Dell EMC Avamar Overview

Dell EMC Avamar is the #2 ranked solution in our list of top Deduplication Software. It is most often compared to Dell EMC NetWorker: Dell EMC Avamar vs Dell EMC NetWorker

What is Dell EMC Avamar?

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.

Dell EMC Avamar is also known as Avamar.

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Dell EMC Avamar Customers

Comanche County Memorial Hospital, Cap Atlantique, Getronics, Lewisville Independent School District, EnvisionRxOptions, Cincinnati Bell Technology Solutions

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Manager of Production Systems at COMERCIAL CITY FRESKO
Real User
The backup speed is impressive

What is our primary use case?

Backup of virtual machines.

How has it helped my organization?

Very reliable tool.

What is most valuable?

The speed of backups.

What needs improvement?

Reports generation.

For how long have I used the solution?

More than five years.
Backup Systems Engineer at Nordstrom, Inc.
Real User
Access to logs for each backup enables easy troubleshooting

What is our primary use case?

This product is very easy to use. The interface is easier to use than other backup solutions. The product is mature and can handle all of our data protection.
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Lead Systems Software Engineer at Tucson Medical Center
Real User
Stability has improved since we first started using it, but it still has a ways to go and could also benefit from a web-based UI

What is our primary use case?

File level, backup and recovery of data stored on AIX, Linux, and Windows server to Data Domain storage.
Lead - Data Protection at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Helped Reduced Backup Times And To Eschew Backup Hardware Management

What is most valuable?

Client deduplication.

How has it helped my organization?

Reduced backup times.

What needs improvement?

Restores should be faster. Backup image browse times should be faster. User interface is very dated. No accurate backup size utilization of clients.

For how long have I used the solution?

Six years.

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?


What do I think about the stability of the solution?


What do I think about the scalability of the solution?


How are customer service and technical support?

Customer Service: Very good. Technical Support: Fair.

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

NetBackup. We needed faster backup times for NAS and server clients.

How was the initial setup?

Business Manager at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
​Source based deduplication is the most attractive feature as it drastically reduces the backup window​.

Pros and Cons

  • "Source based deduplication is the most attractive feature as it drastically reduces the backup window."
  • "Desktop-laptop backups and backup over the WAN needs lot of improvisation. For DTLT there must be a provision to push agents from the management console."

What other advice do I have?

Have your inventory ready and priorities set. Make sure initial backup is taken during off-production hours as the solution works only on LAN.
Sr. Tech Lead with 5,001-10,000 employees
​Client side deduplication is a plus but troubleshoot feature could be improved.

Valuable Features

Client side deduplication.

Improvements to My Organization

My Organisation provides Backup as services. DD Avamar used full for shared platform for customers.

Room for Improvement

From a technical point of view, all EMC products have to improve the troubleshoot feature like, log should be in human readable format.

Use of Solution

Past 5 to 6 years.

Deployment Issues

Avamar deployment is not admin friendly and its required to use help from professiona; services.

Stability Issues

Wrong integration always

Scalability Issues

Not yet.

Customer Service and Technical Support

Customer Service: 3.5/5 Technical Support: 3/5

Initial Setup

Avamar is bit complex.

Implementation Team

Through vendor team and try to just know how to fix the…
Manager of Engineering at a healthcare company with 501-1,000 employees
Since deduplication is performed at the source, backup times and network bandwidth are significantly reduced
“Are you backing up C:\myfiles? We just accidentally deleted the folder.” “I know it’s not in our original saveset, but any chance you have a backup of xyx?” Sound familiar? If you are a backup administrator, I know you have heard variations of the requests above. Traditionally, new systems get deployed and the owners give a specific saveset to the backup administrators. Then when a restore is requested, it never fails that the request will be outside of the original saveset. I have experienced these scenarios numerous times with traditional full/incremental backup products. The more you backup, the more storage you consume and that means longer backup windows. When I first started in my current position, we were backing up 100 servers with specific savesets. At that time,…
System Architect at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
EMC Avamar has lots of Ying but not so much Yang
First off let me say that Avamar is a great product and hopefully this won’t sound like a rant. I started working with Avamar last year and quickly saw the value in this product which provides enterprise class data protection (backups) to disk. The architecture I went with consisted of large centralized grids, multiple datastore nodes with a utility node, which would be hosted in regional datacenters with remote locations having smaller configurations of either a single datastore node or small grid setup. So at a high level remote sites would backup locally then replicate to a grid in one of the regional datacenters. The local backups in the datacenter would replicate to another datacenter as well. This way there is redundancy for site and datacenter backups while providing a way to do…
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