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Backup and disaster recovery software: 2014 Products of the Year finalists

This year's backup and DR software and services finalists illustrate the variety of products available for data protection.

The 10 finalists in the backup and disaster recovery software and services category for the Storage magazine/ 2014 Products of the Year award illustrate the variety of products available for data protection today. Products eligible for consideration in the backup and disaster recovery (DR) software category include backup and recovery software, cloud backup and recovery services, DR, snapshot and replication software, electronic vaulting and archiving software. Finalists are listed in alphabetical order.

Asigra Inc. Cloud Backup Version 13 Featuring Cloud-to-Cloud Backup and Recovery

The latest version of Asigra Cloud Backup adds cloud-to-cloud backup for, Google Apps and Office 365. Backup data from these applications can be integrated with backup data enterprise-wide, and stored both locally and off-site for DR purposes. The software also offers an automated restore function to repopulate data created in the cloud for restore.

Axcient Inc. Virtual Appliance

Updates to the software-only version of the Axcient physical appliance include local and cloud protection for data and applications; increased failover speed for one or multiple servers; and faster recovery time for files, folders and full system images. The software is hardware-agnostic, allowing users to repurpose existing hardware.

Code42 Software Inc. EDGE Platform Version 4.1.4

With version 4.1.4, Code42 brought CrashPlan and SharePlan together, combining its fully featured online backup and file sync-and-share products into one product. The platform can scale to 100,000 or more devices per single deployment and can be deployed on-premises, in the cloud or in a hybrid configuration. Customers can run backup and sync-and-share products simultaneously, or each product by itself.

CommVault Systems Inc. Simpana for VM Backup, Recovery & Cloud Management

CommVault Simpana for VM Backup, Recovery & Cloud Management offers Web-based cloud provisioning for public, private or hybrid clouds that allows users to create, provision and manage virtual machines (VMs) based on pre-set policies across VMware, Hyper-V, XenServer, Amazon Web Services and Azure. The product also offers recovery in place for DR/business continuity, VM replication with Changed Block Tracking for faster backups, and new cloud reporting features.

Continuity Software AvailabilityGuard Software Version 6.3

The latest version of Continuity's AvailabilityGuard includes additional service-level agreement policy support, which allows users to specify availability standards for specific software products. Version 6.3 also added granular role and privilege support, new risk detection capabilities, access control features, a configuration wizard, and additional support and integration with Active Directory.

HotLink Corp. DR Express 4.0

This plug-in for VMware vCenter allows users to manage backup/DR directly from the VMware vCenter console. New HotLink DR Express features include expanded VM migration to cloud capabilities, bidirectional replication for file servers and database servers, and new analytics and diagnostics tools.

Symantec Corp. NetBackup 7.6

The latest version of Symantec's NetBackup software combines Changed Block Tracking with synthetic block-level backup aimed at eliminating the need for traditional full backups. Symantec also added recovery in place for VMs from deduplicated backup storage, integration with VMware vCloud suite, and physical-to-virtual recovery for Windows.

Unitrends Inc. Certified Recovery Suite

Unitrends added protection for physical servers, and hypervisor- and guest-level protection for vSphere, Hyper-V and XenServer in the latest version of its backup software. Also included is new testing functionality, automated failover and changes-only failback for entire applications and sites, a new management dashboard, and integration with Unitrends cloud for DR.

Zerto Ltd. Virtual Replication 3.5

Zerto added off-site backup for DR in the latest version of its Virtual Replication software to streamline backup and DR for users. Backups are created from replicas at the target site to minimize the impact on production applications. The software can back up to a secondary site or cloud, and Zerto has added new management tools and APIs for cloud service providers.

Zetta Inc. DataProtect 4.5

Version 4.5 of DataProtect added new features, including direct-to-cloud server image backup with built-in WAN optimization, recovery in place, appliance-free server image recovery to any location, native VHD bare-metal recovery, expanded support for Exchange and SQL Server (including the ability to back up directly to a Zetta cloud), and two-factor authentication for security.

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