The Storage magazine/SearchStorage.com data backup and recovery software and services 2012 Products of the Year category covers data backup and disaster recovery (DR) software, cloud backup and recovery services, DR, snapshot and replication, electronic vaulting and archivers.
This year's category winners are a hypervisor-based replication product that allows replication from a VMware vSphere environment to a VMware vCloud environment; an agentless software platform designed for virtual server data protection; and an enterprise backup software platform with automated data protection, replication, archiving and reporting.
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As the Gold award winner in the data backup and disaster recovery software and services category, Zerto Virtual Replication 2.0 takes Zerto's hypervisor-based replication technology and adds features for DR in both private and public clouds. The product integrates with vSphere and vCloud Director, enabling simplified replication from any VMware environment to the cloud by transparently converting objects between vSphere and vCloud. No changes to a customer's environment are required. In addition, Zerto Virtual Replication 2.0 automatically updates policies, consistency groups and IP addresses as the environment changes.
Veeam Backup & Replication v6.5 includes new features such as Veeam Explorer for Exchange, which looks inside Exchange backups to find and retrieve individual Exchange items without an agent or additional license fees; an improved dynamic distributed architecture that increases performance; one-click file restore; and VeeamZip, an ad-hoc backup utility that creates a compressed, deduped backup version of a virtual machine for archiving or portability.
CommVault Simpana 9 Service Pack 8 includes ContentStore, a virtual repository of deduped backup and archive data stored in any device, including tape, disk or clouds spread over any location. A OnePass feature combines backup, archive and reporting into a single operation to make long-term retention possible with zero-footprint archiving. Virtual server data protection enhancements include "Virtualize Me," which automates DR; a vCenter plug-in for simplifying administration; virtual desktop infrastructure protection and recovery; and self-service access that lets users securely access their files from anywhere.