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We performed a comparison between DD Boost and Dell PowerProtect DD (Data Domain) based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two Deduplication Software solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.
To learn more, read our detailed DD Boost vs. Dell PowerProtect DD (Data Domain) Report (Updated: May 2024).
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"The traditional storage node and VPN setups are still viable options, but DD Boost offers a premium option with additional advantages. If available, adopting DD Boost can be a good choice.""Very stable solution.""The most valuable features are the performance and the duplication.""The initial setup of DD Boost involves a simple procedure.""It's a stable solution.""DD Boost can stack backups on the servers, optimizing backup storage utilization. All resources are utilized efficiently. Without such optimization, backup processes can lead to bottlenecks or excessive resource utilization, impacting server services.""The most valuable feature of this solution is that it can support both the CIFS and NFS protocols simultaneously.""The most valuable feature is the support for plug-ins."

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"It's very competitive in terms of the price and technology. Also, the development team continuously makes updates. The data reduction feature is very useful.""The initial setup was straightforward. Deployment takes about two weeks.""The most important feature is the level of data compression provided by Dell EMC. It's a leader in data compression and deduplication, and the level of compression isn't available with any other vendors in the market.""Our clients like the wide range of features that are available within this single solution.""Dell PowerProtect DD is a stable solution.""The most valuable features of Dell EMC PowerProtect DD are the duplication security and uptime.""We are very satisfied with this solution. It's easy to use and efficient.""The backup is very secure. The deduplication using EMC is very good. We are able to make systems and handle random cloning. EMC is a very stable solution for making backups."

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"The solution needs to be more user-friendly for the end-users.""If you are using it with Recovery Manager, there are certain limitations. If those limitations are addressed, productivity will improve.""Technical support is okay but could be improved. I've sent a lot of complaints their way and I feel like they might be able to respond a bit better.""The solution could be faster.""DD Boost needs to improve its interface. It should be easier to use.""DD Boost could improve the solution by offering additional customizations that build upon existing features such as deduplication ratios. The primary objective of the solution is to create backups of existing data and push that data out to clients' backup systems. If they can make the process faster and introduce more enhancements, it would greatly benefit the backup environment.""DD Boost's technical support could be better.""The solution could improve by adding more flexibility for the customers here in Thailand. Some of the small capacity models of the solution are not needed by our customers. There should be a more flexible version of the solution."

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"The licensing model was the biggest concern for our company, but the poor support after the initial implementation is of equal concern.""The firmware upgrades could be simplified. I'm in the process of struggling to upgrade right now.""First-time integrations are difficult in NetWorker. NetWorker software needs to be simplified. It's very complex.""DD doesn't have Intel's air gap technology.""Installation and deployment for this product need improvement. These processes need to made easier. Currently, it's not an easy installation for customers. This product needs to be installed by professionals.""Its management can be improved.""The product lacks some security features that would make it more stand-alone and integrated.""The licensing is not cost-effective, and the pricing could be better."

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  • "We scale this product by adding licenses, which are related to capacity."
  • "The cost is monthly."
  • "The hardware platform is cost intense, so for small and mid-range, this product is not the best choice."
  • "The pricing is high compared to the competition and should be reconsidered."
  • "The solution is very good because it is easy to use and it speeds up the backup and lowers the requirement for the storage rate. It is capable of encryption, compression, and deduplication and it is fast for sending all of the data over the network because it sends only the change blocks from the client to the DD server."
  • "The solution comes with a capacity license and it is a one-time purchase. There are additional costs, such as support."
  • "Dell EMC Data Domain Boost is an expensive product. There are extra costs for support because every year, you have to renew your SLA for support, and the cost is always increasing."
  • "My company must pay approximately 10,000 USD annually, making it an expensive product."
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  • "It is expensive, but the performance and deduplication cover for the cost."
  • "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 software."
  • "In Naira it was twenty-five or twenty-seven million (approximately $75,000 USD) for the implementation and maintenance cost for three years."
  • "There are many options in the pricing structure which can cause some confusion and necessitate the purchase of additional licensing."
  • "This is one of the more expensive backup solutions on the market."
  • "Its price is reasonable."
  • "It could be more competitively priced. Its licensing was for five years. Obviously, the support will get renewed at some stage, but that's it."
  • "The price is on the high side."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:The time taken for backup is very fast.
    Top Answer:If you are using it with Recovery Manager, there are certain limitations. If those limitations are addressed, productivity will improve. If you're not following the instructions provided by NMDA for… more »
    Top Answer:There are many different licenses, so you pay for what you need. There are various aspects you can add on, like extra speed, or something just for reading data. There are licenses to do replication as… more »
    Top Answer:Nothing comes to mind in terms of improvement. It serves its purpose. That said, if they could develop higher algorithms to make it more efficient, that would be great. Usually, with the backup, the… more »
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    DataDomain, Dell EMC Data Domain, PowerProtect Data Domain
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    DD Boost software delivers an advanced level of integration with backup applications and data base utilities, enhancing performance and ease of use. Dell also provides a DD Boost File System Plug-In (BoostFS) with DD Boost for even greater application support, which enables all the benefits of DD Boost for applications that use NFS for data protection. Rather than sending all data to the system for deduplication processes, DD Boost enables the backup server or application client to send only unique data segments across the network to the system.

    DD series enables your organization to protect, manage and recover data at scale. As the next generation of Dell Data Domain appliances, DD series sets the bar for efficient data management from edge to core to cloud and includes the ecosystem support and comprehensive data protection that customers have come to appreciate from Data Domain. The DD series offers a super-fast, secure, and an efficient solution that is built for multi-cloud data protection and to keep up with future demands. The DD series consists of the DD9900, DD9400, DD6900, DD6400, DD3300, and a software-defined option, PowerProtect DD Virtual Edition (DDVE).

    DD series empowers organizations to protect, manage and recover data at scale across their entire diverse ecosystems. DD series provides broad ecosystem support, efficiency, powerful data protection, cloud-enabled capabilities, and the cyber resiliency that our customers demand.

    The DD Operating System (DDOS) is the brilliance that drives the DD series. DDOS contributes the agility, security, and reliability that pushes DD series to deliver high-speed, scalable, and standard-setting protection storage for backup, archive, and disaster recovery. DDOS integrates seamlessly with many existing infrastructures, permitting ease-of-use with leading backup and archiving applications, and provides superior performance in conjunction with Dell PowerProtect Data Manager and Data Protection Suite. When you decide to purchase a new DD series appliance you can easily consume DDOS as a subscription providing greater flexibility for deployment while minimizing your overall upfront costs.

    DD series does a great job to minimize the threat of data loss and adds to the value of protected data while meeting ever-increasing demands of SLAs and increasing ROI. DDOS drives DD series to deliver up to 38% faster backups and up to 45% faster restores at significantly higher compression levels.

    DD series supports high availability within the single rack. Additionally, DD series can greatly reduce the total cost of ownership (TCO) by minimizing downtime in the unlikely event of a hardware failure. DD series delivers amazing high-speed networking connectivity with support for 25GbE and 100GbE network adapters.

    Benefits of Dell PowerProtect DD

    Fast, secure, efficient data protection:

    • Provide 1.5PB usable capacity in a single rack
    • Allow for Up to 3PB capacity for long-term retention
    • Logical capacity is increased by up to 30% per TB when compared to the previous generation
    • Allow for instant access and instant restore of up to 64VMs and 100k IOPS
    • High-speed network connectivity – 10GbE, 25GbE and 100GbE
    • Seamless fast integration and outstanding performance with PowerProtect Data Manager and Data Protection Suite
    • Supports many of the leading enterprise backup and archive applications

    Industry-leading multi-cloud protection:

    • Provides software-defined protection storage on-premises and in-cloud with PowerProtect DD Virtual Edition (DDVE).
    • DDVE scales up to 256TB in-cloud (AWS, Azure, Google Cloud, and others).
    • Greatly improves in-cloud restore performance by as much as 10x when compared to previous versions.
    • Cloud Tier delivers super simple and value-added long-term retention to public, private, or hybrid clouds
    • Cost-efficient disaster recovery to the cloud

    Operational simplicity:

    • Enhanced DD System Manager supports a complete chassis view
    • Significantly lower administrative costs
    • Grants a single point of management for all DD series by PowerProtect DD Management Center
    • Deploy Smart Scale for PowerProtect appliances directly from PowerProtect DD Management Center. Smart Scale helps drive down management complexities while increasing storage efficiencies. 

    Reviews from Real Users

    One user, who is an enterprise IT architect at a tech service company, says that “Dell PowerProtect DD is highly stable and reliable. I have not had a time when the system did not work and in an emergency this is critical.” He rates the ROI it has brought his company a five out of five.

    A pre-sales and technical manager at a tech services company says that "The features that I have found most valuable with Dell PowerProtect DD are its deduplication feature and its DD Boost protocol for fast transfer, which is amazing."

    Chris C., lead infrastructure architect at ThinkON, relates that Dell PowerProtect DD “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 on-premise.”

    Sample Customers
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    The US Army, City of Houston, Lloyds TSB, TiVo, Teck, Ingram Entertainment, The New York Mets
    Top Industries
    Computer Software Company20%
    Insurance Company20%
    Energy/Utilities Company13%
    Photography Company13%
    Computer Software Company18%
    Financial Services Firm16%
    Manufacturing Company6%
    Financial Services Firm20%
    Computer Software Company17%
    Insurance Company13%
    Energy/Utilities Company7%
    Computer Software Company16%
    Financial Services Firm10%
    Manufacturing Company8%
    Company Size
    Small Business54%
    Midsize Enterprise26%
    Large Enterprise20%
    Small Business22%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise62%
    Small Business38%
    Midsize Enterprise22%
    Large Enterprise40%
    Small Business23%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise60%
    Buyer's Guide
    DD Boost vs. Dell PowerProtect DD (Data Domain)
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    DD Boost is ranked 4th in Deduplication Software with 32 reviews while Dell PowerProtect DD (Data Domain) is ranked 1st in Deduplication Software with 64 reviews. DD Boost is rated 8.6, while Dell PowerProtect DD (Data Domain) is rated 8.6. The top reviewer of DD Boost writes "Enhancing backup and recovery operations and accelerating backup and restore processes while seamlessly integrating with various backup software applications". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Dell PowerProtect DD (Data Domain) writes "Supports business continuity process but needs improvement in pricing". DD Boost is most compared with HPE StoreOnce, Veritas NetBackup Appliance, Dell Avamar, Dell PowerProtect Data Manager and Quantum DXi Series, whereas Dell PowerProtect DD (Data Domain) is most compared with HPE StoreOnce, Dell PowerProtect Data Manager, ExaGrid EX Series, Veeam Backup & Replication and Rubrik. See our DD Boost vs. Dell PowerProtect DD (Data Domain) report.

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