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2022-2023 Top 5 Small Enterprise vSphere Backup Solutions

From Altaro, Arcserve, Metallic, Quest and Zerto

The Data Center Intelligence Group (DCIG) announced 2022-23 DCIG Top 5 Small Enterprise vSphere Backup Solutions report.

It evaluated 18 backup solutions for small enterprise vSphere backup across 5 different categories:
1. Altaro VM Backup
2. Arcserve ShadowXafe and OneXafe Solo
3. Atempo TINA
4. Barracude Backup/Backup Vx
5. Carbonite Solution Suite
6. Dell Avamar Data Protection
7. Infrascale Backup and DR
8. Iperius Backup Full
9. Metallic, a Commvault Venture
10. Micro Focus VM Explorer
11. NAKIVO Backup and Replication
12. NovaStor VMware DataCenter
13. Paragon Software VM Backup
14. Quest Software Rapid Recovery
15. Quest Software vRanger
16. Vembu Backup and Replication for VMware
17. Veritas Backup Exec
18. Zerto Data Protection (acquired by HPE)

It provides guidance on these solutions that enterprises should consider.

Analyst reports that track server virtualization software indicate this market will continue to grow for the foreseeable future. One recent report puts the total value of the overall server virtualization market at nearly $10 billion by 2026.

The increasing value of the server virtualization market stems from the benefits small enterprises realize when adopting it. Server virtualization in general, and vSphere specifically, transform how small enterprises may manage their physical infrastructure. Used to host multiple applications on a single physical machine, vSphere simultaneously lowers costs while increasing operational efficiency.

Small enterprises have more server virtualization offerings than ever from which to choose. Even with all these choices, vSphere maintains its lead as the server virtualization platform of choice.

VMware also makes multiple software tools available to complement vSphere to assist small enterprises in deploying and managing it. Of VMware’s available software tools, small enterprises may deploy vCenter Server to centralize management of their vSphere VMs.
vCenter Server and other software tools from VMware position small enterprises to create stable, high performing virtual infrastructures. However, they must still protect the applications, data, and workloads they host on their vSphere VMs. This necessitates they acquire backup software specifically tuned for this task.

Evaluation Criteria
The general categories under which these features fell included:
• Backup administration
• Backup capabilities
• Configuration, licensing, and pricing
• Recovery and restore
• Service and support

Top 5 Small Enterprise vSphere Backup Solutions (in alphabetical order):
1 Altaro VM Backup
2 Arcserve ShadowXafe and OneXafe Solo Solution
3 Metallic, a Commvault Venture
4 Quest Software Rapid Recovery
5 Zerto Data Protection