Dell EMC Data Domain Boost Reviews

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Abderahim Raissi
Real User
Pre Sales Engineer at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Sep 19 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature of this solution is, for me, that it enables client-side deduplication so only the unique data segments are sent to Data Domain System, which provides more backup speed and… more»

How has it helped my organization?

Dell EMC Data Domain Boost is a software that provides an advanced integration with enterprise applications and Data Domain Systems. It gives the customer more advantages in terms of backup speed and… more»

What needs improvement?

During my experience with Data Domain selling and basing on customers feedback, there is really no limitations regarding Data Domain Boost (DD Boost).

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

Before my selling of DataDomain to my Customers, they have other solutions at the backup infrastructure. Besides, among all DataDomain Advantages, Deduplication and DD Boost were the most which… more»

What other advice do I have?

This is a product that I recommend without any doubt. One of my clients had trouble with sizing and architecture because initially, he had little data and a small budget. When the size of his business… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

There are a lot of products in the market for backup solutions. Data Domain has a lot of advantages, which is why my clients choose this solution.
MagedElgamal
Real User
System Engineer at Seal Software
Sep 22 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is the support for plug-ins. For example, when backing up a server through data domain, it can take a long time. However, when you are using Boost, you just install a plug-in on the target server and the backup job… more»

How has it helped my organization?

An example of how this solution can improve an organization would be with one of our customers who has a data exchange server. Every backup takes two or three and a half-hundred gigabytes of storage. When the customer was using another… more»

What needs improvement?

There are some limitations where you cannot use it as a shared server or as a file server, it is limited for the only backup. We have customers asking for a file server that can be used to share data with their employees, with an… more»

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

The cost is monthly.

What other advice do I have?

There are good and bad points to having this solution only for backup. It's good to protect your data from attacks such as ransomware. You only use the storage for backups, so you don't have to share folders. The main difference between EMC… more»
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Consultant
Trainer, storage consultant at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
Aug 14 2019

What needs improvement?

This solution should cover more platforms, and there should be more product coverage. I think that the GUI should be improved because sometimes, not everything is properly displayed. I would like to see better Fibre Channel support. DDBoost is one of the most important features of the Data Domain appliance. The acronym stands for Data Domain Bandwidth Optimized OST, which gives the ability to distribute backup job tasks between DD and the host which writes to DD. This is called DSP - Distributed Segment Processing which is used during the backup process. Another part of DDBoost, Clone… more»

What other advice do I have?

My suggestion for anybody who is implementing this solution is to use the Fibre Channel, if possible. If not, then try to use it over IP. If you cannot use either then there are other options, but the Fibre Channel is preferred. It gives you not only an increased speed but also some additional features. The biggest lesson that I have learned when working with this solution is that you can always do something better. I have been in the backup industry for more than twenty years, and there have been times when I was bored with the products. What I have found is that you can always expect to see… more»
Coenie Rossouw
Real User
Storage Specialist at a comms service provider with 5,001-10,000 employees
Sep 12 2019

What is most valuable?

The features I find most valuable is the ease of installation and the ease of maintenance, more than the functionality. I like the toolset, it's easy to work on and the support is brilliant.

What needs improvement?

My experience is that the fact that they give you certain toolsets based on certain modules only makes it difficult for us to save costs due to upgrading. So it would be nice if they could have the same toolset right from the smallest to the biggest modules, but being specific frame-dependent. The toolset itself does whatever I currently want.

What other advice do I have?

I will definitely recommend this solution, but I obviously don't know other people's environment. I would say that you should write down what your criteria is, what you want, and then do a proper test with all the vendors. Most often people promise you things, and once you start digging into it, it is not there. Like Huawei - many of the functions we needed, they just don't have, so they rely on… more»
Mahmoud-Yassin
Real User
Head of IT Infrastructure and Security Operations at a financial services firm with 501-1,000 employees
Oct 17 2019

What is most valuable?

Data Domain is valuable, especially for restoring data. For normal data, the restore from Data Domain is very efficient and fast.

What needs improvement?

The experience of restoring VMware or Veeam Backup is difficult when the backup you are using is a solution for backup, which is already having a deduplication. When you try to restore from Data Domain, it doesn't work perfectly, because Data Domain is already having a deduplication as well. This is only a deduplication issue. If you are restoring databases with a normal backup, it will work very… more»

What other advice do I have?

Study the workload very well before you go into the sizing phase. You have to study your workloads, so you can anticipate them and avoid any unplanned workloads. I would rate the solution as eight out of ten. It is quite sufficient but needs a little bit of improvement.
Pam Hartanto
Real User
Information Systems and IT Manager at Chiyoda Almana Engineering LLC
Sep 19 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature of this solution is deduplication. It's very good.

What needs improvement?

This product is expensive compared to other storage so the price can be improved. The restore and deduplication features are good, but they can be further improved.

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

The price of this solution is very high.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

Prior to this solution, we used a tape backup. We switched because this solution is easier and you don't need a tape. Backing up files is very, very fast.

What other advice do I have?

This is definitely a solution that I recommend. It is good, although it is very expensive. I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.
Real User
Senior Solutions Architect at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Sep 10 2019

What is most valuable?

Data Domain Boost has a unique protocol. I don't think with other vendors you get the same efficiency. I work with some the other products but this solution has amazing efficiency in comparison.

What needs improvement?

The solution needs better performance and a more user-friendly operating system. The solution needs a better gateway between the on-premises and cloud deployment models. We have to work around it or find a third party to assist. The pricing is high, compared to the competition.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

I'm currently using two solutions: Veritas and Data Domain. Data Domain is more efficient for me and it's really scalable.

What other advice do I have?

We use the on-premises deployment model. I strongly recommend any organization to use it. I'm doing self study once a week or on a monthly basis to learn more about the product, so I'm quite familiar with it. I would rate the solution ten out of ten.
Consultant
Senior Consultant at a healthcare company
Oct 03 2019

What is most valuable?

The functionality is very good. DD Boost and DD entry replication are used in almost all backup concepts. Those are the most used features.

What needs improvement?

The management interfaces are quite good at the moment. The multi-tier functionality can be improved, but it is quite good. They could improve replication and perhaps support additional sharing network protocols. I would also like to see a better implementation of NFS Version 3, but it is already implemented and quite usable as it is.

What other advice do I have?

I would recommend this product. I would rate it as nine of ten, overall.
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