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Score 4.6 out of 100
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Score 8.7 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

SolarWinds Storage Resource Monitor (SRM)

Are you in the Cloud (AWS, Azure, GCP, other) -- you won't be able to use SRM. This does not give visibility into block and/or object storage.Do you have high-performance, multi-tiered storage solutions from vendors like HP, Dell, IBM, or others? Do you have a VMware environment hosted by your shared storage solution? Then this is the tool to link everything together for you.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Data Center Backup

Dell EMC Networker
4.1
SolarWinds Storage Resource Monitor (SRM)
Universal recovery
Dell EMC Networker
3.0
SolarWinds Storage Resource Monitor (SRM)
Live recovery
Dell EMC Networker
5.5
SolarWinds Storage Resource Monitor (SRM)
Recovery verification
Dell EMC Networker
4.5
SolarWinds Storage Resource Monitor (SRM)
Business application protection
Dell EMC Networker
3.5
SolarWinds Storage Resource Monitor (SRM)
Multiple backup destinations
Dell EMC Networker
4.0
SolarWinds Storage Resource Monitor (SRM)
Incremental backup identification
Dell EMC Networker
3.0
SolarWinds Storage Resource Monitor (SRM)
Backup to the cloud
Dell EMC Networker
3.0
SolarWinds Storage Resource Monitor (SRM)
Deduplication and file compression
Dell EMC Networker
7.5
SolarWinds Storage Resource Monitor (SRM)
Snapshots
Dell EMC Networker
5.5
SolarWinds Storage Resource Monitor (SRM)
Flexible deployment
Dell EMC Networker
1.5
SolarWinds Storage Resource Monitor (SRM)
Management dashboard
Dell EMC Networker
1.0
SolarWinds Storage Resource Monitor (SRM)
Platform support
Dell EMC Networker
5.9
SolarWinds Storage Resource Monitor (SRM)
Retention options
Dell EMC Networker
3.5
SolarWinds Storage Resource Monitor (SRM)
Encryption
Dell EMC Networker
5.9
SolarWinds Storage Resource Monitor (SRM)

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

SolarWinds Storage Resource Monitor (SRM)

  • Granular visibility of IOPS and IO.
  • Capacity Planning.
  • The ability to link storage to databases through Orion DPA.
  • Alerting and Reporting.
Rob Bates | 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

SolarWinds Storage Resource Monitor (SRM)

  • I have not found any cons of this product
Ryhlen Schoeberl | 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

SolarWinds Storage Resource Monitor (SRM)

SolarWinds Storage Resource Monitor (SRM) 8.0
Based on 1 answer
It has helped me prove that we need more storage as well as faster storage to management
Ryhlen Schoeberl | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

SolarWinds Storage Resource Monitor (SRM)

SolarWinds Storage Resource Monitor (SRM) 9.0
Based on 1 answer
Easy to set up and start. Out of the box alerts which you can tweak to your needs. Easy to use interfaces as well
Ryhlen Schoeberl | 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

SolarWinds Storage Resource Monitor (SRM)

SolarWinds Storage Resource Monitor (SRM) 8.0
Based on 2 answers
Do not have to contact support for issues often and when i do it is fast to get response and resolve my issues
Ryhlen Schoeberl | 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

SolarWinds Storage Resource Monitor (SRM)

SolarWinds Storage Resource Monitor (SRM) 8.0
Based on 2 answers
Easy to use set up wizard went off without a hitch.
Ryhlen Schoeberl | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

SolarWinds Storage Resource Monitor (SRM)

We have a full suite of SolarWinds products and did not evaluate other options for a full package. For selective monitoring we log into the devices, but this has made that much easier as we have a dashboard rather than logging into devices one at a time.
Richard Phillips | 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

SolarWinds Storage Resource Monitor (SRM)

  • Real-time monitoring and alerting to surpass those of native vSphere and in some occasions, better than manufacturer written software.
  • Historical monitoring of environment with charts and graphs to assist with ever changing environment loads.
David Yezersky | 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

SolarWinds Storage Resource Monitor (SRM)

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Dell EMC Networker
2.5
SolarWinds Storage Resource Monitor (SRM)
8.3

Likelihood to Renew

Dell EMC Networker
1.0
SolarWinds Storage Resource Monitor (SRM)
8.0

Usability

Dell EMC Networker
3.0
SolarWinds Storage Resource Monitor (SRM)
9.0

Support Rating

Dell EMC Networker
7.0
SolarWinds Storage Resource Monitor (SRM)
8.0

Implementation Rating

Dell EMC Networker
1.0
SolarWinds Storage Resource Monitor (SRM)
8.0

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