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NetWorker has been integrated with EMC's Avamar dedupe technology, which differs from that of Data Domain, for some time.
Avamar uses source-based dedupe technology, which dedupes data at the file server before the backup, while Data Domain's target-based technology dedupes after the backup.
“This whole debate, target vs. source?” he said. “It’s over. It’s absolutely over.”
The enhancements to NetWorker follow the release in November of version 7.6 which included integration with VMware virtualized environments and the ability to back data up to the EMC Atmos storage cloud.
EMC’s reinvigoration of the NetWorker business to make it more competitive with rivals such as Symantec’s Backup Exec gives it a chance to expand business on top of a stable installed base that never really went away, Slootman said.
NetWorker is still one of the great software franchises, and is quite profitable, he said. “Backup software is extremely sticky,” he said. “It’s hard to rip out or replace.”
NetWorker does not carry as much cachet with the channel as its rivals from such companies as Symantec and CommVault.
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