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Dell PowerProtect DP (IDPA) is #39 ranked solution in best Backup and Recovery Software. PeerSpot users give Dell PowerProtect DP (IDPA) an average rating of 8 out of 10. Dell PowerProtect DP (IDPA) is most commonly compared to Dell Avamar: Dell PowerProtect DP (IDPA) vs Dell Avamar. Dell PowerProtect DP (IDPA) is popular among the large enterprise segment, accounting for 65% of users researching this solution on PeerSpot. The top industry researching this solution are professionals from a computer software company, accounting for 25% of all views.
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What is Dell PowerProtect DP (IDPA)?

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.

Dell PowerProtect DP (IDPA) was previously known as Dell EMC IDPA, Dell IDPA, EMC IDPA.

Dell PowerProtect DP (IDPA) Customers

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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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Data Protection Specialist at a computer software company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Stable, easy to upgrade, has good DPS search included, and has good reporting
Pros and Cons
  • "It is very simple to perform an upgrade of the system and the environment."
  • "The two-factor authentication is missing from Dell products."

What is our primary use case?

We use this solution to replace existing backups for Avamar and Data Domain that have been integrated and set up earlier. The primary use case is backup and restoration.

What is most valuable?

The upgrade process is a single upgrade. You don't have to upgrade Avamar Data Domain separately for DTA. These products get upgraded automatically with one upgrade. It is very simple to perform an upgrade of the system and the environment. DPA is built-in, and you have other features such as the DPA search. DPS search is a pretty good feature. The DPC, which is data protection central, is a single pane of glass view of the environment. This is a new feature and it is helpful.

What needs improvement?

The biggest issue is with the SSO, which is missing. With other products, you login into a single user and have access to everything. DPC is not integrated. You can log into it but you have to log into Avamar and Data Domain separately. It's not really a single sign-on to the entire environment in one shot. I would like to see it fully integrated. They need to bring in the SSO so that you can log in once to the IDPA and should be able to access everything through a single user. You shouldn't have to re-authenticate to each of its components. This is a problem. They have multiple logins. They could have made it easier by using SSO.  Another area that is missing is the two-factor authentication. The two-factor authentication is missing from Dell products. They don't have the ability to integrate with Google Authenticator, Microsoft Authenticator, or Okta. There is no way of doing two-factor authentication. They need SSO with role-based access. You will have role-based access control to log in, then you should be able to define that login. You can define what access levels it has to the various components. For example, I log in with one user, I should be able to say only have one backup operator, access to Avamar or Data Domain. I can have admin access, search, or have admin, your advisor, the DPA, or I can have normal monitoring of user access. I should be able to define that in a central location.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been working with Dell EMC Integrated Data Protection Appliance for one year.
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What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It's more stable because everything is managed through one process.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It is scalable to a certain extent. There are some limitations. If you have a specific model then you have to upgrade to a higher one.  You can add another shelf, but once you have reached your limit, you have to go with a new model. You can't go on increasing it, you will have to invest in higher models of the IDPA appliances based on capacity. The head IT team is using this solution and they support the IDPA. It's a team of 10 to 15 people. Our team is made up of managers, admins, engineers, and developers. Depending on our customers' needs, we will increase the usage. It depends on the requirements for more capacity.  Our clients have already sized it for three to five years.

How was the initial setup?

The installation is done by Dell. They take it as a project and complete it. It is not done by the current customer. 

What about the implementation team?

Dell offers a professional service to do it.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

When you purchase a new appliance from Dell, you will get an IDPA, but you will no longer get a separate Avamar Appliance. The licensing is billed on a monthly basis. Dell is bundled so that when you order IDPA, you get everything together with the license.

What other advice do I have?

Avamar is the brain, but we have Data Domain and you have the latest versions. Both are integrated closely. I would recommend this solution to others who are interested in using it. Dell themselves will not sell to you individually. It depends on your environment. They are moving to IDPA everywhere. In summary, this product is very stable, has the best of Avamar Data Domain, and has good reporting. I would rate Dell EMC Integrated Data Protection Appliance a nine out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
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Enterprise Solutions Architect at a logistics company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Good for backing up Windows and Linux systems but doesn't do well with databases
Pros and Cons
  • "It backs up our Windows systems and our Linux systems and everything."
  • "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."

What is our primary use case?

Right now, we are using it for traditional backup purposes. It's deployed on-premise. We do have an option to use 200 terabytes in the cloud, but it's not exactly what they told us it would be for a cloud-based solution.

What is most valuable?

We bought Dell IDPA to compress our backups. 

What needs improvement?

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.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using Dell IDPA since the tail end of 2019, so going on two years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

We haven't had to restore anything, so IDPA has been pretty stable.

How are customer service and support?

It takes a week for Dell's frontline support to find a solution or we have to escalate it with somebody above them.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We were using IBM Tivoli Storage Manager (TSM). Well, with Tivoli, when we recycled and retired backups—if we claimed the space—we didn't run into any capacity issues. But it took longer to backup and restore. We haven't had to restore with the IDPA, so we can't compare the two. So, we're pretty much leaning heavily on the recovery point in our VxRail environment instead of taking a chance with restoring a full VM from IDPA.

How was the initial setup?

We worked with the Dell professional services team, and there were a couple of delays getting things set up. For starters, there were a few specific components we needed that weren't included, and they didn't tell us that, so we had to wait weeks for parts to be shipped in. After we got everything we needed, their professional services set everything up, so it was pretty straightforward from there. However, it hasn't worked as advertised since.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

We're on our second year of a three-year license.  When our third year is up, we're going to choose another solution.

What other advice do I have?

Based on our experience, I'd give Dell IDPA a five out of 10. Our experience with it so far has been underwhelming. We implemented the solution for a specific purpose, and it hasn't lived up to our expectations. I'm sure it's a good solution. It backs up our Windows systems and our Linux systems and everything. However, it doesn't do well with databases, no matter what they claim. That's where we're having a capacity issue. Every time we back up our databases, we're running out of space. And then, we have to work out work with support, which takes too long. Dell's support is a big reason for the low score. It has been completely unsatisfactory. We've always had to escalate that support to get traction.

If you're considering Dell IDPA, work with your Dell rep and make sure that the features you want are not an add-on. Get everything you need for your solution because whenever we had an issue, they told us we should've bought this or that. This solution has been piecemeal. Every time we're trying to solve a problem, their answer is to buy another product or add-on.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
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Technical Support Engineer at Mannai
Reseller
Top 20
Good deduplication and consolidated storage with easy management capabilities
Pros and Cons
  • "We don't need to manage different devices."
  • "We would like to see the pricing drop a bit."

What is our primary use case?

We primarily use the solution for backup and recovery.

What is most valuable?

It's a converting solution. We don't need to manage different devices. For example, for storing the data, you don't need to have separate storage. It is in a purposeful built-in backup pipeline. It's a very good product.

For our purposes, we are happy with the product. We don't have any challenges and it is not that critical to managing. For a person having any kind of backup experience, background in the backup software, he'll be able to manage it easily. It's one of the best products in the field.

The product offers an easy initial setup.

The pricing is good. It's not the most expensive option.

It gives you a very good deduplication ratio. It is my understanding that no other database can do this much deduplication.

What needs improvement?

I can't speak to any missing features. We are happy with the product.

We would like to see the pricing drop a bit.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It is a good, stable product with good reliability and performance. There are no bugs or glitches. It doesn't crash or freeze. 

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The product can scale up and scale out. There is no issue in that regard. Scaling is easy enough to execute. 

How was the initial setup?

The product is simple to set up. It's not overly complex or difficult. I'd rate it a five out of five in terms of the ease of deployment. 

If a company has a knowledgeable person on staff, it definitely only needs one person to manage and deploy the solution.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

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.

What other advice do I have?

While this solution is available on the cloud, we are using it on-premises. Which we use depends on the customer. 

Dell has different backup solutions within its portfolio. It depends on our requirements which one we go with. In terms of IDPA, for me, it's a good product.

I would recommend the solution to others. It depends on the use case, however, if you are a small to medium organization, definitely go for it.

I'd rate the solution a nine out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
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Pre-sale and Post-sale Engineer at a reseller with 201-500 employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
We found the Turbo Boost Technology, compression, and duplication features helpful

What is our primary use case?

We use Dell IDPA for backup and disaster recovery.

What is most valuable?

IDPA's best feature is Turbo Boost Technology. The compression and duplication features are excellent, too. 

What needs improvement?

I would like to see more options and features about Recovery from Dell EMC Cloud Tier

For how long have I used the solution?

I started using Dell EMC IDPA in the last year. 

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Integrated Data Protection is stable. 

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Integrated Data Protection has a lot of options for scalability. 

How was the initial setup?

Setting up Integrated Data Protection was simple and easy, and deployment only took a few hours. 

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

We pay for a yearly license, and it's affordable. 

What other advice do I have?

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