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AppAssure

20 Ratings
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Score 6.4 out of 101

Solarwinds Storage Resource Monitor

9 Ratings
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Score 8.7 out of 101

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Likelihood to Recommend

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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Solarwinds Storage Resource Monitor

If you have rare, very old or very uncommon devices you may need to look elsewhere, but if you are using current tech then this product probably supports your devices.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Data Center Backup

AppAssure
6.8
Solarwinds Storage Resource Monitor
8.0
Universal recovery
AppAssure
8.0
Solarwinds Storage Resource Monitor
Live recovery
AppAssure
8.0
Solarwinds Storage Resource Monitor
Recovery verification
AppAssure
9.1
Solarwinds Storage Resource Monitor
Business application protection
AppAssure
6.4
Solarwinds Storage Resource Monitor
Multiple backup destinations
AppAssure
9.8
Solarwinds Storage Resource Monitor
Incremental backup identification
AppAssure
7.0
Solarwinds Storage Resource Monitor
Backup to the cloud
AppAssure
5.1
Solarwinds Storage Resource Monitor
Deduplication and file compression
AppAssure
3.2
Solarwinds Storage Resource Monitor
Snapshots
AppAssure
4.2
Solarwinds Storage Resource Monitor
Flexible deployment
AppAssure
Solarwinds Storage Resource Monitor
8.0
Management dashboard
AppAssure
Solarwinds Storage Resource Monitor
9.0
Platform support
AppAssure
Solarwinds Storage Resource Monitor
7.0

Pros

  • Installation and setup is simple. You can be up and running in minutes.
  • Your backups can be replicated to the cloud or to another AppAssure server to give you additional protection.
  • The user interface is simple and easy to use and improvements in the UI and reporting are getting better with each update.
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  • Asset inventory for storage
  • Predicting the future usage
  • Performance metrics
  • Revealing the internal statistics such as temperatures and hardware condition
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Cons

  • My biggest pet peeve is when the agent on a protected machine stops working. These failures don't show up on my daily report. I need to check the GUI to insure all the agents are talking to the core. Killing the agent process on the protected machine, then starting the service always seems to get them talking once again.
  • Linux support is limited to specific distributions. We often have to enlist AppAssure Technical Support to get our Linux VMs protected.
  • Dell releases patches to both the core and agents. The GUI reports the version of the version level but nothing about any applied patches.
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  • The list of devices covers the most popular, but adding more types of devices is always helpful
  • Device types make it difficult to connect some times (on the vendor side) but the product does a good job, configuration could be easier for setting up devices.
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Implementation

AppAssure6.0
Based on 1 answer
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

Price, features, and ease of use made AppAssure an easy decision for us.
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We have a full suite of SolarWinds products and did not evaluate other options for a full package. For selective monitoring we log into the devices, but this has made that much easier as we have a dashboard rather than logging into devices one at a time.
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Return on Investment

  • Early versions of the product and conflicting "Best Practices" made our initial implementation problematic. Enlisting Dell Professional Services to assist us with our 5.3 to 5.4 upgrade was well worth it and put us in the right place. If you are using a VAR for your implementation make sure they have the experience needed.
  • When a web developer broke our corporate web site, I was able to export a backup to a new VM and get us back online in less time than it took to figure out what broke.
  • AppAssure's ease of use has allowed our help desk staff to do end user file restores without involving system administrators.
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  • With SRM we have proactively monitored devices to stay ahead of data growth
  • SRM makes monitoring of internal asset condition much easier
  • SRM make monitoring of live statistics much easier.
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Pricing Details

AppAssure

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

Solarwinds Storage Resource Monitor

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