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Data Center Backup Software

Best Data Center Backup Software

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Data Center Backup Software Overview

What is Data Center Backup Software?

Data center backup and recovery software is designed to provide business continuity and prevent critical data loss, even while data centers grow more complex. While backup solutions provide a disaster recovery solution, they may also be used for workload migration. Additionally, some data center backup solutions are designed to meet data archiving and storage needs in compliance-governed industries. Modern software-defined data center backup solutions provide replication and backup of data in a vendor and hardware agnostic fashion.

Small companies may rely on built-in server backup, or backup solutions that come with the server operating system. However, this approach creates vulnerabilities due to a lack of transparency. It also means the company may have multiple non-integrated data protection solutions. This is not viable for larger enterprises where transparency and policy-based governance rules exist. And for virtualization heavy environments, virtualization-aware data backup solutions are key.

The modern data center needs data protection services that cover:
  • Physical and virtual servers
  • Databases
  • Enterprise applications (i.e., SaaS products)
  • Mobile endpoints
  • Public infrastructure platforms (like AWS)
Most modern data center backup tools will optionally back data up to the cloud. However, many backup solutions provide target storage options. This includes on-premises options like a NAS appliance or tape drive for long-term storage. Many data center backup solutions are "agentless"—meaning they have no process running in the background on every machine. Yet still, data is backed up automatically according to administrator-defined rules and schedule.

Data Center Backup Features & Capabilities

Data center backup and recovery software provide the following feature sets:

  • Combine backup & replication, recovery, and storage in a single service

  • Machine / platform agnostic backup restorations

  • Centralized web-based management console

  • Deduplication, changed block only backup, low bandwidth consumption

  • File archival, long-term storage optimized backup

  • Near continuous data protection (e.g., high interval) & restore availability

  • Support for remote offices, remote employees (e.g., laptops, VDI)

  • Test and validation of recovery plans, recovery assurance

  • Verification of backups, ransomware / virus detection

  • Encryption and deduplication of transmitted data

  • Protection & restore of running applications, open files, etc.

  • Cloud-to-cloud backup for SaaS services (e.g., Exchange, Microsoft Office 365)

  • Image-level virtual machine (VM) backup

  • Multiple data restore locations (e.g., tape appliance, cloud)

  • Copy data management with search & analytics

  • Optional unlimited cloud storage for backups, managed cloud storage

  • Integrated deduplication and file compression

  • Regular snapshots to ensure Recovery Point Objective (RPO) is met

  • Replacement appliances in case of total disaster

Pricing Information

Costs of data backup solutions vary widely, but directly correlate with the quantity of data backed up as the foremost cost determinant. However, infrastructural complexity (primarily virtualization) also provides a source of cost increase. Many vendors of data center backup software do provide very limited “community” editions of their backup solutions at no cost. These free backup products are available perpetually and provide basic file protection and sometimes finite cloud storage for backup data. Paid plans are generally available on a per server or per socket basis. For various degrees of feature breadth cost will generally range from $450 to $1200 per server.


While all solutions feature basic data center backup, advanced plans include workload automation, role-based access, self-service recovery, and other features. Alternately, protection plans can be purchased per workstation. This may present a viable, low cost (e.g., approximately $100 per workstation per year) solution for smaller entities. Also, leading providers of data center backup and disaster recovery solutions may provide wholly managed recovery services, or data backup hardware and appliances as well.


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Storware vProtect is an enterprise backup solution for Open Virtual Machine environments such as KVM, Redhat Virtualization/Ovirt, Citrix Xen Server, Xen, Nutanix, Oracle VM, and Proxmox. vProtect enables VM-level data protection and can function as a standalone solution or integrate with enterpr...

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Vinchin Backup & Recovery is an easy-to-use, reliable and cost-effective VM backup and disaster recovery software to protect multi-types of virtualization environment including VMware, XenServer, RHV, OpenStack and Sangfor HCI with a single user friendly Web console. This is especially benefi...

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Igneous calls itself a UDM as-a-Service solution that enables data-centric organizations with visibility, protection anddata mobility at scale, wherever datasets and workflows live. The main value proposition is that Igneous customers can see, organize and understand all of their unstructured dat...

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INAP Disaster Recovery is a Disaster-Recovery-as-a-Service (DRaaS) solution. The vendor's goal is to provide customers with business continuity, avoid downtime, and help them ensure their applications work for the people that rely on them.

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INAP Cloud Backup is an offsite cloud data center backup solution. It is designed to provide the highest level of data protection and redundancy for sensitive data. INAP Cloud Backup is powered by Veeam Cloud Connect. The vendor's goal is to provide a simple, affordable and secure way to guarante...

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Imanis Data headquartered in San Jose offers their enterprise data management platform supporting data backup and recovery for heterogenous data and big data sources (Hadoop, Hortonworks, MongoDB, etc.).

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IBM Cloud Backup is a full-featured, automated, agent-based backup and recovery system managed through the Cloud Backup WebCC browser utility.

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Nutanix Mine Secondary Storage is a hyperconverged infrastructure backup solution designed to provide a total backup solution when paired with services from Nutanix partners (e.g. Veeam, Veritas, Commvault, Unitrends, and HYCU.

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Clumio is a secure, backup as a service for the enterprise from the company of the same name in Santa Clara, designed to eliminate the complexity of infrastructure management, and automatically scale as expansion and contraction of resources are needed.