Dell EMC PowerProtect DD (Data Domain) Archived Reviews (More than two years old)

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Backup Administrator at a financial services firm with 501-1,000 employees
Sep 22 2015

What is most valuable?

Deduplication and VTLs.

How has it helped my organization?

As the cost of tapes start to mount, using the DD box for daily and weekly backups, and just keeping monthly backups on tapes, has greatly reduced the cost of backups. It is an extremely useful tool to use for example in my case, in a… more»

What needs improvement?

1 - Adding tapes to the VTL is a complex task. 2 - If DB backups could be somewhat compressed it would just be the dream product.

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

No, we had regular backups to tape and a staging area, but no deduplication.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

At the time of purchase, there was no other solution that was able to perform the same tasks.
Consultant
Engineer at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Nov 02 2014

What is most valuable?

Deduplication Features of Archiving

How has it helped 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… more»

What needs 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!

What other advice do I have?

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Real User
Senior SAN Engineer with 501-1,000 employees
Jun 29 2014

What is most valuable?

Very easy to setup and Data Replication for off-site storage of data.

How has it helped my organization?

Data restores and recoveries are so much faster and easier that before, we never have to wait to recall a tape from off-site storage; More Disaster Recovery options allows us to have a better DR… more»

What needs improvement?

Based on how we use the product, it does everything we need it to do.

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

With any duplication product, the initial cost is not cheap. But, once the Data Domain was setup, it just runs. I have very little to no day-to-day maintenance tasks other that monitoring for alerts… more»

What other advice do I have?

Make sure you setup the Data Domains to use Active Directory authentication. When you are replicating your data to a replication pair, this will make using the replicated data easier to access from… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

For our Technology Refresh we looked at three different vendors, Data Domain, ExaGrid, and Quantum.

What is Dell EMC PowerProtect DD (Data Domain)?

EMC Data Domain deduplication storage systems continue to revolutionize disk backup, archiving, and disaster recovery with high-speed, inline deduplication. EMC Data Domain Operating System is intelligence behind EMC Data Domain deduplication storage systems. DD OS powers the industry's most efficient, scalable, reliable, cloud-ready protection storage platform.
Also known as
DataDomain, Dell EMC Data Domain, PowerProtect Data Domain
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