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"It's easy to use.""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.""The updated graphical interface is better than it used to be.""The GUI is the best feature. It's very good and easy to use.""Dell EMC NetWorker integrates well with our domain and the performance is quite good on-premise. We receive approximately 1 terabyte within one hour.""The support for legacy products is very good.""There are no problems in terms of stability.""Deduplication is the most valuable feature of this solution."

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"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 stability of the product seems to be quite good.""Deduplication implementation with CAPA is very good.""The command-line interface is user-friendly and well documented in the reference guide.""If you have an idea of what you are doing, it's very flexible and very stable.""The initial setup was relatively easy.""The most valuable feature is the capability to back up our SQL server.""It is a traditional backup model. If you talk about file server and the official Windows database, it's a stable product."

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"The user interface has to be improved""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.""There should be total integration of the replication and cloud logistic back up on cloud.""The initial setup is complex.""I would like to see encryption included in the next release to encrypt the data that we are backing up.""The price could be cheaper.""When you're working with VMware, you need to use vProxy machines. You have to install the vProxy for every host in the VMware environment.""I would like to see the user interface improved, more documentation, faster support, and it could be easier to configure."

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"Other tools seem to be easier to use.""The downside of the flexibility on offer is if you over-configure it, it may fail to function as some configurations may not match.""The scheduler setup could be better. We are facing some issues scheduling the job based on our requirements.""I would like to see a better user interface in the next release.""VMware backup integration and cloud recovery is lacking.""This solution is not scalable.""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.""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."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "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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  • "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."
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    Questions from the Community
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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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    If it's set up the right way, it's a stable product.
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    The command-line interface is user-friendly and well documented in the reference guide.
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    The setup cost is not so large compared with other software, while as far as licensing goes, I suggest one per capacity (Front End TB) if the environment is heterogeneous with both physical and… more »
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    The VMware GRE is still limited and complex to implement with differences in behavior between Windows and Linux mount proxies. ZDB has too many constraints (e.g. it doesn't work for Linux volumes… more »
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    NetWorker
    Data Protector, OmniBack, HPE Data Protector
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    Overview
    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.

    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.

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    Sample Customers
    Secure-24, Riverside Health System, Shriners, Panatonni, Qatar Islamic Bank, Eurosport
    GSK Vaccines, Repsol, Vodafone Group, Siemens AG, Medium Enterprise Transportation Services Company
    Top Industries
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    Financial Services Firm27%
    Computer Software Company14%
    Healthcare Company9%
    Comms Service Provider9%
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    Computer Software Company32%
    Comms Service Provider18%
    Government8%
    Financial Services Firm8%
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    Manufacturing Company13%
    Comms Service Provider11%
    Financial Services Firm11%
    Healthcare Company8%
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    Computer Software Company34%
    Comms Service Provider23%
    Government7%
    Energy/Utilities Company4%
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    Midsize Enterprise26%
    Large Enterprise44%
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    Dell EMC NetWorker is ranked 14th in Backup and Recovery Software with 28 reviews while Micro Focus Data Protector is ranked 21st in Backup and Recovery Software with 14 reviews. Dell EMC NetWorker is rated 7.8, while Micro Focus Data Protector is rated 7.0. 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 and Commvault, whereas Micro Focus Data Protector is most compared with Veeam Backup & Replication, Commvault, Veritas NetBackup, Zerto and HPE StoreOnce. See our Dell EMC NetWorker vs. Micro Focus Data Protector report.

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