Miriam Tover - PeerSpot reviewer
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What is your primary use case for Dell EMC PowerProtect DD (Data Domain)?

How do you or your organization use this solution?

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

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Solutions Architect at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Real User
Top 10
Oct 31, 2022

We use the solution as a backup and to restore applications. It's business continuance versus disaster recovery. Business continuance is you lose some data at your data site or maybe get data corruption, due to malware, or somebody deletes something by mistake, and you've got to restore it. You go to your backup to do that, and that's business continuance. Disaster recovery is if your whole site's gone down and you need to run at another site. For business continuance, you need a product like Data Domain Power Protect.

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General Director at Miromix United
Real User
Top 5
Oct 19, 2022

We primarily use the solution for large backups. This is a piece of hardware that we can place software on. It's used widely in some of the largest banks in our country - including foreign banks. They use Data Domain in petabytes.

Dhaval Pancholi - PeerSpot reviewer
Head of Sales at Microhard IT Solutions Pvt Ltd
Real User
Top 10
Jul 12, 2022

We use this solution for various workloads for our customers. It is a backup solution for our banking customers' applications, farmer customers' farm assist applications, and manufacturing customers.

MirziyodMirsaatov - PeerSpot reviewer
CEO at Top-IT Solutions Ltd
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Jun 2, 2022

We use Dell PowerProtect DD for different scenarios like database storage and backups.

Vedat Gunes - PeerSpot reviewer
BI & Analytics Manager at a insurance company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
May 4, 2022

I am using Dell PowerProtect DD for data extraction for extract, transform, and load(ETL) processes. This is a tool that receives data from operational platforms, or systems, such as in my factory in insurance, underwriting, claim management or health provisioning, et cetera. It receives the data from the source systems and not from the data warehouse platform by doing transformation or by loading the data or after loading the data.

Technical Specialist at Pouyan Pardazesh Tehran Co
Top 5Leaderboard
Apr 6, 2022

We primarily use the solution as a backup.

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Storage Analyst III at a energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Top 5
Feb 14, 2022

We use Dell EMC PowerProtect DD for backing up a target.

Enterprise IT Architect at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
Top 5Leaderboard
Dec 24, 2021

We use Dell EMC PowerProtect DD for deduplication, data protection, and data recovery. We use many different versions, including the newest versions.

Top 10
Nov 5, 2021

My primary use case is as the backup storage feed application.

Senior SAN Administrator at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 10
Oct 22, 2021

We use model number 6800. The operating system is 7.4.

Owner at a construction company with 5,001-10,000 employees
Top 10
Jul 12, 2021

We are just using it for backing up the workloads using Avamar. We are using its latest version.

Pre-Sales and Technical Manager at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Dec 31, 2020

We as a company use this product to protect our information. We have Data Domain combined NetWorker for our own company, and we also install and provide services around those solutions to our customers. In our company, Dell Data Domain is used to protect our servers (on-premises), where the most important servers for us are the File Server and the eMail server. The Dell Data Domain we have It´s combined with Dell NetWorker as the backup software. The Data Domain works as the repository of the information, taking advantage of the duplication and all the features that it has. We are getting about 30x as the deduplication ratio. It is managed by the software NetWorker, where all the backup policies reside. We have clients in all the servers directing information from the server to the Data Domain taking advantage of the software client direct feature. We make backups on a daily basis, as incremental backups, and over the weekend we have full backups. We have about 14 servers in our office. Mostly Windows and Linux.

Professional Services - Data Protection Consultant at S&T Romania
Top 10
Dec 4, 2020

We primarily use the solution for storage.

it_user1200867 - PeerSpot reviewer
Head of IT Production Department at a government with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Nov 20, 2020

We use it for backup.

Sufyan Khan - PeerSpot reviewer
CTO at New Horizon Computers
Real User
Oct 11, 2020

We primarily use the solution for backup purposes.

Michel Taung - PeerSpot reviewer
System Engineer for Business Solution Department at PT. Mastersystem Infotama
Real User
Top 20
Jul 26, 2020

We are a solution provider and we use the Dell EMC PowerProtect DD to provide service for our clients. It is used to provide backups for VMware environments.

Jayson Martin - PeerSpot reviewer
Head IT Data Storage at a insurance company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Sep 8, 2019

Our primary use for this product is for backup purposes and compression.

IT Coordinator at a insurance company with 1-10 employees
Real User
Sep 8, 2019

Primarily we use the solution as data storage and as a backup solution.

General Manager responsible for IT Infrastructure and Operations at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Sep 8, 2019

We primarily used this product as a solution for backups.

Kenneth Etsula - PeerSpot reviewer
Technical Manager at Dataposit Ltd
Real User
Top 10
Sep 5, 2019

We've primarily been using the solution as a backup. What we understand is that we can create it with Veeam where Veeam backs up the network into Data Domain.

Ashraf Ali - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Consultant at global brands
Real User
Aug 25, 2019

We use the on-prem deployment model of this solution and sometimes the public cloud. Our primary use case is for on-prem backup and for replication servers.

System Consultant at ONYXES
Aug 7, 2019

Our customers have a lot of big data that they work with. The solution allows them to decrease the amount of data which can appear over the network and optimizes the bandwidth of the network itself.

Adams Rasheed - PeerSpot reviewer
Information Technology Manager at a energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Aug 7, 2019

We are using this solution with NetWorker. currently we are using it to back up our sap ERP. We have scheduled backup at intervals. We have two DDs, one Data Domain is on the Production Site while the second Data Domain is on the DR site. NetWorker backs up the SAP ERP to the Data Domain in the Production site and the backup is automatically cloned to the DR DataDomain.

Senior Sales Engineer at a tech services company
Real User
Aug 5, 2019

The primary use of the solution is inline deduplication.

Senior Data Center Admin at Paltel
Real User
Aug 1, 2019

The primary use is as a company backup.

Ghayur Abbas - PeerSpot reviewer
Manager Networks & Messaging Systems at TCS
Real User
Mar 12, 2019

Currently, we use Dell EMC Data Domain for our back-up requirements. We use Cisco Nexus 5K5540, as our core switches. We use Cisco USC-B as a compute engine. We use Dell EMC storage as our core storage, and all of these products are still in use. We have had a very good experience with all of them. We purchased Data Domain 2500 in 2015 as a primary backup unit. In 2017, we purchased another one, which is the 6300 Data Domain, as our element for the offsite backups. That product is very good. They are both very good in the backup expertise and the installation processes but the issue that we are facing is in the software which is NetWorker. NetWorker is the core Dell EMC software which runs the backups and restores the backups. NetWorker is not as mature as the other products. I have Backup Exec running now, different backup software products. The hardware product (Data Domain 2500 or Data Domain 6300) is very good, very reliable, and capable of getting huge data in the form of duplexing, in the form of compressing or in the form of on-lapping. These are wonderful products. We are using Data Domain 2500 at the primary site and Data Domain 6300 at the other site. We do backups on both the sites with these products.

Chris Childerhose - PeerSpot reviewer
Lead Infrastructure Architect at ThinkON
Real User
ExpertTop 5
Oct 26, 2014

The Data Domain serves as our primary backup device used with Veeam. It is used for all service backups and restores.

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Sr. Information Officer at Century Laminating Co Ltd
Jun 1, 2022
Hi community, I work as a Sr. Information Officer at a Manufacturing company. Currently, I'm looking to compare Dell PowerProtect DD (Data Domain) vs NetApp FAS Series.  Also, if possible, I'm looking to compare how they are both compared to Pure Storage. Can you please share your inputs? Thanks.
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Gianfranco Lanza - PeerSpot reviewer
Responsabile Data Management DC Area Nord Ovest at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
May 31, 2022
I think they are different types of storage for different purposes. If you are looking for a storage where to put backups data you can think Data Domain is the perfect choice because it is its main use (most or all the backup softwares have plugins in ordere to manage data domains). If you are looking for a primary storage (where to put your servers' data) then you can look to Netapp FAS and Purestorage. The latter are flash natives so it's simpler to manage and configure. If you look at the Netapp FAS you can also choose storages with HDDs with less performance (and a cheaper price). 
Marc Staimer - PeerSpot reviewer
President & CDS at Dragon Slayer Consulting
May 31, 2022
@Dhruba Roy, your question conflates very different kinds of storage.  PowerProtect DD is Dell's latest version of Data Domain. It is ONLY useful as target storage for backups. Nothing else, not even archiving. If that is what you want, it does what it's supposed to do. Albeit, it's a bit pricey and underperforming.  There are much faster, cheaper, and more advanced backup target storage. Especially when measuring restore performance. I would suggest you take a hard look at a variety of backup target storage vendors including, Infinidat InfiniGuard, ExaGrid, Quantum, StorONE, iXsystems, and many more. Most backup target storage is all HDD although some are hybrid SSD and HDD. NetApp FAS is a general-purpose storage system for blocks and files. It can be all HDD, hybrid HDD and SSD, or all SSD (all-flash FAS or AFF). It's a solid all around storage system with NetApp pioneered capabilities, but expensive as a backup storage target.  Pure Storage FlashArray//X or //C are block all-flash storage arrays. Their FlashBlades are all flash file and object storage systems. Good performers but overkill and way too expensive for backup target storage. I think you need to define what it is you really need. Of the 3 vendors you asked about, I am going to repeat myself, PowerProtect DD is ONLY useful as a target storage for backups. The other two can do so, but are really not priced nor designed specifically for backup target storage.  If general purpose storage is what you need NetApp and PureStorage are good possibilities among many others.
system & network engineer at Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne
Jan 27, 2022
Hello,  I'm planning to renew my Data Domain solution and I want to compare it with other products. I use it for secondary storage of my backup and also for file sharing (SMB, CIFS). What alternative products would you recommend?
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Giovanni Golinelli - PeerSpot reviewer
Presales Manager, Hybrid IT Architect at Netmind
Jul 2, 2021
You may try with Cohesity DataPlatform: is great to use as full feature NAS, with embedded protection by ransomware.
Rastislav Maniak - PeerSpot reviewer
Partial Owner at Storage One
Jan 27, 2022
I recommend Exagrid.  It is fast not only in the backup mode like DD but in recovery too. It keeps half of the capacity without dedup (Landing zone), which makes recovery of the last few backups really fast without the need to rehydrate fragmented data.  This is the reason why most backup solutions based on HDD, suffer low performance and require SSD's. Not that the Exagrid. Even the smallest box is able to fill 10Gb pipe in both directions. If nondisruptive operations or FC or VTL is not your focus and a single controller solution is OK for you, I recommend trying it.
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