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GigaOm Radar for Hybrid Cloud Data Protection for Small and Medium-Sized Businesses (SMBs)v4.0

Table of Contents

  1. Summary
  2. Market Categories and Deployment Types
  3. Key Criteria Comparison
  4. GigaOm Radar
  5. Vendor Insights
  6. Analysts’ Take

1. Summary

Besides steady adoption of software as a service (SaaS) applications and an increasingly complex regulatory landscape for managing data, small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) must face the growing threat of ransomware attacks. This scenario poses several challenges to SMBs:

  • SaaS applications offer flexibility but often come without built-in data protection capabilities.
  • Regulatory requirements are complex and difficult to manage manually.
  • Ransomware attacks can have devastating effects on data recovery and sometimes even on future business viability.

To combat these challenges, SMBs are increasingly looking for solutions with broad feature sets that can address the data protection requirements of hybrid and cloud workloads and SaaS applications, protect against ransomware attacks, and help them to stay in compliance with regulatory requirements.

From a market standpoint, new startups are disrupting traditional data protection models, while well-established vendors are rethinking their strategies for bridging the gap between legacy and modern hybrid cloud infrastructures.

The limited resources of SMBs in terms of labor and capital naturally create the appetite for backup as a service (BaaS) solutions, which run in the cloud and can be consumed as a service. This type of solution requires a minimal footprint, is quick to configure and simple to operate, and supports a growing number of protected workloads and SaaS applications.

In this market, customers are very diverse, ranging from small businesses to mid-market enterprises, and the modest scale of an organization doesn’t necessarily imply that it has simple requirements. It is therefore a market with a broad scope of use cases, varying requirements, and a wide range of IT budgets.

The market continues to be very active, offering a broad spectrum of data protection solutions, from the simplest to the most complete. Both startups and incumbents are looking at ways to disrupt traditional backup models and differentiate their products while ensuring they can cover most data protection use cases.

This GigaOm Radar report highlights key hybrid cloud data protection vendors and equips IT decision-makers with the information needed to select the best fit for their business and use case requirements. In the corresponding GigaOm report “Key Criteria for Evaluating Hybrid Cloud Data Protection Solutions,” we describe in more detail the key features and metrics that are used to evaluate vendors in this market.

How to Read this Report

This GigaOm report is one of a series of documents that helps IT organizations assess competing solutions in the context of well-defined features and criteria. For a fuller understanding, consider reviewing the following reports:

Key Criteria report: A detailed market sector analysis that assesses the impact that key product features and criteria have on top-line solution characteristics—such as scalability, performance, and TCO—that drive purchase decisions.

GigaOm Radar report: A forward-looking analysis that plots the relative value and progression of vendor solutions along multiple axes based on strategy and execution. The Radar report includes a breakdown of each vendor’s offering in the sector.