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Score 8 out of 100
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Score 7.1 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

  • Actifio Enterprise ranks higher in 1 feature set: Data Center Backup

Data Center Backup

8.1

Actifio Enterprise

81%
5.3

Dell Networker

53%
Actifio Enterprise ranks higher in 14/14 features

Universal recovery

9.0
90%
2 Ratings
5.4
54%
9 Ratings

Instant recovery

8.0
80%
2 Ratings
6.2
62%
22 Ratings

Recovery verification

8.0
80%
2 Ratings
6.6
66%
9 Ratings

Business application protection

9.0
90%
2 Ratings
5.0
50%
9 Ratings

Multiple backup destinations

9.0
90%
2 Ratings
3.2
32%
10 Ratings

Incremental backup identification

8.0
80%
2 Ratings
4.9
49%
11 Ratings

Backup to the cloud

8.0
80%
2 Ratings
5.3
53%
6 Ratings

Deduplication and file compression

7.0
70%
2 Ratings
7.0
70%
10 Ratings

Snapshots

9.0
90%
2 Ratings
6.2
62%
9 Ratings

Flexible deployment

9.0
90%
2 Ratings
3.0
30%
9 Ratings

Management dashboard

7.0
70%
2 Ratings
5.0
50%
9 Ratings

Platform support

7.0
70%
2 Ratings
4.2
42%
9 Ratings

Retention options

8.0
80%
2 Ratings
5.2
52%
9 Ratings

Encryption

8.0
80%
2 Ratings
7.2
72%
7 Ratings

Attribute Ratings

  • Actifio Enterprise is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend

Likelihood to Recommend

8.0

Actifio Enterprise

80%
2 Ratings
7.1

Dell Networker

71%
11 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

Actifio Enterprise

N/A
0 Ratings
1.0

Dell Networker

10%
1 Rating

Usability

Actifio Enterprise

N/A
0 Ratings
3.0

Dell Networker

30%
2 Ratings

Support Rating

Actifio Enterprise

N/A
0 Ratings
6.5

Dell Networker

65%
5 Ratings

Implementation Rating

Actifio Enterprise

N/A
0 Ratings
1.0

Dell Networker

10%
2 Ratings

Likelihood to Recommend

Actifio

Actifio Enterprise is a great tool to use for data protection and disaster recovery at the enterprise level. It can create one master copy of your data and then replicate that data out via snapshots to local or cloud-based targets. I don't think this product would be a good fit to small to medium sized companies because it is on the expensive side.
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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

  • Price could be lower
  • Learning curve is a bit steep
  • Admin Console could be improved
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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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Pricing Details

Actifio Enterprise

Starting Price

Editions & Modules

Actifio Enterprise editions and modules pricing
EditionModules

Footnotes

    Offerings

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services

    Entry-level set up fee?

    No setup fee

    Additional Details

    Dell Networker

    Starting Price

    Editions & Modules

    Dell Networker editions and modules pricing
    EditionModules

    Footnotes

      Offerings

      Free Trial
      Free/Freemium Version
      Premium Consulting/Integration Services

      Entry-level set up fee?

      No setup fee

      Additional Details

      Likelihood to Renew

      Actifio

      No answers on this topic

      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

      No answers on this topic

      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

      No answers on this topic

      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

      No answers on this topic

      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

      • Actifio has improved our Disaster Recovery approach by making it easier to get data into the cloud
      • Actifio has allowed our DBA's to manage their own backups and restores
      • Actifio has allowed us to save a lot of disk space by using clones\snapshots to replicate data from production to lower environments.
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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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