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Consultant
Trainer, storage consultant at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
Aug 29 2019

What is most valuable?

I am impressed by the ease of troubleshooting due to the internal database. You can get a lot of information from the backup jobs and that is very useful. For example, the program has a very nice importer called Clientele Activity. Sometimes when you run backups for products, you will get the… more»

What needs improvement?

There are some limitations on the backups and the databases so I think that needs a little improvement. The client caches and deduplication system have a few problems.

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

We used Omniverge for some time, but at that time the cost became too high so we switched to Avamar. If you look at the backup and database of Avamar, it stands out above the rest.

What other advice do I have?

Before you start using this program, you must know that you can't do everything with Avamar. There are some limitations like the size of the database. One lesson I've learned from working with Avamar is that you must follow the rules. Often people do not follow the rules for different products. Some… more»
Ralph Kuehn
Real User
Backup Systems Engineer at a retailer with 10,001+ employees
Jan 17 2019

What is most valuable?

* Image level backups * Replication for DR * Almost instant access restores * The access to the logs for each backup allows for easy troubleshooting.

How has it helped my organization?

The simplicity of use and the ease of updating physical client software is one of the best features.

What needs improvement?

It would be nice to have a truly native SQL backup solution. All of our DBAs are looking for a truly native solution. They are satisfied with the current solution but would really like a truly native… more»

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

The set up is really easy. They have a virtual edition for smaller environments, and the documentation for doing the install is really good. For larger environments, the PS group works directly with… more»

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

We used to have Veeam and NetBackup. We moved to Avamar as it had more features; it helped reduce the number of environments we had to support. It also reduced the amount of time we spend on upgrades… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We looked at a variety of other products. One of the main reasons we selected Avamar was the fact that they have support for physical servers running Solaris, Linux, HP-UX, and AIX. We have a large… more»
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Reseller
Solutions Architect at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Oct 07 2019

What is most valuable?

We sell Avamar with Data Domain. Data Domain and Avamar work really well together and their compression ratios are very high compared to Veeam, Commvault, and all the other backup software on the market.

What needs improvement?

The price is the main thing I'd like to see them change. If they can come down in price, that would be a good thing. It's very cost-competitive in the entry-level range because Veeam pricing is much cheaper than Avamar. I think they could also move more towards cloud solutions. It already has some cloud tiering, but I think that could be more extensive. They should work with all cloud providers… more»

What other advice do I have?

You need to work with a specialist and EMC is a very huge company now. If, however, you go and talk to the right person who knows Avamar and data protection stuff, they can help you price the solution perfectly. That's not something that you should take for granted. There are so many tools available to do a proper sizing. I would rate Avamar as six out of ten. I would like to give it a seven or… more»
MuathAlhwetat
Real User
SAN and UNIX Administrator at a comms service provider with 1,001-5,000 employees
Aug 20 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is D2 and conversion with the Data Domain because other solutions are not able to use the Data Domain. Integration with VMware is great.

How has it helped my organization?

We have a lot of backups, and this tool helps us with the RMAN Backup.

What needs improvement?

There are limitations when trying to use this solution with Hyper-V. The limitations exist when trying to restore a backup from Hyper-V. This solution needs to have full integration with Hyper-V, like… more»

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

This solution is less expensive than Veeam for us, although it depends on the customer because we get a great discount.

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

Prior to this solution, we worked with Commvault, Veritas, and Veeam. We still work with multiple vendors for our backup and recovery solution.

What other advice do I have?

This is a solution that I recommend, although if you have Hyper-V then I would suggest you use Veeam. Veeam is fully integrated with Hyper-V, and there are more features in Veeam. I would rate this… more»
Systemdmn67
Real User
System Admin at a energy/utilities company with 501-1,000 employees
Sep 13 2019

What is most valuable?

It was very simple to deploy the solution to the client that wanted to backup.

What needs improvement?

It was challenging to back up our Exchange database, which is one of the reasons we did not continue using this solution. It was very tough, and a case of having to contact the Microsoft Partner Network. Technical support needs to be improved. We could not integrate this solution with our tape… more»

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

We were not able to back up the Exchange database with this solution. In the end, we had to discontinue using it. We switched to EMC Data Domain, and the cost was one of the factors that influenced our decision.

What other advice do I have?

This is a solution that I recommend. It is a good product. It's stable, it is easy to deploy, and the visibility of the backup and restore is good. If I had my way then we would be using this solution for other applications and we would be running them side-by-side as a comparison. I would rate this… more»
Redouane Chtioui
Real User
Responsable des Systèmes Départementaux at CIH BANK
Sep 09 2019

What is most valuable?

We love the instant recovery functionality. It's very useful.

What needs improvement?

We found some difficulty around co-locating with restructuring. I think the co-location between Avamar and vCenter, in my opinion, is not the best. We like the easy integration with VMware and vCenter, but we'd like to click a button for any kind of virtual machine and then click on backup and… more»

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

The licensing model is not very flexible. Every time we upgrade our storage size, we need to upgrade the Avamar license.

What other advice do I have?

We use the on-premises deployment model. I think it is a powerful tool. We use it on both our production and disaster sites. I would rate the solution nine out of ten.
Maciej-Kieliszek
Real User
Owner at EXnIT Sp. z o.o.
Oct 03 2019

What is most valuable?

I think the biggest advantage it offers is backup, for end-users as well as computers, not only servers and storage paths. The solution can also backup end users. One of the most important things is also deduplication.

How has it helped my organization?

I think the brand is very good. Support is also very nice for end-users and integration with EMC products for businesses. Customers choose this EMC product because they also have this brand in their infrastructure.

What needs improvement?

The interface could be more helpful for people.

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

I'm not sure, but perhaps the pricing could be done better at the moment.

What other advice do I have?

I can definitely recommend this product, but I don't have any other advice. I would rate this product around eight out of ten.
Mohamed-Ashraf
Real User
System Operation Engineer at Stayfit
Oct 10 2019

What is most valuable?

The backup is the solution's most valuable feature. It's very reliable.

What needs improvement?

The configuration and expansion aspects of the solution need improvement. They're complicated and don't really integrate well. The solution requires a remote site application in a future release. I believe they are currently working on this.

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

We were lucky to receive the solution as part of a bundle. It was actually a relatively good price, but there are better solutions, like Veem. However, they can be expensive.

What other advice do I have?

We are using the on-premises deployment model of the solution. I'd rate the solution eight out of ten.
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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.

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