NetApp FAS series vs. PowerProtect DD

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
NetApp FAS series
Score 8.4 out of 10
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NetApp's FAS series systems offers a storage array system for enterprises.N/A
PowerProtect DD
Score 8.1 out of 10
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PowerProtect DD (a next-generation appliance replacing Dell EMC Data Domain) is a suite of hardware appliances used for data protection, backup, storage and deduplication. PowerProtect appliance offerings are cloud-enabled and vary by organization size, capable of supporting small business and enterprises. PowerProtect appliances are separated into two categories: entry-level to midrange, and enterprise. Entry-Level to Midrange Backup Appliances PowerProtect…N/A
Pricing
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Premium Consulting/Integration Services
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Considered Both Products
NetApp FAS series
Chose NetApp FAS series
Like most other unified solutions, NetApp excels in one particular area, unstructured data. Whilst it can, and does support the presentation of block-based volumes, I do not view it as a strong suit for NetApp. When comparing to other products, the two Unified products that I …
PowerProtect DD
Chose PowerProtect DD
Prior to purchasing Data Domain we were a large user of HP VLS9000 technology. In using VLS9000 we were configured to use virtual tape. When we moved to Data Domain we greatly simplified our configuration by changing from virtual tape to NAS based target backups. This change in …
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Features
NetApp FAS seriesPowerProtect DD
Data Center Backup
Comparison of Data Center Backup features of Product A and Product B
NetApp FAS series
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Ratings
PowerProtect DD
8.3
12 Ratings
Universal recovery00 Ratings8.311 Ratings
Instant recovery00 Ratings8.210 Ratings
Recovery verification00 Ratings8.510 Ratings
Business application protection00 Ratings8.512 Ratings
Multiple backup destinations00 Ratings9.012 Ratings
Incremental backup identification00 Ratings8.011 Ratings
Backup to the cloud00 Ratings8.88 Ratings
Deduplication and file compression00 Ratings8.011 Ratings
Snapshots00 Ratings8.011 Ratings
Flexible deployment00 Ratings8.310 Ratings
Management dashboard00 Ratings8.310 Ratings
Platform support00 Ratings8.310 Ratings
Retention options00 Ratings7.59 Ratings
Encryption00 Ratings8.39 Ratings
User Ratings
NetApp FAS seriesPowerProtect DD
Likelihood to Recommend
8.3
(13 ratings)
7.8
(12 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
-
(0 ratings)
7.0
(2 ratings)
Usability
8.0
(1 ratings)
8.0
(1 ratings)
Support Rating
9.8
(5 ratings)
5.0
(5 ratings)
Implementation Rating
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
User Testimonials
NetApp FAS seriesPowerProtect DD
Likelihood to Recommend
NetApp
It is very easy to use with NFS. Creating new volumes and mounting to servers such as ESXi or Linux is a breeze. It does also support CIFS but it is far less intuitive and requires much more effort. Replicated data is also very simple and robust in the form of SnapVaults or SnapMirrors. This data is either immediately or periodically replicated to a peer FAS in the cluster for retention.
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Dell Technologies
The product is well suited for different scenarios like database storage and backups. Definitely can be considered as a solution for data protection and data recovery. For us, the most valuable benefit was the fact it enables us to decrease the amount of data that can appear over the network and optimizes the bandwidth of the network itself.
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Pros
NetApp
  • The selling point for NetApp FAS is the application and data protection integration capabilities they provide.
  • We have been able to use NetApp FAS in a variety of use cases with a standard set of management tools.
  • NetApp FAS has evolved over the years from just NAS to also include block protocols. At this time they support almost all industry standard protocols.
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Dell Technologies
  • The deduplication is fantastic. We are currently seeing total compression factors in the mid to upper 50s.
  • The platform is very reliable and stable.
  • It backs up a wide variety of enterprise apps (e.g. legacy applications, UNIX, iSeries, open systems etc) or your primary storage.
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Cons
NetApp
  • Deduplication job runs at certain times and creates a large CPU overhead for the system
  • Management of a volumes, disk groups, LUNs, etc. is a burden to manage and is not efficient with storage capacity
  • Upgrades are complicated and not "non-disruptive"
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Dell Technologies
  • It is very slow to restore from. Backup times are great, restores can be terribly slow.
  • It doesn't offload to cloud storage natively. You need to purchase an expensive license to enable this feature.
  • The management interface is very basic, but it works fine.
  • The new air gap solution seems to be just replication an on/off switch. I'd prefer to see them leverage AI on the existing device instead of requiring
  • A second device is purchased and securing by toggling the connectivity off.
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Likelihood to Renew
NetApp
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Dell Technologies
DD has performed flawlessly for almost 10 years as our backup/recovery storage with offsite replication. Given its track record and great support from EMC, we're unlikely to look elsewhere any time soon.
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Usability
NetApp
It does have a really nice and easy to use web interface to do pretty much anything you need with it. It was very simple to configure our volumes and luns and connect them to our VMWare environment using the interface. It has options to rename, shrink, grow, and other things with our luns and volumes. It was nice and easy to read graphs to see where you stand on your storage usage at a glance.
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Dell Technologies
I have found PowerProtect DD to be very easy to use. The instructions are clear and the user interface is straightforward. I haven't needed to do any serious data recovery yet, however I found the process of backing up my data through PowerProtect DD to be relatively easy
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Support Rating
NetApp
NetApp support in Brazil is managed by its partners. We know in other countries, such as the US and NO, they have support directly from Netapp. We have a very good NetApp partner working with us since the beginning, on both the implementation and daily support. Very few cases needed to be escalated to NetApp support, most of the cases are handled and satisfyingly closed by the partner.
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Dell Technologies
Customer support has had some ups and downs here. We've had several issues with EMC support before and during the acquisition by Dell, but in the last 18 months support has been top notch. Quick and knowledgeable help is but a chat away, or they will call you back so you don't have to wait on hold. The team supporting us is responsive and is quick to assist with any request or issue.
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Implementation Rating
NetApp
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Dell Technologies
As far as I know, everything with the implementation went very smoothly
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Alternatives Considered
NetApp
NetApp stacked nicely and gave enterprise-level usability for snapshot-based backups. Our previous RPO was several hours. It was selected prior to me arriving at the company, but It was selected for the hardware refreshes due to its compatibility with several other vendors, like CommVault and VMware.
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Dell Technologies
We already had Avamar in place, and since we have a good ecosystem of Dell Solution suite and wanted to evaluate PowerProtect DD also from that perspective, hence we thought of going ahead with it. We knew the limitations with Avamar and PowerProtect DD were right there from that side of the business.
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Return on Investment
NetApp
  • The speed of file recovery is the biggest positive impact. Recovering from a ransomware attack in minutes is something you can certainly brag about.
  • Integration with products like Exchange and SQL can certainly speed up normal day to day processes. Not just in backup recovery situations either.
  • Redundant paths make migrations and updates very easy with no downtime.
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Dell Technologies
  • Data Domain says 20+ hours per week when compared to using a tape library. Once the unit is configured it basically takes care of itself.
  • With MTree replication we no longer need to send tapes to an offsite storage facility.
  • Having a second data domain at our DR site allows us to perform recoveries from any of our replicated backups. We do not have to order and wait for tapes to arrive.
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