Dell EMC PowerProtect DD (Data Domain) Review

The Deduplication storage Array for backups. Data Domain can acts as VTL, NAS/CIFS shares or DDBoost devices.

Valuable Features:


Features of Archiving 

Improvements to My Organization:

*) Thanks to deduplication, backups take less capacity in Data Domain than traditional storage devices. 

*) Backups to VTL take less time to finish than traditional tape backups (the time traditionally allowed to mounting/seaching tapes is avoided).

*) Using DDBoost improves DataDomain system throghput up to the double and Network usage during backup will be reduced.

Room for Improvement:

DDBoost function is not compatible with IBM TSM. Since DDBoost is one of Data Domain key options  (it enhance its performance up to the double), it wil be great if in the next future Tivoli Storage Manager can support it!

Use of Solution:

< 1 year

Deployment Issues:

The deployment is very easy. No problem encountred.

Stability Issues:


Customer Service:


Initial Setup:

Initial setup is easy: After hardware installation (which is well documented) you just have to power up the data domain device then run a script which configure your device.

Then you can configure backups devices using webgui and this is really easy.

Other Advice:

The EMC Data Domain product is a real success and customers which have never bought EMC products are now buying Data Domain...

**Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: We are an EMC partner
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author avatarChris Childerhose
ExpertTop 5Real User

CIFS is good on the Data Domain but I find the DDBoost to be better for backups via Symantec or Veeam. As mentioned throughput goes up due to the technology.

author avatarit_user156360 (Senior Storage and Backup Consultant & Technical Instructor at Free Lance)

Just to clarify that the DDBoost feature of Data Domain is based on the Open Storage Technology, for more information please have a look at: , IBM is partner in this alliance and they have access at the OST API, is up to them to create the plugin to integrate TSM with OST Technologies.

author avatarReda Hassan
Top 10Real User

I found that the best backup system architecture is to use DD with Veeam backup using DD-Boost.
This solution has many advantages including efficient deduplication, less backup window, less time to restore and many others...