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Learn how to choose the best backup software for your business

To select the best backup software to meet your business needs, discover how enterprise backup software has evolved with the cloud, read the use cases and find out how to differentiate among vendors.


Data is too vital an asset to not back up, or leave its protection up to the deficient backup functions of a company's primary storage system. The best backup software not only ensures that data is backed up, but provides replication and recovery and creates efficient backup processes.

For businesses looking for enterprise backup software, gaining an understanding of which backup software vendors to look at and how to assess them is a small venture in the huge effort to protect that primary asset: data.

The needs for backup software aren't as clear as they used to be. Many storage systems today provide a backup ability, so one may wonder why a company needs enterprise backup software in the first place. The answer can be found in the time- and money-saving capabilities that a dedicated backup product offers businesses.

The capabilities of backup software have largely improved and grown since the days of copying to a tape drive. The best backup software doesn't just copy data anymore; it deduplicates; it has replication and recovery capabilities; it provides network backup; and it can schedule server backups. Modern backup software works with cloud technology to back up virtual machines. Understanding what backup software can do helps administrators discern which features one vendor does better than another.

As most enterprise backup software products perform similar functions, the challenge for businesses looking for the best backup software is determining what the vendors themselves do best. The training and customer service they offer clients, and the OSes, environments and applications that they support are big factors to consider when buying backup software.

While these are major considerations, businesses need to pay attention to their own needs to make the right purchasing decision. The quantity and type of data help determine the best backup software for addressing their data protection needs.

1What is?-

Enterprise data backup software explained

The best backup software products copy, recover and protect data for businesses. Buyers must know what the backup software capabilities are and how their ability to back up and protect data affects the business.


The evolution and functions of enterprise backup software

The backup software market has matured. See how backup software now moves and manages data. Continue Reading

2Do I need?-

The business case for enterprise backup software

Learn about the different use cases in which a business would need to buy enterprise backup software and how these products can protect data efficiently.


There's always a need for backup software

Even with primary storage systems having excellent native backup capabilities, it's still a necessity for businesses to invest in separate backup software. See the use cases. Continue Reading

3How to buy-

Important criteria for buying enterprise data backup software

All backup software products serve the same basic function, but there are notable features and capabilities that vendors provide. Here are the criteria buyers should consider when deciding what the best backup software is for their businesses.


What to consider before buying enterprise backup software

Consider the support, training and protection that vendors offer, as well as the types of OSes and applications with which their product integrates, before deciding on the backup software that best fits your business needs. Continue Reading

4Which should I buy?-

Finding the best backup software for your business

IT buyers need to learn about the vendors in the enterprise backup software market to select the product that best meets their organizations' needs.


What's the best backup software for your business?

Learn to differentiate between an enterprise backup software suite and environment-specific data protection. Look at how the cloud affects data backup to evaluate which backup software product fits your business needs best. Continue Reading

5Product overviews-

Assessing some of the major backup software products

The backup software market offers a diverse range of vendors for buyers to consider. Read these overviews of the different backup software products available to learn about their features, capabilities, the OSes and environments they support, and the buying and licensing options available. TechTarget editors selected these vendors after extensive research into the top DLP market shareholders to discover which vendors fit the presented buying criteria best.


Commvault applies cloud and virtualization technology to backup data

Balancing tried-and-true backup techniques alongside new technologies such as the cloud and virtualization gives Commvault a seamless, integrated backup application. Continue Reading


HPE Data Protector is built for complex infrastructures

With the ability to extend backup capabilities into virtual machines, HPE Data Protector offers businesses data protection for a range of environments. Continue Reading


See how IBM Spectrum Protect helps organizations protect their data

Either as an appliance or as backup as a service, IBM Spectrum Protect is enterprise backup software designed for businesses of all sizes with data of all types. Continue Reading


Find block-level, incremental backup with Quest Rapid Recovery

With the addition of the cloud as a recovery target, and its in-place recovery capabilities, Rapid Recovery is backup software that provides businesses with fast and frequent backups. Continue Reading


Cloud-based data recovery the highlight of Veeam

Veeam has added cloud-based disaster recovery and cloud backup to its software to allow users to create backup targets in the cloud. Continue Reading


VM recovery and cloud integration revitalize Veritas' NetBackup

Still performing strongly with traditional backup techniques, Veritas' enterprise backup software recently started integrating with VMware and a number of cloud providers. Continue Reading

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