Continuing leadership in enterprise and cloud data protection

17 August, 2017
Devon Helms

IBM Spectrum Protect™ has been named a Leader in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Data Center Backup and Recovery Solutions report for 2017. This is the seventh consecutive year that IBM Spectrum Protect has earned this honor, and the 12th time dating back to 1999.[1] You can read the full report here.

graph demonstrating ibm spectrum protectA member of the IBM Spectrum Storage family of software-defined storage solutions, IBM Spectrum Protect provides a wide range of backup, snapshot, archive, recovery, space management, bare machine recovery and disaster recovery capabilities. It can help protect data on systems of all sizes – from a single point of control. It can make advanced data protection possible for current and next-generation environments, including cloud, virtualized and software-defined environments. IBM Spectrum Protect helps recover individual items, complex systems and entire data centers.

What does it mean to be a leader in backup and recovery solutions? According to Gartner, leaders have the highest combined measures of Ability to Execute and Completeness of Vision. Leaders have the most comprehensive and scalable product portfolios.  They have a proven track record of established market presence and financial performance. For vision, they are perceived in the industry as thought leaders, and have well-articulated plans for enhancing recovery capabilities, improving ease of deployment and administration, and increasing their scalability and product breadth.

Does IBM Spectrum Protect have these leadership qualities? Peter Nielsen, CEO and Co-Founder of Frontsafe, a dedicated backup service provider that manages more than 12,000 servers through 150 OEM-branded partners using IBM Spectrum Protect and Frontsafe Cloud Portal software, states:

When we tested data protection solutions, we discovered that IBM Spectrum Protect backed up data 60% faster than the alternatives. Additionally, we estimate that Spectrum Protect has enabled us to reduce our backup infrastructure costs by around 50 percent.”

Disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS) and other cloud-based data protection approaches are gaining plenty of market traction these days,[2] and IBM Spectrum Protect developers have responded.

IBM Spectrum Protect is a powerful, well-designed data protection solution that enables us to manage large and complex landscapes with a high degree of efficiency,” states Clayton Weise, Director of Cloud for Key Information Systems (KeyInfo), an IBM Business Partner that delivers hybrid cloud data protection solutions using IBM Spectrum Protect. image of man holding cloudWe’re not standing still. IBM is leading the way into the future of data protection. We’re delivering new capabilities in IBM Spectrum Protect that are making that future of data protection a reality. In the last year alone, we have made it dramatically easier to backup to the cloud with new cloud support. And we have enhanced support for our own IBM cloud and IBM Cloud Object Storage. We’ve introduced new features to enhance virtual environment data protection. But we’re just getting started. Make sure to join us at VMworld Las Vegas (booths 506 and 1225) VMworld Barcelona (booth D315) where the next revolution in data protection and availability will be unveiled.

IBM Business Partners, customers and respected analysts all agree that we are a leader in the backup and recovery solutions market. It’s no wonder IBM has achieved this honor, year after year.

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[1] Gartner: Magic Quadrant for Data Center Backup and Recovery Solutions, July 2017 ID: G00311191

[2] Marketsand Markets: Disaster Recovery as a Service Market, Global Forecast to 2021, Report #3490

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