Vendor Landscape: Windows/Linux Backup for SMEs

Protect your industry standard (x86) Windows and Linux server assets.

Last Revised: March 7, 2013



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What matters more, the vendor score or the product score? As you weigh the importance, we will generate the vendor shortlist to match your needs.

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What is a shortlist?

A shortlist is a personalized list of vendors based on the criteria you define. Your shortlist offers more information about vendor's strengths, weaknesses, price-points, etc, and ranks them according to your needs.


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What is a Value Score?

The Value Score indexes each vendor’s product offering and business strength relative to their price point. It does not indicate vendor ranking.

Vendors that score high offer more bang for the buck (e.g. features, usability, stability, etc.) than the average vendor, while the inverse is true for those that score lower.

Price-conscious enterprises may wish to give the Value Score more consideration than those who are more focused on specific vendor/product attributes.



Your Challenge

  • Small to mid-sized enterprises (SMEs) that are Microsoft/Linux shops require a backup solution intended for their environment.
  • SMEs have fewer resources to dedicate to backup, and therefore need a solution that is easy to use, well supported, and affordable.
  • Backup infrastructures are changing. Developments in virtualization and cloud computing are creating new challenges and opportunities for organizations in terms of availability and recovery.

Our Advice

Critical Insight

  • Be realistic about what your requirements are, what existing storage investments you want to leverage, and what your future roadmap includes. Purchase a solution that does what you need for today, but be aware of where the vendor offers opportunities to scale out your solution for future growth and changing requirements.
  • Selecting a backup solution that is easy to use will save you time and effort, an important benefit especially when IT resources are limited. A number of vendors offer different approaches to simplify their solution, including end-user self-service, a single platform for management, and user-friendly or role-based interfaces.
  • Tape is still very relevant for a number of organizations, despite the move towards disk backup. A number of vendors support tape, including the ability to perform deduplication to tape, but not all. Pay attention to vendor’s support of tape if you currently use tape or plan to in the future.

Impact and Result

  • Understand today’s backup software market for Windows/Linux environments, where it’s going, and what its leading vendors are doing.
  • Identify the solution best suited to your organization’s unique backup software needs.

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Best Practices Toolkit

  1. Evaluate the leading solutions for Windows/Linux Backup

    Understand the market and available options.

  2. Identify the Windows/Linux solution that best meets your needs

    Develop a shortlist to speed the selection process.

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