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Score 7.2 out of 100
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Score 8.1 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

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

SolarWinds Backup

Solarwinds Backup is ideal for individuals looking to keep a consistent backup of devices in their environment. We used it primarily for networking equipment. It is easy to set up, as it is one of the steps available when adding a new device to solarwinds. It is probably not an ideal product to use for long-term (1 month+) backups.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Data Center Backup

Dell EMC Avamar
8.3
SolarWinds Backup
8.2
Universal recovery
Dell EMC Avamar
8.3
SolarWinds Backup
7.5
Live recovery
Dell EMC Avamar
7.7
SolarWinds Backup
7.3
Recovery verification
Dell EMC Avamar
7.7
SolarWinds Backup
8.0
Business application protection
Dell EMC Avamar
8.7
SolarWinds Backup
7.5
Multiple backup destinations
Dell EMC Avamar
8.2
SolarWinds Backup
7.7
Incremental backup identification
Dell EMC Avamar
9.0
SolarWinds Backup
7.6
Backup to the cloud
Dell EMC Avamar
8.6
SolarWinds Backup
9.0
Deduplication and file compression
Dell EMC Avamar
9.2
SolarWinds Backup
9.0
Snapshots
Dell EMC Avamar
7.7
SolarWinds Backup
9.0
Flexible deployment
Dell EMC Avamar
7.1
SolarWinds Backup
8.6
Management dashboard
Dell EMC Avamar
7.0
SolarWinds Backup
8.6
Platform support
Dell EMC Avamar
8.9
SolarWinds Backup
8.7
Retention options
Dell EMC Avamar
9.4
SolarWinds Backup
8.1
Encryption
Dell EMC Avamar
8.6
SolarWinds Backup
8.8

Pros

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

SolarWinds Backup

  • Backup Reporting: Email alerts, and a great, easy to read Dashboard with detailed error logs and an easy to search Solarwinds FAQ for a lot of them.
  • Restores: So far I have restored files, full VMs, and VMs to other hardware, and so far it has not only been flawless, but so flexible that I can't imagine going back to any other software.
Russ Taylor | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

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

SolarWinds Backup

  • Restore complete settings: IP settings, the setting of CPU/Memory for VMs, etc. would decrease management during a restore.
  • Individual file backup: more granular settings for backup.
  • Change of device name after setup: at times, computer names change after restore so it would be great to rename the device name.
  • Option to recovery security key.
Calin Popescu | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

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

SolarWinds Backup

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Usability

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

SolarWinds Backup

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Support Rating

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.
Ratnodeep Roy | TrustRadius Reviewer

SolarWinds Backup

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Alternatives Considered

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

SolarWinds Backup

Works well. Easy to use. If you use Ncentral, it's already tied in and even easier to deploy. Cloud storage is more expensive than competitors. There is no easy option to offload your backups to AWS, etc. It can create a local speed vault to have local backups as well. data recovery works better than any other product I have used.
chris maddox | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

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

SolarWinds Backup

  • There has been NO negative impact to out ROI, but it definitely helps our bottom line. Affordable pricing and solid support make Solarwinds Backup almost a no brainer. That interprets to a growing ROI.
  • The best thing to happen to our ROI is the growth brought in by very happy clients.
Marc Shaffer | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Dell EMC Avamar

General

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

SolarWinds Backup

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Dell EMC Avamar
7.5
SolarWinds Backup
8.6

Likelihood to Renew

Dell EMC Avamar
9.5
SolarWinds Backup

Usability

Dell EMC Avamar
8.0
SolarWinds Backup

Support Rating

Dell EMC Avamar
8.8
SolarWinds Backup

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