OMAHA, Neb., (May 12th, 2022) – DCIG is pleased to announce the immediate availability of the 2022-23 DCIG TOP 5 Microsoft Hyper-V Backup Software Offerings report. This report provides guidance on the TOP 5 backup software offerings that organizations should consider to meet their Microsoft Windows Server Hyper-V backup requirements.
MICROSOFT WINDOWS SERVER HYPER-V: A PRIMARY SERVER VIRTUALIZATION PLATFORM
Analyst market reports that track server virtualization software market expect it to continue to grow. While forecasted 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 infrastructure. Used 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.
These other tools from Microsoft and its partner community position enterprises to create stable, high performing virtual infrastructures. However, enterprises must still protect the applications, data, and workloads hosted by these Microsoft Hyper-V VMs. To do so, enterprises may acquire backup software specifically tuned for this task.
Definition of a Microsoft Hyper-V Backup Software Offering
DCIG identified about 30 offerings suitable for protecting applications, data, and workloads hosted on Microsoft Windows Server Hyper-V. Of these, 24 met DCIG’s definition of Microsoft Hyper-V backup software.
In this report, DCIG only included offerings that organizations could license and deploy as backup software. They may deploy these software offerings on a physical or virtual machine that resides either in the cloud or on-premises. Other offerings not covered organizations could only deploy as a physical or virtual backup appliance or a backup-as-a-service (BaaS).
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.
Organizations may want to acquire Microsoft Hyper-V backup software in the following scenarios:
- Cloud-based. They host IT operations in a general-purpose cloud, such as Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, or Google Cloud Platform (GCP.) Organizations that use Hyper-V backup software in the cloud have often done a lift-and-shift. They may want to continue to deploy and manage backups in the same manner that they did on-premises.
- On-premises. These organizations host their hardware, software, and data on-premises. They may deploy backup software to protect on-premises applications and data.
- Hybrid. More organizations host applications, data, and workloads both in the cloud and on-premises. Backup software gives them the flexibility to deploy it in the same manner across their hybrid 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 may deploy many of these backup software offerings on multiple different physical or virtual hardware configurations. They can then better meet the specific budget constraints and/or technical demands for each size ROBO.
Common Attributes of All Microsoft Hyper-V Backup Software Offerings
In evaluating the 24 Microsoft Hyper-V backup software offerings, all these offerings shared commonality in their support of the following features. These included:
- Support Microsoft Windows Server as a guest operating system (OS). All offerings, with one exception, protect recent Microsoft Windows Server editions (2012, 2016, and 2019) when deployed as a guest OS on a Hyper-V VM.
- Compress backup data. All offerings, with one exception, can compress backup data.
- Use local block and AWS cloud storage backup media targets. All offerings support the use of a local block storage target for storing backups. All offerings, with one exception, may use AWS S3 cloud storage as a storage target.
- Encrypt data at-rest. 96% of the offerings encrypt data at-rest.
- Email alerts. All offerings, with one exception, may be configured to send out alerts and notifications using email.
- File and folder restore. All offerings, with one exception, support the granular restore of files and folders of a Hyper-V VM.
- VM restores to same or different Hyper-V server. 90% of the offerings provide the flexibility to restore a Hyper-V VM to the same or a different Hyper-V server.
2022-23 DCIG TOP 5 Microsoft Hyper-V Backup Software Offerings
The general categories under which the features evaluated for these Microsoft Hyper-V backup software offerings 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 software providers a TOP 5 ranking (in alphabetical order):
- Arcserve Unified Data Protection (UDP)
- Commvault Complete™ Backup and Recovery
- Quest NetVault Backup
- Unitrends BCDR
- Veritas NetBackup
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 24 software offerings evaluated
- An overview of common features across all Microsoft Hyper-V backup software offerings
- A list of attributes that all TOP 5 Microsoft Hyper-V backup software offerings share
- An examination on some of the differences between the TOP 5 software offerings
- A profile of each TOP 5 software offering that highlights the ways it distinguishes itself from the other TOP 5 software offerings
The full 2022-23 DCIG TOP 5 Microsoft Hyper-V Backup Software Offerings report may be downloaded by following the link below:
DCIG Website: Link to Full TOP 5 Report
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