Avamar - Expensive but it does what it says it does... almost.
April 08, 2016

Avamar - Expensive but it does what it says it does... almost.

Jarod Cummings | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 7 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Overall Satisfaction with Avamar

Avamar was purchased as an enterprise wide solution. It was used around the world at all of our locations, and would back up all of our data to our centralized data center. From there data would replicate to our disaster recovery site.

Pros

  • Avamar's deduplication and compression rate of data in transit and on disk was impressive. Once everything was going I was able to backup my entire enterprise in a 12 hour window. Prior to that backups that were only getting one site were taking 5 days.
  • Avamar is the only product that I have found that can backup data that is replicated by Microsoft DFSR.

Cons

  • Cost. Avamar is too expensive.
  • The tape out feature is garbage. It's repackaged Legato Networker and while I never worked with Legato Networker before, I can say it didn't take much for it stop working with Avamar.
  • Avamar shrank my backup window from 5 days to 12 hours.
BackupExec and NetBackup both would choke on data that was being replicated by
DFSR. I needed a product that could handle that data, as well as do client side deduplication and compression.

Veeam, as well as some other VM backup solutions, were horrible at managing their own snapshots. If I wasn't on top of them, there was a good chance we'd have critical systems go down. Avamar was excellent at managing snapshots as well as backing up my ESX environment.
Avamar does what it says it does. If you have the budget it's worth the purchase. It falls very short on tape archival, however.

Dell Avamar Feature Ratings

Universal recovery
9
Instant recovery
9
Recovery verification
Not Rated
Business application protection
10
Multiple backup destinations
Not Rated
Incremental backup identification
8
Backup to the cloud
Not Rated
Deduplication and file compression
10
Snapshots
Not Rated

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