The seven finalists in the data backup and recovery software and services category for Storage magazine and SearchStorage's 2017 Storage Products of the Year competition include several big players and reflect some major trends in the market.
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As it has the last few years, the cloud played a big role in the top backup and recovery software products. But customers are looking for data protection across multiple platforms, so physical and virtual backup and recovery were important as well. Some of the finalist products scored the triple play of physical, virtual and cloud support.
Object storage is another trend reflected among the finalists, as several products featured object storage support. Surprisingly, only one finalist made ransomware protection a top priority. That capability should become more common in the years ahead.
The data backup and recovery software and services category covers backup and recovery software, cloud backup and recovery services, and on-premises backup and disaster recovery, snapshotting, replication and archiving products.
Acronis Storage 2
Acronis Storage 2 is a software-defined storage product that includes Acronis CloudRAID for data protection and Acronis Notary with blockchain technology to authenticate objects. It provides object storage geo-replication for improved data protection and security. Acronis Storage 2 is integrated with the vendor's data protection and management suite.
Actifio Virtual Data Pipeline 8.0
Actifio, a copy data management leader, goes deeper into object storage and the cloud with version 8.0 of its Virtual Data Pipeline. The OnVault feature allows incremental forever backup to object storage systems and provides instant access to backups stored on object storage. Actifio Cloud Mobility delivers instant recovery of physical and virtual machines to any VMware or Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud.
BackupAssist 10, featuring CryptoSafeGuard
BackupAssist's automated server backup and recovery software protects data across physical, virtual and cloud environments. Version 10 includes CryptoSafeGuard, a ransomware-specific feature that stops infected files from being backed up and prevents backups from being encrypted. Customers can take advantage of deduplication and compression efficiency because they select the final backup location.
Datos IO RecoverX 2.0
Datos IO extends data protection support to traditional applications in the cloud with its RecoverX 2.0 data backup and recovery software. The product protects relational databases, such as Microsoft SQL Server, residing on premises and in the public cloud, and it can migrate data across clouds in native formats. RecoverX uses parallel data streaming to quickly transfer backup data.
IBM Spectrum Protect 8.1.2
IBM Spectrum Protect 8.1.2 provides data protection across multiple sites and storage platforms, offering availability, archiving and recovery. The data backup and recovery software includes Microsoft Azure Blob support for native object storage, inline compression and native deduplication, as well as Advanced Encryption Standard 256-bit encryption per storage pool for segregation and protection in multi-cloud or multi-tenant environments.
Veeam Availability Suite 9.5
Veeam Software's Veeam Availability Suite 9.5 data backup and recovery software supports virtual, physical and cloud workloads. The product's enterprise-level scalability can protect tens of thousands of virtual machines and petabytes of data. New features include agents for Windows and Linux, backup for Office 365 and the ability to restore or migrate virtual machines, physical servers and endpoints to Azure.
Zerto Virtual Replication 5.5
Zerto's flagship Virtual Replication software adds failback from Azure and speeds up recovery time in AWS by as much as five times with version 5.5. A new Zerto Analytics platform provides insight into data across multisite and multi-platform environments. The Zerto Mobile Widget allows access to an environment's health statistics without opening the full application.