EMC Data Domain Other Advice

MohamedDakn
General Manager responsible for IT Infrastructure and Operations at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
Anyone considering using this solution will first need to make a proper assessment of their need for the data storage because this is misleading. Sometimes managers just make a simple assumption that an organization has about 50 terabytes of data and that they don't need more than this for backup. This is not correct. If you look into the whole backup strategy, you will see how frequently you will do backups, how many copies we will need to retain, and the period of days that the data is retained — It will be a specific period of days and the backups will rotate. There should be a retention strategy and a rate of change of the data backups. All of these are parameters that affect the sizing of the data domain device. It could be many times the initial size depending on the strategy and how critical the data is. So assessing the proper sizing is very important and key for the success of the backup strategy. It is important, as well, to assure that the software and the hardware work seamlessly together because you can mix and match software and hardware solutions to come to the ultimate package. Making sure that every feature in the software would work with the hardware is really imperative before making any decision. On a scale from one to ten with one being the worst and ten being the best, I would rate EMC Data Domain as 7.5. The reason why it is not higher than 7.5 is mostly because of the cost. It is a very expensive solution. The lack of better security features to protect the data is really another big issue. View full review »
Ghayur Abbas
Manager Networks & Messaging Systems at TCS
If they have the budget, then I would advise any organization that the Dell EMC Data Domain product is very good. If they don't have the budget, then go with an alternate solution like Veeam. As a market standard, data tapes are not reliable for a long duration. Only the hard drive based solutions are technically reliable now. It all depends on your budget. I would rate Dell EMC Data Domain an 8.5 to 9 out of ten. View full review »
Jayson Martin
Data Storage Manager at a insurance company with 5,001-10,000 employees
Anyone who is considering this as a solution should study the availability of the features and caveats surrounding the licensing. You will want to make sure that you are covered for all the capabilities that you require. Then, if you choose to go with the product, I suggest adding a service account manager as part of the initial scope of the project and implementation as that was very helpful to us. That sort of guarantees you will definitely have a more controlled approach to implementation and better continuity from your experience with EMC. On a scale from one to ten, where one is the worst and ten is the best, I would rate the product about seven or eight. For us now it is a little closer to a seven. A lesson that we learned in using the product is that its CPU capability does not match its storage capacity. These two things should be more in synch to enhance performance. View full review »
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Adams Rasheed
Information Technology Manager at a energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees
The users should embark on the EMC NetWorker /Data Domain training before the implementation. Considering past experiences, I will rate this product a seven out of ten. View full review »
Abdelrahman Mohamed
Senior Sales Engineer at a tech services company
I'm using the solution as a technical case professional. I'm selling it to my customers. I sell the on-premises deployment model. It's the best solution for deduplication and compression of storage, but the pricing is a little high. The solution works with any backup software. You might use it as a standalone or use it with VM, or solutions like Symantec, CMC software, etc. For those considering implementing the solution, I would say that they need to know their data gross and they need to allow for architecting. They need an understanding of their current backup situation and what they will need. They will need to remember to back up every day if their data is very, very important. When you are buying a backup solution, the Dell EMC team has an architecture team. They can be used to study the environment, so they can advise on what you need. A new user won't have to worry about it. Dell EMC will take care of everything. Also, a user will still need to do data protection. They need to buy security devices for their environment. They should make a backup outside of their environment and make sure the backup is not connected to any internet connection to avoid hacking. I would rate the solution ten out of ten. View full review »
Chris Childerhose
Solutions Engineer at ThinkON
Review the newer versions of the device and evaluate them if possible. You will get great benefit for backups. View full review »
Sajid Khan
Oracle Application DBA at social insurance organizaton
I would recommend the solution. I'd rate them nine out of ten. View full review »
Ashraf Ali
Senior Software Support Engineer at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
I would rate it 9.5 out of ten. View full review »
ITKoo67
IT Coordinator at a insurance company with 1-10 employees
We use the on-premises deployment model. I would recommend the solution to someone considering it. I would rate the solution seven or eight out of ten. View full review »
Kenneth Etsula
Technical Manager at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
We are using the on-premises deployment model. I would recommend the solution. I would rate it eight out of ten. View full review »
Asem Hamamdi
Senior Data Center Admin at a comms service provider with 501-1,000 employees
We use the on-premises version of the solution. I would rate the solution nine out of ten. View full review »
SystemCoc204
System Consultant at ONYXES
We use the on-premises deployment model. We're a reseller; we offer this solution to our clients. I would rate the solution eight out of ten. View full review »
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