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Gartner 2015 Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Backup Software and Integrated Appliances

Analyst Report



Enterprise backup is among the oldest, most-performed tasks for infrastructure and operations professionals. Gartner provides analysis and evaluation of the leading providers that offer a range of traditional to innovative recovery capabilities.

This Magic Quadrant describes the evolution of enterprise backup, which incorporates new products, solutions and techniques for protecting, backing up and recovering physical server and virtual server files, applications, system images, and endpoint devices. These backup products provide features such as traditional backup to tape, backup to random-access media (disk, flash, etc.) or devices that emulate the previous backup targets (e.g., virtual tape library [VTL]), data reduction (compression, deduplication, single instancing, etc.), snapshot, heterogeneous replication and continuous data protection (CDP). These solutions may be provided as software only, or as an integrated appliance that contains all of or substantial components of the backup application, such as the master server or a media server (a component beyond an agent, or preparsing code that is used for dedicated backup target devices). Additionally, integration and exploitation of public cloud storage as part of the on-premises backup methodology for a disk-to-disk-to-cloud (D2D2C) option is becoming important to some organizations.

Organizations are increasingly making their backup product selection from vendors that offer expanded protection capabilities and techniques in addition to traditional backup software, as organizations have come to understand the value of backing up critical data via multiple methods, techniques and destinations.

As the backup/recovery software and integrated appliance market comprises dozens, if not hundreds, of vendors, this report narrows it down to those that have strong presence worldwide in the upper-end midmarket and large-enterprise environments. Gartner defines the upper-end midmarket as being 500 to 999 employees and the large enterprise as being 1,000 employees or greater. It also excludes backup software for a homogeneous environment such as native tools from Microsoft or VMware for their own specific platforms, as many midsize and large customers prefer a single, scalable backup product for their entire environment.

The emphasis of this Magic Quadrant is on the backup and recovery software capability (i.e., the large-enterprise backup application(s)). However, for vendors that meet the inclusion criteria below (weighted heavily toward the backup application), their entire backup/recovery software and the branded hardware portfolio that offers an integrated backup appliance will be evaluated. Note that a Magic Quadrant is not product-specific, but rather represents the vendor's overall position in the enterprise backup/recovery software and integrated appliance market and individual products in a vendor's recovery portfolio can vary in terms of capabilities, support, etc. This means that vendors that do not possess a heterogeneous backup application, do not have significant worldwide presence and only deliver disk-based target appliances are not eligible for inclusion in this Magic Quadrant. Note that Gartner has the "Magic Quadrant for Deduplication Backup Target Appliances" to focus on backup target devices.

The same is true with the report's emphasis on disk-based backup and server backup, although tape backup features, SaaS application and endpoint backup will be factored into the comprehensiveness of the vendor's data protection portfolio and capabilities.

This 2015 "Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Backup Software and Integrated Appliances" is an update to the Magic Quadrant of the same name that was last published in June 2014.