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We performed a comparison between Cohesity DataProtect and Microsoft DPM based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two Backup and Recovery Software solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.
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Pros
"One of the most valuable features is the restore functionality that they offer.""The enterprise search and instant restore are pretty valuable. Also, the Helios stuff is pretty good and the SAS engine for ransom malware detection.""Its flexibility is the most valuable. Being a cloud version, it has more flexibility, and it allows me to incorporate different workloads and consolidate all the data in one place. It has good high availability, and it is also easy to maintain.""Instant recovery options are a big benefit for urgent restores, as we don't need to wait for hours or days for a restore to complete before being able to access the files.""The solution is stable.""The dashboard is very rich and provides details needed for a moderator.""By using their Helios Cloud service, you have all your clusters, no matter where they are located, in one web portal.""We are happy with the support provided by Cohesity for the issues we've come across."

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"Microsoft DPM is scalable.""It is almost perfect for Microsoft products. It is not a very powerful tool, but it is okay for small sites and small businesses with Microsoft products. It is easy to use for backup and restore. It is good for backing up Microsoft servers such as Exchange and SharePoint servers.""The most important feature is that it's easy to use."

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Cons
"We have had our share of minor bugs over the past two years and a few bigger ones.""I'd like to be able to pause a backup while it's running and have it resume when I tell it to resume.""I would like to see the management of multiple nodes inside a tenant. If you want to manage a Cohesity environment, you either go on a per-node base, and you can hop from one node to the other, or you need to implement their SaaS capability but it always needs an internet connection. We would really like to have some kind of local management entity so that we can see all the Cohesity nodes in a customer environment and manage those nodes centrally. That's something that we would really like, and they are really working on it.""I think Cohesity could add more platform support. For example, they could improve integration with DB2 or make the integration S3 object storage a little tighter. Some of that stuff could use some work, but overall, it's a relatively comprehensive platform.""We aren't missing any features. In terms of the solution overall, it's so far so good.""The solution has a more complex setup than Veritas and Veeam.""Cohesity DataProtect can improve in the area of databases. We have had some challenges with both Cohesity and Rubrik being able to effectively back up in a timely manner the SQL Oracle workloads.""I like that Cohesity offers the chance to have data on-premises and on the cloud. All the data is automatically sent to the cloud."

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"Microsoft DPM could improve if it was available in a public or private cloud.""It needs portability for other vendors. It is good for backing up Microsoft servers, but it doesn't support third-party solutions such as Oracle Database. It depends on Microsoft Volume Shadow Copy, especially for Hyper-V, which has a lot of problems. They should enhance the Volume Shadow Copy functionality. Its reporting should also be better. Reporting is too weak in DPM.""You have only a few settings and if you change them for some special configurations, it's very difficult."

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  • "My advice is to always negotiate for better pricing."
  • "It has reasonable pricing, and we know they can give discounts. If you look at the primary pricing or the list pricing, it conforms to the market pricing, but you have to have a discount on it. Otherwise, it is way too expensive."
  • "The solution's pricing is quite high, more so than that of its competitors, Veeam, Veritas and Rubrik."
  • "The pricing model is impressive and very effective."
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  • "Microsoft DPM is a free solution. However, we pay approximately $3,000 annually for support."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:By using their Helios Cloud service, you have all your clusters, no matter where they are located, in one web portal.
    Top Answer:It is on a yearly license. It actually includes the cost of the hardware, as well. So the cost of the hardware and the licensing is all rolled into a single bundle with the support.
    Top Answer:Quality testing of upgrades should be somewhat improved. There really are many upgrades for new features and I really like that. Nevertheless nearly every upgrade brings its own bugs. Cohesity… more »
    Top Answer:The automated procedure is quite good for us, as it is able to capture all of the information that we require.
    Top Answer:I bought the license for the solution from Microsoft as part of System Center. I'm not sure of the exact cost of the solution.
    Top Answer:Management reporting could be improved.
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    Also Known As
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    DPM, Data Protection Manager, MS DPM
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    Overview

    What is Cohesity DataProtect?

    Cohesity DataProtect is a top-level, sophisticated, software-defined backup and recovery solution created for cloud environments. Cohesity DataProtect is made to hyperscale and is one the most thorough policy-based protection solutions available on the market today.

    Cohesity DataProtect melds multiple-point products into a single software that is able to be deployed as on-premise or consumed as a service.

    Top Features:

    Hyperscale made easy: Cohesity DataProtect improves data protection by doing away with the need for backup silos and administers backup and recovery with a single user-friendly, easy-to-understand interface. Cohesity DataProtect provides extensive 24/7 enterprise-class protection for a large, varying set of sources, including virtual and physical servers, NAS and SaaS workloads, relational and distributed databases, and traditional and containerized applications.

    Super fast recovery: Cohesity DataProtect offers near-zero recovery point objectives (RPOs) and near-instant recovery time objectives (RTOs) to satisfy your business service-level agreements (SLAs). Using Cohesity Helios’ unified data plane and control plane you can immediately search and recover data on any Cohesity cluster, located anywhere. DataProtect distinctively minimizes downtime by immediately mass restoring any amount of virtual machines (VMs) to any point in time, and lowers data protection costs by as much as 70% or more.

    Backup as a Service: Feel free to take advantage of the elasticity of the public cloud and the cost-effective value of Cohesity DataProtect when delivered as a service. When you choose an OPEX option, you can eliminate the need for on-premises hardware. There is a SaaS option that will allow you to very simply configure your backup workloads and immediately begin protecting your vital all-important data and applications.

     It’s as easy as: sign-up, connect, and protect!

    Ransomware protection: Cohesity DataProtect offers stellar recovery at scale. The solution is so intuitive, it has machine learning-based anomaly detection to stop incidents before they happen. Cohesity DataProtection can provide immutable backups, Datalock write once, read many (WORM), encryption, and role-based access control (RBAC).

    Cohesity DataProtect integrates well with many of today’s top solutions, including, but not limited to: 

    • Hypervisors: VMware vSphere (5.5 and later), Microsoft Hyper-V (2019, 2016, 2012 R2), Nutanix AHV and RHeV 
    • Kubernetes-based data and application state
    • Cloud: AWS EC2, Amazon RDS, Azure VM, and Google Compute
    • Physical: Windows, Linux(RHEL, CentOS, OEL, Debian, Ubuntu), AIX (7.x), and Solaris
    • Databases: Oracle (11g R2, 12c), Oracle RAC and SQL (2008 or later)
    • Distributed Databases (NoSQL and Hadoop): MongoDB, CouchbaseDB, Apache, Cassandra, Cloudera, and Hortonworks. 
    • Bare Machine Recovery: Windows and Linux 
    • Applications: MS Exchange (2010 SP3 or later), MSFT Active Directory, Microsoft 365 (Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, OneDrive, Teams, Groups), SalesForce (SFDC), and SAP HANA 
    • Primary storage: Pure FlashArray, HPE Nimble, and Cisco Hyperflex 
    • NAS: Pure FlashBlade, NetApp, Isilon, IBM GPFS, Google EFS, Elastifile, and generic solutions*

    Reviews from Real Users

    One reviewer, who is head of IT infrastructure at Kampmann says, “Cohesity really is a Next-Gen Data Management Software,” and goes on to indicate that Cohesity “works flawlessly with easy replication of backups and numerous supported backup sources.”

    Another user, who is a senior network engineer at a legal firm, relates that "Cohesity is a robust and feature-rich solution"





    Microsoft Data Protection Manager (DPM) is an enterprise backup system that can be used to back up data from a source location to a target secondary location. Microsoft DPM allows you to back up application data from Microsoft servers and workloads, and file data from servers and client computers. You can create full backups, incremental backups, differential backups, and bare-metal backups to completely restore a system. Microsoft DPM can store backup data to disks for short-term storage, to Azure Cloud for both for short-term and long-term storage off-premises, and to tapes for long-term storage, which can then be stored offsite. Backed up files are indexed, which allows you to easily search your recovered data.

    Microsoft DPM contributes to your business continuity and disaster recovery strategy by facilitating the backup and recovery of enterprise data, ensuring resources are available and recoverable during planned and unplanned outages. When outages occur and source data is unavailable, you can use DPM to easily restore data to the original source or to an alternate location.

    Key Features of Microsoft DPM:

    • Application-aware backup: Application-aware backup of Microsoft workloads, including SQL Server, Microsoft Exchange, and SharePoint.

    • File backup: Back up files and folders on computers running Windows Server and Windows operating systems.

    • System backup: Back up the entire system state or run complete backups of physical computers running Windows Server or Windows client operating systems.

    • Hyper-V backup: Back up Hyper-V virtual machines running either Windows or Linux. You can choose to back up an entire virtual machine or specific applications on the virtual machine.

    Reviews from Real Users

    Microsoft DPM stands out among its competitors for a number of reasons. Two major ones are its robust and flexible backup capabilities and its being easy to manage with one central dashboard.

    William M., the head of ICT infrastructure & security at a tech services company, notes, "The automated procedure is quite good for us, as it is able to capture all of the information that we require. The compatibility is very good. We have an IBM AS/400 machine in our office that we're using, and we're able to back it up fine. This is the same for other systems, as well. I think that overall, it is really adaptable, compatible, and scalable."

    Mohammed I., a managing director at Adalites, notes, "I would definitely recommend data protection DPM. It has an application backup, a file backup, a system backup and a hypervisor. It works flawlessly, never a problem."

    Rodney C. a system analyst at a financial services firm, writes, "The most valuable feature is that DPM has an index so individual files can be searched. This is our primary tool for recovering deleted files or folders. Once we implement a System Center Operations Manager, all of our DPM servers can then be seen on one dashboard."

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    Sample Customers
    Tribune Media
    Medical Park, Centropol Energy, a.s., NCFE, D & H Distributing, Metalor, Colosseum, a.s., Sanitas S.A., Icebreaker
    Top Industries
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    Healthcare Company20%
    University8%
    Financial Services Firm8%
    Media Company8%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company19%
    Financial Services Firm11%
    Comms Service Provider9%
    Government8%
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    Manufacturing Company57%
    Financial Services Firm14%
    Marketing Services Firm14%
    Government14%
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    Computer Software Company22%
    Comms Service Provider14%
    Government11%
    Educational Organization7%
    Company Size
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    Small Business15%
    Midsize Enterprise34%
    Large Enterprise51%
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    Small Business21%
    Midsize Enterprise15%
    Large Enterprise65%
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    Small Business47%
    Midsize Enterprise20%
    Large Enterprise33%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business25%
    Midsize Enterprise19%
    Large Enterprise57%
    Buyer's Guide
    Cohesity DataProtect vs. Microsoft DPM
    November 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Cohesity DataProtect vs. Microsoft DPM and other solutions. Updated: November 2022.
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    Cohesity DataProtect is ranked 6th in Backup and Recovery Software with 17 reviews while Microsoft DPM is ranked 47th in Backup and Recovery Software with 3 reviews. Cohesity DataProtect is rated 8.8, while Microsoft DPM is rated 6.6. The top reviewer of Cohesity DataProtect writes "Simplifies data protection by eliminating legacy backup silos". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Microsoft DPM writes "Easy to use and scalable but needs to be easier to install". Cohesity DataProtect is most compared with Veeam Backup & Replication, Rubrik, Commvault Complete Data Protection, Dell PowerProtect DD (Data Domain) and Veritas NetBackup, whereas Microsoft DPM is most compared with Veeam Backup & Replication, Azure Backup, Dell PowerProtect DD (Data Domain), Rubrik and HPE StoreOnce. See our Cohesity DataProtect vs. Microsoft DPM report.

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