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Score 9.8 out of 100
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Score 7.5 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

    Workload Automation

    8.7

    Control-M

    87%

    Dell EMC Avamar

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    Control-M ranks higher in 6/6 features

    Multi-platform scheduling

    8.5
    85%
    50 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Central monitoring

    10.0
    100%
    48 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Logging

    6.8
    68%
    49 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Alerts and notifications

    8.5
    85%
    50 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Analysis and visualization

    8.5
    85%
    47 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Application integration

    10.0
    100%
    47 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Data Center Backup

    Control-M

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    6.3

    Dell EMC Avamar

    63%
    Dell EMC Avamar ranks higher in 14/14 features

    Universal recovery

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    6.5
    65%
    20 Ratings

    Live recovery

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    6.8
    68%
    19 Ratings

    Recovery verification

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.2
    72%
    17 Ratings

    Business application protection

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    6.8
    68%
    17 Ratings

    Multiple backup destinations

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    5.8
    58%
    20 Ratings

    Incremental backup identification

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    6.9
    69%
    21 Ratings

    Backup to the cloud

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    3.6
    36%
    10 Ratings

    Deduplication and file compression

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    6.8
    68%
    22 Ratings

    Snapshots

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    6.8
    68%
    16 Ratings

    Flexible deployment

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    6.5
    65%
    12 Ratings

    Management dashboard

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    6.2
    62%
    13 Ratings

    Platform support

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    4.7
    47%
    14 Ratings

    Retention options

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    6.9
    69%
    15 Ratings

    Encryption

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    6.8
    68%
    14 Ratings

    Attribute Ratings

    • Control-M is rated higher in 3 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Usability, Support Rating
    • Dell EMC Avamar is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Renew

    Likelihood to Recommend

    10.0

    Control-M

    100%
    50 Ratings
    6.2

    Dell EMC Avamar

    62%
    22 Ratings

    Likelihood to Renew

    8.2

    Control-M

    82%
    6 Ratings
    9.5

    Dell EMC Avamar

    95%
    2 Ratings

    Usability

    9.1

    Control-M

    91%
    6 Ratings
    8.0

    Dell EMC Avamar

    80%
    1 Rating

    Availability

    6.4

    Control-M

    64%
    1 Rating

    Dell EMC Avamar

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Performance

    7.3

    Control-M

    73%
    1 Rating

    Dell EMC Avamar

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Support Rating

    9.1

    Control-M

    91%
    15 Ratings
    8.8

    Dell EMC Avamar

    88%
    8 Ratings

    Implementation Rating

    8.2

    Control-M

    82%
    8 Ratings

    Dell EMC Avamar

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Product Scalability

    7.3

    Control-M

    73%
    1 Rating

    Dell EMC Avamar

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Likelihood to Recommend

    Control-M

    The use of Control-M is recommended for the following circumstances:
    • Workload and batch processing automation.
    • Backend automation based processes
    • Silent execution of processes and no human intervention
    • Execution of workflows that are too complex for a human to handle
    • Massive operations on massive amounts of data
    • Invasive, with access to the data layer and business logic
    • Processes with focus on security, efficiency and reliability
    • When you want to predict the duration of each job and of the complete flow
    • In critical path management
    • For proactive alerting of deviations and possible job failures.
    • For workload simulation
    • Capability for resource automation
    Raciel Hernández Barroso | 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

    Pros

    Control-M

    • Control-M provides an easy-to-use and easy-to-interpret interface for users, with most of the screen options and field names being self-explanatory. The on-screen options provide for a full range of functionality for automating batch production requirements, with multiple options and flexibility.
    • The vendor provides Control-M a wide range of utilities for extracting information from the dataset and providing with a minimal amount of training required for use.
    • As the systems programmer for Control-M on the mainframe, the ease of installation is one of the nicest features. The installation is panel driven and can be used by a relatively inexperienced technician to install successfully in a matter of several hours.
    • Again, as the systems programmer, I appreciate the level of expertise of the technical support personnel. Over the past 20+ years, I have come to know them well and find them to be knowledgeable and willing to provide assistance for any and all queries.
    • The developers have always been willing to listen to requests for new functionality and enhancements to existing functionality and are working to have the same type of functionality across all platforms.
    • We are a large mainframe shop, still heavily dependent on mainframes to support and develop new software for the mainframe.
    • We have worked closely with BMC to participate in the beta testing program and have had the opportunity to have an impact on software development.
    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

    Control-M

    • The reporting provided with Control-M could have more functionality, Many users end up creating their own reporting based on the Control-M DB. I believe BMC are addressing this.
    • Within the Advanced File Transfer (AFT) it would be useful to have an integrated FT server and not rely on the underlying SSH.
    • All batch schedulers have issues with fully automating tasks in a Windows environment and Control-M is no exception. Userids and profiles are harder concepts to deal with in the Windows world but BMC are doing their best to address this and Control-M would be better at handling these scenarios than the alternative products.
    Mark Francome | 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

    Pricing Details

    Control-M

    General

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

    Starting Price

    Dell EMC Avamar

    General

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

    Starting Price

    Likelihood to Renew

    Control-M

    Control-M 8.2
    Based on 6 answers
    It is a great product plain and simple. We've had Control-M for 20+ years and the support that BMC Software provides is really second to none. There is always a situation that someone can think of where I have to say, "No we can't do that", however I'm confident that we've been able to meet and most of the time exceed our end user expectations with what the product can offer them.
    Zach Warren | TrustRadius Reviewer

    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

    Control-M

    Control-M 9.1
    Based on 6 answers
    Control-M's overall usability is very good because it is simple to use. Control-M SelfService is an easy tool to give to some of the users who want to use a web interface. The training curve for most users is very short and most of the functions are very simple to figure out.
    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

    Reliability and Availability

    Control-M

    Control-M 6.4
    Based on 1 answer
    We've had issues with a server crashing.The latest issue has the option for high availability which should help with that.
    Gadi Ben-Avi | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Dell EMC Avamar

    No score
    No answers yet
    No answers on this topic

    Performance

    Control-M

    Control-M 7.3
    Based on 1 answer
    I've never seen a performance issue with Control-M.
    Gadi Ben-Avi | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Dell EMC Avamar

    No score
    No answers yet
    No answers on this topic

    Support Rating

    Control-M

    Control-M 9.1
    Based on 15 answers
    Although the product is very stable there have been a few incidents when I needed support. I have worked with technicians from all around the globe because of the rolling support. This gives me the quickest support when I need it most in those early hours of the morning. The technicians I have worked with have been very knowledgeable and if necessary got help when needed.
    Anonymous | 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

    Implementation Rating

    Control-M

    Control-M 8.2
    Based on 8 answers
    It is a good approach to define a distributed architecture when you have multiple control-m servers.
    Oscar Narváez Del Rio | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Dell EMC Avamar

    No score
    No answers yet
    No answers on this topic

    Alternatives Considered

    Control-M

    I have been using this product for so long and it works so well we have not had the need to evaluate other job schedulers. I have occasionally looked to see what was out there but I have seen anything so far that would require me to go so far as to evaluate the products.
    Dave Campbell | 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

    Scalability

    Control-M

    Control-M 7.3
    Based on 1 answer
    Control-M doesn't really use that many resources
    Gadi Ben-Avi | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Dell EMC Avamar

    No score
    No answers yet
    No answers on this topic

    Return on Investment

    Control-M

    • While I cannot share specific numbers I can say that Control-M has provided a level of scheduling and integration over the system it replaced that has increased productivity and increased reliably in our system. It has reduced the number of hours spent on monitoring and troubleshooting jobs, on a per job basis.
    Eugene LaRoche | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Dell EMC Avamar

    • Absolute Zero ROI
    • This appliance does not work in its current state and to update we need to wait 2-3 months
    • Can't wait to get rid of it and replace it with something else. (not even sure if we will be able to get it running before that)
    • [I think] this is one of the worst mistakes we made
    Ivan Sytchev | TrustRadius Reviewer

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