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Networker - Solid Small to Mid-size Product With Few Drawbacks
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September 01, 2017

Networker - Solid Small to Mid-size Product With Few Drawbacks

Score 7 out of 101
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Overall Satisfaction with Networker

Networker is being used as the primary backup software for our organization.
  • Networker has a UI and set that is relatively easy to use. It has a policy-based backup system that is straightforward as far as configuration.
  • Networker has fairly robust reporting on current save sets and easily exportable pdfs and spreadsheets of statistics and metrics
  • Networker has a monitoring dialogue which allows you to find out quickly what has succeeded or failed.
  • 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  • Networker prior to version 9 is using outdated policy configuration which tends to make some backup windows and obligations awkward.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.
  • Networker has been reliable for an extended amount of time to meet our minimal needs for backup and disaster recovery.
  • The software, with few exceptions, has operated normally without problems and upgrades have gone fairly quickly, ensuring positive impact in terms of continuance of backup integrity
  • Networker's costs, however, have caused us to recently look at other solutions as the licensing model prior to the capacity based model has become confusing and too complex.
Networker appears to be decent against NetBackup and Backup Exec as far as policy-based backup solutions are concerned and for stability. But it isn't as close to the virtualization layer as Veeam is and is not as feature rich as CommVault is, especially as it relates to integration with other applications.
Networker is well suited for small to medium environments where additional features aren't needed. Dealing with additional devices and light disk to disk backup works fairly well. Where it may be less appropriate, at least before version 9, would be in environments where complex enterprise level schedules might be required or which have applications which need specific backup needs.

Dell EMC Networker Feature Ratings

Universal recovery
7
Live recovery
5
Recovery verification
7
Business application protection
6
Multiple backup destinations
8
Incremental backup identification
7
Backup to the cloud
Not Rated
Deduplication and file compression
Not Rated
Snapshots
Not Rated
Flexible deployment
7
Management dashboard
8
Platform support
5
Retention options
6
Encryption
7