4 out of 5.0, Reviewed Nov 30, 2016
Pros: The backup solution is superior in it's class compared to others in the market in terms of performance and reliability. Tech support is professional and skillful. Support staff are prompt responding to open issues. No issue getting 24x7 support. Avamar system itself requires very minimum administration. System (hardware) is highly redundant and site resilent capable. Any hardware issues, the system phone home and EMC dispatch a service call automatically. On a single threaded backup stream, Amavar agent can push 100GB/hour. The deduplication technology allow us to maximize our storage cost per server backup. Beside backup, restore function is easy to use. All these functions can be accessed in a single console pane. Restoring a physical or virtual server is also easy using the Avamar image backup solution (bare metal restore). Daily backup report is easy to digest and easy to recognize failed backups. In addition, the backup error log is also useful and in human readable format which quickly identify the problem. Thus, make troubleshooting easy. Con: Very costly.
The Avamar solution is expensive no doubt. Implementing a cheaper solution may save some money, but if you can't complete a backup consistenly in a timely manner or restore your data easily; data loss and downtime cost more.
It is reliable and easy to use.
EMC is having some Windows VSS issue with Hyper-V Host clusters backup tasks.
Improves Hyper-V host server backup solution. It is a little slow at the moment to backup a large (3-4TB) Hyper-V cluster system.
Not much, the design and implementation works from EMC recomendation.
5 out of 5.0, Reviewed Nov 17, 2016
Good experience. Completely able to implement in our environment. Steep learning curve and the expense are the major downsides.
Dedicate at least 1 resource to do nothing but manage Networker. This will let them become proficient while keeping up with improvements without being distracted.
flexability is remarkable.
Cost is high.
Emphasized the need for undistracted management.
Establish more hardened definitions and strategies for growth.
4 out of 5.0, Reviewed Nov 7, 2016
As part of the transformation, we moved out all robot tape. The combination Networker / Data Domain was a success. Support is not great ( depends if you hit the US or Cork it is OK, but not OK for some other support centers
Plan and test thoroughly
Overall backup solution that is simple in its setup (hw - datadomain)
Split approach on Avamar agents and genuine Networker agents
Pay more attention to the DMZ and to the 'plug-in' modules => Oracle / SQL The deployment took a long time.
4 out of 5.0, Reviewed Oct 6, 2016
Because of the customers we support, we have a complex network environment. The design of the products utilized initially has problems working in our environment. However, this was mostly due to the fact that the 3rd party vendor had never seen an environment as complex. In working with the vendor, we were able to get the properly designed backup environment up and functioning properly.
If your environment is more that a standard backup with any type of complexity, work with the vendor up front to ensure they have a complete understanding of your environment.
The ability to efficiently handle all types of backup needs.
Work with the vendor to explain our environment more fully so the initial install would have been correct up front.
As previously stated, since our environment was not the standard backup install, the ability to get it functioning properly the first time was not achieved. Once we got the right people involved who could understand our environment, the design went much smoother.
3 out of 5.0, Reviewed Aug 4, 2016
Product is good at backing up file servers but falters when backing up VMs and flexibility with other storage vendors.
Make sure to analyze the backup speed of VMs and individual file restore speed from within a VM. This is especially true if using Hyper-V
File level backups are very quick after initial seeding (which can also take an incredibly long time).
File backup size limitations and VM level backup and restores. Not being able to manually kick off an individual backup for a server within a policy is also an annoyance.
VM backups, specifically in Hyper-V, do not handle change block tracking well. Backup speeds are not good and doing a file restore from within a large VM level backup is painfully slow.
Have a mixed backup platform of Avamar and Veeam. Provides the ability for great file level backup and great VM level backups.
5 out of 5.0, Reviewed Jul 21, 2016
With all projects there like this one migrating your backup system from one system to another is rather complex. So getting things all setup was very time consuming but now that it’s up and running it runs far smoother than our previous HPE data protector solution.
Make sure to add Data Domain to your implementation!
Speed and the de-duplication reducing overall disk consupmption.
The JAVA GUI interface.
Not written the GUI in Java.But that really is a small annoyance. When you do a Java update sometimes you have to mess with things to get your client working again on your administrator installations
I struggle a bit at first getting from a structured scheduled backup jobs to the more free form nature of Avamar. I would have tried to get myself to stop thinking in those old terms before I got started. It would have smoothed out a few bumps in implementation
There tech support has always been responsive when we've had problems we couldn't sort out ourselves.
3 out of 5.0, Reviewed Jul 14, 2016
overall experience was pretty good with the product.
learn as much from the vendor during implementation as possible.
I would had the vendor hold our hands during implementation so that our team understand the product better.
3 out of 5.0, Reviewed Jun 13, 2016
Took time to implement.
Pick a great integrator.
Does the job.
Not easy to manage.
Recommend a partner upfront.
More due diligence.
Ok after finding the right integrator.
3 out of 5.0, Reviewed Jun 2, 2016
Though we have utilized NetWorker for a number of years, it seems that EMC takes too long to get an update to its product line. Plus with finally getting data domain under NetWorker and Avamar this should have been done years ago. Still having issues with OVA product line as it seems we always need to update one piece of the equation before we can get all products to work together.
test test and test. Read the blogs and periodicals don't rely on the sales people or their engineers.
support, time to get the fixes to public, truely putting all their backup products under one group.
help us to understand what we really needed to accomplish the task at hand.
probably more understanding of our virtual infrastructure and the capabilities we need in a product to fulfill our current needs.
5 out of 5.0, Reviewed May 12, 2016
Excellent vendor relationship and knowledgeable support staff.
Research many available types of systems and see what fits best, this was our approach.
Unfriendly interfaces for management.
More around the development, self-installation would be easier, requires a lot of vendor support to maintain.
Very little, worked very well and we have increased ability.
EMCs support is very knowledgeable and detailed.
System could be designed for easier installation by a non-expert