EMC NetWorker Review

Provides our backup and recovery capabilities for Service Restoration and Disaster Recovery

What is most valuable?

DD Boost integration for capacity reduction and backup window.

How has it helped my organization?

This product has provide our backup and recovery capabilities for Service Restoration and Disaster Recovery for more than a decade. We have evolved with the product over the years and it continues to meet our requirements.

What needs improvement?

Automate/role-based Virtual Machine protection and automated DR recovery capabilities.

For how long have I used the solution?

Initial install was in 2001 with Legato 6.4. We just completed the latest upgrade to EMC Networker 9.1.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

All x.0 versions that we have deployed have had issues which get worked out in the subsequent releases. We generally never deploy the x.0 version and wait instead for the x.1 SP 1 release.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Early on, we had limitations in the number of servers as a single DataZone could manage when pushed up to deploy multiple DataZones. Those numbers have significantly increased but for large environments, this could still be a limit. The number of connections that the solution uses with the VMware Hypervisor can cause issues with vCenter's performance, but that is more a limitation with VMware than EMC NetWorker.

How is customer service and technical support?

Over the years, it’s been up and down. For this latest version, I would suggest that it’s average, with not a large number of EMC specialists understanding how all the latest features in the product are supposed to work.

How was the initial setup?

In a larger environment with multiple servers types and network security zones, it’s a complex installation to ensure stability with performance.

What other advice do I have?

Don’t install the newest x.0 version of the product. Make sure you understand you own requirements and expectations of data protection in terms of Service Restoration and Disaster Recovery to ensure you are implementing the solution appropriately to meet those requirements.

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