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Score 7.8 out of 100
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Score 9.2 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

PowerProtect DD (formerly Dell EMC Data Domain)

When used as a backup target PowerProtect DD models offer incredible density and can efficiently replicate to another cloud-based or offsite unit. Most complaints about these have been addressed in software over the years and they are now a intuitive and easily managed backup system. You are not buying a Swiss army knife, you are getting a machine designed for a purpose, use it for that and you will not be disappointed. While they have the ability to serve as a CIFS server, they are not a filer and lack many of the features inherent to filers and are a poor substitute.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

StarWind VTL

Starwind VTL is a great solution for customers that want the benefits of a physical tape library without the hefty price tag and the manual intervention required when changing tapes as it is automated. In addition, Starwind VTL virtual tapes are "air-gapped" as they are in LTO format.
Indeep Gill | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Data Center Backup

PowerProtect DD (formerly Dell EMC Data Domain)
8.9
StarWind VTL
Universal recovery
PowerProtect DD (formerly Dell EMC Data Domain)
9.2
StarWind VTL
Live recovery
PowerProtect DD (formerly Dell EMC Data Domain)
6.8
StarWind VTL
Recovery verification
PowerProtect DD (formerly Dell EMC Data Domain)
8.2
StarWind VTL
Business application protection
PowerProtect DD (formerly Dell EMC Data Domain)
9.1
StarWind VTL
Multiple backup destinations
PowerProtect DD (formerly Dell EMC Data Domain)
9.0
StarWind VTL
Incremental backup identification
PowerProtect DD (formerly Dell EMC Data Domain)
8.9
StarWind VTL
Backup to the cloud
PowerProtect DD (formerly Dell EMC Data Domain)
8.7
StarWind VTL
Deduplication and file compression
PowerProtect DD (formerly Dell EMC Data Domain)
9.8
StarWind VTL
Snapshots
PowerProtect DD (formerly Dell EMC Data Domain)
8.9
StarWind VTL
Flexible deployment
PowerProtect DD (formerly Dell EMC Data Domain)
8.0
StarWind VTL
Management dashboard
PowerProtect DD (formerly Dell EMC Data Domain)
8.8
StarWind VTL
Platform support
PowerProtect DD (formerly Dell EMC Data Domain)
9.5
StarWind VTL
Retention options
PowerProtect DD (formerly Dell EMC Data Domain)
9.6
StarWind VTL
Encryption
PowerProtect DD (formerly Dell EMC Data Domain)
9.8
StarWind VTL

Pros

PowerProtect DD (formerly Dell EMC Data Domain)

  • It writes backups quickly. DDBoost add-on is very useful as well for improving backup speeds.
  • DD is very efficient in its use of capacity. It dedupes and compresses very well.
  • It spans to large capacity amounts.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

StarWind VTL

  • Allows you to use Veeam and other software that uses Virtual Tape Libraries while getting rid of actual tape drives and tapes
  • Backblaze B2 implementation is great - keeps storage costs low while automating backups to the cloud storage
  • Low cost and great support by the Starwind technical team
  • Feature-rich and in constant development
Kevin Sipma | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

PowerProtect DD (formerly Dell EMC Data Domain)

  • It can be expensive to implement, especially when used in conjunction with other applications/hardware such as Avamar.
  • The TCO can be high, especially when it needs its storage expanded.
  • Recovery speeds can be slow (compared to other solutions) for when recovery is time sensitive.
Sam Majam | TrustRadius Reviewer

StarWind VTL

  • Set-up is confusing.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

PowerProtect DD (formerly Dell EMC Data Domain)

PowerProtect DD (formerly Dell EMC Data Domain) 10.0
Based on 1 answer
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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

StarWind VTL

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Usability

PowerProtect DD (formerly Dell EMC Data Domain)

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

StarWind VTL

StarWind VTL 8.2
Based on 1 answer
The initial setup took some time, however, with the help of the Starwind technical team, we were able to set it up from start to finish including seamlessly adding it to our existing backup solution. After that, there was no need for any additional setup or troubleshooting.
Indeep Gill | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

PowerProtect DD (formerly Dell EMC Data Domain)

PowerProtect DD (formerly Dell EMC Data Domain) 5.8
Based on 4 answers
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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

StarWind VTL

StarWind VTL 8.4
Based on 3 answers
Great and reliable product with little need for support
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

PowerProtect DD (formerly Dell EMC Data Domain)

We selected Data Domain due to its integration with our backup software. The Data Domain works well for what we need it to do.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

StarWind VTL

We've looked at physical tape backups, however, the infrastructure is too costly compared to Starwind VTL and it also requires manual changing of tapes that users will not want to do or forget to do. With VTL, it works exactly like a physical tape library with the same benefits and full automation.
Indeep Gill | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

PowerProtect DD (formerly Dell EMC Data Domain)

  • We were able to immediately discontinue our remote tape storage and TBU maintenance.
  • Reduced backup footprint in the data center.
  • It is costly to expand so buy it with a purpose.
Anonymous | 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

PowerProtect DD (formerly Dell EMC Data Domain)

General

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

StarWind VTL

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

PowerProtect DD (formerly Dell EMC Data Domain)
8.3
StarWind VTL
9.2

Likelihood to Renew

PowerProtect DD (formerly Dell EMC Data Domain)
10.0
StarWind VTL

Usability

PowerProtect DD (formerly Dell EMC Data Domain)
StarWind VTL
8.2

Support Rating

PowerProtect DD (formerly Dell EMC Data Domain)
5.8
StarWind VTL
8.4

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