EMC Avamar

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EMC Avamar: Fast, efficient backup and recovery through a complete software and hardware solution. Equipped with integrated variable-length deduplication technology, Avamar facilitates fast, daily full backups for virtual environments, remote offices, enterprise applications, network-attached storage (NAS) servers, and desktops/laptops.

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EMC Avamar review by <span>Axel G.</span>
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Back up and Restore tool

What do you like best?

I like the simplicity on the tool and the option to back up multiple devices running different operating system. The way list of devices is showing gives you easy and fast access to it. you basically can do a restore by doing a couple of clicks. the new skin looks much better.

What do you dislike?

I don't like the fact you have to use a specific version of java depending on the version of EMC avamar that your running. if java gets updated you will need to uninstall it and re-install the version compatible with EMC avamar.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I recommended, but make sure you have a good agreement in terms of support.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Able to restore files that users deleted by accident. The benefit is that you have a reliable back up.

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EMC Avamar review by Administrator in Sports
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Versatile backup program but requires a lot of detailed config

What do you like best?

VMWare backup with GLR and change block tracking enabled is pretty good. CIFS backup is very quick using NDMP Accelerator node for large amounts of data. Deduplication works especially well when paired with data domain as the backup target for storage. Replication is fairly simple and probably the most reliable part of the software.

What do you dislike?

This is not an easy out of the box solution. Requires many different configuration pieces and plugins to make the various backup types work properly. If using to back up SQL cluster there are various bugs and need for work arounds. Exchange and Sharepoint backups require additional licensing and add on software in order to do GLR. Built in reporting tools are insufficient. Requires the addition of Data Protection Advisor suite to track and report on backup trends. While it is a very versatile solution it is also an expensive one.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Make sure you have an accurate picture of your total data when planning implementation. Expanding the nodes and adding capacity is costly.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Ability to backup Windows File System, VMWare Virtual Machines with GLR, Exchange with GLR, Sharepoint with GLR, CIFS and NFS vols and SQL Databases all in one single platform. We have complete compliance with our retention policy and replication to an offsite facility.

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EMC Avamar review by <span>Brian H.</span>
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Complex, Good, Interesting Use Case

What do you like best?

So, I like it, and it works well enough to justify using it. I used the lite version on a VNXe3300 with a few hosts, and the backup and recovery rates seemed decent enough, retention periods weren't a maze to navigate and the interface was understandable.

What do you dislike?

Few options outside of the "EMC Approved" Methods to get the data to multiple locations to make the backups secure by holding in multiple ways. It seemed like using it more was leading us down a path of spending more and more money with EMC. The deduplication rates weren't anything to get excited about despite our environment being very homologous.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Have a clear deployment plan in place, make sure you ask all questions about current and projected needs.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We were looking for and tried maintaining it in an environment that needed fairly basic backup and recovery needs, it works for that, but ultimately it wasn't for us.

EMC Avamar review by <span>Renato C.</span>
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Hard to get up&running, but works great

What do you like best?

Avamar is great at doing backups, the fact that is can backup also VM's and even backup data inside the VM's is great. I worked extensivey to integrate Avamar with a custom Web Application and the use of the AvamarCLI was just pure magic.

They worked perfectly and allowed us to manage backup in a simple, straight forward manner.

The Avamar Admin console works also very well.

What do you dislike?

It is very hard to get up&running for the integrator, understanding the proxies and it's requisites is quite hard. And the Avamar Administrator console is just terrible looking, java has come a long way, EMC should upgrade the looks.

We had to buy the accelerator to correctly integrate it though, and this cost us.

Recommendations to others considering the product

The desing has to be carefully validated to avoid having costly surprises in implementation phase.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Backing up the whole VDI infrastrcuture and allows users to restore both the VM image as well as single files and directories.

EMC Avamar review by <span>Eric P.</span>
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Involved in implementation and management for less than two years.

What do you like best?

Moving to Avamar from Arc Serve, we decreased our backup times from days, sometimes more than a week, to hours / a couple of days.

Restoring VM's is VERY easy. Avamar integrates so well with VMWare.

Coupled with a Data Domain storage target this solution can ingest an unbelievable amount of data in a short period of time.

What do you dislike?

Restoring files. On a monthly basis we have to restore a few specific folders from several VM's.

The folder restore is easy if you only need a few files. In order to restore several hundred files the best practice is to restore the VM and copy the files off of it.

We also restore our Exchange Db's to a file to send offsite. Avamar won't do that unless there's an Exchange server it can restore to.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Great for shrinking your backup window.

Client side dedupe is magic.

Adding a Data Domain target behind it makes this an amazing solution.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Backup windows are again manageable.

Most restores happen quickly, easily, and successfully!

EMC Avamar review by <span>Amy E.</span>
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Avamar is a great tool

What do you like best?

I love the options for backup for specific software and operating systems. I can choose a different profile for virtual machines, linux, SQL, exchange etc. It is very easy to restore anything from 1 file or the entire snapshot. Restoring mailbox objects have been extremely useful.

What do you dislike?

Some basic tasks need to be done with command line - such as changing DNS and can be a bit challenging. Some error messages about batteries occur often but when shown to EMC support - they say to ignore these messages.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Make sure you keep up with the activity log and make sure all of your backups are running and completing successfully. Run some test backup and restores to verify this. EMC avamar works well with all storage and version of servers.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Disaster recovery is on a large plate. Having continuous backups is very useful and assuring. Exchange is just too big for our backups. If it fails one day - we are overloaded with logs.

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