We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:
"Quick incremental backups and product replication are the two highlights of the product. Once you capture a full backup, incrementals are pretty quick. It is fairly efficient from that perspective."
"The most valuable feature of Avamar would have to be the way it works over needing very little bandwidth to move data across a WAN or LAN."
"They are extremely reliable and scalable — they provide the best de-duplication on the market."
"I like Dell EMC Avamar's compression of data."
"The installation of the solution is easy."
"Every product is good and bad, but its claim to fame is that it is scalable. We're doing more than 3,000 VMs. Every single night a complete image backup to disks and replication are easily done in under four hours."
"It works quickly and is very stable."
"Dell EMC Avamar is very good with endpoint backups."
"It has a straightforward installation."
"All the data is well encrypted. In addition, the data is split into pieces so that if an endpoint is attacked or compromised with any kind of ransomware, the compromised machine can be relocated or restored. All the data that was previously backed up can be restored from the cloud. It has a lot of security features. Druva currently offers only the cloud version on AWS. Being a cloud solution, Druva goes by a lot of security compliances and provides a security portfolio. People are very skeptical of the data security in cloud solutions, and Druva has given consideration to that. It has some good geo-location features. If a machine is lost, when the machine is switched on and connected to the internet, that machine can be geo-located and tracked. It also has got the geo-wipeout feature. If someone tries to take out the data from a lost machine, they won't be able to do that. The moment an IT admin comes to know that the machine is no longer with a user, he or she can auto-run the geo-wipeout feature so that the data cannot be read by any third party. Duality replication is a unique thing about this solution. Everybody's data is not backed up if the data is common. Similar data is not backed up from other machines. The data backup also happens very smoothly. The bandwidth choking is very less. When the data is getting backed up, the users do not even get to know. There is no impact even when the users are not using high-speed bandwidth."
"If you are looking for a backup solution, go with Druva because it's quite simple."
"The recovery aspect of the solution is its most valuable feature."
"Our customers do not need to purchase third party storage or a separate server for data backup."
"It's incredibly fast."
"EMC has discontinued their Avamar hardware version. They only advertise the Avamar virtual edition."
"It lacks support for certain plugins, like SAP HANA, for example."
"I would like to see better integration with third-party applications and platforms."
"The reporting should be improved, as we currently have to use another tool for that purpose."
"The UI is not easy to use. There are other products such as Veeam that are easy to use for the end-user which is why they are moving away from Avamar or Networker."
"The user interface needs to be improved. It's not as good as it could be."
"Dell hasn't done a good job at handling these upgrades, or the way EMC used to handle them."
"The solution could improve by having better integration and more flexibility."
"Druva inSync is very high in price. A general customer cannot afford this solution. Even if the product is good, people cannot afford such a high cost just for taking the backup. This is a recurring investment, and the customers have to pay for it every year. Druva is also yet to develop the channel and the channel or partner commitment."
"The user quota is an area that needs to be improved."
"If I could have an accelerator or something to back up the solution on the cloud, that would be helpful. Also, it would be helpful if the accelerator could give me a buffer of a couple of days for any kind of immediate recovery on an offsite."
"The support of other cloud services needs to be improved. It has very good cloud support for AWS but not with others."
"The backup time is very poor. The backup runs continuously. It goes on from morning till night. The system performance also becomes very poor when Druva inSync is running. When the backup starts, the systems become very slow. You cannot work while the backup is going on. After the backup is complete, the system performance picks up again. I raised this issue with Druva, but they are not able to resolve this issue. They should analyze the reason for this kind of problem. They have asked for too many error logs, but how do we get logs from the laptops of the users who are unavailable because they are not working from a centralized office, or they are at a customer site or are traveling? Such users can only communicate through emails. This problem is not related to just one user; it is related to every user. There are so many problems in the Druva inSync patches. Sometimes, the software gets uninstalled automatically, and we are not able to find it on the client system. The users say that they didn't uninstall the software. So, how do we find out who uninstalled the software? If the Druva inSync client is installed on the system, the users should not have the right to uninstall the patch. There should be a security system and an admin panel so that the Druva inSync software is locked when it is installed on the client system. Users should not uninstall it unknowingly. A user should be able to uninstall it only after providing a password set by the administrator. They have given many other restrictions, such as a user cannot restore the data from his laptop, or a user cannot remove the snapshot from his laptop. They can also provide a restriction for uninstalling Druva inSync."
"The user quota is an area that needs to be improved."
"It is expensive. The maintenance comes with it for five years. So, you buy the whole thing for five years, and your maintenance is included with it, but it's a big chunk of change upfront. We like capital expenses because we can CapEx them. We pay once every five years, so we spend a big chunk of change. You'd have to divide that out by the five years to come up with how much it costs. It's just about three-quarters of a million dollars for five years."
"Its price should be reduced. It would be good if you could pay as per usage, and there is a subscription model like VMware. There should be some flexibility because sometimes, the customer only uses the backup for one month or three months. Currently, I have to pay whether I use it or not. Its licensing should be flexible and based on consumption."
"The price of this product should be lower."
"When it comes to competition the price is not what is important, it's not the problem."
"There is a license required for this solution."
"It's a very high-end solution and comparable to Rubrik and Cohesity."
"It is expensive. Its cost is the main thing."
"It is easy to use."
"The pricing of Druva inSync is very high as compared to other cloud backup solutions."
"It's approximately $4000.00 per user for one year."
"The price is quite good, It's approximately $4000.00 per user for one year."
"It is an expensive product for the middle class or SMB customers in India. A lot of top-level big companies also cannot afford this solution. During the license period, one can download the entire data from the cloud without paying any additional cost. This way the data can be easily recreated from the stored data when a machine is lost or the data is compromised."
Avamar is fast, efficient backup and recovery through a complete software and hardware solution. Equipped with integrated variable-length deduplication technology, Avamar facilitates fast, daily full backups for virtual environments, remote offices, enterprise applications, network-attached storage (NAS) servers, and desktops/laptops.
Workforce mobility today is an essential part of any business, but it creates a number of challenges for IT. Data spread across devices and cloud services, unpredictable schedules, and varied network connections all complicate efforts to protect and govern enterprise information. With inSync, companies can protect their data stored in the cloud or on mobile devices while also addressing rising compliance and legal needs.
Dell EMC Avamar is ranked 12th in Backup and Recovery Software with 34 reviews while Druva inSync is ranked 2nd in SaaS Backup with 5 reviews. Dell EMC Avamar is rated 7.8, while Druva inSync is rated 7.4. The top reviewer of Dell EMC Avamar writes "Unlimited scalability, very stable, and ties very well with VMware API". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Druva inSync writes "A secure solution with data encryption, geo-location, and duality replication features". Dell EMC Avamar is most compared with Dell EMC NetWorker, Veeam Backup & Replication, Dell EMC PowerProtect DD (Data Domain), Dell EMC PowerProtect Data Manager and Rubrik, whereas Druva inSync is most compared with Metallic, Veeam Backup & Replication, Veeam Backup for Office 365, Commvault and Veritas NetBackup. See our Dell EMC Avamar vs. Druva inSync report.
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