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Question: What is the biggest difference between Dell EMC PowerProtect DD and Veeam Backup & Replication?
Answer: Both can be used to run a backup/replication. In the case of Veeam it's a backup software that can be used to set up your data protection policies: what to backup (data set, save set, etc.), how often to run a copy process (schedules, jobs). How long to keep the copy. The Veeam system can ask the clients (e.g. Oracle server) to run the backup, and then Veeam will manage the resulting copy. Dell EMC Data Domain is an appliance - can be hardware or virtual edition. In general, you can think of it as about a backup repository with added functionality like replication, encryption, file lock (WORM), etc. It cannot ask the client to start the backup, neither it will not automatically delete/expire any data. But can be very easily integrated with leading backup software systems and with almost any application that has its own backup/restore module (like RMAN for Oracle). Then DD presents itself to the application as a backup device. The answer is: use DD together with a supported backup system of your choice.
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"The features that I have found most valuable with Dell EMC PowerProtect DD are its deduplication feature and its DD Boost protocol for fast transfer, which is amazing.""The feature that I have found most useful is its data duplication.""It is very fast as compared to the other competitors. Its simplicity and bit rate are also valuable. It takes less time if we compare it with the old solution that we have.""The most valuable feature is the inline data deduplication.""The hardware can operate in high temperatures, in case of any disaster.""It works within backup windows and has got good deduplication.""Good starting capacity and scalability.""The stability is excellent."

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"I have found the most valuable feature to be the new CDP features. It is very popular for my customer's needs.""Pricing is fairly reasonable and not overly expensive.""The data backup replication has been the most useful feature. Previously, we copied the data hub to an external hard drive but now we are able to store the backup on one of the depository service.""The solution is quite stable.""In terms of most valuable features, we are mostly using the Cloud Connect feature. It is flexible because you can use it on-prem and on cloud.""Veeam Backup has many valuable features and every feature is different. I have created backups for file-level backup, VMware or hypervisor virtual machines, physical machines, and workstations as well. Every time, I learn something new.""Its backup capabilities in general are great.""I like that the solution is very simple to install."

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"I would like to see some kind of integration with the ransomware in the next release.""They still have hardware different from the software.""The price could be improved.""The size and scale of the product are limited and could be improved.""First-time integrations are difficult in NetWorker. NetWorker software needs to be simplified. It's very complex.""It can probably have integration with other OEMs. It should also have more features for ransomware protection.""They need to make migration easier.""Its management can be improved."

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"The initial setup was not straightforward at all.""Veeam Backup is not enhanced. There aren't any enhancements yet and they are still using traditional methods for snapshots and to perform the backup, like many other vendors. Another improvement would be simplifying and integrating their software.""We're using both Backup and Replication, Veeam Cloud Connect, and Veeam Office 365. What I am missing is a good graphical user interface between these three products.""It needs to offer an automatic check for backups.""Veeam Backup & Replication should include a cloud solution.""If you do not use the standard software and you go with a third-party solution such as this one, it might not work the same. There is an integration issue I understand between the database standards.""I would want them to improve some technical features that are still missing because we are working with NetApp NVMe and they're not fully supporting it yet. But both NetApp and Veeam know about it and they're working on it.""The implementation of the features can be improved. Currently, there is no segregation of duty. Normally, any backup software or client service software is implemented in a way where one person is responsible for the implementation of the server, and one is responsible for the client, but Veeam Backup & Replication is not implemented in that way. Therefore, restores don't work like that. The backup guys have to do the restores, which is not a good thing. Its pricing should also be improved. It is quite expensive."

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  • "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."
  • "Becoming more expensive."
  • "The solution is expensive. However, if you pay less you receive less, it is cost-effective."
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  • "We have increased our scalability while being able to free up senior resources from recovery activities. I estimate our overall savings to about $20,000 per year."
  • "Veeam is more reasonably priced than some competing products."
  • "My understanding is that it is a fairly small price point."
  • "Its software solution has a fee."
  • "It is more expensive than other solutions."
  • "If you tell Veeam that you're competing with, for example, NetBackup or Backup Exec, or Dell or Micro Focus then they may lower the price. They are very competitive."
  • "I don't know what the costs are for sure, but I think that it's on a yearly basis."
  • "Its price is reasonable for a big company or a big client. It is not too much. It is cheaper than VMware."
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    Answers from the Community
    Sonia Jaguaco
    author avatarSergiCastromil
    Real User

    First of all, we need to know that both tools work great together. On one hand, Dell EMC DD is known for being such an efficient deduplication machine. You can store hundreds and hundreds of GB at a cost without any problem. The main issue would be during restoring times. When in need of a complete restore, DD needs to rebuild the Data, and that costs a little bit of time.

    On the other hand, Veeam Backup its a tool, a program, purely software, that manages and makes backups. Veeam is capable of many different things. I'm going to talk about backups all the time to simplify things. Veeam manages backups from Virtual Machines. You can make backups of them to any repository that you wan, as of an SMB, local disk, remote server, etc.

    In my opinion, there's no point in comparing DD and Veeam. You can use EMC Data Domain as an SMB repository for storing your backups. Using DD as a secondary repository is a good thing, you can store hundreds of TBs and have copies of your VM from months ago. If you plan to use DD as the main repo, you should have in mind that in case that a restore it's needed, you'll have to wait sometime for the DD to complete the restore. Writing is a beast, but reading the data on it can be a pain in the butt.

    author avatarreviewer1053252 (Technical Presales Consultant/ Engineer at a wholesaler/distributor with 10,001+ employees)
    Real User

    From what I know DD is a dedupe storage appliance that requires backup software such as EMC Avamar or Networker. Veeam Backup and Replication is a backup software that can integrate with DD also.

    These are two different domains so it's not fair to compare.

    If you are trying to compare dedupe ratios between DD and Veeam then, of course, DD will win as it is VM-based.

    However, I personally would prefer Veeam and Exagrid combo if I would like to compare EMC Avamar/Networker with DD. Of course that all rely on what your needs and which vendor can address it in the best way possible rather than comparing vendors.

    author avatarTim Higgins
    User

    Team I have used both DD with Avamar and Veeam Backup, They are both great products and perform the job very well, my short answer is that Veeam is just a little bit more intuitive and user-friendly, The DD product seemed kind of counter-intuitive at times, once you understood how to perform a function I would always document it as it just was not that user-friendly. With Veeam the GUI is very intuitive and user-friendly and a little bit easier to navigate when you need to perform tasks. They both perform great data deduplication and compression. Hope this helps.

    author avatarKen Lim
    User

    A lot of companies that I know of are using Veeam. 

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    DataDomain, Dell EMC Data Domain, PowerProtect Data Domain
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    Overview
    EMC Data Domain deduplication storage systems continue to revolutionize disk backup, archiving, and disaster recovery with high-speed, inline deduplication. EMC Data Domain Operating System is intelligence behind EMC Data Domain deduplication storage systems. DD OS powers the industry's most efficient, scalable, reliable, cloud-ready protection storage platform.

    Veeam® Availability Suite™ delivers something fundamentally different — Availability for the Always-On Enterprise™ — leveraging IT investments in server virtualization, modern storage and the cloud to help organizations meet today’s service-level objectives, enabling recovery of any IT service and related applications and data within seconds and minutes.

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    Dell EMC PowerProtect DD (Data Domain) is ranked 1st in Deduplication Software with 13 reviews while Veeam Backup & Replication is ranked 1st in Backup and Recovery Software with 141 reviews. Dell EMC PowerProtect DD (Data Domain) is rated 9.0, while Veeam Backup & Replication is rated 8.4. The top reviewer of Dell EMC PowerProtect DD (Data Domain) writes "Very scalable, integrates well with other solutions, and has good security". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Veeam Backup & Replication writes "Dynamic and reliable backup solution". Dell EMC PowerProtect DD (Data Domain) is most compared with HPE StoreOnce, Dell EMC Avamar, Rubrik, Commvault and Cohesity DataProtect, whereas Veeam Backup & Replication is most compared with Rubrik, Nakivo, Commvault, Cohesity DataProtect and IBM Spectrum Protect.

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