I am pleased to announce that the new Forrester Wave™: Data Resiliency Solutions, Q3 2017 for infrastructure and operations professionals is now live! This Wave evaluation uncovered a market in which two vendor solutions — Commvault and Veritas Technologies — emerged as Leaders, although their strengths differ. Another four providers — Actifio, IBM, HPE (now Micro Focus), and Veeam Software — are Strong Performers. Dell EMC is a Contender.

We developed a comprehensive criteria set in three high-level buckets: current offering, strategy, and market presence. The criteria and their weightings are based on past research and user inquiries. This evaluation also considers the technologies clients will deploy in future. It also features thought-provoking criteria such as policy-led automated data placement to and within the public cloud, perform root-cause analysis, and offer analytics-driven recommendations.

If you want to benchmark your solution against the available ones or aim for a replacement, this Forrester Wave is the best starting point for you. Your criteria for such a solution may differ, hence I recommend to go beyond the Forrester Wave graphic and:

  • Download the Excel sheet associated with the graphic (Figure 2 in the report).
  • View the detailed evaluations in the scoring guide.
  • Adapt the criteria weightings to fit your data resiliency solutions needs and see your (potential) solution’s custom ranking.

Please let me know, if you are willing to share your experiences with selecting and implementing these solutions. I have observed that I&O professionals deploy multiple (average of more than 3) data protection tools to gain 100% coverage of their technology environment. Do you also do that? If so, I am curious to hear about the factors that necessitate or motivate such a choice.

And if you need Forrester’s help in selecting a solution — for example, through inquiry, advisory, or project consulting work — just reach out.