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"We are talking about a complete end-to-end solution which comes with its own hardware storage to back up the data on tape-less.""The source site replication feature is valuable.""The solution is easy to use and has high performance.""The initial setup is easy.""Dell EMC Avamar is very good with endpoint backups.""It works quickly and is very stable.""The installation process is pretty straightforward.""The backup and recovery speed is very fast."

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"The solution has a longer lifespan.""Storage-wise, EMC is user-friendly.""The GUI is the best feature. It's very good and easy to use.""The solution is very user-friendly. After setting up five machines for our customers we teach them how to set up the agent and start doing their backups. It is very easy for them once they see how to do it, they like to do it on their own.""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.""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.""There are no problems in terms of stability.""This solution is very stable."

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Cons
"The product could offer more integration capabilities.""There also needs to be single sign-on support.""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.""The solution, in the future, should offer support for mobile.""It's not the best solution for big databases.""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 could improve by having better integration and more flexibility.""The initial setup is a bit complex and could be simpler."

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"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.""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.""The price could be cheaper.""Support is definitely an area of concern because of the time it takes to resolve our issues.""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.""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.""There should be total integration of the replication and cloud logistic back up on cloud.""Reporting templates could be easier to understand and more comprehensive."

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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
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    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.  

    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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    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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    Sample Customers
    Comanche County Memorial Hospital, Cap Atlantique, Getronics, Lewisville Independent School District, EnvisionRxOptions, Cincinnati Bell Technology Solutions
    Secure-24, Riverside Health System, Shriners, Panatonni, Qatar Islamic Bank, Eurosport
    Top Industries
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    Computer Software Company17%
    Retailer14%
    Healthcare Company11%
    Manufacturing Company11%
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    Computer Software Company28%
    Comms Service Provider18%
    Government10%
    Financial Services Firm6%
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    Financial Services Firm26%
    Computer Software Company13%
    Comms Service Provider9%
    University9%
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    Computer Software Company32%
    Comms Service Provider18%
    Government8%
    Financial Services Firm8%
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    Small Business26%
    Midsize Enterprise19%
    Large Enterprise56%
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    Midsize Enterprise25%
    Large Enterprise45%
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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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