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AUSTIN AND BOSTON, December 14, 2010 – For the first time, users have a comprehensive Buyer's Guide for Virtual Server Backup Software to assist them in the all-important buying decision while removing the mystery behind which choice is best suited for their needs. Designed to take out the heavy lifting needed to best understand what solutions exist that are ideally suited to handle key management and technology functions in virtualized server environments, this first Annual Virtual Server Backup Software Buyer's Guide is an "at-a-glance" comparison of the vendor landscape and will serve as a complement for deep evaluations and due diligence needed to determine a user's specific needs.
In a collaboration between DCIG, LLC, and SMB Research, 30 different offerings and solutions were researched with 130 different criteria across seven categories were weighed, scored and ranked. Solutions were ranked "Best-in-Class," "Recommended," "Excellent," "Good," and "Basic" across functionality and capability with the intent to provide an "at-a-glance" comparison from which users can select the most appropriate solution for their existing needs.
"The number one complaint we hear from end users is that there is no easy way to quickly compare and contrast key features and functions across a number of available solutions," said Jerome Wendt, co-author and founder, DCIG, LLC. "When we started putting the Buyer's Guides together, it's always been with this overall intent in mind. Give end users a resource to help them make better decisions for what they need. We feel with this latest Buyer's Guide, we are doing just that for users looking for ways to best handle their virtual server software backup and recovery needs."
Observations from questionnaire responses and end user conversations netted a few surprises, including:
- Some 46% of the software vendors participating in this Buyers guide offer their solutions both as stand-alone software products, or bundled in an appliance.
- Over 45% of vendors report that they do not do mirror backups.
- Nearly 80% of the software solutions are able to do object-level recovery.
- 75% of the vendors in this Buyers Guide offer source-based deduplication .
- Nearly 60% of vendors claim to be able to alert you if your tape libraries are approaching capacity (compared to 85% of vendors for disk libraries.)
- 70% of vendors provide the capability to auto-discover new Guest VMs.
More than 60% of the vendors in the Buyer's Guide do not presently offer what are universally considered to be best-in-class features, including:
- Backup software's administration function prioritize a server that has gone the longest since its last backup
- Detect servers backing up significantly more data than previously and provide alerting
- Integration with VMware's Change Block Tracking
- Integration with VMware vCenter Converter
- Ability to multiplex concurrent backups to a single tape drive