There are better solutions out there.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
April 30, 2020

There are better solutions out there.

Score 4 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Dell EMC Networker

Networker is being used in conjuncture with Dell DataDomain to facilitate the backup and restores of a large number of VMs as well as a number of Databases. We are using it as a department and not across the entire enterprise. It provides data recovery in the event of user or hardware error. That being said, it has been hard to work with, is not user friendly and tends to fail backups at a regular basis. We've been looking for an alternative.
  • Works with other Dell EMC products.
  • Works with VMware.
  • UX is just horrible.
  • Workflow is hard to easily understand.
  • Does not feel seamless.
  • The negatives are how much time we have to devote to the product.
  • The plus is that when we needed to pull the backups out of Networker, we were able to.
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.
Truthfully, the support was ok. I had no real issues with the support.

Do you think Dell EMC Networker delivers good value for the price?

No

Are you happy with Dell EMC Networker's feature set?

No

Did Dell EMC Networker live up to sales and marketing promises?

No

Did implementation of Dell EMC Networker go as expected?

No

Would you buy Dell EMC Networker again?

No

If you are already a strong Dell EMC shop and they give you a screaming deal on Networker, it may be worth it. Dell has been promoting new backup and recovery products, but they seem to be being lapped by the startups in the space.

Dell EMC Networker Feature Ratings

Universal recovery
3
Live recovery
3
Recovery verification
4
Business application protection
4
Multiple backup destinations
3
Incremental backup identification
3
Backup to the cloud
3
Deduplication and file compression
6
Snapshots
4
Flexible deployment
1
Management dashboard
1
Platform support
2
Retention options
3
Encryption
2