Avamar is one of Dell’s data protection software offerings, with PowerProtect Data Manager and NetWorker being other solutions in the vendor’s portfolio (see Evaluator Group’s separate Product Brief documents on these products).
Avamar supports a range of source data, both on-premises and in the cloud. The Avamar solution is offered in three forms: as software, a virtual appliance, and as a physical appliance with Dell hardware via the Integrated Data Protection Appliance (IDPA) family (which Evaluator Group also covers in a separate Product Brief). Both the software and virtual edition integrate with Dell PowerProtect DD systems (formerly Data Domain). (Note: Existing customers can still use the original scalable Avamar Data Store hardware solution, however Dell is focusing customers on the Avamar software and virtual edition with PowerProtect DD going forward.)
Avamar backs up both local and remote physical and virtual systems including servers, network-attached storage (NAS) systems, endpoints, and enterprise applications. It uses client-side agents, or the Network Data Management Protocol (NDMP) with Avamar Accelerators in the case of NAS systems, to control data backup. Avamar protects only unique blocks at the source to greatly reduce the amount of data that is transferred and stored. All data is encrypted in flight for security.
Administration is through a graphical user interface (GUI) that is accessed either through the web or from an application loaded on a server. Avamar also delivers tight VMware integration, including the ability to perform backup and recovery operations directly from VMware interfaces – vSphere, Cloud Director and vRealize Automation.
Dell Avamar Product Brief Includes:
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