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"This solution is very stable.""It's a good product that can be integrated easily with the Data domain.""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.""There are no problems in terms of stability.""When you reach out to your maximum license availability, or you exceed your license limit, NetWorker never stops doing your backups.""It's easy to use.""NetWorker is fast and reliable.""It can support many different versions, both newer and older."

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"This is a product that has been on the market for a while and they have mastered the backup process, especially when backing up to tape, for most environments.""I have found the Media Server Deduplication tool, deployment policies, and agentless features to be the most valuable features.""NetBackup is highly stable. We have more than 1,800 policies that run every day.""The most valuable feature is that you don't need any special connectivity - you just need to give your seller name, and then it automatically discovers all your virtual machines, which is a great benefit, especially in a bigger environment.""It's a good product, it does what we want it to do.""It is important, when we chose a solution, that the customer service/technical support team could help us when we needed it, but the support was good.""It's durable — we achieve what we expect from it.""The deduplication feature is useful. Deduplication and compression features are what I like about NetBackup."

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"It's complex in nature.""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.""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 initial setup is complex.""The data storage capabilities should be improved.""It would be beneficial to have a single user interface for all of the features.""The solution could improve by having more integration.""There should be total integration of the replication and cloud logistic back up on cloud."

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"Planning for the implementation takes a lot of time.""Maybe they could add more cloud solutions.""You cannot tell what your costs are going to be by using the dashboard, which is something that should be improved.""The security and performance could improve with Veritas NetBackup. The security could be improved by protecting the data from attackers.""Technical support only gets back to us the following morning.""It would be better if it had a cloud integration feature. I would like to use a single product for the cloud instances and the on-premise instances. The price could also be better.""When the customer is using SaaS applications like Office 365, the integration falls short and needs to be improved.""Lacks a reporting feature."

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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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  • "If you have a source size of one terabyte then they will charge for a one terabyte license, although what is actually being stored is much less."
  • "My licensing model is based on capacity so as we grow, the price we pay increases and it becomes too expensive."
  • "Licensing fees are charged based on the number of CPU cores."
  • "We are happy with the pricing that we have, but it's expensive."
  • "It is very expensive. The licensing cost for this solution is on a yearly basis. It is approximately 50k. We will continue using it at least for the next year, but we are currently doing an analysis to switch to some other solution."
  • "Pricing is good, under our budget, and flexible."
  • "A better price would make this product more competitive."
  • "In terms of cost, it's not very good."
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    A. Ahad Alam
    author avatarSufyan Khan
    Real User

    Hi Abdul Ahad (@A. Ahad Alam​),

    Well, thanks for the valued query to the community. I will try my best to recommend Veritas NetBackup vs Dell EMC NetWorker but first can you please advise which backup software you are currently using for your backups?

    If you are not using any of them then the first thing to work on will be the sizing of your existing & forecasted Front-End and Back-End data with the daily growth rate and your organization's backup policies (including backup cycles, retention policies, then archival of your data later) you are going to plan and execute for the next 3 to 10 years might be more... Because the vital and core count for any available good backup software is what features it can provide and how many of them will be of your use which will be addressing your planned and existing backup policies.

    Well, if this information is already in place and you just need a 'Vs' info then both are good whichever suits and addresses your backup requirements and policies the most.

    Dell EMC NetWorker provides unification of your backups with a range of protection with rapid recovery of your backups across cloud, physical and virtualized environments and Veritas NetBackup is also doing the same from Edge to the Core to the Cloud.

    Hence, the decision is dependent upon the actual requirement and your backup policies totally!

    Sufyan Ali Khan


    author avatarSyed Abid Hussain
    Real User

    Dell EMC Networker is a basic backup system with limited features and does not provide advanced data protection

    Veritas NetBackup is an enterprise-level solution that has all the features your need for small, medium and enterprise-level requirements. It supports all kinds of file system backup, major hypervisor platforms, applications and databases, even bare metal recovery too. Schedule policies are outclass. It is a more reliable solution.

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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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    Assuming you have an onprem ecosystem which runs the VMware, physical systems on Win, Linux and Unix and run both traditional DB's and nosql DB's like mongo, then Netbackup (NBU) will be the right… more »
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    Well both are comprehensive backup solutions. comm-vault has management One UI, Built-in security features, ransomware detection, immutability, data isolation, and recovery. while Net-backup has… more »
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    We believe that everything Veritas NetBackup offers, including backups, snapshots, deduplication, and replication, is valuable.
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    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.

    NetBackup reduces the staggering complexity of enterprise data protection, outpaces the relentless growth of the data center, and increases the agility IT needs to transform from traditional cost center to service-oriented business enabler. Enterprises trust Symantec.

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    Insurance Company9%
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    Find out what your peers are saying about Dell EMC NetWorker vs. Veritas NetBackup and other solutions. Updated: January 2022.
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    Dell EMC NetWorker is ranked 14th in Backup and Recovery Software with 28 reviews while Veritas NetBackup is ranked 7th in Backup and Recovery Software with 58 reviews. Dell EMC NetWorker is rated 7.8, while Veritas NetBackup is rated 7.8. 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 Veritas NetBackup writes "Short-term recovery options help our clients easily get lost data back into production". Dell EMC NetWorker is most compared with Dell EMC Avamar, Veeam Backup & Replication, Commvault, Dell EMC PowerProtect Data Manager and Azure Backup, whereas Veritas NetBackup is most compared with Veeam Backup & Replication, Veritas Backup Exec, Commvault, Azure Backup and Cohesity DataProtect. See our Dell EMC NetWorker vs. Veritas NetBackup report.

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