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We performed a comparison between Dell Avamar and ExaGrid EX Series 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 Dell Avamar vs. ExaGrid EX Series report (Updated: September 2022).
635,162 professionals have used our research since 2012.
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"We've been using this solution to backup our servers. It is a simple backup and restore data application.""The stability is okay.""Centralization is Avamar's biggest advantage. It moves data to a central location from various geographical locations.""The most valuable feature is the integration with Data Domain and your VM stacks.""The solution scales well.""We have seen huge data reduction and data deduplication and compression, which is very cost-effective and cost-reducing for the company.""I have found the product to be scalable.""The most valuable features are scalability and integration."

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"One of the main features is the landing zone, it is a particular space where the information is not duplicated.""It is a solid and a quite simple solution, which is a good combination. The customers like the simplicity and its scale-out capacity. They like the support pricing, and even the extension capacity pricing, a fixed price, which the executive is offering in Czech market.""The solution easily integrates with the backup targets, such as Veeam."

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"Technical support should be more knowledgeable.""The performance takes up a lot of resources, unfortunately.""If you don't have DPA, the reporting features are not as user-friendly, so reporting is something that they can improve on.""The solution could be a bit easier to use in the sense that they need to make it simpler to backup products and restore items.""The solution could improve by having better integration and more flexibility.""We have had a lot of problems with the Dell EMC Avamar solution. The snapshots are not being erased after backup.""The initial setup is a bit complex and could be simpler.""The solution, in the future, should offer support for mobile."

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"The solution could improve by switching to a flash-type solution rather than the spinning drives that they currently use. However, we have not had any failure with the spinning drives. The flash-type drives are more up-to-date and are something that is in their roadmap.""The one place where we are sometimes losing the opportunity with ExaGrid is that a few customers still require a fiber channel connectivity, which is not always possible.""When speaking about a scale-out, you want to have better equipment. You cannot just add a disc to the foreign equipment. You have to buy another one and put it together, like parallel."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "When it comes to competition the price is not what is important, it's not the problem."
  • "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."
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  • "The current agreement has 21 terabytes of free space and it cost approximately $35,000."
  • "The previous solutions I have used both included the Backup Software and the Appliance making it hard to compare to this solution. However, overall the solution is reasonably priced for the features you receive. ExaGrid EX Series is priced better than HP, Dell, and possibly Commvault which I have compared in the past."
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    Questions from the Community
    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:We've been using this solution to backup our servers. It is a simple backup and restore data application.
    Top Answer:This is a fairly expensive solution. It cost approximately 21,000 each year.
    Top Answer:One of the main features is the landing zone, it is a particular space where the information is not duplicated.
    Top Answer:The current agreement has 21 terabytes of free space and it cost approximately $35,000.
    Top Answer:Product support could be improved. It is next day support when it comes to parts.
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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 ExaGrid EX Series hyper-converged secondary storage for backup product line consists of eight appliance models. Each appliance is sized for a full backup and for long-term retention. Any ExaGrid appliance can be mixed and matched in the same scale-out system with any other size or age appliance, allowing customers to buy what they need as they need it. This pay-as-you-grow model allows up to 25 appliances in a single scale-out system.
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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
    NCI Group, North Attleborough Public School, North Kingstown School Department, NPS Pharmaceuticals, Prudential Douglas Elliman, Rathbone Brothers PLC, Rio Hondo College, Ruder Finn, Sarah Lawrence College
    Top Industries
    Computer Software Company15%
    Comms Service Provider13%
    Manufacturing Company13%
    Computer Software Company20%
    Comms Service Provider12%
    Financial Services Firm10%
    Comms Service Provider17%
    Computer Software Company13%
    Financial Services Firm7%
    Company Size
    Small Business23%
    Midsize Enterprise23%
    Large Enterprise53%
    Small Business19%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise67%
    Small Business25%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise59%
    Buyer's Guide
    Dell Avamar vs. ExaGrid EX Series
    September 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Dell Avamar vs. ExaGrid EX Series and other solutions. Updated: September 2022.
    635,162 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    Dell Avamar is ranked 2nd in Deduplication Software with 37 reviews while ExaGrid EX Series is ranked 9th in Deduplication Software with 3 reviews. Dell Avamar is rated 7.6, while ExaGrid EX Series is rated 10.0. 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 ExaGrid EX Series writes "Good simplicity and scale-out capacity". Dell Avamar is most compared with Dell NetWorker, Veeam Backup & Replication, Dell PowerProtect Data Manager, Dell PowerProtect DD (Data Domain) and Dell PowerProtect DP (IDPA), whereas ExaGrid EX Series is most compared with Dell PowerProtect DD (Data Domain), HPE StoreOnce, Veritas NetBackup Appliance, DD Boost and IBM ProtectTIER. See our Dell Avamar vs. ExaGrid EX Series report.

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