issues to the core and recommend configuration to avoid further issues. We can ask few questions other than the main issue. They don't hesitate to answer.
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      Alternatives Considered

      Actifio

      Actifio is quicker to deploy easier to manage and capacity plan with less components to keep patched.
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      Dell Technologies

      Avamar has simplied the back up approach in their VE edition and is much easier to use than Data Protector. Backing up multiple VMs takes minutes instead of hours now. Creating policies, retentions, and schedules, is vastly improved and much easier.
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      Return on Investment

      Actifio

      • Actifio has improved our Disaster Recovery approach by making it easier to get data into the cloud
      • Actifio has allowed our DBA's to manage their own backups and restores
      • Actifio has allowed us to save a lot of disk space by using clones\snapshots to replicate data from production to lower environments.
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      Dell Technologies

      • Absolute Zero ROI
      • This appliance does not work in its current state and to update we need to wait 2-3 months
      • Can't wait to get rid of it and replace it with something else. (not even sure if we will be able to get it running before that)
      • [I think] this is one of the worst mistakes we made
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