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Converged data protection platforms from the cloud to the ground

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Match converged services products with your business needs

When we hear about converged data protection, the conversation often turns to two vendors: Cohesity and Rubrik. These two companies are clear leaders in the market, and this handbook details and compares a number of their features. But they're not the only vendors offering converged services for data protection.

Cloud backup and recovery vendor Asigra sells its Converged Data Protection Appliance for managed service providers that includes "software, hardware and services," according to the company. The converged services product is billed as scalable, secure, prebuilt and preoptimized, reducing resources and cost.

Hewlett Packard Enterprise's (HPE) Recovery Manager Central provides "converged snapshot, replication and backup services at the speed of all-flash." The vendor describes the product as nondisruptive, simple, automated, fast and efficient. Like Asigra, HPE says its converged services offering reduces costs.

And according to a lab review by analyst firm Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG), Acronis Backup 12 delivers cloud converged data protection for SMBs. The product protects physical and virtual servers, public and private cloud infrastructure, and mobile applications and devices. "It includes all the attributes needed to conduct enterprise-class data protection with ease-of-use features that make it ideal for SMBs," ESG senior lab analyst Vinny Choinski wrote in the report.

Organizations looking for converged services have a number of options. But be aware of other factors in the equation. Acronis Backup 12, for example, is geared more toward SMBs. In addition, costs for cloud-based offerings can add up.

Hopefully, these converged options will continue to improve and evolve. And perhaps we'll see more products pop up in the coming years. It's an exciting market to watch.

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