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Updated on Sep 18, 2022

We performed a comparison between Dell Avamar and Veeam Backup & Replication based on our users’ reviews in four categories. After reading the collected data, you can find our conclusion below.

  • Ease of Deployment: Users of both solutions explain that setup is easy and straightforward for the technical expert or experienced user. For the novice or less tech-savvy user, it can be very complex.
  • Features: Dell Avamar scales well, and is very fast. It provides significant data reduction, data deduplication, and compression options, which are very cost-effective. Many users feel the interface is a bit dated and that integrations could be better.

    Veeam users appreciated that the solution is flexible, simple, and scalable. Users like that the solution has the ability to quickly verify that all backups are valid. Although Veeam integrates well with many solutions, many users feel there is inadequate support beyond Windows for other products.
  • Pricing: Many Dell Avamar users feel that pricing can be a bit expensive. Veeam users relate that there are many flexible pricing options available, including a free option.
  • Service and Support: Users of both solutions are satisfied with the service and support.

Comparison Results: When searching for the best Backup and Recovery Software solution, PeerSpot users feel Veeam Backup & Replication is the best choice. Veeam offers great integrations, scales easily, is very easy to use and is very cost-effective. Many users feel Dell Avamar is outdated and requires a significant learning curve, making it a less desirable solution.

To learn more, read our detailed Dell Avamar vs. Veeam Backup & Replication Report (Updated: November 2022).
655,994 professionals have used our research since 2012.
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Pros
"The solution is very stable.""The solution is very stable.""Quick incremental backups and product replication are the two highlights of the product. Once you capture a full backup, incrementals are pretty quick. It is fairly efficient from that perspective.""Centralization is Avamar's biggest advantage. It moves data to a central location from various geographical locations.""Dell EMC Avamar is easy to work with and is user-friendly.""We've found the product to be stable.""The stability is okay.""It's stable and offers good performance."

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"Simple and stable.""Its portability and being able to back up between different platforms are the most valuable features.""The most valuable feature of Veeam Backup Replication is application awareness. Additionally, the solution is user-friendly and it has been working very well.""If you have a lot of central sites and remote sites, you can easily set up the replication and make it easier.""One of the most valuable features is the integration. Another good feature is the instant recovery.""Veeam's file monitoring capabilities are strong and consistent.""The technical support is excellent. It's one of the best I've met so far.""It is a straightforward solution. There is no need for a dedicated technical person to do the backup and replication. Veeam is very straightforward when it comes to doing the replication."

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Cons
"The user interface still needs to have some level of improvement. It could be more user-friendly and intuitive.""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.""The stability could improve, a lot of scheduled backups failed at one time.""Avamar needs a greater emphasis on storage targets. If it's going to keep pace with the times, it needs more ability to leverage cloud storage.""Dell hasn't done a good job at handling these upgrades, or the way EMC used to handle them.""If you need to pull data out of it to offload to tapes, that's messy. You have a mechanism for it, but it is painful.""It's very slow to backup and store information. It has two consoles and an application which are more difficult to use than a solution like Veeam.""The solution should improve its tape-connectivity features."

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"The replication functionality only works for VMware environments. Veeam has a backup agent for AIX operating systems, and we will like to see the replication functionality available for the AIX operating system. Additionally, if the backup functionality for AIX to be included in the Veeam console would be an advantage.""The pricing could be improved.""We have had problems with some jobs. For example, when we have a VM with a large SQL Database, sometimes we cannot adjust the time for transaction logs to back up and overlap time.""I would like a solution for SAP systems to be included.""If a single file is corrupt then the restoration of the entire backup will fail.""We struggled to stabilize the application. We had an incident which resulted in a loss of data and have terminated this solution due to lack of support from the Veeam team.""This is an expensive solution.""The replicating from Veeam Backup Replication to Azure cloud could be improved."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "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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  • "Its price is reasonable for a big company or a big client. It is not too much. It is cheaper than VMware."
  • "Its pricing is really good."
  • "Veeam Backup and Replication is a cost-effective solution"
  • "Our licensing fees are paid yearly and the cost is about $12,000 Swiss Francs ($17,400 USD)."
  • "This product is not cheap, but it's well worth the cost."
  • "This is not an expensive solution. It's on the cheaper side."
  • "The price of this product is very good."
  • "It is approximately $4,000 to $5,000 for the purchase of the product and I paid an additional $2,000 for the renewal."
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    Questions from the Community
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    Overview

    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.

    Veeam Backup & Replication is a reliable backup and recovery software tool that is designed to help you back up, restore, and replicate data on virtual machines (VMs). The solution is compatible with a variety of backup targets and can be used with VMware vSphere and Microsoft Hyper-V. It is agentless and also has a recovery time objective of less than 15 minutes for all applications and uses built-in WAN acceleration to replicate data off-site up to 50 times faster than a raw data transfer. In addition to backing up and recovering VMs, Veeam Backup & Replication can protect and restore individual files and applications for environments such as Exchange and SharePoint. It can also provide transaction-level restores of Oracle and Microsoft SQL databases.

    Veeam Backup & Replication Features

    Veeam Backup & Replication has many valuable key features. Some of the most useful ones include:

    • Backup: The solution enables you to create image-level backups of virtual, physical, cloud machines and backups of NAS share files.
    • Restore: With Veeam, you can perform a restore from backup files to the original location or a new one. Veeam Backup & Replication offers a number of recovery options for various disaster recovery scenarios, including Instant Recovery, image-level restore, file-level restore, restore of application items, and more.
    • Replication: You can create an exact copy of a VM and maintain the copy in sync with the original VM.
    • Continuous data protection (CDP): The solution’s replication technology helps you protect mission-critical VMs and reach recovery point objectives (RPO).
    • Backup copy: With Veeam, you can copy backup files to a secondary repository.
    • Storage systems support: The solution enables you to back up and restore VMs using capabilities of native snapshots created on storage systems.
    • Tape devices support: You can easily store copies of backups in tape devices.
    • Recovery verification: With Veeam Backup & Replication, you can test both VM backups and replicas before recovery.

    Veeam Backup & Replication Benefits

    There are many benefits to implementing Veeam Backup & Replication. Some of the biggest advantages the solution offers include:

    • Enables you to meet recovery SLAs with confidence.
    • Ensures bulletproof ransomware protection.
    • Can help you accelerate your move to the hybrid cloud.
    • Eliminates data loss and downtime.
    • Protects your data from malicious actors.
    • Flexible, simple, and reliable. 

    Reviews from Real Users

    Veeam Backup & Replication is a solution that stands out when compared to many of its competitors. Some of its major advantages are its ease of set up, the fact that it is agentless, and that it has an intuitive dashboard. 

    A Network Operations Manager at an educational organization says, "Integration with VMware is excellent with very granular recovery."

    An Inside Solutions Architect at a tech services company mentions, “I like that it's agent-less, easy to set up, and hardware-agnostic.”

    An Account Manager at a tech services company states, “The dashboard is very, very easy to understand. We do demonstrations all the time with customers just to show them. If they've lost particular files because of a server going down, we can retrieve those files for them and quickly bring those files back up.”

    Kerem C., Director of Professional Services/Senior Solution Architect/Trainer at a tech services company, explains, “It's good for backup performance management and backup window management.”

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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
    Vodafone, American Standard Brands, Welch’s, University of Florida, Tata Global Beverages Limited, National Bank of Abu Dhabi, Hirslanden Private Hospital Group, MacLean-Fogg Company
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    Computer Software Company15%
    Healthcare Company12%
    Retailer12%
    Manufacturing Company12%
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    Computer Software Company19%
    Government11%
    Comms Service Provider10%
    Financial Services Firm10%
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    Financial Services Firm14%
    Computer Software Company12%
    Government7%
    Energy/Utilities Company6%
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    Computer Software Company21%
    Comms Service Provider16%
    Government8%
    Manufacturing Company6%
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    Small Business23%
    Midsize Enterprise24%
    Large Enterprise53%
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    Small Business20%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise66%
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    Small Business46%
    Midsize Enterprise24%
    Large Enterprise30%
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    Small Business28%
    Midsize Enterprise19%
    Large Enterprise53%
    Buyer's Guide
    Dell Avamar vs. Veeam Backup & Replication
    November 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Dell Avamar vs. Veeam Backup & Replication and other solutions. Updated: November 2022.
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    Dell Avamar is ranked 10th in Backup and Recovery Software with 37 reviews while Veeam Backup & Replication is ranked 1st in Backup and Recovery Software with 155 reviews. Dell Avamar is rated 7.6, while Veeam Backup & Replication is rated 8.4. 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 Veeam Backup & Replication writes "Dynamic and reliable backup solution". Dell Avamar is most compared with Dell NetWorker, Dell PowerProtect Data Manager, Dell PowerProtect DP (IDPA), Dell PowerProtect DD (Data Domain) and Rubrik, whereas Veeam Backup & Replication is most compared with Azure Backup, Rubrik, Acronis Backup, Nakivo and Zerto. See our Dell Avamar vs. Veeam Backup & Replication report.

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