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Vendor Landscape: Enterprise Backup Software

Find out which vendors are backing up their claims and which ones are just duplicating past efforts.

  • 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.

Our Advice

Critical Insight

  • 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.

Vendor Landscape: Enterprise Backup Software Research & Tools

1. Narrow down your list of backup software vendors

Focus on investing in features that help achieve your availability and recovery objectives.

2. Compare leading vendors and develop a shortlist

Narrow the leading vendors down to the most appropriate few.

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