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EMC Networker for large enterprises?

mikeymac

ADSM.ORG Moderator
#1
Hi, there!

We'll be evaluating EMC Networker for a very specific use case (protecting long-term data on an Isilon cluster). As part of the POC, I plan to test Networker's efficacy as a traditional backup product.

I've never worked with Networker myself, but I am getting some feedback from folks within my organization that it is a very limited product suited only to small/medium businesses.

What has been the experience of adsm.org members?

Any insight is appreciated.
 

moon-buddy

ADSM.ORG Moderator
#2
I would not put long term backup on an expensive device. If the intent is long term (> than 1 year), I would consider a private Cloud storage (more backup/archive and minimal restore/retrieval).

While the restore sucks at 7.1.6, TSM 7.1.7 (soon out) promises correction of this issue.
 

mikeymac

ADSM.ORG Moderator
#3
I would not put long term backup on an expensive device. If the intent is long term (> than 1 year), I would consider a private Cloud storage (more backup/archive and minimal restore/retrieval).

While the restore sucks at 7.1.6, TSM 7.1.7 (soon out) promises correction of this issue.
Hi, moon-buddy!

We're looking at EMC Networker for a very specific use case. TSM simply isn'tcapable of protecting the Isilon in the manner we require (nor will it in the foreseeable future, per their product manager). So we had to figure out a way to do it. We'll be taping out the long-term data from Networker, so no issue there.
 

serhiyh

ADSM.ORG Member
#4
Hi mikeymac!
We use both TSM and Networker in our environment. My understanding you will be backing up Isilon using NDMP accelerator?
As for traditional backups - I see TSM a better solution due to stability and flexibility in big environments. Despite EMC's advantage of owning VMWare...
Comparison will depend on storage you use, retention time (and in relation to this backup schedule you choosing in Networker - weekly full/ monthly or other...), proportion of VM vs physical backups and many other factors.
Support satisfaction is about the same.
 

mikeymac

ADSM.ORG Moderator
#5
Hi mikeymac!
We use both TSM and Networker in our environment. My understanding you will be backing up Isilon using NDMP accelerator?
As for traditional backups - I see TSM a better solution due to stability and flexibility in big environments. Despite EMC's advantage of owning VMWare...
Comparison will depend on storage you use, retention time (and in relation to this backup schedule you choosing in Networker - weekly full/ monthly or other...), proportion of VM vs physical backups and many other factors.
Support satisfaction is about the same.
Thank you for your thoughtful response!

Our Isilon clusters have backup accelerators built in. This is different than the NDMP accelerators that you are referring to, but will work similarly for our purposes. The backup accelerators are zoned up to the tape library....EMC Networker will work as the media manager for a partition in the library (in the same manner that TSM currently does). To be frank, I think TSM is nearing end-of-life at my shop. It's not a question of "if", it's a question of "when and with what". We're POCing Veeam on the VMware side (which is most of our environment) and something else to protect our UNIX servers. Multiple backup products adds complexity, of course, but I strongly suspect we'll end up with at least two backup systems. Thanks for your helpful feedback!
 

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The Spectrum Protect TLA (Three-Letter Acronym): ISP or something else?

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