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Executive Summary
Updated on Mar 31, 2022

We performed a comparison between Dell EMC Avamar and Dell EMC Networker based on our users’ reviews in five categories. After reading all of the collected data, you can find our conclusion below.

  • Ease of Deployment: Reviewers of both solutions agree that the initial setup of each can be complex, particularly for inexperienced users.
  • Features: Users of both products are happy with their performance, stability, and scalability. Dell EMC Avamar users say it is a powerful and fast tool, but the user interface could be enhanced. Dell EMC Networker users say it is easy to use but needs more support for image backups and better integration options.
  • Pricing: Reviewers of both solutions have differing opinions in this category. Some reviewers of each feel the price is fair, while others feel the price is too high.
  • ROI: Dell EMC Avamar users report a significant ROI. Dell EMC Networker reviewers do not explicitly mention ROI.

  • Service and Support: Reviewers of both solutions had mixed reviews in the category of support. Some report being satisfied with the support, while many others feel that the level of support for both products should improve.

Comparison Results: Dell EMC Avamar wins out in this comparison due to its robust performance as well as its impressive data reduction and deduplication abilities. In addition, Dell EMC Avamar received positive feedback in the ROI category.

To learn more, read our detailed Dell Avamar vs. Dell NetWorker Report (Updated: September 2023).
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"The fast backup and recovery and the Full Backup features are valuable.""The most valuable feature for me in Dell Avamar is the automation, which is good for completion.""Stable and scalable backup and recovery software, with good technical support.""The stability is okay.""It's simple to configure.""We are talking about a complete end-to-end solution which comes with its own hardware storage to back up the data on tape-less.""The most valuable feature is the integration with Data Domain and your VM stacks.""The installation process is pretty straightforward."

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"The extensive information provided on tool properties has been very useful, specifically the information on databases""The solution is stable.""Dell's technical support are quite helpful with straightforward issues.""The full backup is a great feature. Restoration is also good and very quick.""NetWorker's most valuable feature is recovery, including the policy-based backups that can be configured.""I started off as a storage engineer and ended up owning Dell EMC Data Domain and Dell EMC NetWorker. I've not used any other backup solutions at this scale. Dell EMC NetWorker does what I need it to do, it's efficient.""Good scalability and virtual environment protection.""The initial setup is very easy. It's incredibly fast."

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"The stability could improve, a lot of scheduled backups failed at one time.""Avamar cannot back up Nutanix as a virtual solution.""What would make Dell Avamar better is if it can do faster backups because right now, PowerProtect Data Manager is better in this area with its new UI and a new way to implement backups. Customers nowadays also expect more up-to-date solutions, and this is another area for improvement in Dell Avamar. It's not as up-to-date, so I'm counting on PowerProtect Data Manager, but customers who have Dell Avamar don't want to switch because you don't have as many backup problems in Dell Avamar compared to other solutions. What I'd like to see in the next release of Dell Avamar is an updated UI and a different way to manage backups because currently, backup management is a bit heavy for customers using Dell Avamar.""Some integrations are not in place, such as the email alerts, which are not compatible with Office 365 SMTP gateway.""Avamar needs a greater emphasis on storage targets. If it's going to keep pace with the times, it needs more ability to leverage cloud storage.""The bare-metal restores could be improved.""Dell Avamar could improve by adding more backup features.""The performance takes up a lot of resources, unfortunately."

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"Since the product is not on the front banner of Dell, the support may not be the best.""While upgrading to a new version, we encounter challenges related to specific algorithms or code regulations.""The price could be cheaper.""Dell NetWorker could improve the GUI to include rack recovery.""I would like to see encryption included in the next release to encrypt the data that we are backing up.""The UI needs some enhancement to be more user-friendly.""The UI is not user-friendly.""When you're working with VMware, you need to use vProxy machines. You have to install the vProxy for every host in the VMware environment."

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  • "The solution is not expensive for the value one gets."
  • "Licensing fees are paid annually."
  • "It is easy to use."
  • "Dell EMC needs to lower Avamar's price and add more features to stay competitive."
  • "The cost is high."
  • "Avamar's pricing is quite competitive compared to other vendors."
  • "There are licensing costs for Dell EMC Avamar and it is paid annually."
  • "This is a fairly expensive solution. It cost approximately 21,000 each year."
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  • "Dell EMC NetWorker is very expensive."
  • "The price of the license could be cheaper and it would be a benefit if they came up with a new pricing model. The competitors here in Oman sell universal licensing where a number of virtual machines are hosted at the customer place which can be licensed, or you can license the CPU sockets in those servers. However, NetWorker offers only CPU sockets or overall storage capacity to backup, but there is no universal licensing where you can provide a number of VMs. They should offer more options to stay competitive with other solutions, such as Veeam."
  • "The price of the solution could be lower, it is expensive."
  • "The pricing is okay."
  • "Pricing is cheaper for this product, compared to its competitors."
  • "Dell NetWorker has two types of licensing models."
  • "I have a capacity-based license, but I don't know the exact cost of that license."
  • "The solution follows a subscription model for licensing. We pay annually to use the solution and the price is high."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:From the very beginning, Dell EMC NetWorker considers users and those who might potentially become users. In terms of both pricing and setup, this product offers an experience that is significantly… more »
    Top Answer:It's stable and offers good performance.
    Top Answer:I rate the pricing a seven out of ten because it is expensive. I don't think small companies would choose Avamar because the price is high but reasonable for medium-sized companies. Normally, there… more »
    Top Answer:The software’s best feature is data backup for any system.
    Top Answer:It is a relatively inexpensive product compared to NetBackup.
    Top Answer:While upgrading to a new version, we encounter challenges related to specific algorithms or code regulations. It causes problems if the new version is incompatible with the old authentication method… more »
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    Dell Avamar data protection software delivers flexible and efficient backup and recovery operations that can scale from daily backup protection for endpoints to high-performance protection for large enterprises with diverse applications and workloads. With application consistent recovery, automation and fast backup and restores, Avamar can help you meet your SLAs and optimize your backup and recovery processes

    If you are deploying all or part of your backup environment to the cloud, Avamar enables you to make the most of your cloud investment, enabling replication, disaster recovery and long-term retention for customers using AWS, Microsoft Azure or Google Cloud.

    Avamar is available as part of Dell Data Protection Suite, which offers comprehensive data protection software applications and tools. Avamar is delivered as software and as a virtual edition.

    Built on a reputation of efficiency and reliability, thousands of customers trust Dell NetWorker to protect their data and applications across multiple environments, from core to edge to cloud.

    Inherently flexible, NetWorker helps you deploy and leverage the data protection that fits your needs. NetWorker protects both physical and virtual environments, including VMware and Microsoft Hyper-V, as well as cloud workloads on AWS, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud.

    NetWorker is available as part of Dell Data Protection Suite, which offers comprehensive data protection software applications and tools. NetWorker is delivered as software and as a virtual edition.

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    Sample Customers
    Dodge County, St Laurence's College, FieldCore (a GE Company), Comanche County Memorial Hospital, Getronics, Lewisville Independent School District, EnvisionRxOptions, Cincinnati Bell Technology Solutions
    Republic Bank, Westgate Resorts, Macquire Cloud Services, Shriners, Panatonni, Qatar Islamic Bank, Eurosport
    Top Industries
    Computer Software Company16%
    Healthcare Company11%
    Manufacturing Company11%
    Computer Software Company16%
    Financial Services Firm11%
    Manufacturing Company7%
    Financial Services Firm27%
    Energy/Utilities Company10%
    Comms Service Provider10%
    Computer Software Company7%
    Computer Software Company15%
    Financial Services Firm13%
    Manufacturing Company8%
    Company Size
    Small Business26%
    Midsize Enterprise22%
    Large Enterprise51%
    Small Business23%
    Midsize Enterprise15%
    Large Enterprise63%
    Small Business23%
    Midsize Enterprise37%
    Large Enterprise40%
    Small Business20%
    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise67%
    Buyer's Guide
    Dell Avamar vs. Dell NetWorker
    September 2023
    Find out what your peers are saying about Dell Avamar vs. Dell NetWorker and other solutions. Updated: September 2023.
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    Dell Avamar is ranked 11th in Backup and Recovery with 31 reviews while Dell NetWorker is ranked 13th in Backup and Recovery with 26 reviews. Dell Avamar is rated 7.4, while Dell NetWorker is rated 7.6. The top reviewer of Dell Avamar writes "Works excellently for on-prem backup but not the best for Azure backups". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Dell NetWorker writes "Reliable and simple VM backup process". Dell Avamar is most compared with Dell PowerProtect Data Manager, Veeam Backup & Replication, Dell PowerProtect DP (IDPA), Rubrik and Dell PowerProtect DD (Data Domain), whereas Dell NetWorker is most compared with Dell PowerProtect Data Manager, Veeam Backup & Replication, Veritas NetBackup, Dell PowerProtect DD (Data Domain) and Commvault Complete Data Protection. See our Dell Avamar vs. Dell NetWorker report.

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