Vendor Landscape: Enterprise Backup Software
Find out which vendors are backing up their claims and which ones are just duplicating past efforts.
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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.
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.
- Backup infrastructures are changing. Recent developments, such as increased virtualization and expanding storage requirements, have created new challenges for meeting restore objectives while minimizing costs.
- Virtualization is creating new challenges and opportunities for organizations in terms of availability and recovery, leading vendors to innovate and incorporate with recent developments in deduplication capabilities.
- Deduplication, at the source and target, is becoming a commodity feature that is covered by almost every vendor, and capabilities for integration with storage will be a differentiator in 2012.
- Organizations are showing increasing interest in public cloud integration. If this is in your plans for your backup environment, it’s important to know who integrates with the Cloud and who doesn’t.
- Get a handle on what differentiates each of eight different backup software vendors in Info-Tech’s backup software Vendor Landscape.
- Backup may seem boring, but it is too important to be ignored. Regular backup review, including analysis of alternatives, is critical to ensuring the availability of foreground business-enabling IT services.
- Organizations that evaluate their backup software, but choose not to switch, are just as successful as those that have switched in the past 18 months. Don’t let a failure be your evaluation driver.
Impact and Result
- When looking at backup software vendors, don’t be distracted by flashy new features. Backup software should really be called restore software.
- Failure in backup is failure to meet recovery objectives. Always evaluate features in light of these objectives.
Narrow down your list of backup software vendors
Focus on investing in features that help achieve your availability and recovery objectives.
Compare leading vendors and develop a shortlist
Narrow the leading vendors down to the most appropriate few.