Back in March, we published a blog about the research we were doing around scale-out data protection appliances. I’m happy to report that we have now published this information and it’s available as a new research area on our website. The documents include an Evaluation Guide, standard and interactive Comparison Matrix, and new or updated Product Briefs for the six vendors initially included in the matrix – Cohesity, Commvault, ExaGrid, Igneous Systems, NEC and Rubrik.
Scale-out Data Protection systems are one of the more exciting developments in data protection in many years and they are one of the reasons that many IT organizations are re-evaluating their data protection strategies. The scale-out architecture of these systems creates clusters of nodes built on commodity hardware loaded with software-defined storage capabilities and built-in cloud connectivity. Some of the vendors embed data protection software in each node of the cluster, which they may call hyperconverged data protection or hyperconverged secondary storage appliances.
There are a number of components that go into these systems and I encourage you to read the Evaluation Guide for more details. It also includes a list of the more important characteristics we look for when evaluating the offerings in the market. Overall, IT organizations can achieve a number of benefits using scale-out data protection systems including:
The initial vendors in the matrix approach this market from different backgrounds. ExaGrid and NEC are established data protection vendors that offer scale-out systems which operate as targets for backup and archive applications from their software partners. Cohesity, Igenous and Rubrik are well funded startups that provide scale-out systems available with their own embedded backup and archive capabilities. Commvault approaches the market as an established backup and archive application vendor whose customers have asked for the convenience of having an integrated appliance. Because of the success (or at least the buzz) in the market around many of these vendors, we expect to see additional scale-out data protection solutions in the near future from a variety of vendors.
We’re interested in your thoughts on scale-out data protection solutions. Are you considering, or have you implemented this approach? Would it augment or replace an existing data protection solution? Check out our new research and let us know what you’re thinking.