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75%+ of 2022 Storage Unicorns Work with DCIG

In June 2022 seventeen companies in the infrastructure, data, and storage management space got some good news. Coldago Research recognized them as Storage Unicorns with valuations of more than $1billion. However, DCIG also took some good news away from that analyst report. DCIG is proud to call thirteen of those seventeen companies (over 75%!) current or past clients.

Coldago Storage Unicorn

To commemorate this event and honor current and past DCIG clients as 2022 draws to a close, DCIG decided to create a series of blog entries highlighting them. Each blog entry, beginning with this one, summarizes our client’s technology offering and how each one engaged DCIG.


The Acronis Cyber Protect represents one of the few available enterprise backup offerings that natively integrates its cybersecurity, backup, and recovery features. Its cybersecurity platform offers both machine intelligence (MI) based and behavioral heuristic antivirus features with around-the-clock monitoring performed by Acronis’ Cyber Protection Operation Centers (CPOC). Its backup and recovery offering complements its cybersecurity features by protecting over 20 platforms across physical, virtual, cloud, and mobile.

DCIG has covered Acronis in multiple different TOP 5 reports that DCIG has independently produced since 2019. DCIG initially highlighted Acronis Cyber Protect’s disaster-recovery-as-a-service (DRaaS) capabilities in the 2019-20 DCIG TOP 5 DRaaS Solutions report. Since then, DCIG has gone on to recognize Acronis Cyber Protect in the following two DCIG TOP 5 reports:

  • 2020-21 DCIG TOP 5 SME Anti-ransomware Backup Solutions
  • 2022-23 Midsize Enterprise VMware vSphere Backup Solutions

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Acronis also engaged DCIG to produce a series of DCIG Competitive Intelligence Reports. These reports highlighted how Acronis compares to some of its closest competitors in the areas of:

  1. Integrated threat and data protection
  2. Data protection capabilities to include application, cloud, database, mobile, and server
  3. Management of Cyber Protect by tools commonly utilized by Managed Service Providers (MSPs)


Cohesity DataProtect now delivers backup-as-a-service (BaaS) to complement its traditional software and hardware offerings. Its global management features grant administrative access from anywhere and provide “what-if” analysis for various backup and recovery challenges. It can do mass restorations for VMware vSphere and AWS workloads as well as analyze backups for the presence of ransomware.

AWS Cloud Backup Large Enterprise

DCIG covered Cohesity in a recent DCIG TOP 5 report. DCIG recognized Cohesity DataProtect BaaS as a TOP 5 solution in the 2022-23 DCIG TOP 5 Enterprise AWS Cloud Backup Solutions Report. That report identified how Cohesity differentiated itself from competitive solutions with its:

  • Support of two snapshot options to protect AWS EC2 instances
  • Global search capabilities
  • Multiple integrated technologies that prevent, detect, and recover from ransomware

Prior to that report, DCIG had previously recognized the Cohesity offering in the DCIG 2016-17 SME Integrated Backup Appliance Buyer’s Guide. In that report DCIG awarded Cohesity with a “Recommended” ranking based on how Cohesity could be used as both a backup target and to back up corporate environments.


Druva’s Data Resiliency Cloud represents one of the original BaaS offerings targeting enterprise backup workloads. Hosted in the AWS cloud, it minimized or even eliminated the need for organizations to buy on-premises hardware or maintain the backend backup infrastructure. It provides five types of backup and recovery programs and leverages AWS’ nearly unlimited storage capacity to store backups.

DCIG 2020 21 Top 5 SME AWS Cloud Backup Icon 600x600 1DCIG covered Druva in a recent DCIG TOP 5 report. DCIG recognized Druva CloudRanger as a TOP 5 solution in the 2020-21 DCIG TOP 5 SME AWS Cloud Backup Solutions Report. That report specifically called out how Druva differentiated itself from competitive solutions with its:

  • Extensive support for AWS databases
  • Optimization of storage of backup snapshots by utilizing various Amazon S3 storage tiers
  • Automation of DR planning across multiple AWS regions

DCIG also separately worked with Druva to help it identify advantages its solution provided versus competitive products. DCIG called out:

  • Druva’s cloud-based, SaaS model
  • Druva’s simplicity of deployment

How well Druva aligns with companies that have cloud-first model for its infrastructure


Kaseya’s Unitrends stands out for the self-healing feature found in its Recovery Series backup appliances and its UniView management console. The self-healing feature available in the Recovery Series backup appliances detects and diagnoses failing hard drives. This contributes to reducing disk drive downtime by up to 90%.

These appliances also run a Linux OS that helps protect them against Windows-oriented ransomware. They include analytics software to monitor for and detect ransomware in backups. Finally, Unitrends offers automated DR testing that organizations may use to test and validate the viability of their DR plan.

Hyper-V Backup Software

Over the years DCIG has highlighted Unitrends’ strength in backup in multiple DCIG reports. Just some of the recent reports where Unitrends earned a DCIG TOP 5 award include:

  • 2022-23 DCIG TOP 5 Microsoft Hyper-V Backup Software and Backup Solutions reports
  • 2022-23 DCIG TOP 5 Large & Midsize Enterprise VMware vSphere Backup Solutions reports
  • 2020-21 DCIG TOP 5 Azure Cloud Backup Solutions report
  • 2020-21 DCIG TOP 5 Enterprise AWS Cloud Backup Solutions report
  • 2019-20 DCIG TOP 5 Enterprise Anti-ransomware Backup Solutions report

In this next installment in this Behind the Curtain series, DCIG will look at four storage providers who were recognized as storage unicorns.

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DCIG Junior Analyst Christina Nguyen contributed to this blog entry.


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