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Likelihood to Recommend

Cohesity

Cohesity is best suited for a highly virtualized environment, although they do have agents for bare metal. But who runs non-virtualized workloads these days anyhow? Not any organization which would invest in best class backup, anyhow.We find that the search features make file-level restores so much easier -- now a partial filename is all we need to get going, and we can see a file's change history by date so we no longer have to hunt for the last changed version. You will want 10GB network capability for this solution to really shine -- each node has dual SFP+ connections for data.
Anonymous | 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

Cohesity
8.9
Dell EMC Avamar
8.3
Universal recovery
Cohesity
8.8
Dell EMC Avamar
8.3
Live recovery
Cohesity
9.1
Dell EMC Avamar
7.6
Recovery verification
Cohesity
8.3
Dell EMC Avamar
7.7
Business application protection
Cohesity
7.8
Dell EMC Avamar
8.7
Multiple backup destinations
Cohesity
8.7
Dell EMC Avamar
8.2
Incremental backup identification
Cohesity
9.1
Dell EMC Avamar
9.0
Backup to the cloud
Cohesity
8.8
Dell EMC Avamar
8.6
Deduplication and file compression
Cohesity
9.4
Dell EMC Avamar
9.2
Snapshots
Cohesity
9.6
Dell EMC Avamar
7.6
Flexible deployment
Cohesity
8.7
Dell EMC Avamar
7.1
Management dashboard
Cohesity
8.7
Dell EMC Avamar
7.0
Platform support
Cohesity
8.6
Dell EMC Avamar
8.9
Retention options
Cohesity
9.3
Dell EMC Avamar
9.4
Encryption
Cohesity
9.4
Dell EMC Avamar
8.7

Pros

Cohesity

  • Easy to use and setup new backup and restore jobs.
  • Extremely fast recovery time, can spin a VMware backup VM up in well under a minute.
  • Granular recovery search options, easy to find specific files or systems to recover (or SQL DB).
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

Cohesity

  • Replication performance - We needed support to provide some customizations in order to get our replication to work properly to another offsite cluster. We have been told that this issue is fixed in the newest general release.
  • Support - I would characterize the support as very good, but in a few instances I could tell my support agent needed to go higher up his chain to get clarification on features. I believe Cohesity is rapidly growing their support infrastructure as they put more hardware in the field.
Anonymous | 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

Cohesity

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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

Cohesity

Cohesity 7.3
Based on 1 answer
The user interface is very intuitive and gives a good overview of the status of your backup jobs. Its a full html5 environment which can be used in very browser and is available on every device through the use of private connections to the office. When going to implement Cohesity it is as easy as putting it in the rack and configuring your network. The environment does the rest. Once configured new nodes can be added by configuring them with the correct network.We use it in a VMware vCenter environment with vCloud Director on top. Since the latest version vCloud Director is an official source for your backups. This means that resoring to vCloud Director is a posibility as well. This makes the multi-tenancy and self service capability for our users an easy to use function. It can be implemented as a plugin within the Cloud portal for users to leverage.The path to vCloud Director support took a while but now that we are there I can give it an 8.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

Cohesity

Cohesity 9.1
Based on 25 answers
They are always friendly, knowledgeable and helpful. The support is easy to reach and the reaction times are on point. Several times I had called with my system being down and the person who answered the call would require a support rep call me back. Some of these call backs would be 1-2 hours later. When needed, the support will scale up to deliver the right support for the right cases. When asking for detailed information about a problem they always help you to understand the problem and the underlying causes better.
Scott Noel | 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

Cohesity

We looked at Veeam and although it's a great product when we priced out the licensing of both primary and disaster datacenters it became much too expensive.Rubrik is a great product and very similar to Cohesity. In the end, Cohesity had a secondary storage play as well as a better UI and better compatibility with lower tier cloud storage. We also like the way Cohesity did protection jobs vs Rubrik's virtual machine centric backup.CommVault is a product we still use today due to its massive features and the ability for bare metal backups. Cohesity does a much better job in the area of UI simplicity, virtual backup ease, and ease of management.
Kris Olson | 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

Cohesity

  • It has freed up 40 hours a month of our service desk staff since they were able to stop focusing so intently on tape management.
  • We have gained time back on the engineers since they are not working tickets 10 hours a week just on backup issues.
Jay Stelmach | 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

Cohesity

General

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

Dell EMC Avamar

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Cohesity
9.4
Dell EMC Avamar
7.5

Likelihood to Renew

Cohesity
Dell EMC Avamar
9.5

Usability

Cohesity
7.3
Dell EMC Avamar
8.0

Support Rating

Cohesity
9.1
Dell EMC Avamar
8.8

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