74 Ratings
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Score 7.7 out of 100
17 Ratings
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Score 8.6 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

  • Dell Avamar ranks higher in 1 feature set: Data Center Backup

Data Center Backup

6.8

Dell Avamar

68%
5.6

VMware vSphere Data Protection Advanced (discontinued)

56%
Dell Avamar ranks higher in 9/14 features

Universal recovery

7.1
71%
20 Ratings
10.0
100%
1 Rating

Instant recovery

7.4
74%
38 Ratings
9.0
90%
1 Rating

Recovery verification

7.9
79%
17 Ratings
1.0
10%
2 Ratings

Business application protection

7.4
74%
17 Ratings
10.0
100%
1 Rating

Multiple backup destinations

5.8
58%
20 Ratings
1.0
10%
1 Rating

Incremental backup identification

7.6
76%
21 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Backup to the cloud

3.6
36%
10 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Deduplication and file compression

7.4
74%
22 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Snapshots

7.4
74%
16 Ratings
1.0
10%
2 Ratings

Flexible deployment

6.9
69%
12 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Management dashboard

6.9
69%
13 Ratings
8.0
80%
1 Rating

Platform support

4.6
46%
14 Ratings
10.0
100%
1 Rating

Retention options

7.4
74%
15 Ratings
1.0
10%
2 Ratings

Encryption

7.4
74%
14 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Attribute Ratings

  • Dell Avamar is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend

Likelihood to Recommend

6.9

Dell Avamar

69%
22 Ratings
1.0

VMware vSphere Data Protection Advanced (discontinued)

10%
2 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

9.5

Dell Avamar

95%
2 Ratings

VMware vSphere Data Protection Advanced (discontinued)

N/A
0 Ratings

Usability

8.0

Dell Avamar

80%
1 Rating

VMware vSphere Data Protection Advanced (discontinued)

N/A
0 Ratings

Support Rating

8.8

Dell Avamar

88%
8 Ratings

VMware vSphere Data Protection Advanced (discontinued)

N/A
0 Ratings

Likelihood to Recommend

Dell Technologies

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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VMware

VMware vSphere Data Protection Advanced is well suited for a thin client environment, and/or an environment that runs multiple virtual servers. It is also well suited for an environment with disaster recover requirements that require backups of everything. vSphere is very expensive, so it would probably not be a very good choice for a startup that could use a cheaper alternative in the beginning, or a physical machine environment.
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Pros

Dell Technologies

  • 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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VMware

  • Virtual machine backup
  • Exchange Backup
  • Restore Granular swap
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Cons

Dell Technologies

  • 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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VMware

  • Reports are too complex, could be made clearer.
  • The interface could be simplified.
  • Backups of physical servers take a very long time.
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Pricing Details

Dell Avamar

Starting Price

Editions & Modules

Dell Avamar editions and modules pricing
EditionModules

Footnotes

    Offerings

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services

    Entry-level set up fee?

    Optional

    Additional Details

    VMware vSphere Data Protection Advanced (discontinued)

    Starting Price

    Editions & Modules

    VMware vSphere Data Protection Advanced (discontinued) editions and modules pricing
    EditionModules

    Footnotes

      Offerings

      Free Trial
      Free/Freemium Version
      Premium Consulting/Integration Services

      Entry-level set up fee?

      No setup fee

      Additional Details

      Likelihood to Renew

      Dell Technologies

      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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      VMware

      No answers on this topic

      Usability

      Dell Technologies

      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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      VMware

      No answers on this topic

      Support Rating

      Dell Technologies

      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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      VMware

      No answers on this topic

      Alternatives Considered

      Dell Technologies

      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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      VMware

      At the moment, we had no way of backing up any other way (A paid tool) so we chose VDP, which is currently discontinued and can no longer be used.
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      Return on Investment

      Dell Technologies

      • 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
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      VMware

      • Virtual machines and servers are backed up and secure
      • DR compliance is met
      • Multiple platforms backed up to a central location
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