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We performed a comparison between Dell Avamar and Dell PowerProtect DP (IDPA) 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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"It works quickly and is very stable.""Every product is good and bad, but its claim to fame is that it is scalable. We're doing more than 3,000 VMs. Every single night a complete image backup to disks and replication are easily done in under four hours.""We have seen huge data reduction and data deduplication and compression, which is very cost-effective and cost-reducing for the company.""Stable and scalable backup and recovery software, with good technical support.""I found the most valuable features of Dell Avamar are the user-friendly interface and ease to use. Our clients have administrated this software and there is no additional training required.""It's stable and offers good performance.""Graphically, it's very user interactive. It's got a very nice interface.""The solution is easy to use and has high performance."

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"It backs up our Windows systems and our Linux systems and everything.""IDPA's best feature is Turbo Boost Technology. The compression and duplication features are excellent, too.""We don't need to manage different devices.""It is very simple to perform an upgrade of the system and the environment."

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"More integration would be helpful, as well as the addition of more applications.""The solution, in the future, should offer support for mobile.""When you get down to doing certain things, such as somebody wants a particular file restored, the process by which you do that is stupid. You kind of have to know exactly where to look for in order to find it. Even on older backup products that I've used, I didn't have that kind of problem. If we were looking for a file with a particular kind of a name, the solution would find that file anywhere irrespective of where it resides within the backup system. So, we didn't have to know the name of the specific server, the specific timeframe, almost all the characters of the file name, and all kinds of data in order to find a file. In Avamar, we got to know these details. We've gone around and around with them on that, and their attitude seems to be that it is working just fine. There is nothing for them to improve. The organizational system of other products that I'm working with, such as Zerto and Cohesity, seems to be centered around the tasks that you would most commonly do and want to do, as opposed to we've laid it out in a really neat technical hierarchy.""It would be better if we could integrate easily with other platforms.""What would make Dell Avamar better is if it can do faster backups because right now, PowerProtect Data Manager is better in this area with its new UI and a new way to implement backups. Customers nowadays also expect more up-to-date solutions, and this is another area for improvement in Dell Avamar. It's not as up-to-date, so I'm counting on PowerProtect Data Manager, but customers who have Dell Avamar don't want to switch because you don't have as many backup problems in Dell Avamar compared to other solutions. What I'd like to see in the next release of Dell Avamar is an updated UI and a different way to manage backups because currently, backup management is a bit heavy for customers using Dell Avamar.""Compared with Cohesity or Rubrik, which have some continuous data protection for backup and replication, this solution tends to lack in this area.""Setup and deployment of this solution is complex and requires expert engineers.""Avamar is dependent on the hardware. It can't be implemented with ordinary storage. It can only be implemented with an EMC product. We want to have a backup solution that allows us to use independent storage and other hardware. It would be good if they can simplify its technology and make it possible to implement it with another storage. This is probably not possible because Avamar is an EMC product, and EMC would like to sell its own products."

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"We would like to see the pricing drop a bit.""I would like to see integration with Dell EMC's Cloud Tier.""After resizing and compression, the system continuously runs out of space. Dell EMC doesn't do automatic cleanup or other things, so we constantly have to manually go in there or work with Dell support on this. The solution has not been working as advertised.""The two-factor authentication is missing from Dell products."

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  • "The price of this product should be lower."
  • "It was very expensive before, but after integrating it with Dell EMC Avamar Data Protection suite licensing, we are getting better discounts."
  • "The cost of the solution is very expensive."
  • "Its price should be reduced. It would be good if you could pay as per usage, and there is a subscription model like VMware. There should be some flexibility because sometimes, the customer only uses the backup for one month or three months. Currently, I have to pay whether I use it or not. Its licensing should be flexible and based on consumption."
  • "Its licensing is weird. It is not just the licenses; we also purchase hardware. With most software products, such as Veeam, Commvault, and Data Protector, there is no hardware purchase at the same time. Because Avamar and Data Domain are tied together, they have an integrated pipe. You can separate them, but basically, they're designed to work as a couple. Because the Data Domain backend is designed to do dedupe and compression, we get 60:1. When you count it, you count it as a straight compression, but of course, that's with dedupe and some other stuff. You have to buy the hardware, the licensing, and the software at the same time. So, it's not just software."
  • "It is expensive. The maintenance comes with it for five years. So, you buy the whole thing for five years, and your maintenance is included with it, but it's a big chunk of change upfront. We like capital expenses because we can CapEx them. We pay once every five years, so we spend a big chunk of change. You'd have to divide that out by the five years to come up with how much it costs. It's just about three-quarters of a million dollars for five years."
  • "It's a very high-end solution and comparable to Rubrik and Cohesity."
  • "There is a license required for this solution."
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  • "The licensing is billed on a monthly basis. Dell is bundled so that when you order IDPA, you get everything together with the license."
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    Top Answer:From the very beginning, Dell EMC NetWorker considers users and those who might potentially become users. In terms of both pricing and setup, this product offers an experience that is significantly… more »
    Top Answer:Dell Avamar is free when we deploy the data protection. When we order data protection, this software is included in the hardware.
    Top Answer:The pricing of the product is pretty reasonable. I'd rate the pricing at a three out of five in terms of affordability. Licensing is paid on a yearly basis.
    Top Answer:I can't speak to any missing features. We are happy with the product. We would like to see the pricing drop a bit.
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    Dell Avamar data protection software delivers flexible and efficient backup and recovery operations that can scale from daily backup protection for endpoints to high-performance protection for large enterprises with diverse applications and workloads. With application consistent recovery, automation and fast backup and restores, Avamar can help you meet your SLAs and optimize your backup and recovery processes

    If you are deploying all or part of your backup environment to the cloud, Avamar enables you to make the most of your cloud investment, enabling replication, disaster recovery and long-term retention for customers using AWS, Microsoft Azure or Google Cloud.

    Avamar is available as part of Dell Data Protection Suite, which offers comprehensive data protection software applications and tools. Avamar is delivered as software and as a virtual edition.

    The PowerProtect DP series appliances is the integrated appliance solution from the Dell data protection appliances portfolio.

    PowerProtect DP series appliance: Simple, efficient and agile data protection

    The DP series is an all-in-one backup appliance that reduces the complexity of managing multiple data silos, point solutions and vendor relationships. The DP series simplifies deployment and management—while delivering powerful, enterprise-grade data protection capabilities for small, mid-size and enterprise organizations at a low cost-to-protect. 

    It is an integrated solution that offers complete backup, replication, recovery, deduplication, instant access and restore, search & analytics, seamless VMware integration — plus, cloud readiness with disaster recovery (DR) and long-term retention (LTR) to the cloud — all in a single appliance. 

    With the DP series, customers reduce their time-to-protect and become more agile with a solution that’s fast, protected more efficiently, can be recovered quickly and is reliable.

    Simple to deploy, scale and manage 

    The DP series enables organizations to protect a broad ecosystem of applications quickly with a single system management console, consolidating workload protection, and eliminating infrastructure or data sprawl. The easy-to-use System Manager simplifies backups and automates daily tasks, including monitoring, management, reporting, analytics and search. The DP series delivers all-in-one data protection: protection storage and software, search and advanced monitoring and analytics, combined with cloud extensibility. It offers integration with VMware, SQL and Oracle management tools so that admins can use familiar UIs. 

    Powerful cloud, performance and efficiency 

    The DP series can scale to fit the needs of enterprises with the ability to protect up to 195 PB (logical) of data to the public, private or hybrid clouds with Cloud Tier, with no additional hardware.7 Plus, native Cloud DR with end-to-end orchestration allows enterprises to copy backed-up VMs from on-premises DP series environments to the public cloud with AWS, Azure, or VMware Cloud on AWS —3 clicks to failover and 2 clicks to failback. 

    The DP series provides support for modern applications like MongoDB and MySQL and is optimized for VMware. It provides fast, single-step recovery of individual files, dynamic policies for VMs as well as complete VMware images, which can be instantly accessed and migrated live from the DP series appliance back to the production environment (using vMotion) while still running, further simplifying and optimizing VM recovery. Plus, instantly access up to 64 VMs with up to 60,000 IOPS to meet the strictest SLAs. 

    Data protection search simplifies file-level-recovery (FLR) activities with an easy-to-use search interface. The DP series is also built on the industry-proven Data Invulnerability Architecture (DIA), for encryption, fault detection, and healing.

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    Sample Customers
    Dodge County, St Laurence's College, FieldCore (a GE Company), Comanche County Memorial Hospital, Getronics, Lewisville Independent School District, EnvisionRxOptions, Cincinnati Bell Technology Solutions
    Under Armour, Christian Brothers University, Presidio
    Top Industries
    Computer Software Company15%
    Comms Service Provider13%
    Manufacturing Company13%
    Computer Software Company19%
    Comms Service Provider10%
    Financial Services Firm10%
    Computer Software Company19%
    Comms Service Provider11%
    Financial Services Firm7%
    Company Size
    Small Business23%
    Midsize Enterprise25%
    Large Enterprise52%
    Small Business20%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise66%
    Small Business21%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise64%
    Buyer's Guide
    Dell Avamar vs. Dell PowerProtect DP (IDPA)
    November 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Dell Avamar vs. Dell PowerProtect DP (IDPA) and other solutions. Updated: November 2022.
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    Dell Avamar is ranked 10th in Backup and Recovery Software with 37 reviews while Dell PowerProtect DP (IDPA) is ranked 35th in Backup and Recovery Software with 4 reviews. Dell Avamar is rated 7.6, while Dell PowerProtect DP (IDPA) is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of Dell Avamar writes "Unlimited scalability, very stable, and ties very well with VMware API". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Dell PowerProtect DP (IDPA) writes "Stable, easy to upgrade, has good DPS search included, and has good reporting". Dell Avamar is most compared with Dell NetWorker, Dell PowerProtect Data Manager, Veeam Backup & Replication, Dell PowerProtect DD (Data Domain) and Rubrik, whereas Dell PowerProtect DP (IDPA) is most compared with Veeam Backup & Replication, Rubrik, Dell PowerProtect Data Manager, Veritas NetBackup and Commvault Complete Data Protection. See our Dell Avamar vs. Dell PowerProtect DP (IDPA) report.

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