Data Domain - Tape is dead!
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
June 21, 2018

Data Domain - Tape is dead!

Score 6 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Data Domain

Data Domain is currently being used to store our database backups. We utilize the NFS and SMB functionality to provide storage locations for our database administrators to perform their daily backups including logs. We also use MTree replication to replicate to a secondary site for offsite disaster recovery.
  • MTree replication to another Data Domain system. The Data Domain performs the replication every 15 minutes, so our offsite data is never more than 15 minutes out of sync with production.
  • DDBoost provides a faster way to back up our data.
  • Data encryption at rest. This allows us to protect our database data.
  • Depending on the model of Data Domain, there is a limit to the number of NFS/SMB threads that can run concurrently. When this limit is reached, the system is slow to respond to client requests.
  • Data Domain support is very slow to turn out new features and bug fixes in their code.
  • OS upgrades are very slow and disruptive.
  • 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.
We selected Data Domain due to its integration with our backup software. The Data Domain works well for what we need it to do.
Data Domain is well suited in an environment where there is already a backup software in use that can take advantage of things like DDBoost. If a company is looking for an all in one solution, then Data Domain is not suited for this.

PowerProtect DD (formerly Dell EMC Data Domain) Feature Ratings

Live recovery
5
Recovery verification
5
Business application protection
5
Multiple backup destinations
9
Incremental backup identification
5
Deduplication and file compression
10
Snapshots
7
Flexible deployment
4
Management dashboard
6
Platform support
6
Encryption
9