Dell EMC PowerProtect DD (Data Domain) Review

The Deduplication and Compression are the most valuable. The processing capabilities (version DD670) could be improved.

What is our primary use case?

The Data Domain serves as our primary backup device used with Veeam.  It is used for all service backups and restores.

How has it helped my organization?

This allows our organization to send more data to this device compared to others. It also allows us a fast recovery of files or Virtual Machines if needed being on-premise.

What is most valuable?

I would rate it at 5/5 as the deduplication and compression of the device for backups is outstanding. We have about 55TB total space on the Data Domain which we send Veeam backups to and we have sent over 200TB to the array.

The Deduplication and Compression are the most valuable as it allows us to back up allot more data to the device knowing it will compress it well.

What needs improvement?

The processing capabilities I believe could be improved, however, we have an older unit DD670 and newer units may have already improved upon this.

For how long have I used the solution?

More than five years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

No issues with stability.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

No issues encountered as we added a second shelf of disks without bringing the head unit down.

How are customer service and technical support?

Customer Service:

Customer service for this unit is top notch and they are fast to get back to you with a Support issue.

Technical Support:

Technical Support is also top notch and are quick to respond to queries or tickets.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

How was the initial setup?

I was not involved in the initial setup of the array.

What about the implementation team?

It was implemented through a vendor as well as in-house personnel.

What was our ROI?

It has been very good especially with the expansion shelf added.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

What other advice do I have?

Review the newer versions of the device and evaluate them if possible. You will get great benefit for backups.

Which version of this solution are you currently using?

DD670, DD2500
**Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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