July 22, 2020 By Steve Ricketts 3 min read

This week IBM has been recognized as a Leader in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Data Center Backup and Recovery Solutions for the ninth time in a row. IBM is being recognized for its completeness of vision and its ability to execute in the data protection market.

According to Gartner[1], vendors in the Leaders quadrant “provide mature offerings that meet market demand and have demonstrated the vision necessary to sustain their market position as requirements evolve. The hallmark of Leaders is that they focus on, and invest in, their offerings to the point where they lead the market and can affect its overall direction. As a result, Leaders can become the vendors to watch as you try to understand how new market offerings might evolve.”

Why IBM?

“IBM’s ability to maintain its position as a Magic Quadrant Leader  has been a result of continuous improvements to IBM’s award-winning modern data protection and cyber resiliency portfolio,” says Eric Herzog, CMO and Vice President of Global Channel Sales for the IBM Storage Division. “Organizations struggle with the cost and complexity of protecting data as they embrace digital transformation, manage massive data growth, and the need for always-on services. The IBM modern data protection solutions address these challenges by combining simplicity, cyber security, and flexibility to optimize data backup, recovery, retention, and reuse across enterprise workloads in hybrid multicloud environments.”

This recognition comes right after IBM announced the latest enhancements to its acclaimed modern data protection portfolio.

In particular, the new release of IBM Spectrum® Protect Plus offers a wide range of further benefits like broader data protection for Amazon Web Services (AWS) workloads and enhanced container protection includes enhanced SLA management to enable SLA policy definition and assignment and the ability to back up and recover logical persistent volume groupings using Kubernetes labels. Also, with the Spectrum Protect Plus agentless technology, users can now back up, recover, reuse, and retain data in Windows file systems running on physical servers or in virtualized environments.

In addition, IBM announced enhancements to IBM Spectrum Protect: The latest IBM Spectrum Protect release includes retention set to tape, which is the ability to efficiently copy and store data on tape for cost-effective and secure “air-gapped” long-term data retention. IBM Spectrum Protect also now enables users to back up the IBM Spectrum Protect database directly to object storage, including IBM Cloud Object Storage, AWS S3, Microsoft Azure, as well as other supported S3 targets.

And, IBM Spectrum Copy Data Management’s new release helps users simplify and improve SAP HANA Point in Time (PIT) recovery with native log backups using IBM Spectrum CDM and IBM Spectrum Protect for ERP. With the new log support, recoveries can be much more granular.

You can read a copy of Gartner’s report here.

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