Miriam Tover - PeerSpot reviewer
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What is your experience regarding pricing and costs for Dell EMC Avamar?


We all know it's really hard to get good pricing and cost information.

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29 Answers
Murad Sultanzadeh - PeerSpot reviewer
Solutions Manager at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
Real User
Top 20
Oct 26, 2022

Dell Avamar is free when we deploy the data protection. When we order data protection, this software is included in the hardware.

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Software System Team Leader at Ethiopian Roads Administration
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Sep 13, 2022

You can get a three-year license if you like. You can subscribe for three years, and if you want a 30-month subscription for the support and service, you can also do that. It can be expensive.

Mohab Thair - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Information Technology Engineer at DIL Technology
Real User
Top 10
Aug 17, 2022

This is a fairly expensive solution. It cost approximately 21,000 each year.

Business Development Manager at a tech services company with 1-10 employees
Top 5
Mar 10, 2022

There are licensing costs for Dell EMC Avamar and it is paid annually.

Chitharanjan K - PeerSpot reviewer
Executive IT Operations at Indian Immunologicals Limited
Real User
Top 5
Dec 21, 2021

The cost is high.

DGM Data Centre at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 10
Nov 15, 2021

Licensing fees are paid annually. I am not sure if the fees are comparable; I would like to compare them to other solutions.

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Stanislaw Jagielski - PeerSpot reviewer
Trainer, storage consultant at Oxon
Real User
Top 5
Nov 9, 2021

While I didn't directly purchase it myself and was not involved in the licensing process, it's my understanding that the cost is reasonable and the pricing is good.

Assistant Manager at Shriram Pistons
Real User
Top 5
Oct 28, 2021

The pricing of the solution is okay.

Senior Account Manager at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Real User
Top 5
Oct 27, 2021

The solution is not expensive for the value one gets. The most expensive thing involves one's data. Should a person's data be compromised, he would be willing to pay a million dollars to retrieve it. This makes the payment of an additional premium for its protection worthwhile. The licensing capabilities are limitless.

VP Global Infrastructure at a media company with 5,001-10,000 employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Aug 13, 2021

It's a very high-end solution and comparable to Rubrik and Cohesity.

Unix Architect at a retailer with 501-1,000 employees
Real User
Top 20
Jul 2, 2021

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.

Senior Cloud Engineer at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Top 20
Jun 6, 2021

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.

Technical Consultant at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 5
Apr 5, 2021

The solution is a bit expensive.

Mina-Magdy - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Infrastructure Solutions Specialist at Fiber Nisr
Real User
Top 10
Apr 1, 2021

Data Protection Suite has Avamar as one of its components and comes with a license that covers a limited number of virtual machines, capacity, and end points. It's not sold as a separate product. I believe $1000 may cover a single socket and covers the whole data center including the endpoint, the replication, the CD and data protection. It's very cost effective and affordable when compared to other solutions.

reviewer1315983 - PeerSpot reviewer
User at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 5
Jan 25, 2021

The price of this product should be cheaper.

Olivier Mougin - PeerSpot reviewer
Architecte Backup at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 5
Dec 18, 2020

The cost of the solution is very expensive.

Shehan Attapattu - PeerSpot reviewer
head of presales at a integrator with 11-50 employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Dec 10, 2020

It was very expensive before, but after integrating it with Dell EMC Avamar Data Protection suite licensing, we are getting better discounts.

Product Owner at a retailer with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Nov 11, 2020

The price of the product could be lower. It's actually probably one of the more expensive products, at least in the enterprise-class. Other technologies are cheaper, and other vendors are adding more features. Therefore, it's falling behind a bit in what other vendors are doing. They need to catch up.

Solution Architect at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Oct 19, 2020

When it comes to competition the price is not what is important, it's not the problem.

Principal Architect at a computer software company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Oct 1, 2020

Licensing was generally on a per VM or terabyte basis. They changed their licensing model a couple of times and turned it into socket-based licensing, which is an improvement in their licensing model.

Storage Administrator at a hospitality company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Sep 27, 2020

I'm not sure how to calculate the cost. It's a hard question to answer. I do know that we pay for support upfront for five years. I'm not sure how to compare costs, however, I can say that based on what we're seeing we get very good deduplication rates with the data domain on the backend.

Storage Management Specialist at a healthcare company with 501-1,000 employees
Real User
Sep 22, 2020

The system was sold on the premise that it was going to reduce man-hours and not require having to work with tape. I don't think it was a cost saving. Now with the cloud tier implemented, there are some long-term benefits, but I don't know if there was ever a cost benefit associated with it. It's just anytime you're having to have a dedicated internet connection or net for just simple tap operations, that's something that adds costs.

A Z - PeerSpot reviewer
Presales Engineer at Eta2u
Real User
Jun 15, 2020

The initial licensing is usually for two or three years. After that they can buy a yearly license.

Haseeb Sheikh - PeerSpot reviewer
Manager Private Cloud Solutions at ufone
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Jun 14, 2020

It was approximately $70-80,000 when it was under support, but right now EMC has not been supporting this product for two years.

System Operation Engineer at Stayfit
Real User
Oct 10, 2019

We were lucky to receive the solution as part of a bundle. It was actually a relatively good price, but there are better solutions, like Veem. However, they can be expensive.

Maciej-Kieliszek - PeerSpot reviewer
Owner at EXnIT Sp. z o.o.
Real User
Oct 3, 2019

I'm not sure, but perhaps the pricing could be done better at the moment.

Responsable des Systèmes Départementaux at CIH BANK
Real User
Sep 9, 2019

The licensing model is not very flexible. Every time we upgrade our storage size, we need to upgrade the Avamar license.

MuathAlhwetat - PeerSpot reviewer
SAN and UNIX Administrator at a comms service provider with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Aug 18, 2019

This solution is less expensive than Veeam for us, although it depends on the customer because we get a great discount.

it_user762030 - PeerSpot reviewer
Backup Systems Engineer at Nordstrom, Inc.
Real User
Jan 9, 2019

The set up is really easy. They have a virtual edition for smaller environments, and the documentation for doing the install is really good. For larger environments, the PS group works directly with you on the install and setup for new customers. The cost was actually cheaper than any of the other solutions we looked at.

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