The Forrester Wave™: Data Resiliency Solutions

Today’s IT leaders are struggling to adapt to the ever-changing requirements for protecting and managing data across their infrastructure. According to Forrester’s latest report: “The Forrester Wave (™): Data Resiliency Solutions, Q3 2019,” “Multicloud environments, edge computing, and containers distribute data closer to business applications; this scattering of data requires infrastructure and operations leaders to take a fresh approach to data resiliency.” Yesterday’s data protection solutions are making way for new future-ready data resiliency solution.

For any organization, the data landscape evolves quickly, creating new opportunities to drive transformation and generate new insights, access computing power on demand and accelerate innovation. As the value of these transformation opportunities increases, so does the responsibility to protect this growing volume of data from threats such as malware / ransomware, data loss and outages. The importance of data as a currency in our digital economy is giving rise to new regulations governing data requiring compliance.

The challenge for IT teams is how to adapt their data protection capabilities to this new data landscape, respond to new threats and support the business by pulling more value from their most critical asset: data.

A new approach to data resiliency is required, and Forrester has responded with a Forrester Wave report for Data Resiliency Solutions, naming Druva as one of the top vendors in this market.

The Forrester Wave: Why it’s a great customer resource

The Forrester Wave for Data Resiliency focuses on a vendor’s capabilities for data center and cloud workloads, assessing the scope of workload coverage, features, and support capabilities in those areas. As applications migrate or are built in the cloud, these workloads and their data sets pose a significant data protection challenge for organizations in their journey to the cloud.

The Forrester Wave is a great resource to understand the various vendor alternatives for data resiliency, and when to choose them. It’s a factual, thorough assessment of solutions, including customer interviews, which drives the rating that each vendor receives.

In order to make it into the Forrester Wave, vendors have to meet stringent inclusion criteria and be considered a significant vendor delivering a strong, viable solution that meets the data resiliency challenges business face today. This is one of the reasons why we at Druva are excited about this report. Our inclusion reflects the market adoption for our SaaS solutions, and the value our customers are gaining for their organizations. Since we protect more than just data center and cloud workloads, we have even more reason to be excited about our ratings.

Data resiliency trends / requirements

One of the biggest challenges today comes from the transition to cloud computing, with both applications and data making the transition to the cloud. This leaves some data unprotected as it leaves traditional data center-oriented protection. The volume of data is exploding across workloads as well, straining IT’s ability to keep up with protecting and managing data at scale. Loss of access to this data is very costly, and businesses can lose millions of dollars during a data outage.

Data resiliency solutions need to manage workloads that span data centers and cloud seamlessly, from a single-pane-of-glass management console in order to simplify the IT admin’s job. The solution needs to scale simply and efficiently, to keep the cost of data resiliency as low as possible. More than just protection, data resiliency solutions need to add more value to the data being protected in the form of analytics, ransomware detection, and federated search capabilities.

For these reasons and more, it’s time for businesses to reassess their current data protection and adopt a data-resiliency mindset that addresses the challenges of today.

Businesses need to adopt a data-resiliency mindset that addresses today’s IT challenges, including not only the growth of data, but also the increased risks to their data both from internal and external threats.

  • Data volumes are increasing significantly
  • Workloads are shifting to the cloud
  • Ransomware and malware threats are constantly evolving
  • The cost of data loss

New approaches to data resiliency
Among many different approaches to improving data resiliency, Forrester noted that a new trend for “delivering data protection in a software-as-a-service (SaaS) model…”. More importantly, any new approach to data resiliency needs to provide “single-pane-of-glass management across all data sources, a comprehensive policy framework, recoverability, and security.” Look for an approach that fit the needs of your business to build strong data resiliency strategy that addresses the challenges of today and tomorrow.

Data Resiliency Solutions Go Beyond Data Protection And Recovery

Fast-paced digital transformation has technology and business leaders scrambling to become competent in multiple domains and is forcing I&O leaders to bolster their data resiliency practices. Privacy regulations like GDPR and CCPA stipulate how firms can process, store, and use data. Ransomware attacks have increased in frequency, intensity, and impact. Agile application development and new platforms like containers make data protection an afterthought. Multicloud environments, edge computing, and containers distribute data closer to business applications; this scattering of data requires I&O to take a fresh approach to data resiliency. Vendors are approaching this problem in several ways, including developing new capabilities for existing on-premises data protection, delivering data protection in a software-as-a-service (SaaS) model, creating appliances that can double as recovery targets, and running test workloads. As a result of these trends, data resiliency solution customers should look for providers that:

  • Drive policy-based execution.
  • Assure recoverability.
  • Secure backup infrastructure and data.

The Forrester Wave™ evaluation highlights Leaders, Strong Performers, Contenders, and Challengers. It’s an assessment of the top vendors in the market and does not represent the entire vendor landscape. We intend this evaluation to be a starting point only and encourage clients to view product evaluations and adapt criteria weightings using the Excel-based vendor comparison tool.

Strong Performers

  • Veritas serves firms with heterogeneous data across on-premises and public cloud. Veritas offers NetBackup as its lead solution for data resiliency; modules like CloudPoint complement its capabilities with support for public-cloud-native services. Veritas continues to support clients that have legacy and traditional systems. The combination of NetBackup and CloudPoint broadly supports on- and off-premises workloads. Serving both traditional and newer workloads isn’t easy, and that’s evident in that solution modules independently address client requirements.
  • Druva’s SaaS delivers immense value and quick time-to-market. Druva stands firm with its unique position of delivering data resiliency as a service. It attracted series G funding of $130 million in June 2019 and is investing in improving its offering and increasing its go-to-market and technology partnerships. Druva recently acquired CloudRanger and CloudLanes to complement its homegrown InSync and Phoenix offerings. The Phoenix service supports data center infrastructure and applications; the CloudRanger service offers data protection for public-cloud-native workloads. Druva has been awarded a patent for its deduplication technology, which reduces total storage requirements. Its easy-to-understand solution offers comprehensive reporting. However, the products from these recent acquisitions have yet to merge completely.
  • Actifio serves DevOps and copy data management along with data protection needs. Actifio software is available in two forms: virtual appliance Actifio Sky and SaaS offering Actifio GO. The Actifio GO service supports tiering protected data into public cloud storage like Amazon Web Services (AWS) S3, Google Cloud Storage, and IBM Cloud Storage. Actifio GO supports backup for data residing in SaaS services like Office 365 and GSuite. It OEMs parts of its solution to vendors like IBM and Dell EMC. Actifio pioneered copy data management and continues to lead the marketplace with that focus. It has deep integrations with databases and virtual infrastructure and can keep backups in their respective native formats even while placing the data on object storage. This enables the solution to deliver its services at significantly higher speeds than its competitors.

Evaluation Overview
We evaluated vendors against 40 criteria, which we grouped into three high-level categories:

  • Current offering. Each vendor’s position on the vertical axis of the Forrester Wave graphic indicates the strength of its current offering. Key criteria for these solutions include support of diverse and heterogeneous data sources, backup targets, backup optimization capabilities, manageability of the backup infrastructure, recoverability, security of the backup infrastructure, and scalability.
  • Strategy. Placement on the horizontal axis indicates the strength of a vendor’s strategy. We evaluated vendors’ unique value, approach, and the vision that drives investments. We evaluated how the vendor takes its products to market and how it invests in product R&D. 
  • Market presence. Represented by the size of the markers on the graphic, our market presence scores reflect each vendor’s installed base, technology and go-to-market partnerships, professional services and consulting capabilities, and customer feedback.

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The rise of cloud: Why you need a new approach to data resiliency