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Users pick Asigra and Veeam as top backup applications
This article is part of the Storage magazine issue of July 2014 Vol. 13 No. 5
Software just doesn't seem to get the same respect as hardware, at least according to the results of our ninth annual Quality Awards for backup and recovery software survey. Maybe backup users are a tough crowd to please, given how much data they have to protect and how little time they have to do it. Despite that intimidating environment, two backup applications managed to rack up stellar scores: Asigra Cloud Backup software in the enterprise group, and Veeam Backup & Replication among midrange products. Both marched through their rating categories with barely a stumble. For the last five years, enterprise backup was represented by the "big five backup apps" of CommVault, EMC, Hewlett-Packard (HP), IBM and Symantec; but Dell NetVault Backup and Asigra Cloud Backup software netted enough responses and joined their ranks this year. When NetVault was still a BakBone product it was a winner in year two of the Quality Awards; this is Asigra's first appearance as a finalist. On the midrange side, we had a record number of finalists, ...
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