Please share with the community what you think needs improvement with Dell EMC Data Domain Boost.
What are its weaknesses? What would you like to see changed in a future version?
Like any product, it would be good to improve performance and the ease of dealing with operating the system. It needs a more familiar interface to make it easier to use for everyone. Other than that, I don't think so that there are more features that will be necessary and important for every user. To me, all the features are suitable and convenient. If I was looking for something for Dell to add to the product, it would be notifications. As far as improvement, the stability of the connection could be improved. The tool itself is okay, but not the gateway between the on-prem Data Domain and the cloud. We have to find a workaround or use third party products. So in the next release, I'd like to see a better connection gateway between cloud and on-prem. Improvement of the pricing would be a welcome change.
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 fast. However, if you are restoring your database at the deduplication by VM backup, then the deduplication for it will be very slow.
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.
The solution needs to have a more transparent environment. The solution needs to be more user-friendly for the end-users.
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 organization, or to use it on VMware as a storage unit, but this solution is not suitable. When we receive requests like this from the customers we recommend building EMC Unity, it's a full package, you can backup, you can share and you can use it as a LAN in your virtualization environment.
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.
During my experience with Data Domain selling and basing on customers feedback, there is really no limitations regarding Data Domain Boost (DD Boost).
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.
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.
It should be expanded to include other databases and software. It should also be made easier to restore.
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 Controlled Replication aka File Managed Replication, which is used on backup system site to easily replicate DDBoost created backup pieces of such. Lack of this functionality is, in my opinion, big limitation. When you consult interoperability matrices you will find (as an example of not full coverage) 1. No DDBoost support for Spectrum Space (former Tivoli Storage Manager) which claims market share higher than 15% 2. No support for Managed File Replication for Veeam Backup & Replication DD Boost over FC - which is one of the backup software leaders The above are the most obvious examples on which I based my RFE to broaden the coverage. FC improvements – I’d like to run DD replication over FC; if it would be possible then using DDBoost over FC and Replication over FC will remove the necessity for any data movement over IP. This solution would give us a clear separation between transport protocols used for management purposes (TCP) and those used for backup data transfer (FC).