Up And To the Right — Druva SaaS Sets the Pace in the Latest Major Industry Evaluation

Ash Parikh, CMO

The world is changing. Macroeconomic conditions are worsening, supply chain constraints continue, skills gaps are only growing wider, and with recession fears looming, every department is being asked to do more with less.

The one constant through all of this? Your data. It is only growing larger in size, variety, and importance, and increasingly needs more vigilant protection. While the world around your business keeps changing, your data protection and data resiliency requirements are changing too.

That’s why we are excited by this year’s Gartner® Magic Quadrant™ for Enterprise Backup and Recovery Software Solutions. Not only was Druva recognized as a Visionary once again, but Druva was the only vendor to significantly improve its position based on “Ability to Execute” and “Completeness of Vision” compared to last year. In a world where cost, simplicity, time, resources, and security are increasingly important, enterprises are realizing there are better ways to protect data than traditional, costly, and complex hardware, software, or appliance-based solutions.

Embracing the world of SaaS

Playing devil’s advocate for a second, let’s assume you select or retain any of these traditional data protection vendors selling hardware, software, or appliance-based solutions. Are you prepared for the supply chain delays to get started or when your data footprint grows? Are you still ok with paying for extra capacity you’ll never use? Are you 100% confident the data is protected, air-gapped, and ready for recovery at a moment’s notice? How about dealing with the complexity that comes from legacy architecture? Most importantly, do you have a team with the depth and breadth of knowledge necessary to maintain these systems 24×7, regularly complete upgrades, and tune your environment for optimal performance?

The reality is you probably answered “No” to at least one of those questions, and that’s why there is no equivalent to the power of software-as-a-service (SaaS). True SaaS solutions always have available capacity, charge only for what you consume, automatically secure your data, and can recover anytime, anywhere. Most importantly, SaaS solutions do the work for you, so you do not have to invest in maintenance, troubleshooting, upgrades, or performance tuning. Customers adopting SaaS data protection aren’t just choosing technology, they are also changing how they operate and where they focus their resources. 

Looking across today’s landscape, we see a lot of pretenders and cloud washing with phrases like “cloud control plane” or “SaaS” solutions that still require on-premises components. These leave you managing over-provisioned, vulnerable, and underutilized infrastructure, but with even more complexity because the architecture and deployment have become franken-solutions.

Druva is the only SaaS solution on the market with a true cloud operating model honed over the last eight years with thousands of customers. The Druva Data Resiliency Cloud is the only at-scale SaaS platform designed for your multi-cloud world. Through a single, unified console, customers can easily manage all their data resiliency services across physical and virtual on-premises workloads, cloud-native and SaaS applications, and critical IT endpoints.

And most importantly in these times, Druva offers unparalleled flexibility in deployment, with straightforward and transparent consumption-based licensing. There’s no need for long-term software or hardware commitments. Our thousands of customers only pay for what they use. 

Leave it to the experts

Not to mention the biggest concern of all right now — risk and security. With cyber attacks, data leaks, and outages at an all-time high, wouldn’t you rather trust an expert to take care of data resilience for you? Data protection is a harder job today than it was 10 years ago. You may or may not have the experts to do it, but the question is whether you want your experts building and managing this essential service or simply buying it from our experts. 

Druva is singularly focused on delivering the highest level of service to each customer. We have proven our value to thousands of global customers, and every month they continue to trust Druva with their data. In return, we continuously improve our security, functionality, and reliability. 

The best example of our commitment and capability is our recently announced $10 million Druva Data Resiliency Guarantee which offers an unprecedented level of protection across five data risk categories: cyber, human, application, operation, and environmental. Nobody else in the industry can offer such broad protection because nobody else is delivering a true SaaS data resiliency cloud for your data. 

Looking ahead 

Let’s take a glimpse into the future. With the “cloud wave” well on its way, how will industry analyst evaluations of data protection solutions change over the next few years? It’s hard to know exactly how each company will respond to today’s challenges, but flipping the chart on its head might give us a good place to start. Today’s Visionaries are bringing a new era…a new vision… a new paradigm for data protection. The rest of the industry…? That remains to be seen, but they are already acknowledging that SaaS is the future with their desperate attempts at cloud-washing SaaS. I believe they’re going to try to scramble to get to 100% SaaS solutions, for their inherent benefits. But it’s going to take traditional hardware, software, and appliance-based vendors a long time to deliver something with value, because it just takes time to do it right.

In the meantime, get all the details of the latest Gartner® Magic Quadrant™ for Enterprise Backup and Recovery Software Solutions and see how Druva’s mature SaaS solution, with comprehensive data management capabilities and consumption-based pricing, delivers 50% less TCO, faster time to market, and radical simplicity.

Learn more about what Druva can do for your business. Request a free trial.