We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:
"Simple, stable and straightforward."
"The backup capabilities and the automatization of the backup - along with the potential to make the back up on a virtual machine - are the solution's most valuable aspects."
"The support for legacy products is very good."
"Data domain is a good feature."
"When you reach out to your maximum license availability, or you exceed your license limit, NetWorker never stops doing your backups."
"The best feature of Dell EMC NetWorker is its wide spectrum of available plugins for each and every software that you can back up, such as SAP HANA, Oracle, AXI-based machines, or Dell-based machines. Whatever you want to back up, you can do it with Dell EMC NetWorker. It is a very solid backup software. It is the oldest backup software from EMC, and it comes from Dell EMC's legacy."
"Storage-wise, EMC is user-friendly."
"There are no problems in terms of stability."
"The initial setup is straightforward if you understand Data Protector."
"Data Protector is very good at automation. From the time of the backup, verification, and copy to tape, it is very good. I don't need to touch it, it will do it by itself."
"Integration with HP storage is a very strong point for Micro Focus Data Protector. It is the best solution for general operations like backup and restore. Zero downtime backup (ZDB) is one very important feature, which is basically the integration with the storage array. It is a very strong feature. We're using storage with snapshots with this integration."
"The most valuable feature is the capability to back up our SQL server."
"Deduplication implementation with CAPA is very good."
"The stability of the product seems to be quite good."
"It is a traditional backup model. If you talk about file server and the official Windows database, it's a stable product."
"What I like the most about this solution is that I can change and access the Oracle backup file."
"Reporting templates could be easier to understand and more comprehensive."
"The licensing rules are difficult to navigate and understand."
"I would like to see better support for the container systems, and we would like to see more support for image backups instead of pure file backups."
"Lacks a restore feature."
"It's complex in nature."
"It is not easy to understand and deploy. It is complex in nature. Simplicity is not there. When we deploy it, the customer always needs some training from us. To make it user friendly, there should be one agent that can be used to back up every product. Dell EMC NetWorker uses so many user agents. In PowerProtect Data Manager, you can just install its VM, import that VM into vCenter, and you can start to do backups directly from vCenter. However, in Dell EMC NetWorker, you always need one server, and from that server, you need to initiate all backups. You must know the interface and the CLI. It is not user friendly. It would be a great feature if we can deploy Dell EMC NetWorker on a virtual machine, like Avamar. The additional features that are required in Dell EMC NetWorker are already available in PowerProtect Data Manager and Avamar. Therefore, there is no need to enhance Dell EMC NetWorker. It would be better if they can just rename it to PowerProtect Data Manager or Avamar."
"The configuration is too complex."
"They need to be compatible with the cloud because EMC NetWorker cannot compete with other products at the moment. EMC focuses only on their own cloud and do not take into consideration other cloud vendors."
"I don't like this solution so much because it's very technical and compared to Commvault and Veeam, it's not so user-friendly. The interface needs improvement."
"If you compare the solution with the same specific features and enhancements on another solution, Data Protector is expensive. This is especially true when compared to, for example, Veeam."
"In general, you can say that Micro Focus Data Protector is behind in capabilities when compared with other backup solutions, such as Commvault, Symantec, NetBackup, but it is very strong for certain use cases such as array integration. We are using it in production even now. There should be some kind of cloud integration and archiving solutions. I think this is the area they need to focus on."
"The interface has been the same for many years and needs to be updated"
"VMware backup integration and cloud recovery is lacking."
"Other tools seem to be easier to use."
"Micro Focus Data Protector must improve its overall evolution record. They need to focus on hardware based instant recovery, client recovery, and cloud ability. Now there is no cloud ability."
"I would like to see a better user interface in the next release."
"If you purchase Avamar, NetWorker is free with Avamar, for one terabyte license capacity."
"It is excellent from the pricing point of view. It is free with Data Protection Suite. Similarly, when you purchase Avamar, Dell EMC NetWorker is free with one terabyte license capacity. Its price is very competitive."
"The price is a little on the high side, but it's reliable and provides a good service."
"It is not very expensive and not very cheap."
"They are not cheap."
"Licensing is based on the number of terabytes, so you need to purchase packages."
"There is a licensing fee."
"We do need to purchase a license, but sometimes, it comes as a part of the Dell Data Protection Suite (DPS). It has a capacity-based licensing."
"The pricing is around $3,000 to $5,000. The charge additionally for support and to scale."
"The solution requires paying for a license."
"Our licensing is on a capacity basis."
Built on a unified architecture that leverages analytics and automation, Micro Focus Data Protector delivers comprehensive data protection, real-time intelligence, and guided optimization to ensure simple, reliable, intelligent and cost-effective backup and recovery that is just as agile as your current and future IT environments. By standardizing the backup and recovery of information spread across locations, applications, formats, storage platforms, operating systems, and hypervisors, Data Protector provides assurance for mission critical information from the core to the edge, across physical, virtual, and cloud infrastructures.
Dell EMC NetWorker is ranked 13th in Backup and Recovery Software with 22 reviews while Micro Focus Data Protector is ranked 29th in Backup and Recovery Software with 10 reviews. Dell EMC NetWorker is rated 7.8, while Micro Focus Data Protector is rated 6.8. The top reviewer of Dell EMC NetWorker writes "User-friendly GUI and fast support, but container support should be improved". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Micro Focus Data Protector writes "Great automation and very good data deduplication but lacks good reporting". Dell EMC NetWorker is most compared with Dell EMC Avamar, Veritas NetBackup, Veeam Backup & Replication, Commvault and Dell EMC Integrated Data Protection Appliance, whereas Micro Focus Data Protector is most compared with Veeam Backup & Replication, Commvault, Veritas NetBackup, HPE StoreOnce and Azure Backup. See our Dell EMC NetWorker vs. Micro Focus Data Protector report.
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