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IT
Sep 26 2017

What do you think of Dell EMC NetWorker?

What is most valuable?

Management GUI Pools to direct backups to storage

How has it helped my organization?

It allows us to not worry about our backups.

What needs improvement?

Some functionality is restricted to Data Domain.

For how long have I used the solution?

21 years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

No.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

No.

How is customer service and technical support?

Excellent.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was complex in 1996, but now our environment is simpler, thus requiring two servers.

What other advice do I have?

If you need to backup multiple OS platforms, this is the product to purchase
Vendor
System Network Administrator at a healthcare company with 51-200 employees
Sep 18 2017

What do you think of Dell EMC NetWorker?

What is most valuable?

It is application aware for Meditech, Exchange and SQL. We do not want to check for successful backup in multiple locations. We want the backup application to handle all of that.

How has it helped my organization?

It has not improved functionality for us. At least the unsupported version we are on is difficult to administer. Most of the functions it can perform are not being used by us because of the complexity.

What needs improvement?

Reduce the product's complexity.

For how long have I used the solution?

Eight years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Stability is an issue.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

No.

How is customer service and technical support?

A seven out of 10. We must engage a reseller…
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Vendor
Sr. Infrastructure Architect at a insurance company with 10,001+ employees
Sep 18 2017

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.

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.
Consultant
Backup & Storage administrator at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Aug 17 2017

What is most valuable?

* Very nice tools (nsrwatch, nsradmin) in CLI for administration, monitoring, and management. And GUI is available with enterprise level as well. * NetWorker’s commands… more »

How has it helped my organization?

Backup admins don’t need to dedicate so much time to installation and configuration of backups.

What needs improvement?

NetWorker’s code needs improvement. There are so many bugs in each version, so I have to wait until the last cumulative hotfix of each service pack is released, to be sure… more »

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Ask your EMC representative for discount. They can provide really good discounts.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I used Hiback from NovaStor a long time ago, but it was not as good as NetWorker. I switched because I was no longer responsible for the Hiback backup environment; I… more »

What other advice do I have?

Use EMC Data Domain (DD) system and EMC NetWorker. It really is number one on the market in backup and recovery solutions.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I did not do so.
Consultant
Engineer at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Jul 02 2017

What is most valuable?

Provides backup automation and monitoring centralization. Having easy scalability of the covered data zone is also a big advantage.

How has it helped my organization?

All environment backups are monitored by a central management console. This allows us to have a global view and the statistics of data protection in the overall data… more »

What needs improvement?

Native reports are not really user-friendly. This is the case because EMC wants to sell DPA, which can give more reports/details. I think this policy is unfair.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Use capacity licensing instead of the traditional one. With capacity licenses, you have all the capabilities enabled. With traditional licenses, you have to activate… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We did not use a different solution before this one.

What other advice do I have?

Take a training course before implementing this solution, especially if you are used to managing another backup solution. The backup integration generally takes a while to… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

* TSM : This solution does not offer the media server option, which means that all data that has to be backed up has to be sent to the TSM backup server before being… more »
Vendor
Senior Associate - System Engineer at a financial services firm with 501-1,000 employees
Oct 19 2015

What is most valuable?

* Support for various operating systems, we use, AIX, Solaris, Linux, VMware, and Windows * Excellent deduplication with Data Domain Boost * A good user interface, so we can, from a single console, manage the entire backup infrastructure

How has it helped my organization?

We are using a single product, with the same licenses, to backup Oracle servers, SQL Servers, Exchange, and our virtual environment. It also allows us to clone the backups to a disaster recovery site. With the integration with Data Domain… more »

What needs improvement?

I think, first of all, the part that relates to backup virtual machines. I've seen better and faster solutions, for example: Veeam.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

We use NetWorker Capacity Licensing Model. Estimating the backup environment's capacity is, for me, very complex, and I think not even clear.

What other advice do I have?

It is a good product with some problems backing up virtual machines (slow restore). We use NetWorker Capacity Licensing Model. Estimating the backup environment's capacity is, for me, very complex, and I think not even clear.
Vendor
Infrastructure Analyst at a engineering company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Sep 25 2015

What is most valuable?

It's easy to configure and manage.

How has it helped my organization?

In our organization, we are working with Networker on other sites, so we can share our knowledge and experience.

What needs improvement?

We pretend to start image backups from VMware, but we are also working with Xen and RHEV, and this product doesn't support those platforms.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I used to work with TSM as well, but Networker is easier to deploy.

What other advice do I have?

There are some features that other software, like Avamar, does better, and that EMC could incorporate into Networker. Ensure you have good architecture job before implementation. At our organization, we are scheduling all our backups from… more »
Consultant
Engineer at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Nov 02 2014

What is most valuable?

Backup jobs can be scheduled and automated Monitoring of backups and configuration tasks are centralized Compatibility of the solution covers large OS/DataBases/Applications

How has it helped my organization?

In a large enterprise DataCenter there is traditionally a lot of applications/databases which are owned by different administrators. Without a centralized backup solution, each application/DB owner has to ensure its backup separately and if a problem occurs, he has to execute recovery tasks. In… more »

What needs improvement?

With Networker 8.0 I had an issue related to VMware VADP backups. An Image level backup of a RHEL VM finished successfully, but when I tried to restore it the transfer speed was very low, and the restore operation took 20 hours to restore 17 GB which represents 50% of total VM size. I was then… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

IBM TSM; HP data protector; Symantec Netbackup/Backupexec are main competitor to Networker. I remember a customer asked me to advise him between deploying Networker or TSM. The customer wanted to integrate a Data Domain device to his backup solution. I advised him to use Networker because TSM is not… more »

What is Dell EMC NetWorker?

EMC NetWorker backup and recovery software centralizes, automates, and accelerates data backup and recovery across your IT environment. NetWorker delivers record-breaking performance and a wide range of data protection options to safeguard your critical business data.
Also known as
NetWorker
Dell EMC NetWorker customers
Secure-24, Riverside Health System, Shriners, Panatonni, Qatar Islamic Bank, Eurosport
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