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AppAssure

AppAssure works well for quick access to point in time backups of Windows machines without having to do a complete restore. The virtual standby function is useful as a disaster recovery or high availability solution. Recent upgrades to the product and rebranding to Rapid Recovery look promising. If your Linux machines are mission [critical] make sure your administrators test restores so they can perform them in a timely manner should the need arise.
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Avamar

Size of company or data center. Avamar is well suited for larger data centers with lots of data and companies are are willing to purchase the replication grids.

For smaller companies Avamar is cost prohibitive. Avamar is designed for large companies and lots of data.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Data Center Backup

AppAssure
6.7
Avamar
8.2
Universal recovery
AppAssure
8.0
Avamar
7.0
Live recovery
AppAssure
8.0
Avamar
8.8
Recovery verification
AppAssure
9.1
Avamar
8.0
Business application protection
AppAssure
6.4
Avamar
8.4
Multiple backup destinations
AppAssure
9.8
Avamar
7.4
Incremental backup identification
AppAssure
7.0
Avamar
8.5
Backup to the cloud
AppAssure
5.1
Avamar
7.0
Deduplication and file compression
AppAssure
3.2
Avamar
8.9
Snapshots
AppAssure
4.1
Avamar
8.7
Flexible deployment
AppAssure
Avamar
8.0
Management dashboard
AppAssure
Avamar
7.4
Platform support
AppAssure
Avamar
8.5
Retention options
AppAssure
Avamar
9.3
Encryption
AppAssure
Avamar
8.2

Pros

  • It's good when there are no issues with the backup. It works well with file level restores if you can get the systems backed up without any corruptions.
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  • Avamar's deduplication technology is extremely efficient. Each backup of a server is considered a full backup but only changed bits for data are copied.
  • The backup process is almost as easy as set it and forget it. Once the policy and schedules are created Avamar works and works without issues. It is very rare we have any failed backups.
  • Avamar offers a wide range of backup agents and a very customizable backup configuration
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Cons

  • We have many repository corruptions and have to blow our backups away. I would not recommend using this if you are keeping a long retention.
  • We upgraded the agent and it created a new base image. Duplicate base images are eating up into our repository space.
  • I would like to see the repositories go away and use the type that was introduced for replay.
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  • Initial purchase cost is on the high end.
  • After initial support package has expired the cost to renew is extremely high.
  • Media export option is lacking on features and then using exported media for restore is a cumbersome process.
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Likelihood to Renew

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Avamar9.5
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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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Implementation

AppAssure6.0
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Our initial installation really was not optimum. With the help from Dell Profession Services we were able to get our implementation sized correctly and better understand how to get better deduplication results
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Alternatives Considered

We had Replay in our environment already and the price was right. We figured it might be good to stick with one vendor. Replay was a good product and saved us a couple times with the VM exports. Unfortunately, I can't say the same about AppAssure - anything but headache dealing with support daily.
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Reliability. Avamar is hands down more reliable than any other backup solution I have used.
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Return on Investment

  • It is taking too much of our time to manage this product to make sure backups are running.
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  • Hard to measure a ROI on a backup solution
  • Has allowed us to support the close to realtime effort to restore from backups
  • Allows us to store at another location to support our DR strategy
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Pricing Details

AppAssure

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

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Additional Pricing Details