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One solution provider, when asked about NetWorker’s business, responded, “Oh, you mean the 10 users still using NetWorker?”
NetWorker is the ultimate test of how EMC’s reorganization of BURA into BRS will work, said Keith Norbie, vice president of sales at Nexus Information Systems, a Minnetonka, Minn.-based solution provider and EMC partner.
“If Slootman can make NetWorker work, it’s amazing,” Norbie said. “That’s a plane I thought would never fly.”
Jamie Shepard, executive vice president of technology solutions at International Computerware, a Marlborough, Mass.-based solution provider, said his company has been doing a lot of sales and services with NetWorker, and that additions like Data Domain Boost and integration with the EMC Atmos cloud are great managed services opportunities.
However, Shepard said, it is wrong to think of NetWorker as a backup software.
“At the end of the day, who really cares about which software to use,” he said. “Instead, customers are investing in how fast and reliable their backups are. EMC can take a run at Symantec with NetWorker. Not as a stand-alone software, but integrated with Data Domain.”
EMC’s reorganizing BURA to become BRS was a smart move, if for no other reason than to get rid of that “horrible acronym,” Norbie said, referring to BURA.
“BURA was loved by EMC,” he said. “But BRS sounds much more athletic.”