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We performed a comparison between Dell NetWorker and IBM Spectrum Protect based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two Backup and Recovery Software solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.
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Pros
"The solution is scalable.""The interface is user-friendly and can be used by the end-users.""The most valuable feature is NetWorker's integration with the data domain that transfers the data directly into the Dell appliance, so the data doesn't need to pass through the network. NetWorker acts like a pipe, allowing the data to flow directly from the database or the VMware environment to the data domain.""Dell EMC NetWorker is scalable.""The solution is very user-friendly. After setting up five machines for our customers we teach them how to set up the agent and start doing their backups. It is very easy for them once they see how to do it, they like to do it on their own.""Deduplication is the most valuable feature of this solution.""There are no problems in terms of stability.""The possibility of recovering up-to-the-moment data is very useful."

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"The business value comes from the capability to overcome data losses.""IBM Spectrum Protect offers stable software and products.""One of the main things that I like about IBM is the versioning of the data - meaning that we can have multiple versions of a file or directory of a server.""The solution is really scalable.""Its flexibility is valuable. It is a very flexible solution. There are always more ways than one to do something. It is a software solution, which means you can buy your own hardware and expand it whenever you want. You are not boxed in or locked into something you've bought and outgrown. You can always expand it.""We've found the product to be quite stable and the performance is very good.""The customization and the ability to backup across all platforms are the most valuable features.""Its incremental forever approach is valuable, so we don't have to load tapes to do a restore."

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Cons
"They need more support for image backups.""Its console UI should be better. It should also have more out-of-the-box reporting functionalities. It should also have easier cloud integration. They have got cloud boost and things like that, but if you want to directly back up to the cloud, I'm not too sure whether you can do it. For example, you can easily send data from Commvault to AWS, Azure, or a container, but it seems to be not so easy in NetWorker.""It is a little buggy at times, which is the only thing that I dislike about this product.""I would like to see encryption included in the next release to encrypt the data that we are backing up.""The management of Dell Networker is quite cumbersome.""The process of upgrading versions should be improved because as it is now, you have to completely uninstall the old version first, and then install the new version.""In the next release, I would like to see better pricing and more integration with the other products in Dell EMC.""It would be beneficial to have a single user interface for all of the features."

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"IBM Spectrum Protect could be improved by making the installation easier. Once it's implemented, it's okay. IBM started lagging behind when things started moving to storage and cloud-based solutions. Even though they've recently released updates that give cloud-based protection, personally, I still believe they are not up to par with the likes of Rubrik. The entire product is a little bit clumsy because they have co-joined two different products, so it's complex. Even from a sales/explaining to people what it does point of view, it's complex. Whereas, if you take more current products, it's a single box solution. You reel it in, you fire it up, you do a couple of points and clicks, and off you go, whereas the IBM system is seriously complex. There's a lot of training involved and it's a massively difficult product to sell at this point in time.""The software is complex; setup is complex.""I think Spectrum Protect's interface is not so user-friendly, but the interface is not so friendly. Some of the functions are too complicated. I prefer a simpler solution.""IBM Spectrum Protect does have a lot of the features that we need, but I think they need to improve their backup virtualization and backup for container.""When it comes to virtualization in IBM it's not perfect.""They do not have a unified GUI, they only work on CLI and operations center, which is really complicated for the installation and configuration.""It can be improved for large file systems with many files. Spectrum Protect can restore large files very well, but if you're restoring millions of little files, it is not as great. At one point, we tried to implement the VMware module with it, and it was awful and terrible. I don't know if that has improved. If it hasn't, this would be one big improvement.""IBM's support hasn't been so good in the last few years."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "The price is a little on the high side, but it's reliable and provides a good service."
  • "It is not very expensive and not very cheap."
  • "They are not cheap."
  • "Licensing is based on the number of terabytes, so you need to purchase packages."
  • "There is a licensing fee."
  • "We do need to purchase a license, but sometimes, it comes as a part of the Dell Data Protection Suite (DPS). It has a capacity-based licensing."
  • "The pricing of the solution is not the cheapest compared to other similar solutions. The Networker is available as a component of the Dell EMC Data Protection Suite package and it should have the ability to be purchased separately."
  • "The licensing model can be traditional licensing or capacity-based licensing."
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  • "It is really expensive. Its price is not good for Latin America. Its price is good for the United States or Europe."
  • "It is expensive."
  • "The solution is expensive."
  • "I don't have an idea about the pricing. They send that over to someone else, but I know that one of the issues they had was the licensing costs. I don't think they were happy with how they were charged."
  • "Its licensing is complex, and its price is not really reasonable. It is on the expensive side. IBM, in general, is slightly expensive, but with IBM Spectrum for the virtual environment, they are looking into the aspect of helping customers with the cost and providing a cost-effective solution."
  • "When compared to the cost of other enterprise products, it seems to be in the same range. However, compared to the cost of non-enterprise products, it is really high."
  • "We are paying for support and maintenance on a monthly basis."
  • "That's a hard estimate. It depends on the licensing, the hardware, and other stuff, but it is fairly expensive. It is generally more expensive than other solutions."
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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:I would recommend this solution. If it's set up the right way, it's a stable product. So, my advice is to make sure you set it up right the first time. As long as you've done that, it will run for… more »
    Top Answer:The price of IBM Spectrum Protect is expensive and there is only a standard licensing fee.
    Top Answer:IBM Spectrum Protect is used for the physical server databases.
    Top Answer:The scalability of IBM Spectrum Protect is good.
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    Also Known As
    NetWorker
    IBM TSM, IBM Tivoli Storage Manager
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    Overview

    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.

    IBM Spectrum Protect (Tivoli Storage Manager) is a data protection platform that gives enterprises a single point of control and administration for backup and recovery. It is the flagship product in the IBM Spectrum Protect (Tivoli Storage Manager) family. It enables reliable, cost effective backups and fast recovery for virtual, physical and cloud environments of all sizes.
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    Sample Customers
    Republic Bank, Westgate Resorts, Macquire Cloud Services, Shriners, Panatonni, Qatar Islamic Bank, Eurosport
    CERN, Einstein Healthcare, Nyherji, Allianz Australia, TZM, ABT Online, NCT, Kindred Healthcare Inc., Cobalt Iron, TransGrid, Baptist Health of Northeast Florida, Cash America, Piedmont Healthcare, RWGV, Arkansas Tech University, British Columbia Institute of Technology
    Top Industries
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    Financial Services Firm25%
    Comms Service Provider13%
    Healthcare Company8%
    University8%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company20%
    Comms Service Provider12%
    Financial Services Firm11%
    Government9%
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    Healthcare Company15%
    Financial Services Firm14%
    Computer Software Company9%
    Insurance Company7%
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    Computer Software Company21%
    Comms Service Provider13%
    Financial Services Firm10%
    Government8%
    Company Size
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    Small Business26%
    Midsize Enterprise31%
    Large Enterprise43%
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    Small Business19%
    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise69%
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    Small Business30%
    Midsize Enterprise15%
    Large Enterprise54%
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    Small Business20%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise63%
    Buyer's Guide
    Dell NetWorker vs. IBM Spectrum Protect
    November 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Dell NetWorker vs. IBM Spectrum Protect and other solutions. Updated: November 2022.
    657,849 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    Dell NetWorker is ranked 13th in Backup and Recovery Software with 32 reviews while IBM Spectrum Protect is ranked 11th in Backup and Recovery Software with 40 reviews. Dell NetWorker is rated 7.8, while IBM Spectrum Protect is rated 7.8. The top reviewer of Dell NetWorker writes "User-friendly GUI and fast support, but container support should be improved". On the other hand, the top reviewer of IBM Spectrum Protect writes "Provides us with the scalability and growth that we need". Dell NetWorker is most compared with Dell Avamar, Dell PowerProtect Data Manager, Veeam Backup & Replication, Veritas NetBackup and Rubrik, whereas IBM Spectrum Protect is most compared with IBM Spectrum Protect Plus, Veeam Backup & Replication, Commvault Complete Data Protection, Cohesity DataProtect and Dell Avamar. See our Dell NetWorker vs. IBM Spectrum Protect report.

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