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Dell EMC Reviews

Chris Childerhose
Real User
Senior Engineer - Backup & Replication at ThinkON
Dec 11 2019

What is most valuable?

I would rate it at 5/5 as the deduplication and compression of the device for backups is outstanding. We have about 55TB total space on the Data Domain which we send Veeam… more»

How has it helped my organization?

This allows our organization to send more data to this device compared to others. It also allows us a fast recovery of files or Virtual Machines if needed being… more»

What needs improvement?

The processing capabilities I believe could be improved, however, we have an older unit DD670 and newer units may have already improved upon this.

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

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

What other advice do I have?

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

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Real User
IT Technical Operations Manager at a healthcare company with 201-500 employees
Jan 25 2020

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features are the low management overhead, and the lower skill set required to manage it. All of the additional management tools plug into vCenter, which is our standard virtualization interface for VMware. It has the… more»

What needs improvement?

The cost of using the public cloud deployment is astronomical.

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

We received a good price from Dell. Pricing was pretty much the same apart from the pricing for the public cloud it was astronomical. Other than licensing fees, we had to pay for our equipment. We calculated that our TCO is going to be… more»

What other advice do I have?

We did a lot of research ahead of time with this solution to make sure that it was stable, scalable, had a good interface, was easy to use, and that it had good technical support. I don't have enough time with the solution to know what… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We looked at Nutanix, NetApp, Public Cloud, and another product called Datrium.
Real User
Senior Solutions Architect at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Oct 27 2019

What is most valuable?

Data Domain Boost has a unique protocol. I don't think other vendors have a similar protocol and controls from the products I have had experience with. There are alternative solutions, but Data Domain… more»

How has it helped my organization?

Because of how it functions we do not have to make additional investment in hardware and services.

What needs improvement?

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… more»

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

I think it is important that Dell reconsider the pricing. I don't know what we pay off-hand, but I do know that the pricing is high compared with other competing products.

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

We are actually using both Veritas and Data Domain simultaneously. Between these two, Data Domain is more efficient for me and very scalable. There is a limitation to the scalability at some point… more»

What other advice do I have?

On a scale from one to ten, where one is the worst and ten is the best, I would rate Dell EMC Data Domain Boost as a ten. I strongly recommend this product for all its capabilities. I do self-study… more»
Abdelrahman Mohamed
Real User
Senior Sales Engineer at a tech services company
Aug 13 2019

What is most valuable?

The solution offers good storage. Also, deduplication and completion are the best features, in my opinion.

What needs improvement?

The pricing should be adjusted. Customers continuously talk about the price. They know it is a good solution and they really need the type of storage the solution offers, but it costs somewhere around $100,000 and up for enterprises. It's not cheap, but it's very important for data vendors. My… more»

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

Pricing is related to size. A lower range solution might be about $33,000. My customers use higher range versions with a price of around $100,000. That's the price for both the hardware and the software.

What other advice do I have?

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… more»
Val Sondoyi
Real User
Tech Lead with 51-200 employees
Oct 18 2019

What do you think of Dell EMC Unity?

What is our primary use case?

This solution is our primary storage for all workloads. It has good replication and integration with VMware.

How has it helped my organization?

This solution makes it easy to manage storage, provision new workloads, and scale-up.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is the easy management with a great GUI. We can do a lot from there.

What needs improvement?

This solution would be improved with the addition of flexible raid volumes.

For how long have I used the solution?

We have been using this solution for three years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

This is a very stable platform, so far zero issues.
Ghayur Abbas
Real User
Manager Networks & Messaging Systems at TCS
Apr 09 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is the reliability of the backup service. The compressing mode or the number of the backups which are available on the device is also excellent.

How has it helped my organization?

As our organization functions, we have a total of 2500+ primary sites and 6300+ secondary sites. All of our backup systems are totally dependent on this product. Dell EMC… more»

What needs improvement?

Dell EMC Data Domain needs to have better compatibility between NetWorker and the hardware. NetWorker is not as good as the other products which are currently on the… more»

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

Licensing is available under per TB storage rates. Another level of licensing is available on technical support. There is a third licensing tier that includes more… more»

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

We only use Dell EMC products.

What other advice do I have?

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… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We evaluated local tape drives. We were using the tape drives from IBM (LTO 3) before the Dell EMC equipment and the product was good but not reliable. The backups… more»
Sandeep Gandhi
Real User
CEO at Verixo Technologies Pvt. Ltd
Apr 16 2019

What is most valuable?

The main criteria I look for in all vendors are: * On-site service for the hardware. * The warranty period, i.e. how long the warranty is. * The ability of the product itself, i.e. the specs and the lifecycle of the product. * The hardware should be cutting edge. I would like to see the lifecycle at… more»

How has it helped my organization?

We use Dell EMC PowerEdge R730 as a server for testing our software products. We had not benchmarked anything before we purchased this, but we went through the specs during that time and did some configuration. We purchased Dell EMC PowerEdge R730 with 256GB RAM and built-in dual CPUs. We just… more»

What needs improvement?

I would like to see better IOPS, i.e. the disc speed. That is the main limitation for scaling up the number of users. Nowadays, there are web servers that have greater endurance in the lifecycle than the Dell EMC PowerEdge, so that's what I would like to see improved most. If Dell EMC can provide us… more»

What other advice do I have?

I would rate the Dell EMC PowerEdge Rack Servers an eight out of ten. It was satisfactory, but we were not able to scale it to the level that we expected. Maybe we should have contacted their support or put in greater effort to find out about sizing guidelines, or maybe there is a limitation… more»

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Dell EMC Questions

Miriam Tover
Content Specialist
IT Central Station
Feb 07 2020
One of the most popular comparisons on IT Central Station is VMware vSAN vs Dell EMC VxRail. People like you are trying to decide which one is best for their company. Can you help them out? What is the biggest difference between vSAN And VxRail? Which of these two solutions would you recommend to… more»
Shu MookerjeeQuite simply, VxRail is a vSAN appliance. It's a Dell based server node fully… more»
MEHDI MASMOUDIVxRAIL is a pre buid HCI solution, with optimised configuration ready to deploy… more»
Edson LugliWe have decided on VxRail for vendor unification and technology integration.… more»
Sonia Jaguaco
User at a university with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jan 30 2020
I work for a National Polytechnic School that teaches engineering and sciences. We are currently evaluating Dell EMC PowerProtect DD (Data Domain) and Veeam Backup & Replication. What are the biggest differences between the two? Which would you recommend?  Thanks! I appreciate the help. 
SergiCastromilFirst of all, we need to know that both tools work great together. On one hand… more»
Trainstore67Both can be used to run a backup/replication. In the case of Veeam it's a backup… more»
Tim HigginsTeam I have used both DD with Avamar and Veeam Backup, They are both great… more»
User
Jan 27 2020
We are currently evaluating Dell EMC Data Domain and IBM Spectrum Protect. What are the biggest differences between the two? Which would you recommend? Thanks! I appreciate the help. 
Sergey GavrilovThe biggest difference is that Data Domain is an appliance storage system (SW +… more»
Zdzislaw Jideck Chobot 霍博特 - चोबोटIn my opinion DD have better compression/dedup and also good aggregated… more»
Coenie RossouwI would look at the way they dedup. DataDomain uses variable-length… more»
Asiri Dissanayake
System Engineer with 51-200 employees
Dec 03 2019
I'm a System Engineer for an IT company. I'm comparing Dell EMC Unity and NetApp AFF. Which of these two solutions would you recommend and why? Thanks! I appreciate the help.
CornelCristeaFirst of all the decision should be taken looking at similar products in terms… more»
Frank RuvoloThey’re both great solutions and I’ve used both. EMC is being VERY aggressive… more»
Huseyin YildirimThe answer depends on your needs and budget. If you want high performance (who… more»
Robert MacDougall
Storage Architect at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
Sep 11 2019
We are looking at various vendors including HPE and Dell, looking at both the Unity and the PowerMax options. What can you share with me about PowerMax and how it compares with Unity and/or HPE? I am a Storage Architect at a global financial services company with tens of thousands of employees… more»
Brent JohnsonI have used all, EMC, and HPE 3Par, VNX, Unity, etc. All are OK. But for long… more»
Muhammad KhaledThe PowerMax NVMe is the high-end storage fromDellEMC it can provide up to 10M… more»
reviewer1107468On the NDM front, Dell EMC has provided simplified non-disruptive migrations to… more»
Miriam Tover
Content Specialist
IT Central Station
One of the most popular comparisons on IT Central Station is Dell EMC PowerEdge Rack Servers vs HPE ProLiant DL Servers. People like you are trying to decide which one is best for their company. Can you help them out? What is the biggest difference between Dell EMC PowerEdge Rack Servers and HPE… more»
CuongNguyen1In my perception, Dell is on a more bleeding edge of technology, as HP is a more… more»
Miriam Tover
Content Specialist
IT Central Station
One of the most popular comparisons on IT Central Station is Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series vs VxRail. People like you are trying to decide which one is best for their company. Can you help them out? What is the biggest difference between Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series and VxRail? Which of these two… more»
Manish BhatiaVxRail integration with VMware is the key differentiator. VxRail comes with… more»
Muhammad Khaled- HyperFlex has encryption over expensive SED disks, however, VxRail has it… more»
Muhammad KhaledOne biggest change is the Future Proof Loyalty Program from VxRail with the… more»
Miriam Tover
Content Specialist
IT Central Station
One of the most popular comparisons on IT Central Station is EMC Data Domain vs Rubrik. People like you are trying to decide which one is best for their company. Can you help them out? What is the biggest difference between EMC Data Domain and Rubrik? Which of these two solutions would you… more»
NeilMistryThe biggest difference is Rubrik has native software and hardware on one… more»
Steffan RhoadsAs Neil Mistry said, they are quite different products: Rubrik is a complete… more»
Miriam Tover
Content Specialist
IT Central Station
One of the most popular comparisons on IT Central Station is Nutanix vs VxRail. What is the biggest difference between Nutanix and VxRail? Which of these two solutions would you recommend to a colleague evaluating Hyper-Converged solutions and why?Thanks for helping your peers make the best… more»
Shu MookerjeeThe main difference between the two solutions is the hypervisor. VxRail is… more»
Sami VentrigliaBoth products work but have their own characteristics, I wouldn't even call them… more»
SamuelMcKoyThe biggest difference between Nutanix and VxRail that I've noticed in my brief… more»
Miriam Tover
Content Specialist
IT Central Station
One of the most popular comparisons on IT Central Station is Dell EMC Unity vs IBM FlashSystem. People like you are trying to decide which one is best for their company. Can you help them out? When it comes to performance and pricing, what is the biggest difference between Dell EMC Unity and IBM… more»
Scott McCreadyEMC's Unity is not comparable to the performance of an IBM FlashSystem option… more»
Miriam Tover
Content Specialist
IT Central Station
One of the most popular comparisons on IT Central Station is SimpliVity vs VxRail. People like you are trying to decide which one is best for their company. Can you help them out? What is the biggest difference between SimpliVity and VxRail? Which of these two solutions would you recommend to a… more»
DougColletteLast year we looked at VxRail, SimpliVity and several other HCI solutions. We… more»
Mark BolandVXrail is a HW and SW based solution EMC/Dell/VMware will try to sell you… more»
Hendrik WijayaThey are both HCI and serve the same purpose as HCI. The biggest difference for… more»