Veeam Acquisition: The Net Net

2020 started with a bang in the data protection space with the announcement of the acquisition of Veeam by Private Equity firm Insight Partners. Insight Partners is no stranger to the space, having invested in Acronis, as well. In this short blog, I am going to net out my views on this acquisition.  

It's great news for the market! Let's be clear, the backup and recovery space is hot and growing, but it is yesterday's market. It is evolving into something else, which I have coined the data intelligence market, an evolution of backup and recovery that places data and data reuse at the heart of the enterprise. Whether enabling digital transformation or leveraging "dark" or dormant data, the idea is to leverage data assets. This acquisition is about the next stage of the market.

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Actifio Triples Down on Modern Intelligent Data Management

Actifio just announced a new version of its platform, Actifio 10C, and it comes with a bunch of goodies just in time for year-end festivities. The version numbering itself reveals a triumvirate of themes around the letter C: cloud, containers, and copy data. While the first too are critical in supporting the "how to" or "where," the third (copy data) is really about the ability to further leverage data assets, an area in which I believe Actifio has done better than others. 

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CCPA Is Coming...Part 2

The California Consumer Protection Act (CCPA) goes into effect on January 1, 2020. Often compared to GDPR, CCPA protects consumers from mismanagement of their personal data and gives consumer control over what data is collected, processed, shared, or sold by companies doing business in California. I recently chatted with my friends and colleagues Dave Littman from TruthInIT and Steve Catanzano, Senior Consultant at ESG. 

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CCPA Is Coming... Part 1

The California Consumer Privacy Act is a landmark piece of consumer privacy legislation which passed into California law on June 28th of 2018. The bill is also known as AB 375. This Act is the strongest privacy legislation enacted in any state, giving more power to consumers with regards to their private data.   

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Who Said the Backup and Recovery Market Is Boring? 2019 In Review

2019 was a year of contrasts for backup and recovery but also confirmed the great health and growth potential in this market. It is, however, at the cusp of a critical change, one that will see vendors pivot to expanded capabilities and new use cases. Those who don’t invest in these new capabilities (organically or through acquisitions) will enter a phase of slow decline, which may not be immediately evident but that will be hard to reverse. More on this in the predictions section.

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Is Salesforce Not Mission-critical Ready?

Dreamforce 2019 just kicked off in San Francisco. What an event and a great boost to the local economy: lots of people, celebrity speakers, lots of vendors, and many locations around the Moscone Center to accommodate the many sessions and events. A forest theme was selected this year - a forest in the middle of the urban forest - with cute characters including a bear...the same bear I am going to poke in this blog entry.

Salesforce is a formidable player, a trailblazer (check the little guy's shirt!) that made SaaS what it is today. It's a great success by any stretch of the imagination.

SaaS is an interesting space that we study closely here at ESG, and we see a big disconnect when it comes to backup and recovery, and many challenges with Salesforce specifically. 33% of respondents to our cloud data strategies survey believe that SaaS-based applications don't need to be backed up, and 37% solely rely on the SaaS vendor because they are responsible for protecting the organization's SaaS-resident application data. 

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HYCU Adds Capabilities for GCP

HYCU just announced a set of new capabilities for its Google Cloud Platform service. In this latest release, the company is placing the focus on delivering further enhancements to its native enterprise-class capabilities in/for GCP. This is something other vendors should look at closely with a competitive eye. Here's why: In combination, the enhancements to the service scream enterprise scalability. Remember that a service is a lot easier to quickly and constantly "upgrade" for a vendor versus a legacy approach, which makes HYCU very nimble.

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Commvault Go Day 1: What A Difference A Year Makes

Commvault GO is taking place this week in Denver and I am attending the event with a couple of ESG colleagues.   

The company is vastly different from the one we saw last year, to say the least: New leadership, a significant acquisition under its belt (its first actually), a new backup service, and a roadmap full of goodies for end-users. Commvault is not changing, it has already changed. The company is actively morphing into its next phase of evolution which will come with some adjustments to its go to market.  

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Clumio Joins The Club

ESG research shows that cloud data protection has hit the stratosphere, with a significant acceleration in the past three years. Organizations see cloud as having a positive impact on their data protection strategies in general, and backup data is increasingly shifting to cloud. Cloud-based VMs are also perceived to be more resilient than on-premises. Founded in 2017, Clumio was built in the public cloud and is headed by Poojan Kumar, Clumio CEO, ex Oracle Exadata Co-founder, Pernix Data CEO, and Nutanix VP Engineering and Products. Investors include some well-known names in the industry. The company announced $51 million in funding. This combination of investors, funding, and experienced leadership is worth noting, as I am sure competitors have. 

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Data Protection Conversation with Actifio (Video)

In this latest edition of Data Protection Conversations, I speak with David Chang, Senior Vice President of Products at Actifio. We discuss the company's data protection announcements from Actifio Data Driven 2019, held in Boston.

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