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2014-10-26T16:10:00Z

What needs improvement with Dell EMC PowerProtect DD (Data Domain)?

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Please share with the community what you think needs improvement with Dell EMC PowerProtect DD (Data Domain).

What are its weaknesses? What would you like to see changed in a future version?

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Top 5LeaderboardReal User

In terms of what could be improved, when you use Data Domain, you have to have at least 15% to 20% of free space so it can work properly. I understand that space is needed to process all the data, but it would be a big improvement if we could use that space too.

2020-12-31T08:23:00Z
author avatarLinh
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@reviewer1473288 I may understand that in case you are run out of your storage and if you want your system work properly, you have to pay for expand storage or cloud storage from vendor. I ask if the EMC PowerProtectDD have the function to overwrite the old backup or they continuously write until there is no space left? 

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Top 20Real User

The price is on the high side. I would like to see integration with public cloud.

2021-10-22T06:47:43Z
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Top 20MSP

It can probably have integration with other OEMs. It should also have more features for ransomware protection. It could be more competitively priced.

2021-07-12T12:08:38Z
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Consultant

The price could be improved. Technically speaking, the solution is okay. It's not perfect. We have to remember that it's a backup appliance. A storage appliance is not primary service. Let's say in a standard configuration you have only one controller, you don't have high visibility. We have installations on higher-visibility on one environment when one bank says, "We want a controller, doesn't matter how much it costs." We explain that something that is not the main storage is not production. " It's not primary storage, however, it can be used for different environments. Let's say to use it as the NFS or VMware deployment. Dell is improving the product all of the time, actually. There were a lot of improvements from version 7.3 to 7.4 for example. I've worked with the solution on and off since 2009 and I've watched it evolved from a small backup appliance to what it is now. They've done very well with it.

2020-12-04T18:32:56Z
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Top 20Real User

Its management can be improved.

2020-11-20T02:24:40Z
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Top 5LeaderboardReal User

In terms of backup software, NetWorker is a very, very good. However, it is very complex. If you want to export on a NetWorker deployment, usually you need to add more plug-ins. If you install Titanium, through the vCenter, you can directly backup all virtualized data. Using Titanium, you can backup Oracle data through the main directly or on the data lake. First-time integrations are difficult in NetWorker. NetWorker software needs to be simplified. It's very complex. The technical support has gotten worse as of late. They could work to make it much better. One feature which IBM has, and which I am unable to see in Data Domain (or on their optimum roadmap) is the utility-based backup solutions. There are no utility-based Data Domain models.

2020-10-11T08:58:20Z
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Top 5LeaderboardReal User

I would like to see better integration and support for backing up to cloud providers such as Alibaba Cloud. In the next release, they need some monitoring, not only of the backup but monitoring of the firmware and the applications.

2020-07-26T08:18:00Z
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Real User

The pricing could be better but it's still not too expensive. We haven't used the solution for long enough to really know what might be useful in a new release. We haven't used the full functionality yet and I'm not sure if all the functions are working as expected. We are using it, but it's not fully implemented.

2019-09-08T09:50:00Z
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Real User

The solution needs to improve its platform, especially backup features like DB2 and other system backups. They should reduce the CPC cost to customers. The product is becoming very expensive. In the next release, EMC should support stable level listings at restoration and stable space level in the database. Sometimes if I want to take the stable level restoration, EMC is not available. Only this one part is lacking in the current version.

2019-09-08T09:50:00Z
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Real User

Spanning the time I worked with EMC Data Domain, I had no issues that suggested to me that it needed improvement. It was working fine, and anything I wanted to do with Data Domain, I could do it. So I had no idea that it might have needed improvement. That is just thinking from a technical perspective as a user. It did what it needed to do for backup. In hindsight, I am aware that there is a feature that does not exist in Data Domain related to the security of the product and the data. A friend who works in another organization had a problem when his organization was infected with ransomware. The ransomware locked up the data in the Data Domain and disrupted the data system asking for something in return or it would delete all the data. The ransom was not submitted and the hack successfully deleted all the data. This is a big concern and no small issue where data is critical. So I believe security measures are not strict enough in Data Domain. I would like to see something in place for better security. In addition to this — which is related to security as well — there are regulations from the central bank that mandates that we need to keep backup copies that are not connected to the network. They must be completely isolated from the network. Data Domain does not have any arrangements to satisfy this requirement. For compliance, we need to use a secondary solution. The only other issue is that the prices seem high in comparison to other products and they should consider restructuring their pricing plans.

2019-09-08T09:50:00Z
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Real User

There are several things that can be improved with this product even though it is not bad. The biggest concern for us is the licensing model. In terms of feature capability, there are too many separate modular features that require licensing. I would like to see a Data Domain license for one cost that contains what we need to utilize the product to its full capability. I don't like the idea of having to worry about buying another license to do something else and add functionality. So I am suggesting that it would be good if they made the product more integrated and adaptable. If I choose not to use only EMC products, it should allow me to make whatever integration I choose to do with ease. It is not so easy to do this. The technical support after the initial deployment and having the service account manager on site was not so good. They should have better means of support while you are using the product to encourage success with the product and that you remain a customer.

2019-09-08T09:50:00Z
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Top 20LeaderboardReal User

The firmware upgrades could be simplified. I'm in the process of struggling to upgrade right now. The dashboard could be more interactive.

2019-09-05T16:30:00Z
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Top 5LeaderboardReal User

We have had deduplication and replication issues. When we used another backup software we noticed that it didn't have the same issues. Our customers would like to enhanced deduplication and compression features with Veeam software.

2019-08-25T05:17:00Z
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Real User

With very minimal cost implications, we would want to have a real-time online backup solution. It would be perfect to see EMC include real-time online backup option to significantly reduce RPO, if possible 0. Currently, backup is scheduled at intervals. One other important feature to add to Networker is bare metal restore.

2019-08-07T06:15:00Z
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Consultant

The solution could adjust the size of the discs. The processor or the cache on the Data Domain could be better.

2019-08-07T06:15:00Z
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Real User

The pricing should be adjusted. Customers continuously talk about the price. They know it is a good solution and they really need the type of storage the solution offers, but it costs somewhere around $100,000 and up for enterprises. It's not cheap, but it's very important for data vendors. My customers are banks and petroleum sectors, so they need the backup and archiving systems. They can't leave a data center without it, even if the cost is high.

2019-08-05T06:24:00Z
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Real User

The solution needs a better cloud version. We need a solution that has a better understanding of the cloud. The pricing model needs to be improved.

2019-08-01T05:43:00Z
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Real User

Dell EMC Data Domain needs to have better compatibility between NetWorker and the hardware. NetWorker is not as good as the other products which are currently on the market like Backup Exec. NetWorker is not as feature-rich as other products. On the hardware, there is no issue but the need for improvement is always there. They need to improve the NetWorker software.

2019-03-12T07:26:00Z
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ExpertTop 5Real User

The processing capabilities I believe could be improved, however, we have an older unit DD670 and newer units may have already improved upon this.

2014-10-26T16:10:00Z
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