There is a great scene in the first Hunger Games movie where the 24 combatants are just about to start fighting. In front of them is a small stash of weapons. Some of the combatants charge toward the weapons, knowing that if they get one, they will gain a huge advantage—but if they don’t, they will be prime targets for being immediately “defeated.” Other combatants choose to ignore the premade weapons and run for the forest, presuming that they will be able to forage and somehow make a weapon themselves.
That is what the SaaS backup market looks like.
As workloads like e-mail and file services continue to be migrated from on-premises servers to SaaS solutions like Office365 and GoogleApps, most legacy backup solutions can’t follow. And so, all of the legacy backup vendors are like those combatants—and many have been looking at the only two “weapons” for protecting SaaS:
One sword and one bow … named Backupify and Spanning.