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!