2021-22 DCIG TOP 3 GCP Cloud Backup Solutions Report Now Available

DCIG is pleased to announce the immediate availability of the 2021-22 DCIG TOP 3 GCP Cloud Backup Solutions report. This report provides guidance on TOP 3 backup solutions organizations should consider for backing up applications and data they host on the Google Cloud Platform (GCP).

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GCP Tops in YoY Cloud Revenue Percentage Growth

In 2008 Google introduced its Google Cloud Platform (GCP) to the world. Now it stands among the leaders in cloud providers worldwide. Compared to Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure, GCP experienced the most growth year-over-year (YoY) in Q4 2020 on a percentage basis.

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This growth indicates more organizations first look to GCP or consider it as an option to AWS or Azure. While AWS and Azure lead GCP in annual cloud infrastructure-as-a-service (IAAS) revenue, GCP offers features and services they do not. Key features and services that help differentiate GCP from them include:

  • Google Workspace (formerly G Suite) holds the top spot as the most widely used cloud software-as-a-service (SaaS) office productivity suite. In early 2020, it had more than two billion monthly active users.
  • GCP supports creating custom virtual machine (VM) instances. While all cloud IaaS providers offer predefined VMs, only GCP currently makes custom VMs available. Organizations may create a VM with a specific number of vCPUs and a specified amount of memory.
  • GCP’s Cloud Healthcare APIs positions organizations to comply with healthcare data standards like HL7®FHIR®, HL7® v2 and DICOM. Using its Cloud Healthcare APIs, they can better meet specific clinical and data standards and comply with HIPAA.
  • GCP’s Premium Tier network option offers over 100 points of presence globally, more than any public IaaS provider. The GCP Premium Network Tier includes Global Load Balancing that facilitates seamless expansion, overflow, or failover between GCP regions.

GCP’s Bright Future

Since 93 percent of enterprises already have a multi-cloud strategy, this foretells a bright future for GCP’s continued growth.  GCP provides the core IaaS services that many enterprises initially seek to create a viable multi-cloud strategy. These core services include analytics, compute, database, identity management, networking, storage, and virtual desktops.
GCP also offers advanced services such as artificial intelligence, containers, DevOps, Kubernetes, machine learning, and serverless compute, among many others. These services serve as a foundation for its hybrid vision of helping organizations create and maintain hybrid clouds. This vision supports organizations moving from VMs to containers and ultimately to Kubernetes pods.
As of February 2021, GCP has 25 regions throughout the world with nine more in development. Each of these 25 regions contains at least three zones with one containing four zones. Taken together, these benefits make a compelling argument for enterprises to adopt, embrace, and expand their use of GCP.

Backup Still a Requirement in the GCP Cloud

GCP offers many features organizations want from a public cloud platform to include high availability, redundancy, security, and much more. Despite these benefits, organizations must remember that as they host applications and data in GCP they retain responsibility for them.
This puts the onus on organizations to back up and recover their applications and data. Should they become corrupted, deleted, lost, or compromised, GCP does not automatically back up or recover them.
As a result of its acquisition of Actifio in December 2020, Google now offers its own backup solution. However, organizations must subscribe and pay for Actifio to back up their applications and data in the GCP cloud. Further, organizations may have application and data backup and recovery requirements that Actifio may not meet. This will necessitate they identify a third-party solution for their GCP backup and recovery needs.

The State of GCP Cloud Backup Solutions

Despite GCP’s growing prominence as an IaaS provider, DCIG only identified eight backup solutions from which organizations may choose. All eight solutions got started doing physical or virtual machine backup outside of GCP. This start gave them the core functionality organizations still need as they move existing applications and data to GCP.
Organizations may deploy six of these backup solutions in the GCP cloud the same way they do on-premises, with minor differences. They obtain an appropriately sized VM instance in GCP to host the backup software. Once obtained, they license, install, and maintain the backup solution themselves. Finally, they configure it to back up their applications and data hosted on GCP. In many respects, they manage this backup software in the cloud the same way they do now.
Cloud backup solutions delivered this way do, however, face challenges going forward. Fewer organizations want to manage backup software the same way they did in the past. Instead, they want to subscribe and pay for backup software like they do other services in GCP.
They also want backup software architected and available as a cloud-native service. Delivered this way, the backup software automatically scales up or down based on demand. The provider also handles all the backup software’s ongoing maintenance, such as fixes, patches, and upgrades. This frees organizations to focus on using the backup software while removing the task of maintaining it.

GCP Cloud Backup Solutions

GCP Cloud Backup Solutions TOP 3 Chart Cobalt Iron FinalIn preparing this TOP 3 report, DCIG evaluated eight cloud backup solutions that back up applications and data in GCP. The general categories under which these features fell included:

  • Backup administration
  • Backup capabilities
  • Configuration, licensing, and pricing
  • Recovery and restores
  • Snapshot administration
  • Support

Based on these criteria, DCIG awarded the following GCP cloud backup solutions a TOP 3 ranking (in alphabetical order):

  • Cobalt Iron Compass
  • Commvault Complete™ Backup and Recovery
  • HYCU DPaaS for GCP

Report Availability

The full DCIG TOP 3 report is available at no charge with registration via the link below. The full report contains additional details such as:

  • A listing of all eight solutions evaluated
  • Features available in all GCP cloud backup solutions
  • A deeper explanation on the key similarities and differences between the TOP 3 solutions
  • A profile of each solution that highlights the ways each one distinguishes itself from the other solutions

It is available for download by following this link to a trusted partner’s site:

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