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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

Rubrik

It is by far the easiest and well thought out backup solution I've encountered. If you have requirements to archive into AWS, Azure, or GCP, it is extremely easy to configure. You will be up and archiving in minutes. The SLA based job scheduling is very intuitive. The only negative or less appropriate usage I can think of would be the instantiation piece. It takes several hours to instantiate one VM to a cloud environment. This could be our lack of bandwidth, but it is only feasible for a long term DR scenario.
Toby Wenzel | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Data Center Backup

Dell EMC Networker
4.1
Rubrik
8.8
Universal recovery
Dell EMC Networker
3.0
Rubrik
8.6
Live recovery
Dell EMC Networker
5.5
Rubrik
9.0
Recovery verification
Dell EMC Networker
4.5
Rubrik
8.5
Business application protection
Dell EMC Networker
3.5
Rubrik
8.5
Multiple backup destinations
Dell EMC Networker
4.0
Rubrik
9.0
Incremental backup identification
Dell EMC Networker
3.0
Rubrik
8.1
Backup to the cloud
Dell EMC Networker
3.0
Rubrik
9.3
Deduplication and file compression
Dell EMC Networker
7.5
Rubrik
8.6
Snapshots
Dell EMC Networker
5.5
Rubrik
8.6
Flexible deployment
Dell EMC Networker
1.5
Rubrik
8.9
Management dashboard
Dell EMC Networker
1.0
Rubrik
8.5
Platform support
Dell EMC Networker
5.9
Rubrik
8.8
Retention options
Dell EMC Networker
3.5
Rubrik
9.3
Encryption
Dell EMC Networker
5.9
Rubrik
9.3

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

Rubrik

  • Simplified backup. Rubrik integrates well with modern data-center technologies. Rubrik backups are SLA-based, and you can apply SLAs to different levels of your infrastructure, e.g. from granular VM-based assignments to covering whole site with few clicks.
  • Simplified restore. Easy to use interface allows for delegation of restores to any user group.
  • Simplified backup to cloud makes replacing outdated backup targets, such as tape libraries, an easy task.
  • Simplified DR to cloud. In addition to the ability to mount restored virtual machines from the Rubrik appliances itself, Rubrik allows you to spin up backed up to the cloud instances in Azure cloud.
Paul Lerner | 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

Rubrik

  • I would like to have the ability to set expiration dates for relics. When VMs are deleted, the backups (relics) require manual intervention to remove, and I may not want them removed right away.
  • Integration of multiple clusters into a single dashboard.
  • I'd like to see more granular control of SLA retentions.
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

Rubrik

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

Rubrik

Rubrik 8.2
Based on 2 answers
Rubrik has a simple to use interface and day to day management is very simple yet it doesn't sacrifice flexibility. Expanding capacity as data grows is very easy and does not require downtime. Upgrading is simple and efficient. Setup and configuration are straight forward.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

Rubrik

Rubrik 8.8
Based on 6 answers
I have had nothing but great service from Rubrik's support. The support tunnel option is great as they can connect without the need for WebEx or JoinMe to work on your cluster. They are always willing to perform upgrades even though upgrading is super easy for the customer, but some would prefer support to do them.
Toby Tapp | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

Rubrik

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

Rubrik

Veeam is the closest to Rubrik but still cannot compare in its simplicity and success rates. The others just don't even compare, heck you have to have a PHD just to use CommVault
Sam Kemp | 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

Rubrik

  • Increasing of service's request: old customers asked us backup service after they realized we were using Rubrik
  • New customers, came because of Rubrik, asked for new services
  • Old customers already using previous backup solution decided to leave the service since more expensive
  • Overall, ROI is positive
Raffaello Poltronieri | TrustRadius Reviewer

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Pricing Details

Dell EMC Networker

General

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

Rubrik

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Dell EMC Networker
2.5
Rubrik
8.8

Likelihood to Renew

Dell EMC Networker
1.0
Rubrik

Usability

Dell EMC Networker
3.0
Rubrik
8.2

Support Rating

Dell EMC Networker
7.0
Rubrik
8.8

Implementation Rating

Dell EMC Networker
1.0
Rubrik

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