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The data protection market is undergoing a profound transformation. On the one hand, the cloud is radically changing where data is created and consumed. On the other, new business and regulatory requirements emerge regularly from the data-driven society we now live in. As if this were not enough, small and medium-sized companies (SMB) are steadily adopting SaaS applications that live in the cloud but do not have built-in data protection capabilities.
Furthermore, new startups are disrupting traditional data protection models, while well-established vendors are rethinking their strategy for bridging the gap between legacy and modern hybrid cloud infrastructures.
In the SMB space, the market is trending toward solutions with a broad feature set that can address the data protection requirements of hybrid and cloud workloads as well as SaaS applications.
The next evolution in modern data protection is backup as a service (BaaS), which runs in the cloud and can be consumed as a service. This solution requires a minimal footprint, is quick to configure, simple to operate, and supports a growing number of protected workloads and SaaS applications.
In this market, the customers are very diverse, ranging from small enterprises to mid-market organizations, and even the scale of the organization doesn’t necessarily imply they have 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, while ensuring they can cover most data protection use cases.
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