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Data backup and recovery software: 2015 Products of the Year finalists

Finalists in the data backup and recovery software category for Products of the Year include traditional backup software and point products that address data protection challenges.

The 11 finalists in the data backup and recovery software category for the Storage magazine/SearchStorage.com 2015 Products of the Year award range from traditional enterprise-class backup software platforms to products designed for specific tasks such as endpoint backup and BC/DR monitoring. There are also a variety of cloud-based services and new approaches to data protection, including flat backup and copy data management in the running.

The majority of the 2015 data backup and recovery software finalists are notable upgrades to existing products, but a handful are new to the market. Products eligible for consideration in the data backup and disaster recovery (DR) software category include backup and recovery software, cloud backup and recovery services, DR, snapshot and replication, electronic vaulting and archiving software. Finalists are listed in alphabetical order.

Actifio Sky Version 6.1.2

Actifio Sky is the new virtual appliance version of the company's physical CDS copy data management appliance. The software runs as a virtual machine in VMware environments. It offers incremental forever backup for databases, file systems, VMs and physical servers; recovery-in-place; test/dev functionality; and cloud connectivity to Amazon Web Services (AWS).

Artisan Neverfail IT Continuity Engine 7.1.1

Neverfail IT Continuity Engine is a BC/DR software platform that monitors IT environments and automates failover and failback of mission-critical applications. Version 7.1.1 adds support for VMware vSphere 6.0 Data Protection, VMware vCenter Server 6.0 and View Composer 6.0, as well as WAN optimization for DR.

Asigra Cloud Backup Version 13 Featuring Docker Backup/Recovery and Asigra AWS EBS Snapshot Manager

Asigra Cloud Backup v13 is an enterprise backup software platform that offers a range of data protection capabilities. Version 13 includes a snapshot manager that can automate snapshot management of one or more AWS EC2 instances and support Docker container backup.

Barracuda Backup

Barracuda Backup Virtual Appliance is the software-only version of the company's physical backup appliance. The latest Barracuda Backup release offers cloud-to-cloud backup of Microsoft Office 365, including Exchange Online and OneDrive for Business, physical-to-virtual conversion for disaster recovery and tape-out functionality for long-term data retention.

Druva inSync 5.5

The majority of the 2015 data backup and recovery software finalists are notable upgrades to existing products.

Druva inSync 5.5 is an endpoint and mobile device backup and recovery software product. Version 5.5 offers new compliance functionality for data at rest, privacy features for cloud data, full text search for e-discovery and new role-based access controls.

Hitachi Data Instance Director v5

Hitachi Data Instance Director is a copy data management product offering storage-based snapshot and clone management, off-site replication, backup, CDP and archiving capabilities. V5 offers application-consistent snapshots of Microsoft Exchange, SQL Server and Oracle databases, and integration with Hitachi Thin Image, ShadowImage, TrueCopy and Universal Replicator.

HP StoreOnce Recovery Manager Central

HP StoreOnce Recovery Manager Central is a new flat backup product that moves differential snapshot data from 3PAR primary storage arrays to StoreOnce systems without the use of a traditional backup server and software. It is designed to streamline backup of large amounts of data.

Oracle Database Backup Service

The Oracle DB Backup Service is designed to protect Oracle data. The cloud backup service is integrated with Oracle Recovery Manager backup technology. Customers can purchase backup capacity on a month-to-month or long-term basis.

Veeam Availability Suite v8

Veeam Availability Suite offers the company's Backup & Replication virtual server backup software and Veeam ONE monitoring software in a single package. Version 8 adds cloud connectivity for Veeam partners to its backup as a service, backup I/O control, built-in WAN optimization for DR and new integration with Microsoft SQL.

Veritas NetBackup 7.7

NetBackup version 7.7 is the latest iteration of Veritas' enterprise data backup and recovery software product. This release offers a new cloud connector, and better integration with VMware vSphere Virtual Volumes, Microsoft Hyper-V, NetApp clustered Data Ontap and Microsoft SQL Server.

Zerto Virtual Replication 4.0

Zerto's Virtual Replication is a software-based replication product for BC/DR in virtual server environments. Version 4.0 offers support for Microsoft Hyper-V, replication from private cloud to AWS, and support for VMware vSphere and VMware vCloud Director 8.0.

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