Actifio Enterprise vs. Dell Networker

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Actifio Enterprise
Score 8.0 out of 10
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Actifio Enterprise is a copy data virtualization, & data center backup and recovery platform from Boston-based Actifio.N/A
Dell Networker
Score 6.1 out of 10
N/A
Dell NetWorker is an enterprise-level data protection software product that unifies and automates backup to tape, disk-based, and flash-based storage media across physical and virtual environments for granular and disaster recovery.N/A
Pricing
Actifio EnterpriseDell Networker
Editions & Modules
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
Actifio EnterpriseDell Networker
Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional Details
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Features
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Data Center Backup
Comparison of Data Center Backup features of Product A and Product B
Actifio Enterprise
9.3
1 Ratings
13% above category average
Dell Networker
5.0
11 Ratings
48% below category average
Universal recovery9.01 Ratings5.29 Ratings
Instant recovery9.01 Ratings6.011 Ratings
Recovery verification9.01 Ratings6.09 Ratings
Business application protection8.01 Ratings4.59 Ratings
Multiple backup destinations10.01 Ratings3.010 Ratings
Incremental backup identification10.01 Ratings4.811 Ratings
Backup to the cloud9.01 Ratings5.26 Ratings
Deduplication and file compression10.01 Ratings6.910 Ratings
Snapshots10.01 Ratings6.09 Ratings
Flexible deployment9.01 Ratings2.79 Ratings
Management dashboard8.01 Ratings4.59 Ratings
Platform support9.01 Ratings3.99 Ratings
Retention options10.01 Ratings4.79 Ratings
Encryption10.01 Ratings7.27 Ratings
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User Ratings
Actifio EnterpriseDell Networker
Likelihood to Recommend
10.0
(1 ratings)
7.1
(11 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
-
(0 ratings)
1.0
(1 ratings)
Usability
-
(0 ratings)
3.0
(2 ratings)
Support Rating
-
(0 ratings)
6.3
(3 ratings)
Implementation Rating
-
(0 ratings)
1.0
(1 ratings)
User Testimonials
Actifio EnterpriseDell Networker
Likelihood to Recommend
Actifio
Actifio is a good fit for anyone looking for draas or backup as a service with Bluechip.co.uk being able to tailor a solution to fit your need if you are a medium size business looking to protect over 20TB of source data on a mix of virtual and physical servers in your datacentre our hosted within our state of the art datacentres.
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Dell Technologies
For users with a basic backup system that does not provide advanced data protection this is a life saver in the age we live in where hackers are looking to encrypt and ruin your important backups. I would recommend [Dell EMC Networker] based on its features, price, and ease of use. If you have a similar product already it does not offer many unique features however.
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Pros
Actifio
  • Reliable and easy to deploy backup solution with low administration overhead.
  • Fast backup solution with low impact on production systems as it backs them up.
  • Dedup and replication of backed up data between sites and with streamsnap very quick recovery on dr site.
  • Great customer support with quick response to changing demands.
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Dell Technologies
  • Seamlessly integrates with DataDomain
  • Seamlessly integrates with vmWare for extremely fast VM backups
  • Provides agent-based integration for a very wide array of applications-aware backups, including but not limited to: Microsoft SQL/Exchange/Sharepoint, Meditech, Oracle, DB2, Informix, SAP
  • Integrates with a wide family of NAS solutions for NDMP backups
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Cons
Actifio
  • Single file restore has always been an issue but hopefully will be added soon.
  • Physical server backup restoring has always been tricky but achievable.
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Dell Technologies
  • The GUI is horrible. Giant windows that don't size properly, confusing terminology, multiple clicks to get things done, it's just a disorganized mess. I can't put this in front of my junior techs because it requires some background in DR software to fully comprehend, and even then it's not easy. It feels very much like this was tacked on to a command-line based product as an afterthought.
  • Better management features. It's difficult to integrate with Active Directory, for one. You'll need a Dell EMC tech to help you. Items can't be renamed and have to be recreated. Options are buried in multiple GUI tabs and often are just command line strings in a free-text field. Diagnosing failed jobs and workflows is cumbersome and the errors are often cryptic without some experience. Design it well and pray for uptime, because you need this to work when disaster requires it to.
  • Poor reporting features for an enterprise class product. You can't schedule any type of simple summary (an audit requirement for us) in the base product. To do this requires the additional cost of Data Protection Advisor, which is also horribly designed and impossible to get working quickly.
  • Post-sales contact is non-existent. We've been through a few reps and the project team dropped us at one point with a half-finished implementation when the original sales guy moved on. We only got the the promised product implementation by telling Dell that we weren't paying the bill until they delivered what they promised and were contractually obligated to.
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Likelihood to Renew
Actifio
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Dell Technologies
There are three reasons for not renewing our use of NetWorker: 1) the rising and extremely high cost of support and proprietary hardware needed for deduplication, 2) the complete unreliability of the product (we couldn't recover from a true disaster if we wanted to), and 3) the horrible support from EMC for the product
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Usability
Actifio
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Dell Technologies
NetWorker has the clunkiest interface and unfriendliest CLI with which I have ever had to work. I spent three years hating this application because it took ALL of my time just to keep it running. Even then, I had no confidence in our ability to recover from a disaster because of its unreliability.
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Support Rating
Actifio
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Dell Technologies
The support team has always been good, and there is never an issue that can't be resolved. The techs are competent and know the product. The slightly less than perfect rating I'm giving is because Support shouldn't carry the burden themselves. We hear from Dell sales people all the time, but they never call and ask about this product, nor do they offer to upsell it or make it better. That lack of sales support and coherence hurts the overall rating a bit. When I spend my company's money on your product, I expect you to at least ACT like you care, if not actually care for real. It influences my opinion and future purchasing habits.
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Implementation Rating
Actifio
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Dell Technologies
How can anyone build a house without a blueprint? NetWorker was ramrodded into place here without a design or implementation plan. The result was a setup that was doomed from the start and never worked reliable over the full three years of our contract obligation.
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Alternatives Considered
Actifio
Actifio is quicker to deploy easier to manage and capacity plan with less components to keep patched.
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Dell Technologies
EMC and Unitrends are equal at the file level and SQL backups. What makes Unitrends the better product is the ability to backup VMs as a whole. They both have the ability to email reports about failures and hardware issues. Unitrends has superior support and knowledge base and support is available 24/7.
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Return on Investment
Actifio
  • We have managed to scale up the size of our environment without the need for extra admin overhead.
  • Over 99% backups complete.
  • Solution is robust and quick to scale to meet demands.
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Dell Technologies
  • When you get into the deep dive of features there is quite a learning curve for those options so it's a lot to learn.
  • Restores and restore verification is very fast so you save some time there.
  • Costs are fairly high so an ROI may take some time vs a standard backup software.
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