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Score 4.6 out of 100
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Score 8.2 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

Dell EMC Networker

Networker is only suited for one thing: being a front end for good hardware. We love our Data Domains, the dedupe is insane and they ingest data rapidly. You'd be better off using Veeam, which can talk to the Data Domains natively (that's what we're doing now).
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

IBM Spectrum Protect Plus

I think that larger environments with a higher percentage of physical systems that require backup along side the virutalization environment sticking with a single backup/archive solution such as Spectrum Protect with Spectrum Protect for VE is still the most efficient use of administrators' time and energy.For small shops that are looking for ease of use - this is a perfect fit.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Data Center Backup

Dell EMC Networker
4.1
IBM Spectrum Protect Plus
8.9
Universal recovery
Dell EMC Networker
3.0
IBM Spectrum Protect Plus
9.0
Live recovery
Dell EMC Networker
5.5
IBM Spectrum Protect Plus
10.0
Recovery verification
Dell EMC Networker
4.5
IBM Spectrum Protect Plus
10.0
Business application protection
Dell EMC Networker
3.5
IBM Spectrum Protect Plus
8.4
Multiple backup destinations
Dell EMC Networker
4.0
IBM Spectrum Protect Plus
10.0
Incremental backup identification
Dell EMC Networker
3.0
IBM Spectrum Protect Plus
7.6
Backup to the cloud
Dell EMC Networker
3.0
IBM Spectrum Protect Plus
7.6
Deduplication and file compression
Dell EMC Networker
7.5
IBM Spectrum Protect Plus
10.0
Snapshots
Dell EMC Networker
5.5
IBM Spectrum Protect Plus
10.0
Flexible deployment
Dell EMC Networker
1.5
IBM Spectrum Protect Plus
7.6
Management dashboard
Dell EMC Networker
1.0
IBM Spectrum Protect Plus
8.8
Platform support
Dell EMC Networker
5.9
IBM Spectrum Protect Plus
7.6
Retention options
Dell EMC Networker
3.5
IBM Spectrum Protect Plus
8.4
Encryption
Dell EMC Networker
5.9
IBM Spectrum Protect Plus
10.0

Pros

Dell EMC Networker

  • When used with a Data Domain appliance, using either DDBOOST or a VTL, it is quick and does a wonderful job of deduplication. We have 2.3 PB stored on a 140 TB DD 4500. While this is expensive storage, the cost for 2+ PB would be even higher.
  • It does a good job of brick-level backups of Exchange mailboxes, and does so in very good time. A few hours backs up our entire organizations mailbox stores in a way that provides object level restore.
  • Used in combination with DPA (Data Protection Advisor), it has a very good reporting capability. DPA, however, requires more than just surface knowledge in order to get really good reports, and the DDOS changes can wreck havoc with customized reports.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

IBM Spectrum Protect Plus

  • Can meet my SLA
  • File Level Restore
  • Can clone the VM for reuse
Parul Patel | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Dell EMC Networker

  • Networker's customer service could use a bit of improvement. While some problems are handled quickly, complex issues sometimes have limited responses with difficulty to escalate up the chain.
  • Networker prior to version 9 is using outdated policy configuration which tends to make some backup windows and obligations awkward.
  • Networker needs a bit better method for accommodating plugin integration with other applications, and better documentation on implementation of those modules.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

IBM Spectrum Protect Plus

  • Incorporation of more touchless agents for physical servers.
  • Direct offload to tape - instead of requiring Spectrum Protect.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Dell EMC Networker

Dell EMC Networker 1.0
Based on 1 answer
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
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

IBM Spectrum Protect Plus

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Usability

Dell EMC Networker

Dell EMC Networker 3.0
Based on 2 answers
Use this, and then use Veeam. Or literally just about anything else. It's a powerful engine with a crappy paint job and a rusty frame.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

IBM Spectrum Protect Plus

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Support Rating

Dell EMC Networker

Dell EMC Networker 7.0
Based on 3 answers
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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

IBM Spectrum Protect Plus

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Implementation Rating

Dell EMC Networker

Dell EMC Networker 1.0
Based on 1 answer
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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

IBM Spectrum Protect Plus

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Alternatives Considered

Dell EMC Networker

We've been actively looking at other products such as Rubrik or Cohesity in order to get a better experience as well as lower our overall time invested in running backups. Dell EMC Networker fails to stand up to these products in most ways. In our evaluations it was both easier to understand the different systems as well as talk to the software/hardware via APIs.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

IBM Spectrum Protect Plus

Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Dell EMC Networker

  • Networker has helped reduce risk of data loss. We have many compensating controls for business user level data but Networker has been helpful with full image recoveries. Sometimes an IT mistake can be hard to back out of and/or rebuilding from scratch isn't a good option. Networker has helped save lots of IT engineer's time in our company.
Josh Dix | TrustRadius Reviewer

IBM Spectrum Protect Plus

  • Cloud backup can be expensive and slow
Parul Patel | TrustRadius Reviewer

Screenshots

Dell EMC Networker

Pricing Details

Dell EMC Networker

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

IBM Spectrum Protect Plus

General

Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
Optional

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Dell EMC Networker
2.5
IBM Spectrum Protect Plus
8.8

Likelihood to Renew

Dell EMC Networker
1.0
IBM Spectrum Protect Plus

Usability

Dell EMC Networker
3.0
IBM Spectrum Protect Plus

Support Rating

Dell EMC Networker
7.0
IBM Spectrum Protect Plus

Implementation Rating

Dell EMC Networker
1.0
IBM Spectrum Protect Plus

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