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Dell EMC Data Domain Boost is #7 ranked solution in top Deduplication Software. IT Central Station users give Dell EMC Data Domain Boost an average rating of 8 out of 10. Dell EMC Data Domain Boost is most commonly compared to HPE StoreOnce:Dell EMC Data Domain Boost vs HPE StoreOnce. The top industry researching this solution are professionals from a computer software company, accounting for 26% of all views.
What is Dell EMC Data Domain Boost?
EMC Data Domain Boost provides advanced integration with backup and enterprise applications for increased performance and ease of use.
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  • "The solution is very good because it is easy to use and it speeds up the backup and lowers the requirement for the storage rate. It is capable of encryption, compression, and deduplication and it is fast for sending all of the data over the network because it sends only the change blocks from the client to the DD server."

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AG
Backup & Storage Engineer at a retailer with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 20
Extremely stable, very easy to scale, and very good deduplication compression ratio

Pros and Cons

  • "The solution is quite scalable. An organization shouldn't have any problem expanding if they use this solution."
  • "Technical support is okay but could be improved. I've sent a lot of complaints their way and I feel like they might be able to respond a bit better."

What is our primary use case?

We primarily use the solution as an SQL backup. We also use the DD Boost protocol.

What is most valuable?

The extreme stability of the solution, as well as the deduplication compression ratio, are the most valuable aspects for our organization.

What needs improvement?

There is nothing that's very difficult about this product right now. However, the GUI can use some improvement. When I compare Cohesity and Data Domain, I think Cohesity is more user friendly. In terms of Data Domain, the restored items should be converted from the Rockwell SQL end. That is the one thing which puts me off being a Data Domain administrator. I should have the authority to restore whatever comes to my end. I should get that capability as an admin. Being an admin, I need to be able to restore the things from my end rather than waiting.

For how long have I used the solution?

We have been using this solution at our company for three and a half years so far. However, I personally have had experience working with the product for the last 15 or 16 years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

We find the solution to be extremely stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The solution is quite scalable. An organization shouldn't have any problem expanding if they use this solution.

Our company extensively uses this solution. We did have issues with upgrading and we had to call back the Dell EMC team to assist.

For now, we have plans on expanding depending on the amount of storage we receive from our Cohesity box. We're still a very small team of three.

We are planning to have it on data center locations as well, but it is still in the planning stage so there are plenty of products that will be brought on later in the data center rooms so we can implement that in my own department.

How are customer service and technical support?

Technical support is okay but could be improved. I've sent a lot of complaints their way and I feel like they might be able to respond a bit better.

How was the initial setup?

Everything around DSM, an IDM tool, was pretty complex in terms of handling the Rockwell SQL backup. When we migrated over to Data Domain, it's much easier for us to switch and work on that.

It took around six to eight months to make it into the production and do the deployment.

What about the implementation team?

We needed a consultant. They had an SQL background as well. It was kind of 60/40 split in labor. 60% was work from our side. Then we got back to them and they gave us a calling order to assist.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We're always evaluating other options. Right now we're comparing this solution to Cohesity. We've learned, however, that Data Domain is much more scalable than Cohesity, so we are not likely to switch to them.

What other advice do I have?

We don't have a business relationship with EMC. We're just customers.

Data Domain, on a scale out of ten, I would give an eight due to the amount of compression and data retention it offers. It's very stable as an infrastructure for backup, and we can use it as a storage as well.

I'd advise other organizations to do some comparisons with other solutions, however, and especially look into scalability and how that might affect their decisions. They should also do their homework to find out things like how soon it's possible to restore an item.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
AZ
Storage Team Leader at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 10
Very fast with good dashboards and has the potential for discounted pricing

Pros and Cons

  • "The initial setup is very straightforward."
  • "The solution doesn't scale. If you hit your capacity, you need to buy a new device."

What is our primary use case?

I primarily use the solution for the backup capabilities. I'm using about 100 terabytes daily.

What is most valuable?

The solution has very good dashboards.

The solution offers very good daily and weekly updated on the deduplication and the compression ratio.

The solution is very fast.

The initial setup is very straightforward.

What needs improvement?

The deduplication is very bad on this solution. After 85% the utilization gets very bad.

The solution doesn't scale. If you hit your capacity, you need to buy a new device.

Technical support has fallen in quality. It used to be much better.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using Data Domain for about 12 years and Data Boost for about six years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The stability has been very good. It doesn't crash or freeze. We haven't had bugs or glitches. It's been good.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The solution doesn't scale. If you need to expand anything, you will need to buy a new model. You can't just scale up an existing model. If, after a year or two, you need to scale up, then you need to look at new boxes.

We have about 2,500 people in the company, however, just one special team actually uses the solution.

How are customer service and technical support?

We've had some issues with technical support. I've found that they used to be quite good, however, they've gone downhill in terms of the service they provide. We aren't 100% satisfied with the level of support on offer.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup isn't complex at all. We have a pretty standard setup and it was relatively straightforward. Setting up the solution shouldn't come with any issues for most companies.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

We have licenses that last five years. After that, we may get new devices.

We tend to get a big discount with our licensing once we choose to upgrade. The pricing is not bad.

What other advice do I have?

We're just a customer. We don't have a business relationship with Dell.

I would recommend the solution to other organizations.

I'd advise companies to take care to think about capacity, as you can't really resize anything. If you decide to upgrade, it may be smart to ask them about discounts. It can save you money and give you a good deal.

I would rate the solution eight out of ten. We've been mostly happy with the product.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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Data Protection Specialist at a computer software company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Speeds up backups, easy to use, and installation is straightforward

Pros and Cons

  • "The solution is very good because it is easy to use and it speeds up the backup and lowers the requirement for the storage rate. It is capable of encryption, compression, and deduplication and it is fast for sending all of the data over the network because it sends only the change blocks from the client to the DD server."

    What is our primary use case?

    We use this solution with Data Domain (DD) to enhance the data backups of our databases and applications. It is a very popular solution around the world.

    What is most valuable?

    The solution is very good because it is easy to use and it speeds up the backup and lowers the requirement for the storage rate. It is capable of encryption, compression, and deduplication and it is fast for sending all of the data over the network because it sends only the change blocks from the client to the DD server.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    I have been using this solution for approximately six years.

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    The solution is stable.

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    I have found the solution to be scalable.

    We have approximately 10 people using this solution in my organization.

    How are customer service and technical support?

    I have been satisfied with the technical support.

    How was the initial setup?

    The installation is straightforward.

    What about the implementation team?

    We have a team that does the implementation and maintenance of the solution.

    What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

    DD Boost comes built into DD or Avamar. However, to use DD Boost for enterprise is a separate license. For example, if you have Oracle, Linux, or Unix and you need to install DD Boost for Arman, then you need a separate license. Typically when you purchase the solution it is bundled and you either purchase a one or three-year license. The price for the solution is expensive but when comparing it to other solutions it is reasonably priced. However, the price could still be cheaper.

    What other advice do I have?

    If you want to manage your database backups, then you should use DD Boost for Enterprise applications.

    I would recommend this solution to others.

    I rate Dell EMC Data Domain Boost a nine out of ten.

    Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

    On-premises
    Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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    Shehan Attapattu
    head of presales at a integrator with 11-50 employees
    Real User
    Top 5Leaderboard
    A stable solution that is easy to set up

    What is our primary use case?

    We proposed the use of Dell EMC Data Domain Boost with Oracle backend to a financial organization. They had a very good experience with backup times and fast resolutions. 

    What needs improvement?

    Integration could be better. Sometimes when integrating with different systems, it's not straightforward.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    I have been using Dell EMC Data Domain Boost for three years.

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    Dell EMC Data Domain Boost is a stable solution. Our team is trained and certified to use this product and don't have any complaints about it.

    How are customer service and technical support?

    Their technical support was actually good. In the POC environment, we needed some help, and they…

    What is our primary use case?

    We proposed the use of Dell EMC Data Domain Boost with Oracle backend to a financial organization. They had a very good experience with backup times and fast resolutions. 

    What needs improvement?

    Integration could be better. Sometimes when integrating with different systems, it's not straightforward.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    I have been using Dell EMC Data Domain Boost for three years.

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    Dell EMC Data Domain Boost is a stable solution. Our team is trained and certified to use this product and don't have any complaints about it.

    How are customer service and technical support?

    Their technical support was actually good. In the POC environment, we needed some help, and they supported us with that.

    How was the initial setup?

    The initial setup is straightforward. The time it takes to implement the solution depends on the customer side networking issues, and the time it takes to integrate with their systems. But from a product perspective, it doesn't take much time.


    What about the implementation team?

    Our in-house team implemented Dell EMC Data Domain Boost. We have a few experienced engineers who are qualified to implement this product, and they are capable of handling it.

    What other advice do I have?

    On a scale from one to ten, I would give Dell EMC Data Domain Boost an eight. 

    Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

    On-premises
    Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Integrator
    BT
    System Infrastructure Group Leader at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
    Real User
    Top 20
    Data domain is very stable; application and compression are very good

    What is our primary use case?

    We are using the product as a back-up target solution.  I am an infrastructure group leader and we are customers of Dell. 

    What is most valuable?

    I like the stability of the solution. We are using firewalls and the data domain is very stable, the back-up target and the application and compression are very good. It's a Dell EMC data domain boost.

    What needs improvement?

    The capacity of the solution is very low which is why we're moving to a different product. 

    For how long have I used the solution?

    I've been using this solution for five years. 

    What other advice do I have?

    The main downside of the solution is the capacity, otherwise it's a good product. I would rate this solution a nine out of 10. 

    What is our primary use case?

    We are using the product as a back-up target solution. 

    I am an infrastructure group leader and we are customers of Dell. 

    What is most valuable?

    I like the stability of the solution. We are using firewalls and the data domain is very stable, the back-up target and the application and compression are very good. It's a Dell EMC data domain boost.

    What needs improvement?

    The capacity of the solution is very low which is why we're moving to a different product. 

    For how long have I used the solution?

    I've been using this solution for five years. 

    What other advice do I have?

    The main downside of the solution is the capacity, otherwise it's a good product.

    I would rate this solution a nine out of 10. 

    Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.