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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

StarWind VTL

We are only using the Veeam to StarWind VTL for Backblaze B2 functionality but for what it is intended for, it does the job well and we are very pleased with how time and money saving this solution is. Be prepared to spend a good amount of time going over the implementation documentation and reading the manual several times to get it right. We received top-notch support during the implementation and deployment process though, so that made the process a little easier.
Kevin Sipma | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Data Center Backup

Dell EMC Avamar
8.3
StarWind VTL
9.3
Universal recovery
Dell EMC Avamar
8.3
StarWind VTL
Live recovery
Dell EMC Avamar
7.7
StarWind VTL
Recovery verification
Dell EMC Avamar
7.7
StarWind VTL
9.1
Business application protection
Dell EMC Avamar
8.7
StarWind VTL
Multiple backup destinations
Dell EMC Avamar
8.2
StarWind VTL
9.1
Incremental backup identification
Dell EMC Avamar
9.0
StarWind VTL
9.1
Backup to the cloud
Dell EMC Avamar
8.6
StarWind VTL
9.5
Deduplication and file compression
Dell EMC Avamar
9.2
StarWind VTL
9.5
Snapshots
Dell EMC Avamar
7.7
StarWind VTL
Flexible deployment
Dell EMC Avamar
7.1
StarWind VTL
9.1
Management dashboard
Dell EMC Avamar
7.0
StarWind VTL
9.5
Platform support
Dell EMC Avamar
8.9
StarWind VTL
9.5
Retention options
Dell EMC Avamar
9.4
StarWind VTL
9.5
Encryption
Dell EMC Avamar
8.6
StarWind VTL
9.5

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

StarWind VTL

  • Works great with Veeam and Backblaze.
  • Affordable and reliable.
  • Support is quick to respond.
Anonymous | 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

StarWind VTL

  • Implementation and deployment is highly technical - could be easier & faster
  • Backups Management is somewhat tricky - could be refined further
Kevin Sipma | 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

StarWind VTL

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

StarWind VTL

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

StarWind VTL

StarWind VTL 9.1
Based on 1 answer
Great and reliable product with little need for support
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

StarWind VTL

No answers on this topic

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

StarWind VTL

  • ROI was immediate as we got rid of expensive sneakernet backups with hard drives in a Pelican case
  • One-time cost of the product is very cost-effective
  • Support contracts are reasonable and we received excellent support throughout
  • We have much better peace-of-mind with our data being protected better
Kevin Sipma | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Dell EMC Avamar

General

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

StarWind VTL

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
StarWind VTL
9.5

Likelihood to Renew

Dell EMC Avamar
9.5
StarWind VTL

Usability

Dell EMC Avamar
8.0
StarWind VTL

Support Rating

Dell EMC Avamar
8.8
StarWind VTL
9.1

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