2014-10-26T16:10:00Z

What advice do you have for others considering Dell EMC PowerProtect DD (Data Domain)?

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If you were talking to someone whose organization is considering Dell EMC PowerProtect DD (Data Domain), what would you say?

How would you rate it and why? Any other tips or advice?

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Top 20MSP

I would recommend this solution to others. I would rate Dell EMC PowerProtect DD a nine out of 10.

2021-07-12T12:08:38Z
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Top 5LeaderboardReseller

The main consideration for anyone interested in Dell EMC Data Domain is to have a good initial sizing. The planning part at the beginning of the project is the most important. On a scale of one to ten, I would give Dell EMC PowerProtect Data Domain a nine.

2020-12-31T08:23:00Z
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Top 20Consultant

Dell Avamar is a very good product. We've used it in the past when it was, let's say, one of the first solutions. I believe they offer duplication. Whenever Avamar came on the market, it was a revolutionary application. Right now, however, due to other software solutions not only for Dell EMC but for Avamar, it makes everything very good and also very bad from the sales point of view. With aggressive marketing of products, clients may request the wrong product. Avamar isn't well-positioned in Romania right now. Data Domain is better. When clients ask for certain other products, we try to steer them to Data Domain. Depending on the customer's needs, Dell can fit into all environments. If you want to have a very good backup appliance, then choose Data Domain because it will fit in almost everywhere. I don't think I know of another solution in which somebody can have a backup project or data protection where this product will not fit. Technically speaking, I cannot make a comparison with other products, as this solution can fit almost everywhere. I recommend better sizing to the client. That's important. Customers need to take into consideration their needs very, very well so they don't end up with too small of a product. It's better to go a bit bigger if it will fit the budget. Of course, the technical requirements need to be addressed. Data Domain integrates well with other products. It's something to consider. Overall, I would rate the solution nine out of ten.

2020-12-04T18:32:56Z
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Top 10Real User

I would recommend this solution. I would rate Dell EMC PowerProtect DD an eight out of ten. To be able to rate a solution as ten, one must be very proficient and should know several products to compare them all, which is not true in my case.

2020-11-20T02:24:40Z
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Top 5LeaderboardReal User

We are doing multiple POCs right now. We have already installed it in the banks of Pakistan. We are providing solution architects, support, deployment, and residential services. In early deployments you need to size the backup solution properly and then design it, create it, and export it. Early on, we are sure to always have a delivery of that statement. After delivery, my engineers will be aligned with the Dell EMC CPU, who makes the PDQ chain. That way, we can always patch the required IPs and do those backups as well. We always deploy the bank's backup software, and we'll do the patches for every requirement. Sometimes we use NetWorker and Avamar. We've deployed Data Domain using Veeam as well. We always do on-premises deployments, which are mandatory in our country. In Pakistan, you can't have any cloud-based deployments. Compliance and government rules are slowly changing. In a few years, we may also do cloud deployments as well. That said, wherever we deploy Data Domain virtualization, it is a step towards cloud-based deployment as it's a virtual machine. You can always send the data from a virtual machine to any cloud, including Microsoft Azure, IBM, and ECS. If a company is looking for an implementation partner, it's best to go with a tier-one partner - someone who is Gold, Silver, or Titanium. They will understand the product fully. I'd rate the solution ten out of ten. There's no comparison between Data Domain and any other partner. It's solid and consistent. We'll continue to use them. They are excellent.

2020-10-11T08:58:20Z
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Top 5LeaderboardReal User

In summary, this is a good backup product and we are happy with the performance. I would recommend this product to customers. I think that it has better performance than Commvault HyperScale. I would rate this solution a nine out of ten.

2020-07-26T08:18:00Z
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Real User

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.

2019-09-08T09:50:00Z
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Real User

I would recommend the solution. I'd rate them nine out of ten.

2019-09-08T09:50:00Z
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Real User

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.

2019-09-08T09:50:00Z
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Top 20Real User

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.

2019-09-08T09:50:00Z
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Top 20Real User

We are using the on-premises deployment model. I would recommend the solution. I would rate it eight out of ten.

2019-09-05T16:30:00Z
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Top 5LeaderboardReal User

I would rate it 9.5 out of ten.

2019-08-25T05:17:00Z
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Top 20Real User

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.

2019-08-07T06:15:00Z
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Consultant

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.

2019-08-07T06:15:00Z
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Real User

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.

2019-08-05T06:24:00Z
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Top 20Real User

We use the on-premises version of the solution. I would rate the solution nine out of ten.

2019-08-01T05:43:00Z
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Real User

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.

2019-03-12T07:26:00Z
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ExpertTop 5Real User

Review the newer versions of the device and evaluate them if possible. You will get great benefit for backups.

2014-10-26T16:10:00Z
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