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Likelihood to Recommend

Altaro VM Backup

While I am not an IT professional, I can get around and do a lot of things. For a novice user like myself, the UI is fairly straightforward and easy to set-up and manage. If I was delving into more detailed backups and replication (not currently using) I still believe that a novice user like myself would be able to manage. Pricing based on host and not VMs is attractive for the end-user. If you had your VMs stored on a number of different hosts, it could get pricey.
Jarret Schwartz | TrustRadius Reviewer

Dell EMC Avamar

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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Data Center Backup

Altaro VM Backup
Dell EMC Avamar
8.2
Universal recovery
Altaro VM Backup
Dell EMC Avamar
8.3
Live recovery
Altaro VM Backup
Dell EMC Avamar
7.0
Recovery verification
Altaro VM Backup
Dell EMC Avamar
7.7
Business application protection
Altaro VM Backup
Dell EMC Avamar
8.6
Multiple backup destinations
Altaro VM Backup
Dell EMC Avamar
8.4
Incremental backup identification
Altaro VM Backup
Dell EMC Avamar
8.8
Backup to the cloud
Altaro VM Backup
Dell EMC Avamar
8.8
Deduplication and file compression
Altaro VM Backup
Dell EMC Avamar
8.9
Snapshots
Altaro VM Backup
Dell EMC Avamar
7.3
Flexible deployment
Altaro VM Backup
Dell EMC Avamar
7.4
Management dashboard
Altaro VM Backup
Dell EMC Avamar
6.7
Platform support
Altaro VM Backup
Dell EMC Avamar
8.8
Retention options
Altaro VM Backup
Dell EMC Avamar
9.3
Encryption
Altaro VM Backup
Dell EMC Avamar
8.9

Pros

Altaro VM Backup

  • Fast and simple setup. I didn't need to read through ANY documentation to set up and have a backup running.
  • Easy and cost-effective licensing. I didn't need to count CPU's or VM's or other random facts to work out my licensing. Just how many hosts, and then one of 3 feature levels of which two have unlimited VM licensing. Hosts x Feature Set = Cost.
  • Easy Restores. Backing up is one thing, but restoring and having confidence in the restore is another. It just works, simple and effective.
  • Help is easy to find if you need it. From within the app, it gives you options of email, phone, and live chat, which is usually available even with odd time zones in play.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Dell EMC Avamar

  • 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
Rodney Barnhardt | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Altaro VM Backup

  • Single file restore is not included in the 2 VM free edition.
  • Can't restore a single SQL database, you have to restore the entire VM.
Stefano Sanna | TrustRadius Reviewer

Dell EMC Avamar

  • 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.
Tim Knarr | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Altaro VM Backup

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Dell EMC Avamar

Dell EMC Avamar 9.5
Based on 2 answers
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.
Rodney Barnhardt | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Altaro VM Backup

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Dell EMC Avamar

Dell EMC Avamar 8.0
Based on 1 answer
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
Brian Munn | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Altaro VM Backup

Altaro VM Backup 8.8
Based on 14 answers
The chat is very responsive. They work hard to find you a solution. They are very competent and very friendly. Most of the time they will simply open a request for you and ask to send the support package (bunch of logs and files) and will come back by email, but you can also click on the chat button inside Altaro to talk to someone.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Dell EMC Avamar

Dell EMC Avamar 8.8
Based on 8 answers
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.
Ratnodeep Roy | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Altaro VM Backup

Altaro brings value to organizations looking at other platforms. It's definitely less expensive overall than Veeam, Datto or Infrascale. The recovery solution for Altaro is very good and reliable. Any organization looking at Veeam should consider Altaro as a potential alternative - depending on requirements. Although lacking in some granular backup/recovery systems, organizations looking at the backup of VMs only - numerous VMs with an off-site cloud location already setup. Costs can potentially increase if numerous versions or long deletion policy needs to be maintained. However such costs would increase on Veeam as well. Solarwinds and Carbonite charge based on selected sizes while Asigra has an amazing deduplication system for VMs, however, Asigra can become pricey with longer deletion/versioning setups as well.
Calin Popescu | TrustRadius Reviewer

Dell EMC Avamar

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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Altaro VM Backup

  • We have a reliable backup solution.
  • I always know if/when a job fails.
  • Any time I have had to restore a backup, it was a straight-forward process.
Jarret Schwartz | TrustRadius Reviewer

Dell EMC Avamar

  • Avamar served our organization very well for many years. It was absolutely the best solution of its day.
  • We did the fork-lift upgrade twice to continue with Avamar. We could not continue to support this model of upgrades.
  • Our final decision to replace Avamar was when the nodes filled with meta-data while we had plenty of data domain space for backups.
  • We've spent too much engineer time babysitting the product.
Paul Lemmons | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Altaro VM Backup

General

Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Yes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Altaro VM Backup Editions & Modules

Edition
FreeFree
Subscription License - Standard Edition59.802
Subscription License - Unlimited Edition73.802
Subscription License - Unlimited Plus Edition89.202
Perpetual License - Standard Edition$5953
Perpetual License - Unlimited Edition$6953
Perpetual License - Unlimited Plus Edition$8753
  1. per VM/per year
  2. per host
Additional Pricing Details

Dell EMC Avamar

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
Optional

Dell EMC Avamar Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing Details

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Altaro VM Backup
8.8
Dell EMC Avamar
7.4

Likelihood to Renew

Altaro VM Backup
Dell EMC Avamar
9.5

Usability

Altaro VM Backup
Dell EMC Avamar
8.0

Support Rating

Altaro VM Backup
8.8
Dell EMC Avamar
8.8

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