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Commvault Complete Backup & Recovery

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Score 8.5 out of 100

Dell EMC Avamar

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Likelihood to Recommend

Commvault Complete Backup & Recovery

In my experience, Commvault is best designed for large enterprises with sparse or segmented data deployments. If all of your data is similar, and sitting in one data center or cloud storage solution, it isn't cost-effective. In a word, overkill. I had a client that was looking for a backup solution for unstructured data in separate and air-gapped data sources. My cCmmvault rep could not offer a solution that was cost-effective and did not require multiple copies of the data, so storage made the solution nonscalable or cost-effective.
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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.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Data Center Backup

Commvault Complete Backup & Recovery
9.0
Dell EMC Avamar
8.3
Universal recovery
Commvault Complete Backup & Recovery
8.5
Dell EMC Avamar
8.2
Live recovery
Commvault Complete Backup & Recovery
8.6
Dell EMC Avamar
7.9
Recovery verification
Commvault Complete Backup & Recovery
8.5
Dell EMC Avamar
7.7
Business application protection
Commvault Complete Backup & Recovery
8.8
Dell EMC Avamar
8.7
Multiple backup destinations
Commvault Complete Backup & Recovery
9.2
Dell EMC Avamar
8.2
Incremental backup identification
Commvault Complete Backup & Recovery
9.2
Dell EMC Avamar
8.9
Backup to the cloud
Commvault Complete Backup & Recovery
8.9
Dell EMC Avamar
8.4
Deduplication and file compression
Commvault Complete Backup & Recovery
9.5
Dell EMC Avamar
9.2
Snapshots
Commvault Complete Backup & Recovery
9.2
Dell EMC Avamar
7.8
Flexible deployment
Commvault Complete Backup & Recovery
8.9
Dell EMC Avamar
7.1
Management dashboard
Commvault Complete Backup & Recovery
8.8
Dell EMC Avamar
7.0
Platform support
Commvault Complete Backup & Recovery
9.0
Dell EMC Avamar
8.8
Retention options
Commvault Complete Backup & Recovery
9.4
Dell EMC Avamar
9.4
Encryption
Commvault Complete Backup & Recovery
9.4
Dell EMC Avamar
8.5

Pros

Commvault Complete Backup & Recovery

  • You can do backups of your servers, PC, and virtual environments in just one console.
  • The policy setup is very granular, so you can do almost whatever you need.
  • The compression and duplication really save you a lot storage space, which means less hardware.
  • The backup time are really good, so the maintenance window for each backup is fast.
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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
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Cons

Commvault Complete Backup & Recovery

  • The management console still uses Java and often has compatibility issues. I would dump java in favor or a HTML5 web console.
  • CommVault is a huge solution capable of managing the most complex environments. It could benefit from some simplification and wizards to make it more approachable to smaller IT shops.
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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.
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Likelihood to Renew

Commvault Complete Backup & Recovery

Commvault Complete Backup & Recovery 8.4
Based on 7 answers
It is serving it's purpose and for companies that have a smaller IT staff, it is not time consuming to manage. Support for the product when needed has been very good and they are responsive when tickets are opened for support. The product is scalable so as we grow we can easily increase the resources as needed on the backend.
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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.
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Usability

Commvault Complete Backup & Recovery

Commvault Complete Backup & Recovery 9.0
Based on 6 answers
They product is built very well with all the features and support to different types of data but as an end user it is not simple to explore the server. Not easy to setup the features and make it operational as compared to the other competitor in the market.
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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
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Support

Commvault Complete Backup & Recovery

Commvault Complete Backup & Recovery 9.4
Based on 27 answers
The cooperation with the support team so far has been excellent. We will be informed on every problem. The first line will help very soon after the ticket is opened. They always meet the appointment. Every problem is solved as soon as possible. When talking with the support team, they immediately indicated that they had the knowledge, and knew where to look. If the problem goes beyond their help frame, the second aid level is immediately activated, the case is raised to a higher level and another call/help meeting is scheduled immediately. The nice thing about this company is that you can follow every ticket online.
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Dell EMC Avamar

Dell EMC Avamar 8.8
Based on 4 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.
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Implementation

Commvault Complete Backup & Recovery

Commvault Complete Backup & Recovery 8.9
Based on 3 answers
Plan well and make sure you collect all the required information and details before going for implementation. Organize it in step by step or break the setup into different modules to make it simple.
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Dell EMC Avamar

No score
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Alternatives Considered

Commvault Complete Backup & Recovery

IBM TSM has Commvault beat in true HSM, but TSM is so complex to mange and run and is probably a tad lighter on resources, but not enough to warrant using it. NetBackup was the speed king for years, but after Symantec virtually abandoned the product their are years behind in innovation. The NetBackup UI is ancient and the reporting is weak. Veeam has a very specific target audience and that is the purely virtualized SMB what does not have much to protect. Veeam's deduplication is barely works and their compression is just OK. Veeam underlying disk usage is very wasteful and can quickly add up, Commvault is far more space efficient for the backup target than any of the competitors that offer deduplication
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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.
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Return on Investment

Commvault Complete Backup & Recovery

  • With a successful DR test, Commvault has proven that our most critical systems could be recovered in a very short amount of time. Since these Tier One systems are the money makers, it is a relief to know they can be up and running within the SLA provided by the business.
  • With the large amount of client agents used for backups, we are backing up databases that we couldn't before with NetBackup. Right now, our environment is the most protected it has ever been.
  • Even though we have increased the amount of data we are backing up by a very large margin, the success rates have allowed us to work on other things than having to worry about backups not working. Productivity has certainly increased.
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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.
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Pricing Details

Commvault Complete Backup & Recovery

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

Commvault Complete Backup & Recovery
9.0
Dell EMC Avamar
7.5

Likelihood to Renew

Commvault Complete Backup & Recovery
8.4
Dell EMC Avamar
9.5

Usability

Commvault Complete Backup & Recovery
9.0
Dell EMC Avamar
8.0

Support

Commvault Complete Backup & Recovery
9.4
Dell EMC Avamar
8.8

Implementation

Commvault Complete Backup & Recovery
8.9
Dell EMC Avamar

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