AppAssure

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Score 6.3 out of 101

Unitrends Recovery Series Backup Appliance

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Score 7.5 out of 101

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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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Unitrends Recovery Series Backup Appliance

Unitrends Recovery Series is great for use in any environment that is serious about DR.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Data Center Backup

AppAssure
6.8
Unitrends Recovery Series Backup Appliance
7.9
Universal recovery
AppAssure
8.0
Unitrends Recovery Series Backup Appliance
8.5
Live recovery
AppAssure
8.0
Unitrends Recovery Series Backup Appliance
8.3
Recovery verification
AppAssure
9.1
Unitrends Recovery Series Backup Appliance
9.0
Business application protection
AppAssure
6.4
Unitrends Recovery Series Backup Appliance
7.3
Multiple backup destinations
AppAssure
9.8
Unitrends Recovery Series Backup Appliance
6.6
Incremental backup identification
AppAssure
7.0
Unitrends Recovery Series Backup Appliance
7.5
Backup to the cloud
AppAssure
5.1
Unitrends Recovery Series Backup Appliance
7.3
Deduplication and file compression
AppAssure
3.2
Unitrends Recovery Series Backup Appliance
7.5
Snapshots
AppAssure
4.2
Unitrends Recovery Series Backup Appliance
9.3

Pros

  • Continuous backup with deduplication and compression
  • The P to V function of the software is create. To be able to back up physical machines and create a hot spare on a virtual environment was a great selling point.
  • Can back up physical and virtual (ESX or Hyper-V).
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  • Recovery-Series 936S has been running smoothly in our environment, with very simple deployment and painless recovery.
  • The instant recovery feature has helped me sleep at night knowing that an outage wont take down our whole business flow.
  • The new operating system on our physical unit is so simple to use.
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Cons

  • The GUI and response times are far too slow. It would be nice if this could be improved.
  • Currently you can set a blanket retention policy for all protected machines. It would be great if this could get more granular and can do protection groups of machines where you can custom set retention policy
  • Once again, policies where you can set backup times for groups rather than individual machines would be great.
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  • They need better testing of their appliance updates. I recently lost several backups due to an update to the appliance. I was not happy to find weeks of backups gone due to their mistake.
  • The ability to run several reports is nice, however, the interface is very hard to use. It is not very intuitive.
  • It would be nice to know when a particular backup has been deleted from the appliance. I have yet to find a good report that will inform me of what backups are gone and for what reason. I would love a report that says we dropped or deleted backup "X" because backup "Y" needed more room.
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Unitrends Recovery Series Backup Appliance8.7
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It is a rock solid appliance and a rock solid company. We have had great support and great success with Unitrends.
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Usability

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Unitrends Recovery Series Backup Appliance8.1
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It is an intuitive platform but they just updated it and I am not familiar yet with the new platform so it may be a 10 when I get into it
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Support

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Unitrends Recovery Series Backup Appliance7.8
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I've never had one issue and they are always quick to respond
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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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Unitrends Recovery Series Backup Appliance8.1
Based on 8 answers
The Unitrends employees involved in the installation were very friendly and knowledgeable. A certain degree of hiccups can be expected during any installation but never shook my confidence because of the friendly and knowledgeable team that was assigned to my project.
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Alternatives Considered

Anything is better than Backup Exec. I believe Veeam is a far superior product in backing up VMs. Veeam does not have any agents that get installed on servers which is always a plus. It also connects directly to vCenter.CommVault to me is the ultimate solution. The ability to backup physical, VMs, SQL, exchange, applications, and even do E-Discovery make it the ultimate backup suite. If you are looking at a backup suite package to cover all your needs, i think with CommVault you need not look any further.
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We are currently migrating to Veeam for our production environment, as the costs for the software and hardware are far less than Unitrends, and the software offers the same protection that we currently enjoy. When comparing the two products, I could not see a reason to continue with Unitrends given the issues we have had with our current boxes.
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Return on Investment

  • The compression and dedupe have been great. We are able to back up 10 VMs on only a 2 TB repository. We take differentials every 15 minutes and have held on to backup data for the past 3 years.
  • The pricing of AppAssure is very competitive to the market. However, now that enterprise level backup is more of a commodity, the view of looking at AppAssure should be the Dell backup suite as whole, rather than AppAssure itself.
  • Fast recovery and mount points.
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  • We have used the Unitrends Recovery appliance to mitigate 2 ransomware attacks with 100% effectiveness. This saved DAYS of downtime and untold amounts of labour.
  • When performing a financial year end process, the database supporting the application became corrupt. The recovery appliance had the entire DB restored to a point in time earlier in the day within 10 minutes. This saved our bacon!
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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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Unitrends Recovery Series Backup Appliance

General
Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Yes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
Optional
Additional Pricing Details