By Mike Monocello, editor-in-chief, Business Solutions magazine
After multiple iterations of our annual backup and recovery product comparisons, you might think that there’s not much to report for 2017. However, due to the importance of such solutions; the ever-increasing data protection, retention, and recovery needs of customers; and the breakneck speed of innovation, there seems to be a lot to report with each version of this comparison.
This year, the field of products we’re comparing has settled into some familiar faces. If you see your favorite BDR product of choice not in this roundup, you can rest assured that we most likely attempted to include them. We’ve learned over the years that companies pass on participation for any number of reasons. Perhaps they have a new solution soon to hit the market and the timing of the article isn’t right. Maybe they’re in the middle of a merger or acquisition. With many factors at play and a field of products frankly too large to include in one article, we’re happy to include who we can, when we can. Chances are, next year’s comparison will contain some of the products that don’t appear here.
The products included in this article include Asigra Cloud Backup and Recovery V13.2, Barracuda Backup-Intronis MSP Edition, Carbonite EVault Cloud Backup E2, Carbonite Server Backup, Continuum Continuity247, eFolder Replibit, Intronis ECHOplatform, SolarWinds MSP Backup & Recovery, Unitrends Enterprise Backup/Unitrends Cloud, and the Zetta Business Continuity Suite, which includes Zetta Data Protection and Zetta Disaster Recovery.
We’re also focusing on some different aspects of the solutions in this comparison. The included chart will still contain a good overview of basic features, but we’ll take a deeper dive on things like encryption, certifications, partner programs, and support.
Finally, it’s also important to note that, like our past comparisons, we aren’t looking to pick the best or top product here. We’ll deliver the facts, and you decide what’s best for you. So, let’s jump in.