OMAHA, Neb., (April 14, 2022) – DCIG is pleased to announce the immediate availability of the 2022-23 DCIG TOP 5 Microsoft Hyper-V Backup Solutions report. This report provides guidance on the TOP 5 backup solutions organizations should consider to meet their Microsoft Windows Server Hyper-V backup requirements.
Microsoft Windows Server Hyper-V: A Primary Server Virtualization Platform
Analyst firms that track server virtualization software market expect it to continue to grow. While forecasted growth rates vary, analysts generally put its compound annual growth rate (CAGR) at 5-6 percent. These same analyst reports also identify Microsoft Windows Server Hyper-V as one of the primary server virtualization platforms used by enterprises
Server virtualization in general and Microsoft Windows Server Hyper-V specifically have transformed how enterprises manage their physical server infrastructure. Able to host multiple virtual machines (VMs) on a single physical machine, Hyper-V simultaneously lowers costs while increasing operational efficiency.
Microsoft also makes multiple software tools available to assist enterprises in deploying and managing Hyper-V. For example, enterprises may use Microsoft Windows PowerShell and Hyper-V Manager to centralize and automate Hyper-V management. Many also use Microsoft’s Failover Clustering and Hyper-V Replica. These provide high availability (HA) and VM replication and disaster recovery (DR), respectively.
Definition of a Microsoft Hyper-V Backup Solution
DCIG identified about 30 offerings suitable for protecting applications, data, and workloads hosted on Microsoft Windows Server Hyper-V. Of these, twelve met DCIG’s definition of a Microsoft Hyper-V backup solution. In this report, DCIG specifically only included offerings with two or more deployment options. Each solution may be deployed in at least two of the following three ways:
- Preconfigured physical or virtual backup appliance
- Licensed software on a physical or virtual machine, residing on-premises or in the cloud
- Cloud-based software-as-a-service (SaaS) accessed via a subscription
A backup offering’s supported deployment options often represent the first feature that organizations consider as they make a buying decision. More organizations want to acquire offerings that match their IT operations. Their IT operations may fall into one or more of the following general categories:
- Cloud-based. All IT operations get hosted in a general-purpose cloud, such as Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, or Google Cloud Platform (GCP.) Hosted in the cloud, organizations often subscribe to many of the cloud services, to include compute, networking, and storage, among others. They also expect to obtain backup as a cloud service, or as a backup-as-a-service (BaaS).
- On-premises. These organizations host their hardware and software on-premises. In this instance, they want to obtain a backup offering that also operates on-premises.
- Hybrid. More organizations host applications, data, and workloads both in the cloud and on-premises. They then want a backup offering that gives them multiple deployment options. This gives them the flexibility to select the most appropriate option for each environment.
- Remote and branch offices (ROBO. ROBOs come in many sizes with various staffing levels, number of applications, and amount of data in each location. Organizations will need a backup offering with multiple deployment options to align with the needs of each office.
Common Attributes of All Microsoft Hyper-V Backup Solutions
In evaluating the twelve Microsoft Hyper-V backup solutions, all these offerings shared commonality in their support of the following features. These included:
- Support Microsoft Windows as a guest operating system (OS). All twelve solutions protect Microsoft Windows Server 2012, 2016, and 2019 when hosted as a guest OS on a VM.
- Integrate with and create application-consistent backups for leading Microsoft applications. All these solutions integrate with and can create application consistent backups of the following on-premises Microsoft applications: Active Directory, Exchange, and SQL Server.
- Integrate with and create application-consistent backups for Oracle Database.
- Support for block, file, and cloud storage backup media targets. All these solutions support using local block and network-attached storage devices for storing backups. They also support using off-premises, S3-compliant cloud storage to store backup data.
- Provide multiple restore options. Using any of these solutions, organizations may perform the following types of restores. All support granular file and folder restores. They also all support restoring a VM image restore to the same or a different Hyper-V host.
- Email, phone, online knowledgebase, and web chat support. All these solutions afford midsize enterprises the option to contact them for support using email, phone, an online knowledgebase, or web chat. Organizations may also minimally access and get this support options from one or more of these providers the same day they need it.
Microsoft Hyper-V Backup Solutions
The general categories under which the features evaluated for these Microsoft Hyper-V backup solutions fell included:
- Backup administration
- Backup capabilities
- Configuration, licensing, and pricing
- Recovery and restore
- Service and support
Based on these criteria, DCIG awarded the following Microsoft Hyper-V backup solution providers a TOP 5 ranking (in alphabetical order):
The full DCIG TOP 5 report is available for download immediately at the link below. The full report contains additional details such as:
- A listing of all twelve solutions evaluated
- An overview of common features across all Microsoft Hyper-V backup solutions
- A list of attributes that all TOP 5 Microsoft Hyper-V backup solutions share
- An examination on some of the differences between the TOP 5 solutions
- A profile of each TOP 5 solution that highlights the ways it distinguishes itself from the other TOP 5 solutions
The full 2022-23 DCIG TOP 5 Microsoft Hyper-V Backup Solutions report may be downloaded by following the link below:
DCIG Website: Link to Full TOP 5 Report
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