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We are looking at a pair of Data Domain 2500s with 24 x 3TB drives in each. One for our primary location and one for our DR site (1Gb point-to-point connection for replication). Anyone currently use DD that can give advice, good or bad? We are trying to decide if its worth going with a hardware solution, DD or rather go with big dumb storage, like a HP MSA 2040 and use Windows 2012 dedup. Any feedback or advice is appreciated. Thanks!

PS - We use Veeam for our backup software. That won't be changing.

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We've had a DD2200 in the lab for some time (review nearing completion) and have had a pretty good run with it, especially with DD Boost for SQL, which is where we're spending most of our time. As I'm sure you know, in Veeam 8, DD Boost will be there too -

http://www.storagereview.com/emc_data_domain_boost_coming_to_veeam_availability_suite_v8

I come out pretty firmly in favor of a dedicated appliance for backup and recovery. The data reduction benefits and integration with Veeam in your case, make your backups more efficient and faster (with Boost) than going to traditional storage. You also get so much more if you decide you need it, from the EMC portfolio like RecoverPoint for cloud DR, and so on.

As to EMC vs. other guys, we have hands on time with Barracuda, Exagrid and Unitrends. We have not seen HP StoreOnce or the Dell DR solutions yet. Given your needs, taking a look at Exagrid might make sense for you, they have the features it sounds like you want, and we know how nicely it plays with Veeam and the Landing Zone is a nice feature. You'll likely find them to be less expensive too. Definitely nothing wrong with EMC for your use case, but just be sure you're sizing right out of the box with DD.

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We didn't see anything worth noting, but what we did see was a massive decline in the amount of data that has to go over the wire, so even if there were a bump in CPU in your environment, backups will be over a ton more quickly. Our review and data should be out next week.

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That's the fun part. DD Boost on 1GbE is really cool. Just hang tight, data is in verification stage then we can share a preview here before the review goes up.

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