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Julia Frohwein - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Director of Delivery at PeerSpot (formerly IT Central Station)
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What is your primary use case for Dell EMC Avamar?

How do you or your organization use this solution?

Please share with us so that your peers can learn from your experiences.

Thank you!

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38 Answers
Muhammad Sharfuddin - PeerSpot reviewer
Solution Architect & Technical Team Lead at NDS
03 November 20

Most of our users work from home and we use Avamar to backup our users' data.

Responsable des Systèmes Départementaux at CIH BANK
Real User
09 September 19

We use the solution to protect our virtual machine.

Mohab Thair - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Information Technology Engineer at DIL Technology
Real User
Top 20
17 August 22

We've been using this solution to backup our servers. It is a simple backup and restore data application.

Business Development Manager at a tech services company with 1-10 employees
Top 5
10 March 22

Dell EMC Avamar is a backup solution. It has integration with the hardware that Dell has and you can backup many things, such as snapshots.

Vice President at a energy/utilities company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 5
11 February 22

We use Dell EMC Avamar for backing up the data on the endpoint devices of the users.

Mansoor Ahmed Salim Khan - PeerSpot reviewer
Unit Head Systems Admin at Emirates National Schools
Real User
16 January 22

My primary use case is backend storage for our VMs. We are fully virtualized, using VMware for our virtualization layer, and we use multiple VMs for our applications, so we have multiple workloads for the education school information systems. Then we have our ERP and HR systems, and our infrastructure monitoring the networking solutions, and so on. All these VMs are backed up using Avamar.

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DGM Data Centre at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 10
15 November 21

We use it for our desktops and laptops end-users. We have a network in place for server backup and archive.

Assistant Manager at Shriram Pistons
Real User
Top 5
28 October 21

I'm using the solution for our entire daily data backup for laptops and desktops. We also use it for some of our virtual machines and some of our databases systems.

Senior Account Manager at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Real User
Top 5
27 October 21

The solution can be used for the backing up of all environments, including those which are virtual and involve databases and applications.

Senior Engineer, Disaster Recovery at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
08 October 21

It is our main backup system while we're in the middle of switching over to Cohesity.

VP Global Infrastructure at a media company with 5,001-10,000 employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
13 August 21

We use Avamar for all of our backup and data management solutions in our co-location facility. I have two co-location facilities with one in Carrollton, Texas, and one in Austin. I have data domains, Avamar platforms, and Avamar software that we use across our enterprise. I manage a global technology team and a global infrastructure team. We use those platforms across all of our data centers, as well as on our sites where we have on-premises storage for either our Burrtec solutions or Isilon solutions that we have in territories, where we have to have data remain in the country due to the compliance requirements. We use it globally.

Unix Architect at a retailer with 501-1,000 employees
Real User
Top 20
02 July 21

It is a backup solution. So, we do daily backups of around 3,000 VMware guests. That is normally just an image backup where it goes to the VMware API, backs up the image file, and then puts it on the backend to Avamar into Data Domain. It has a specialized storage system that does dedupe and compression, so we can get more on a single disk array. We have more than one site. We have a primary site and a secondary site. At the Data Domain level, we replicate site to site every backup every day so that we have the availability in our secondary site for every VM. The replication is done with the architecture of the Data Domain itself. We have the rapid recovery solution that allows you to stand up any box at either location and have it come up online within just a minute or two. That's done via NFS. It becomes a data store into VMware, and then you vMotion it out. So, it has got rapid recovery at both locations as well. We are using its newest version. We keep it up to date.

Senior Cloud Engineer at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Top 20
06 June 21

We use it as a backup and restore solution for our customers. For replication, we use the Data Domain application. We replicate from our primary site to the DR site.

Technical Consultant at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 5
05 April 21

We use a basic called a DPS. Typically, we are using mostly networkers just to back up most of the workloads, like cellphone audio ware and the connection, et cetera.

Mina-Magdy - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Infrastructure Solutions Specialist at Fiber Nisr
Real User
Top 20
01 April 21

Our company is Dell EMCs largest partner in Egypt and the Middle East. We have a titanium partnership with them and I'm the senior infrastructure solutions specialist.

Absar Khan - PeerSpot reviewer
Backup Administrator at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 20
07 March 21

We are using Dell EMC Avamar for backing up our virtual environment.

reviewer1315983 - PeerSpot reviewer
User at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 5
25 January 21

We use this product for Windows and Linux servers, and we have both file and database backups stored on them. We use them at smaller sites, which are small offices that are located around the world.

Olivier Mougin - PeerSpot reviewer
Architecte Backup at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 5
18 December 20

The primary use case of this solution was for projects to backup customer laptops for the application capabilities.

Shehan Attapattu - PeerSpot reviewer
head of presales at a integrator with 11-50 employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
10 December 20

In a data center, the entire workloads are virtualized, and they are backing up the content, and sometimes because of bandwidth, operations need to be backed up quickly. In that kind of scenario, this source site replication is very supportive. Avamar evaluates the data that's already backed up, and only the chain blocks can be transferred via the network. There won't be any heavy network traffic, and the time it takes to backup is quick and within the window. On the client-side, we can also backup clients with Avamar. These days with the pandemic, most of them work from home, and we're using less network bandwidth to backup end user transfers.

Senior Consultant at a tech company with 11-50 employees
Top 20
06 December 20

We are system integrators who are selling backup solutions, and Dell EMC Avamar is one of the products that we implement for our clients. I had come across it for backing up laptops and VMware but previously, I have had clients using it to backup system machines like AIX, Solaris, and others. Slowly, people are moving away from those.

Solution Architect at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Top 20
19 October 20

We are system integrators. We resell, we deploy, and we support our clients.

Principal Architect at a computer software company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Top 20
01 October 20

It was initially used for remote office, branch office backups, but eventually, it started to be used for small and large data centers.

Storage Administrator at a hospitality company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Top 20
27 September 20

We primarily use the solution for virtual infrastructure.

Storage Management Specialist at a healthcare company with 501-1,000 employees
Real User
22 September 20

We deal with data that has compliance requirements for long-term retention, which is like 10 years plus the life of the client. As long as they're in our program, we have to keep anything related to them for that time period, which can run up to 30 years. We deal with all things related to that. I'm a storage management specialist and we are customers of Dell.

Deputy General Manager ( Practice Head Data Protection and Migration) at Netmagic Solutions (An NTT Communications Company)
Real User
09 August 20

I recently stopped using this product because my work moved away from operations and I'm now a patents director, so I generally do the designing. My client was looking for backups and for an application along with a desktop backup. We are partners with Dell and I'm the deputy general manager of the company.

Hermann Eric Steve ZE MVONDO - PeerSpot reviewer
Expert IT Infrastructure and Systems at ITGSTORE CONSULTING
Real User
04 August 20

As solution providers, we provide solutions to meet the objectives and goals of customers. We provide a general global architecture and the right solution that will solve a customer's problem and meet the goal at the fixed cost. If the customer doesn't mention a specific provider, then to meet the goal, we use the provider that we have to.

A Z - PeerSpot reviewer
Presales Engineer at Eta2u
Real User
15 June 20

In Romania, more customers own their enterprise software. But the new wave wants to also try cloud data centers and cloud backup and so on.

Haseeb Sheikh - PeerSpot reviewer
Assistant Manager IT Infrastructure at ufone
Real User
Top 20
14 June 20

Our company has more than 5,000 employees, and we use the Avamar solution for the protection of our rear environment, we are protecting 1,500+ VMs using this solution.

Manager of Production Systems at COMERCIAL CITY FRESKO
Real User
04 August 20

We use the solution to protect our end points

JohnBowling - PeerSpot reviewer
IT Manager - Storage & Backup at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 10
04 August 20

Primary use case is for Enterprise Grade Backup and Recovery. It has a really great source-based dedupe technology that’s incremental forever. So it’s a really good backup solution for remote locations with limited bandwidth (WAN & LAN)

System Operation Engineer at Stayfit
Real User
10 October 19

We primarily use the solution as a backup.

Maciej-Kieliszek - PeerSpot reviewer
Owner at EXnIT Sp. z o.o.
Real User
03 October 19

We use the on site version.

System Admin at a energy/utilities company with 501-1,000 employees
Real User
12 September 19

We recently stopped using this solution but it was being used to back up our servers and client machines. We were using an on-premises deployment.

Stanislaw Jagielski - PeerSpot reviewer
Trainer, storage consultant at Oxon
Real User
Top 10
29 August 19

Data backup is our primary usage of the solution.

MuathAlhwetat - PeerSpot reviewer
SAN and UNIX Administrator at a comms service provider with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
18 August 19

We use this solution for tape backup and data domain. It is an on-premises deployment.

Muhammad Sharfuddin - PeerSpot reviewer
Solution Architect & Technical Team Lead at NDS
04 November 20

@MuathAlhwetat Really!! Avamar taking backups on Tape ???

PeerSpot user
Manager of Production Systems at COMERCIAL CITY FRESKO
Real User
19 February 19

Backup of virtual machines.

it_user762030 - PeerSpot reviewer
Backup Systems Engineer at Nordstrom, Inc.
Real User
09 January 19

This product is very easy to use. The interface is easier to use than other backup solutions. The product is mature and can handle all of our data protection.

PaulLemmons - PeerSpot reviewer
Lead Systems Software Engineer at Tucson Medical Center
Real User
23 October 18

File level, backup and recovery of data stored on AIX, Linux, and Windows server to Data Domain storage.

Related Questions
User at IE Network solutions
Sep 20, 2022
Hi community,  I am currently researching the following two products: Dell Avamar and Dell NetWorker. Which product would you choose and why? What are the pros and cons of each product? Thank you for the help.
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Sr. Engineer at Clear Winds
20 September 22
I have seen all of these products in production. If you are working with a VMware environment and want solid backups/replications and restores then nothing in my opinion beats Veeam. It's very easy to use and works very well with plain disk-based backup targets. Its built-in de-duplication works very well. If you are looking for even better performance and de-duplication then I would recommend Veeam with a Data Domain backup target. Data Domain uses a protocol called DD-Boost. Not many vendors support DD-Boost, however, Veeam does. I am getting very good backup-to-storage ratios with this combination. For example, I am using 15.5 TB of physical disk space to hold 106TB of backup data. I have been pleased and impressed with this combination. 
Nurit Sherman - PeerSpot reviewer
Content Operations Manager at PeerSpot (formerly IT Central Station)
Oct 13, 2021
Hi community,  We all know it's important to conduct a trial or do a proof of concept as part of the buying process.  Do you have any advice for our community about the best way to conduct a trial or PoC?  How would you conduct a trial effectively? Are there any mistakes which should be avoided?
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Gary-Cook - PeerSpot reviewer
Alliance Architect at Commvault
06 August 18
I am not sure if this question comes from a vendor or customer so the response is somewhat generic. If you are the technical customer or end user, try to be involved in the process start to end. If possible, be the hands on the keyboard. No better way to understand the solution if you are going to be the user of it in the future. If you are the vendor promoting ease of use, there is no better way to sell your product to the technical team. I have managed a lot of data replication, protection, and archiving POCs. Two requirements always stand out. Success criteria and POC type. As a vendor delivering the POC, you will fail 90% of the time without clearly defining these up front. As a customer, you should have a clear idea about why you are investing your time in POC and what you expect to gain from it. POCs should not be a training exercise. They are a path to purchase a solution for a budgeted project. If you are just kicking the tires, consider the free or self-paced options provided by many vendors. These include on-line labs and downloadable virtual machines or trial software. These cannot be considered a POC in my book. Now the two key components for a successful POC. #1 - Define as a Functional or Performance POC Decide whether you are running a functional or performance-based POC. If you are the vendor, make sure the customer is aware of the limitation of a functional POC in a limited resource environment. Don't allow a Functional POC to become a Performance POC. Been there. Done that. It's never a success. Functional testing is easier. There is no requirement for measured performance so sizing the environment is a minor issue. Just has to be "fast enough" to keep your attention. They usually cover base installation, backup target configuration, agent configuration, test backups and restores, reporting, alerting, etc. Data sets are generally small. It can be executed in a limited environment with virtual machines. Sometimes the vendor can supply access to a remote lab environment such as the VMware vSAN lab. Sometimes it can be delivered as a preconfigured VM downloaded from the vendor. Performance testing is complicated. Speeds and feeds matter. You will not be able to backup your entire live environment so you have to build a test environment to mimic it as close as possible if you are looking for GB/sec measurements. Success Criteria become golden in performance tests. You will be following the recommended hardware configuration supplied by the vendor. #2 - Success Criteria Define clear success criteria and stay with the plan. This will avoid scope creep where testing has no endpoint. A test plan can be extremely difficult to create from scratch. Take the time because it is key to a fair and complete test. It will make you think about the purpose of the test. Most vendors have boilerplate POC documents. They are a good starting point but they almost always focus on the strength of the product. If you are the customer performing comparison testing, blend them into a single document. Some or all of the success criteria should meet the "must have" requirements of a published RFP if it exists. Test criteria should not be too detailed, especially to favor a particular solution UNLESS that is a pass/fail test. Define a start and end date based on the testing requirements. Testing should be sequenced. Test backup of app A, app B, os C.. Don't jump back and forth between Oracle and Sharepoint for example. Complete one, deal with any issues, check the boxes, and move on. DR, Performance, and SLA testing absolutely require detailed planning. Too much to detail in this short response. Imagine a POC where you are faced with "I need to recover my 50 TB Oracle server off-site with an RPO of 5 seconds and an RTO of 5 minutes". In a large POC, you might have regularly scheduled meetings or conference calls for updates on the progress and to deal with issues. Include a site survey covering security and the network configuration, Prepare to deal with fixed IPs, firewalls, ports, Active Directory, etc. Nothing like a backup solution to break a network and bring the testing to a standstill. Make sure you have a clear understanding of the environment. I once had a POC where they were migrating some AD domains that were part of the test infrastructure. Unknown to me. Needless to say, we faced constant failures. Define the hardware and configuration requirements on a per server basis. OS, partition sizes, network, etc. This applies to the backup infrastructure servers and the servers that will be the source of the backup data. Include all the key contacts with access information to servers. Make sure you have ALL the required resources (human and compute) resources available on the start date. For example, you might need help from an Oracle DBA or SME on day 2 to continue the installation. Define a process to modify the plan. I've seen cases where another department sees the shiny new object and wants to jump into testing their app after the plan was approved and tests begin. Plan to deal with this exception in the testing procedure but not deviate from accomplishing the original success criteria. It should be approved by management. Define what is considered critical to the success of the test, what is a nice to have feature, and optionally, what doesn't matter at all. Be specific. Include application versions if it matters. You might judge the test completion as pass / partial pass / no pass or a percentage of how it meets the criteria. Don't use subjective rankings. Add a column next to the test for comments for subjective comments. If you are comparison testing two or more solutions, make sure you can test "apples to apples" across the POC candidates. All vendors should be tested to the same standard. It can be difficult to compare an appliance to an enterprise software solution. The appliance will win the easy to install checkbox but might fail in the ease of expansion category because it requires a new, larger box. Consider the future in a POC, not just how it functions today. For example, you should think about the process to add additional capacity locally or bring on new sites/servers. NOTE: Content here subject to updates if I think of something new or helpful.
MichaelWeimann - PeerSpot reviewer
Director at Infrascale
06 August 18
Was going to write a lengthy response but yours is spot on Gary. I will only add that the front end and back end of every SMART goal is to be Specific and Timely. Document what is important to test and what the criteria for passing are BEFORE you ever take delivery. Then put an expected time for this POC to complete and what would be a successful test. The only other thing I would add is if the vendor is not providing technical resources to drive and/or assist during the POC...don't waste your time. But, if you expect the vendor to devote the resources, you can also expect the vendor to hold you to a purchasing decision when/if everything passes with flying colors.
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