As IT environments become more advanced, the job of backing up and retrieving data also grows in complexity. Enterprise backup software can ease this task by streamlining processes. Data backup continues to converge with other IT disciplines toward this end, and processes that have traditionally been performed separately have come under backup's wing. Recent feature updates to backup software platforms include snapshot management, disaster recovery (DR) elements, support for cloud, virtual machine (VM) protection and archiving functionality.
There have also been developments aimed at speeding restore times as backup data sets have continued to grow. For example, recovery-in-place (also known as instant recovery) has emerged as a way to run production VMs directly from a backup instance during recovery.
This guide provides stories on the latest upgrades from some of the top enterprise backup software vendors, information on where backup software works best in a computing environment and important considerations to keep in mind when purchasing data backup software.
Backup software offerings
Read about the latest updates and features some of the top vendors have added to their backup software platforms. With replication, hypervisor support and DR features, enterprise data backup products are meeting a number of different needs.
Commvault software provides stand-out capabilities such as built-in deduplication and snapshot management. The vendor offers a balance of enterprise power and startup agility. Continue Reading
Veeam had been 100% virtual for 10 years, but customers sought physical support. The Veeam Availability Platform for the Hybrid Cloud includes several major components. Continue Reading
Acronis enterprise backup software uses a minimal amount of memory, reducing the impact of backups. The vendor's Backup Purchase Wizard also eases the buying process. Continue Reading
The DL4300 appliance includes AppAssure backup. The product line offers built-in replication for data recovery. Continue Reading
Intronis added rapid recovery for Microsoft Hyper-V and physical servers in an update to its ECHOplatform backup software. Continue Reading
Cloud Backup 13 offers VM disaster recovery features and endpoint data protection. Docker Container support for Linux storage is also supported. Continue Reading
New backup technology
We explore the trends shaping the enterprise backup software market and the decisions you might need to make when considering a purchase.
Storage expert George Crump provides insight on the choice of an overarching backup application that handles many areas versus environment-specific data protection. Continue Reading
Explore what you need to consider when choosing open source backup software. This type of technology can get the job done without breaking the bank. Continue Reading
Expert Brien Posey discusses the evolution of data backup software suites, including the addition of features such as snapshot and replication management, cloud integration and more. Continue Reading
While some IT shops choose a single backup product to protect all their resources, many assemble a collection of best-in-breed products to address their varying data protection needs. Continue Reading
All software eventually becomes outdated, but how can you tell when you need an upgrade? Discover some clues that might point to an enterprise backup software tweak. Continue Reading
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Data backup software issues
Having problems with your backup software? Use the links below to better understand issues with snapshots, the cloud, VMs and enterprise data backup software in general.
Do off-the-shelf backup applications -- designed primarily for local storage -- work for cloud data? This expert answer digs into the details. Continue Reading
Virtual machine backup software
Virtualization is becoming prominent in every aspect of storage, and backup vendors are making moves to meet the needs of the technology. Find out where enterprise backup software works with VMs plus discover areas of improvement.
With instant recovery, a virtual machine can simply be run from backup storage. While each vendor takes its own approach, there are some standard guidelines and pain points. Continue Reading
Virtual server backup used to be an obstacle but now VM backup software makes protection easier. Explore how VM backup and instant recovery work. Continue Reading
There are some architectural components to VVOLs that must be backed up. Brien Posey explains how to get that job done. Continue Reading
Looking to buy virtual machine backup software? Learn how to avoid these critical errors. Continue Reading
While virtualization has complicated legacy backup operations, VM backup software can help ease administrative pain. Continue Reading
Brien Posey outlines the four essential criteria when purchasing virtual server backup software. Continue Reading
If there are any terms in this guide you need explained, the following links should clear things up.