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Likelihood to Recommend

Arcserve Backup

If you have a large enterprise level environment and want to not only improve your backup systems but also implement replication then Arcserve is well suited. If you only have a small number of machines or are primarily Linux based, then the product is simply not suited and there are better alternates out there.
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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

Arcserve Backup
8.2
Avamar
8.2
Universal recovery
Arcserve Backup
8.4
Avamar
7.0
Live recovery
Arcserve Backup
8.6
Avamar
8.8
Recovery verification
Arcserve Backup
8.6
Avamar
8.0
Business application protection
Arcserve Backup
8.0
Avamar
8.4
Multiple backup destinations
Arcserve Backup
8.5
Avamar
7.4
Incremental backup identification
Arcserve Backup
8.1
Avamar
8.5
Backup to the cloud
Arcserve Backup
7.0
Avamar
7.0
Deduplication and file compression
Arcserve Backup
8.1
Avamar
8.9
Snapshots
Arcserve Backup
7.7
Avamar
8.7
Flexible deployment
Arcserve Backup
8.5
Avamar
8.0
Management dashboard
Arcserve Backup
8.2
Avamar
7.4
Platform support
Arcserve Backup
8.9
Avamar
8.5
Retention options
Arcserve Backup
8.0
Avamar
9.3
Encryption
Arcserve Backup
8.8
Avamar
8.2

Pros

  • Cost - A very affordable solution.
  • Support and Sales - Arcserve has been top notch to us with the sales process and support.
  • Replication - One of the core reasons we selected the product. We find the replication side of the software fantastic.
  • Backup - An excellent backup product that provides just great functionality and restore-ability at a granular level.
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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

  • Has a steep learning curve to the product, if not experienced in backup solutions.
  • Windows backup and restore functionality is excellent, however, we have found Linux somewhat lacking.
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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

Arcserve Backup10.0
Based on 1 answer
Arcserve UDP provides our organization lots of benefits and it is much more than a simple backup and restore solution. We use it for cross platform DR, storage agnostic replications, DR solution instead of VMware SRM and more.
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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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Alternatives Considered

Arcserve UDP is fast, reducing our backup window from +20 hours to less than an hour. Arcserve UDP also has proven itself when restoring databases and files to to the same location or alternate locations quickly and efficiently. We have also successfully created "synthetic" Full backup tapes from the current backup sets
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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

  • Deploying Arcserve UDP with the "copy-to-tape" option allowed us to reuse well over 50 LTO5 tapes used by our previous backup solution. Further, we extended data retention on site (maintaining monthly backups on disk) as well as extending off site data retention on tape.
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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

Arcserve Backup

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