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Backup applications get record-breaking Quality Awards results
This article is part of the June 2013 Vol. 12 No. 4 issue of Storage magazine
CommVault returns to the top spot among enterprise backup applications in the Storage magazine Quality Awards survey, while Dell AppAssure prevails over seven midrange finalists. About the Quality Awards In our eighth Quality Awards for backup and recovery software survey, backup application vendors racked up some of the highest scores we've ever seen in this product category. Implementing a backup application is a lot like getting married -- it's a long-term commitment, so you're more than willing to overlook a minor flaw or two in your partner. But judging by our survey results, there seem to be plenty of matches made in heaven in our data centers. On the enterprise front, CommVault Systems Inc.'s Simpana edged out EMC Corp.'s NetWorker by a very slender margin to take top honors. Symantec Corp.'s NetBackup had finished first in the last two surveys, breaking CommVault's previous string of three straight wins. Among midrange backup applications, a first-time winner emerged as Dell Inc.'s AppAssure fought off stiff challenges ...
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