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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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Pros
"The hardware can operate in high temperatures, in case of any disaster.""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 solution is very stable.""Good starting capacity and scalability.""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.""The solution is very scalable.""It works within backup windows and has got good deduplication.""The most valuable features of Dell EMC PowerProtect DD are the duplication security and uptime."

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"It's not complex to replicate and back up the system.""One of the most valuable features is the incremental backup. It is, of course, perfect because you have a lot of restore points, but you don't need all the space. The stability is also perfect.""The solution is easy to use and have good performance.""One of the most valuable features is the simplicity of the solution's administration.""The good thing about Veeam is that its initial setup and usage are straightforward.""The most valuable feature is the ability to restore the VMs into a test environment.""I know it's not exactly a feature, but I accept it works and it's easy to use. With the Veeam Backup & Replication, we have no problems in managing restore. Obviously, the most important thing about backup software. I used to say that every backup software can make backups, but only good ones can make a restore.""The initial setup for a simple environment is very easy. We just do next, next, next, next for the installation. It can be complicated in a complicated environment. It can be simple for a simple environment. I enjoy installing it. It has a lot of features."

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Cons
"The size and scale of the product are limited and could be improved.""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.""I would like to see integration with public cloud.""The price of the product is high.""The price could be a little cheaper than it is now.""They still have hardware different from the software.""The software from Dell that can be used to operate Data Domain needs to have enhancements made to the user interface. It is too complex.""First-time integrations are difficult in NetWorker. NetWorker software needs to be simplified. It's very complex."

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"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.""I have a problem with the VM. When we started doing a backup, it takes a snapshot for our virtual machines, but when we try it two or three times, in some cases, our virtual machines go to a consolidated state. I don't know why this problem happens. But I still think Veeam is a top-ranking solution.""The whole graphical user interface is very easy, but the details are hidden deeply and aren't easily visible. You cannot easily see the details and explore or choose the settings. We should be able to easily explore various settings and options. If you can see more details while choosing the settings or setting it up, it helps in getting the software running easily. For example, in Microsoft Office, you can see much more in the interface than in Veeam Backup & Replication. It is a complex software. It is not easy to use, and you must know what to do and where to do. The user manual has more than a thousand pages. They should give some direct information through the software and improve the software. On their website, they can have some videos and step-by-step information to make us come straight to our goals.""The initial setup of Veeam Backup Replication is straightforward. The process took approximately two days. The setup could be streamlined to take less time.""When in a domain, the virus can easily attack the Veeam server, something which happened to us.""Its licensing needs to be improved. Its licensing has become complex since last December. They have changed the way the product is licensed, and there is a lot of confusion. Sometimes, when a new version comes, it seems that it has not been tested enough because I usually find some bugs in it. It could also have more integration with other virtualization products, such as desktop virtualization products and open-source virtualization products.""Could offer a better conclusion of the backups.""The price can be better."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "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."
  • "Pricing for this product could still be improved, though several years ago, its price was very high. When buying an IDPA product such as Dell EMC PowerProtect DD (Data Domain), you don't have to buy anything else, because you'll have an integrated solution: a data domain appliance plus software."
  • "The price of Dell EMC PowerProtect DD could improve, it is expensive."
  • "The price of the backup appliance is slightly expensive. Compared to other vendors, the pricing will be slightly higher."
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  • "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."
  • "Its pricing is really good."
  • "Veeam Backup and Replication is a cost-effective solution"
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    Answers from the Community
    Sonia Jaguaco
    SergiCastromil - PeerSpot reviewerSergiCastromil
    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.

    reviewer1053252 - PeerSpot reviewerreviewer1053252 (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.

    Tim Higgins - PeerSpot reviewerTim 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.

    Ken Lim - PeerSpot reviewerKen Lim
    User

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

    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:If we do not move to the cloud solution and stay with our on-premise version we will miss some new features. I rate the price of Dell PowerProtect DD a three out of five.
    Top Answer:Technically, Veeam is best for hyper-v & VMWare replications, snapshots, HA failover, also support for file system backups inside VMs., support for tape library & FC too. But Veritas Netbackup is a… more »
    Top Answer:Nakivo is my favorite backup software. Below are the main benefits of Nakivo compared to Veeam 1. Low cost. 2. Backup storage with global deduplication (this is the main requirement of a backup… more »
    Top Answer:Veeam Backup & Replication provides an easy-to-set-up solution to the issue of data storage and recovery. Setting it up is a relatively simple affair. For the most part it prompts you from screen to… more »
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    Also Known As
    DataDomain, Dell EMC Data Domain, PowerProtect Data Domain
    Veeam Backup and Replication, Veeam Availability Suite
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    Overview

    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.”

    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 PowerProtect DD (Data Domain) is ranked 1st in Deduplication Software with 22 reviews while Veeam Backup & Replication is ranked 1st in Backup and Recovery Software with 164 reviews. Dell PowerProtect DD (Data Domain) is rated 8.8, while Veeam Backup & Replication is rated 8.4. The top reviewer of Dell PowerProtect DD (Data Domain) writes "Stable and easy to scale suite of deduplication, backup, data protection, and storage solutions". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Veeam Backup & Replication writes "Dynamic and reliable backup solution". Dell PowerProtect DD (Data Domain) is most compared with HPE StoreOnce, Rubrik, Dell Avamar, Commvault Complete Data Protection and Cohesity DataProtect, whereas Veeam Backup & Replication is most compared with Rubrik, Azure Backup, Commvault Complete Data Protection, Nakivo and Microsoft DPM.

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