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Pros
"The solution integrates well with Unix, Windows, Hyper-V and VM.""The solution is very stable.""The stability is okay.""We have seen huge data reduction and data deduplication and compression, which is very cost-effective and cost-reducing for the company.""The most valuable features are scalability and integration.""Every product is good and bad, but its claim to fame is that it is scalable. We're doing more than 3,000 VMs. Every single night a complete image backup to disks and replication are easily done in under four hours.""The installation of the solution is easy.""Avamar's source side deduplication is very strong, it can easily back up remote sites' data, and not much bandwidth is required on the Avamar side."

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"This solution is very stable.""It's easy to use.""The updated graphical interface is better than it used to be.""Simple, stable and straightforward.""The support for legacy products is very good.""It has the ability to support all kinds of backups. It can be used to back up databases, operating systems, virtual machines, Lotus Notes, and Exchange. It can also do remote image backups for remote sites. It integrates and works with Data Domain. It is an enterprise-class product that can be used for anything and everything across multiple sites and locations. It is also very scalable.""It's a good product that can be integrated easily with the Data domain.""Deduplication is the most valuable feature of this solution."

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Cons
"A benefit would be support for either Azure Cool Storage or AWS Glacier.""EMC has discontinued their Avamar hardware version. They only advertise the Avamar virtual edition.""The reporting should be improved, as we currently have to use another tool for that purpose.""When you get down to doing certain things, such as somebody wants a particular file restored, the process by which you do that is stupid. You kind of have to know exactly where to look for in order to find it. Even on older backup products that I've used, I didn't have that kind of problem. If we were looking for a file with a particular kind of a name, the solution would find that file anywhere irrespective of where it resides within the backup system. So, we didn't have to know the name of the specific server, the specific timeframe, almost all the characters of the file name, and all kinds of data in order to find a file. In Avamar, we got to know these details. We've gone around and around with them on that, and their attitude seems to be that it is working just fine. There is nothing for them to improve. The organizational system of other products that I'm working with, such as Zerto and Cohesity, seems to be centered around the tasks that you would most commonly do and want to do, as opposed to we've laid it out in a really neat technical hierarchy.""The solution should improve its tape-connectivity features.""Compared with Cohesity or Rubrik, which have some continuous data protection for backup and replication, this solution tends to lack in this area.""The management of this solution is a little bit difficult for IT administrators. They have to be trained before going through the system.""The solution could be a bit easier to use in the sense that they need to make it simpler to backup products and restore items."

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"It is a little buggy at times, which is the only thing that I dislike about this product.""Its console UI should be better. It should also have more out-of-the-box reporting functionalities. It should also have easier cloud integration. They have got cloud boost and things like that, but if you want to directly back up to the cloud, I'm not too sure whether you can do it. For example, you can easily send data from Commvault to AWS, Azure, or a container, but it seems to be not so easy in NetWorker.""There should be total integration of the replication and cloud logistic back up on cloud.""It's complex in nature.""I would like to see the user interface improved, more documentation, faster support, and it could be easier to configure.""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 would like to see encryption included in the next release to encrypt the data that we are backing up.""In the next release, I would like to see better pricing and more integration with the other products in Dell EMC."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "It was approximately $70-80,000 when it was under support, but right now EMC has not been supporting this product for two years."
  • "Licensing was generally on a per VM or terabyte basis. They changed their licensing model a couple of times and turned it into socket-based licensing, which is an improvement in their licensing model."
  • "When it comes to competition the price is not what is important, it's not the problem."
  • "The price of this product should be lower."
  • "It was very expensive before, but after integrating it with Dell EMC Avamar Data Protection suite licensing, we are getting better discounts."
  • "The cost of the solution is very expensive."
  • "Its price should be reduced. It would be good if you could pay as per usage, and there is a subscription model like VMware. There should be some flexibility because sometimes, the customer only uses the backup for one month or three months. Currently, I have to pay whether I use it or not. Its licensing should be flexible and based on consumption."
  • "Its licensing is weird. It is not just the licenses; we also purchase hardware. With most software products, such as Veeam, Commvault, and Data Protector, there is no hardware purchase at the same time. Because Avamar and Data Domain are tied together, they have an integrated pipe. You can separate them, but basically, they're designed to work as a couple. Because the Data Domain backend is designed to do dedupe and compression, we get 60:1. When you count it, you count it as a straight compression, but of course, that's with dedupe and some other stuff. You have to buy the hardware, the licensing, and the software at the same time. So, it's not just software."
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  • "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."
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    Answers from the Community
    Netanya Carmi
    author avatarJohnBowling
    Real User

    I would add to Dovid's response.  


    We use both.  Avamar for remote sites and sites with WAN bandwidth constraints due to easy deployment\setup\support features of Avamar.  


    We dedicate NetWorker for the big DB's and some older legacy applications that require a bit more horsepower & options than NetWorker has to offer. In all, NetWorker takes a bit more to install, configure and maintain vs. Avamar. 


    Saying all of this, Dell is driving customers towards their newer offering "Power Protect (PPDM)" which is supposed to be replacing both products.  

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    From the very beginning, Dell EMC NetWorker considers users and those who might potentially become users. In terms of both pricing and setup, this product offers an experience that is significantly… more »
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    I have found the product to be scalable.
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    Licensing fees are paid annually. I am not sure if the fees are comparable; I would like to compare them to other solutions.
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    If it's set up the right way, it's a stable product.
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    There's a lot of room for improvement. The user interface has to be improved. Sometimes it duplicates jobs. Overall, it's a strong legacy product but there's still a lot of room for improvement. We… more »
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    Overview

    Avamar is fast, efficient backup and recovery through a complete software and hardware solution. Equipped with integrated variable-length deduplication technology, Avamar facilitates fast, daily full backups for virtual environments, remote offices, enterprise applications, network-attached storage (NAS) servers, and desktops/laptops.

    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.
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    Comanche County Memorial Hospital, Cap Atlantique, Getronics, Lewisville Independent School District, EnvisionRxOptions, Cincinnati Bell Technology Solutions
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    Computer Software Company28%
    Comms Service Provider18%
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    Large Enterprise56%
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    Dell EMC Avamar is ranked 10th in Backup and Recovery Software with 38 reviews while Dell EMC NetWorker is ranked 14th in Backup and Recovery Software with 28 reviews. Dell EMC Avamar is rated 7.8, while Dell EMC NetWorker is rated 7.8. The top reviewer of Dell EMC Avamar writes "Unlimited scalability, very stable, and ties very well with VMware API". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Dell EMC NetWorker writes "User-friendly GUI and fast support, but container support should be improved". Dell EMC Avamar is most compared with Veeam Backup & Replication, Dell EMC PowerProtect DD (Data Domain), Dell EMC PowerProtect Data Manager, Rubrik and Commvault, whereas Dell EMC NetWorker is most compared with Veritas NetBackup, Veeam Backup & Replication, Commvault, Dell EMC PowerProtect Data Manager and Azure Backup. See our Dell EMC Avamar vs. Dell EMC NetWorker report.

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